Octagon

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Octagon Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
59 Reviews
3.7
59 Reviews
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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.  

    Good learning experiences.

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

    I have been working at Octagon

    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 ManagementAdvice

    higher lower level employee salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Octagon

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Trainee

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

    I worked at Octagon

    Pros

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

    Cons

    -Long hours
    - Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay for trainee positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Octagon

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay is terrible and slow progression

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, pay is a joke

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT TRAINEE in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT TRAINEE in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Octagon

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Be prepared for very low pay and to interact with the public

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Octagon

    Pros

    Some access to sports events since you will set up marketing campaigns outside/around them.

    Cons

    Very low pay and benefits, sometimes life on the road is part of the gig, budgets depend on third parties (clients)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better way to evaluate recent college grads that are willing to give you whatever you ask.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    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

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of butt kissing, partying, and nepatism

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Octagon full-time (more than a 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
  11.  

    Good company for the right fit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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