Octagon
3.5 of 5 36 reviews
www.octagon.com Norwalk, CT 500 to 999 Employees

Octagon Reviews

Updated Apr 1, 2014
Octagon – McLean – “Octagon's office in McLean, VA”

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3.5 36 reviews

                             

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Rick Dudley

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Excellent opportunity for young professionals to gain exposure to Fortune 500 brands

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Octagon full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat environment for recent grads to start and learn the industry
Good work/life balance pending manager approval
Fun work atmosphere with young professionals interested in sports and entertainment
Good growth opportunity for internal candidates at entry level/PT positions

ConsLimited salary growth
Bulk of positions are located in suburban Connecticut
Low paying promotions on a year-to-year basis
Senior management communication does not align with actions

Advice to Senior ManagementAdvance salary to encourage mid-level positions to stay within agency
Senior management to be more visible to all office locations

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good for grads looking for experience; Revolving door

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Octagon for less than a year

ProsGreat experience for graduates, but limited growth opportunities outside headquarters in Norwalk, CT.

ConsRevolving door, high turnover due to salary limitations and limited term contracts. High expectations.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore interaction with senior management/leadership in offices outside of Norwalk, CT

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great place to intern

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Octagon as an intern for less than a year

ProsYou will learn a lot as an intern here. Friendly staff and HR, nice office facilities, and lots of experience. Office culture was not at all buttoned up.

ConsAt the time, not many opportunities for getting hired from an internship, but that may have changed now.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Octagon has a family atmosphere with a blue collar work enviornment

Event Coordinator (Former Employee)

I worked at Octagon full-time

ProsTravel accommodations are above par
Great work relationships
Well rounded work experience in different fields
ability to travel is very high
Networking possibilities are endless

ConsBelow average starting salaries
Value experience over education
Creativity for ideas stays higher up in mgmt.
Work can become very repetitive
Bad first impressions could lead to undervalued input later one

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I worked at Octagon full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat lifestyle, co workers were friendly, always working on something new and exciting, and the company was young and energetic

Conslong hours, sometimes can be tough staying with an account for a while because they can come and go, and misinformation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Event Coordinator (Current Employee)
Norwalk, CT

I have been working at Octagon as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFun, for the most part
Great co-workers
airfare is paid for
Hotel is paid for

Consthe pay
communication from upper management
they take reviews from your road manager, but if he/she does not like you it hinders your future employment

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Great company, but would not recommend for intern and limited term positions

Event Coordinator (Former Employee)

I worked at Octagon as a contractor for more than a year

ProsA big-name company in the sports industry, opportunities to network, open-door policy, many different department and sectors within the company

Constreated differently then 'full-time' staff, HR has no sense of urgency, not much effort put into keeping you with the company after limited-term role is finished (only other limited-term roles offered), low pay

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pleasant place to get your feet wet

Digital Media Intern (Former Employee)

I worked at Octagon as an intern for less than a year

Pros- great name to have on your resume within the sports industry
- open door policy allowing interns and entry-level employees to interact with higher ups
- chat sessions with some big name clients
- friendly office

Cons- competitive field, so you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot to get your shine
- adding to the point above, it seemed that entry-level or just above that employees weren't very open to interns ( I suppose we posed as possible threats to their jobs)
- not very easy to work with other departments; you have to make a concerted effort to reach out to someone who interests you if they're in another department
- sometimes it wasn't exactly clear what our mission was in any given day therefore leading to meaningless busy work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for, new offices and good community atmosphere. Nice perks and it is a fun industry to work in.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Octagon

ProsHeld in high regard in the Sports Agency community; HR tries pretty hard to make employees happy; managers care about you

ConsPay is not good if you are anything except an Executive, however it is consistent with other companies in the sports agent industry

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what they are doing, great company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A wonderful environment of smart, positive people.

Account Director (Current Employee)
Norwalk, CT

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

ProsGreat work/life balance (as far as marketing or advertising jobs go), amazing, caring people to work with, long standing, loyal clients who see Octagon as a partner, not vendor. Great HR department that encouraged and promotes growth from within the company.

ConsSalary is 10-15% less than comparable NYC positions. But... not paying NYC prices (parking, luch, commuting, etc).

Advice to Senior ManagementIn order to keep top talent, may have to increase compensation. Other than that, keep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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