Octagon Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Rick Dudley
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance pending manager approval (in 4 reviews)

  • If you are interested in sports and entertainment marketing and a recent graduate, then Octagon is a great company to look into (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours, sometimes can be tough staying with an account for a while because they can come and go, and misinformation (in 7 reviews)

  • Embarrassingly low pay for lower-level positions, resulting in high turnover and low overall moral (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Senior Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octagon

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the passion, the ability to gain experience at a leading agency in the industry

    Cons

    Compensation for Account Managers and below.


  2. Event Trainee

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octagon

    Pros

    Direct experience with Luxury Automotive Client. Gained lots of insight into the automotive world. Travel experience was a huge plus.

    Cons

    No opportunity to review direct manager to upper management. Very repetitive work. No creative thinking going on what so ever. Many missed opportunities having such unique assets in market.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people in the automotive space with a true passion for it. Not someone that will just do as told and squeak by on a tour. Octagon needs to get more creative for their luxury automotive client.


  3. Senior manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Octagon full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good connections, nice office

    Cons

    Lack of resources, lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Create better culture


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  5. Great place!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octagon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work, great clients, great people

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep these good times rollin!


  6. Account Team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octagon

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    awesome environment if you like sports, fun office, great personalities, good help as a team, Octagon is a top name in the sports industry, good work balance if your outside of the events teams

    Cons

    Digital is very weak (I mean extremely weak) its just not their forte, heavy markup on services for Digital and other divisions, poor HR structure in terms of promotion - you basically have to move to their HQ to get promoted, lower than average pay at most levels

    Advice to Management

    digital group need to be restructured and new people brought in - just don't have the chops


  7. Helpful (4)

    Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Octagon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are greak, perks are good and you get to travel

    Cons

    Pay is terrible and slow progression


  8. Helpful (1)

    Moderately satisfying but under-whelming and disappointing understanding of compensation competitive needs.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octagon

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good culture.
    Smart people.
    Socially supportive.

    Cons

    Lack of competitive and commensurate executive salary packages
    Lack of creativity
    Lack of innovation
    Lack of progressive approach to business

    Advice to Management

    Broaden competitive creative and business spectrum
    Greater transparency
    Support and reward commensurate with scope of work, category, and experience


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good learning experiences.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octagon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    get to work on numerous different accounts and environments; have the opportunity to work both back end and front end side of marketing industry.

    Cons

    need to do a long process for promotions; HR is not very helpful and you need to contact hiring managers yourself if you want to get promoted. Also, there is always a long interview process as it takes 1 HR interview, at least 2 hiring manager interviews, and an additional work evaluation.

    Advice to Management

    higher lower level employee salaries.


  10. Trainee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octagon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Travel plans
    -Young and fun people
    -Perfect for recent college graduates

    Cons

    -Long hours
    - Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay for trainee positions


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, pay is a joke

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT TRAINEE in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT TRAINEE in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Octagon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The experience you get here is unmatched. Amazing clients and they don't hold your hand at all, you are very involved in the accounts. Office has an awesome open door policy.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low for industry standards until you have been with the company for a while. Entry level doesn't pay enough to live on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good talent that you have and pay reasonably, rather than letting great people leave for better paying companies.



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