Octagon

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Octagon Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
51 Reviews
3.8
51 Reviews
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25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance pending manager approval (in 4 reviews)

  • A big-name company in the sports industry, opportunities to network, open-door policy, many different department and sectors within the company (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Somewhat long hours and stressful work environment relative to compensation (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.  

    Great company, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octagon

    Pros

    Immediate experience
    Open door policy
    Meritocracy
    Great office culture

    Cons

    Lack of guidance
    Hard to hit the ground running

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Times in MLB

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octagon

    Pros

    Baseball stats? They got em in buttloads

    Cons

    Only a small office, basically west coast home for agent

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of butt kissing, partying, and nepatism

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They have pretty good benefits. You have the opportunity to get tickets to the largest sporting events. They have great name recognition in the Sports, Athlete representation and Experiential Marketing field.

    Cons

    The company is not really diverse. Everybody pretty much looks the same. If you are of the lighter hue with blue eyes, and blonde hair...you are perfectly fine. If you are anything else, good luck moving up the food chain. As far as work life balance. It's work hard play harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrder. If you have a life,be ready to include Octagonians in it completely. If you don't drink, learn to order the drink with the least amount of alcohol to "fit in". So put your game face on and get in the game to play or get ready to be traded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk about diversity, actually implement it. You need to send secret spies disguised as event managers to see what is really going on in your experiential marketing departments. It's a mess with no true leadership and lackluster managers/ children trying to direct other fresh out of college individuals. Hold a mirror up to the organization and see if you are really presenting to the world what you say you are. You might get a different view.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company for the right fit

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octagon full-time

    Pros

    Great experience within the industry, strong global industry brand, work with some smart people and some great blue chip clients. Among the global sport and entertainment firms, Octagon might be best positioned to scale and grow.

    Cons

    Remember... at the entry/middle management level you are a commodity... and you are reminded of this on a continual basis. Getting better but still very much a boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve diversity of employee base. Promote more on merit, performance.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Octagon

    Pros

    Pretty good networking opportunities associated with Octagon. They do a good job putting on events so if this is where you are wanting to focus i would recommend them.

    Cons

    Poor starting salary
    Long hours
    Hardly any recognition
    Very political staff

  7.  

    Wonderful learning experience and great place for recent grads with high energy and sales-oriented.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Client Service in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Director, Client Service in McLean, VA

    I worked at Octagon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing brand recognition. Wonderful people. Fantastic internship training program. Collection of humble and well-accomplished employees. Good

    Cons

    Your value is tied to a revenue-generating role, which impacts job security. Expenses are micromanaged.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Trainee in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Event Trainee in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Octagon as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    paid for travel
    great experience for recent college grads
    young employees
    fun, exciting colleagues
    exposure to a lot of people and opportunities
    experience may depend on tour manager/teammates

    Cons

    travel can become tiresome
    contracted work- no future job guarantee
    I really do not have very many complaints, the pay was a bit low, but there were a lot of upsides to opportunity- including per diem, paid for laundry, and free travel/hotels rooms
    no benefits/insurance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Octagon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and office culture. Exciting industry to be a part of. Great place for young professionals and recent graduates to start their career.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance or measure what it takes to earn a promotion which can become very frustrating over time. Other than that, it is a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need more guidance and encouragement regarding their career path within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great corporate culture and people. Awesome first job experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT TRAINEE in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT TRAINEE in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Octagon as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Real marketing experience. Hands on, not cold calling or sales.

    Cons

    Low pay for entry level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay for trainees and entry levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to get experience in sports and entertainment marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Octagon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Major long-term clients such as BMW, Master Card, Sprint, Home Depot. Culture is pretty relax. Not as laid back as a full creative agency, but the overall culture is fun.

    Cons

    Pay isn't that great for the amount of hours and travel involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's difficult for new people to understand the organization and its priorities beyond their individual account or team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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