OMD Reviews in Toronto, ON

119 Reviews
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Pros
  • In fact, working with such great people is the only thing keeping most of the office around (in 7 reviews)

  • The work environment encourages good work, with a comfortable office and working space (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be good or bad, depending upon the account (in 11 reviews)

  • long hours due to client demands and quick turnaround needed (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Long Hours, Low Salary, Entitled Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OMD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - There are some great people working there
    - Some excellent teachers/Directors
    - HR is great, very willing to help you in any situation
    - Vendors who work with OMD are very nice
    - Excellent parties/staff appreciation
    - CEO is very down to earth and friendly
    - Lunches, free tickets etc.

    Cons

    - Low pay, average to mediocre benefits
    - Expected to stay late even if you have finished your assigned work (and more)
    - Not challenging for those with experience beyond education
    - Experience at OMD is entirely dependent on which team/account you are placed on
    - Ego, favoritism, catty behavior
    - Lack of opportunity to move up
    - Very high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Recognize/reward new hires with potential instead of keeping employees who are not pulling their weight in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Working for OMD - Great but LONG hours and can be STRESSFUL!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Search Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Search Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OMD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The amount of experience you can learn is WELL worth the low pay and horrible hours! Also, the Vendors who come into OMD Toronto are amazing!

    Cons

    Directors expected assistants to stay after hours every day - no matter what! Just to "make" it look like we were busy!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    OMD is good a good place to start your career and learn. Senior people steer away.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OMD

    Pros

    OMD is a good place to work for people who are starting their careers in advertising and want to learn rapidly as long as you are willing to put the hours. There's room for growth for the hard workers and strategic thinkers.

    Cons

    Terrible top level senior management. Managing partners are autocratic, don't have people skills and aren't interested in communicating and developing their teams. Hence, the turnover is insane and is difficult to replace employees.

    There's no clear definition of roles and responsibilities and hierarchy is not respected.

    Lack of training. If you are lucky and want to pay training out of your pocket, you may get the time off to attend training; otherwise, employees rely on vendors' invitations to attend seminars and conferences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your teams. Constantly firing and hiring is not management. Develop knowledge, skills and trust among your team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Why change it if it isn't broken?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OMD

    Pros

    OMD is a great place to work and provides a lot of opportunities for growth and advancement. They are always willing to help you move to another client or even to another position if you are not happy rather than see you leave. Everyone is very social but still maitains their professionalism. OMD's reputation is superb and clients recognize our efforts. The benefits packages are very generous as are the salaries (when comparing to other agencies in the city).

    Cons

    There can be long hours but cab chits are always at our disposal so we don't need to worry about getting home safely and dinners can be expensed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When changes are happening to keep us more in the loop.

    Recommends

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