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ICON International Reviews

Updated March 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "About ICON"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Broadcast Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - National Broadcast Associate in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICON International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ICON International is a great company that allows for a great work life balance, creates a very comfortable work life balance & allows for growth. Co workers of all levels are very helpful.

    Cons

    Some days, can be harder than others, but that's to be expected. The Pros outweigh the Cons.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people (not including upper management) are great. It's a pretty young office, so it can be a lot of fun. The friends I made while working here made it bearable and are a big part of the reason i stayed as long as I did.

    Cons

    ICON is not a real agency, so there are a lot of steps required to complete tasks that should be simple. There is very little creativity/interaction with clients because business often comes through other agencies who outsource work to ICON. It is very political and promotions/growth have very little to do with competence for the job. The office is also way too small for the rate at which the company is growing and they have resorted to putting up to five people in an office together and using former closets as work spaces.

    Advice to Management

    Management is TERRIBLE. There are so many people who are either incompetent or just completely uninterested in learning about the different areas of broadcast. Rather than taking the time to deal with issues that arise amongst employees or figure out why there are problems, management would rather pretend they don't exist. They constantly berate employees and use scare tactics to try to prevent people from leaving. The turnover rate is incredibly high and they will often hire people without an interview just to get bodies. They need to focus on keeping the employees that they have and work out a better structure for promotions. They also need to take the time to find people who are actually qualified for the jobs. As it is now, employees who actually understand and can handle their responsibilities are stuck picking up the slack for everyone else.


  3. "Junior Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, fun atmosphere, great starting job out of college

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch, Poor compensation, Poor Raise/Bonus structure


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Accept employment at your own risk..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ICON International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Only reason they get 2 stars is because some of the people that I've met working here are some of the best people I've ever met. Very grateful to have met them.

    Company outings. If you work in certain departments you get to go to dinners and on trips.

    Cons

    Overworked and severely underpaid. They expect you to work around the clock without giving you any overtime. No praise if you do anything well but you get chewed apart if you make one mistake. There are a lot of selfish people who work here and will sell you out in a heartbeat in order to keep themselves from looking bad. Upper management is never around and has unrealistic expectations of what they want out of their employees. Worry too much about treating clients right that they don't treat their own employees with a lick of respect. The turnover rate is outrageous. A lot of negativity and nobody wants to be here.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Richard Branson once said that clients do not come first, employees come first. If you take care of your employees they will take care of the clients. Maybe they should take a page out of Branson's book and not worry so much about the clients.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They give up and coming recent college grads a chance to build their resumes. That's about it.

    Cons

    Politics (HEAVY Politics), company does not deliver on promises for career growth opportunity. They play heavily on favorites. Just within the past 12 months alone, ICON has either had more employees quit or released them more than any company I've ever worked for. Just to give you an idea, I've witnessed on MORE THAN ONE OCCASION the company firing employees OVER THE PHONE WHILE THEY'RE ON VACATION. Just to give you an idea. I wouldn't be surprised if all their good reviews were just plugs from current HR people. Not to mention, at times, you're required to stay past the time you're allowed to leave without any extra compensation or overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Rid yourself of the politics.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Icon International Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICON International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Icon International does a great job training their employees to be hard working and loyal, it is great for entry level employment as there are many opportunities for temps to full time entry level.

    Cons

    Icon International has difficulty recognizing the hard work of their employees and fails to recognize when they are ready for growth. It is not a very supportive company for growth, however it's great for entry level.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend giving more of an opportunity to entry level employees who are trying to move up instead of hiring outside the company, or using your current strategy of rotating older employees with new employees to keep things fresh. It doesn't work to your advantage because you will lose loyal and hard working employees who are past entry level and looking for an opportunity for growth. I would also re-evaluate your managers and supervisors, there are a few that are lacking management skills and are unprofessional & absent from their roles.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Managment sucks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ICON International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great people that are willing to work hard to get the job done

    Cons

    bad management that don't have a clue on what is going on and do not attempt to learn the basics

    Advice to Management

    lean how to treat your workers with kindness and learn how to speak to them in a human type of way


  9. "A great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Dunedin, FL
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Dunedin, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ICON International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Relaxed working envionment and good people to work for

    Cons

    Wish clearer processes were in place


  10. "Great work environment, excellent benefits!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends

    I have been working at ICON International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work life environment, great benefits and a great work space. Lots of room for growth as demonstrated by the tenure of employees.

    Cons

    Location is a challenge. Traffic is daily and significant on 95.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Media Agency experience with Work/Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Broadcast Associate in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICON International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - big name clients, so you'll be kept busy
    - amazing work/life balance. Very rare to find anyone in the office past 5:30pm
    - offers training program to make sure employees know the media buying industry inside and out
    - great starting salary for recent grads (especially if you're brought on full time)
    - great perks and benefits: healthcare, company parties, free lunches and happy hours occasionally

    Cons

    if you're brought on as a temp, you're either going to enjoy or dislike the job. Not much projects/assignments are distributed until you become full time status

    Advice to Management

    N/a


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