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Interpublic Group Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great environment, tons of PTO, competitive pay and benefits, great training to enhance your soft skills, work/life balance is great (in 8 reviews)

  • Casual work environment, fun co-workers (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • There are constant budget meetings where senior management and the accounting team review the budget in detail once per month (in 6 reviews)

  • Advancement opportunities are lacking, some management needs to be developed (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Little chance for career development"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    401k
    Extra time off
    Medical benefits are top notch

    Cons

    Lack of Education and Training in field of work. Advised to buy our own training
    Career paths not clearly defined
    Promotions are not based on merit of work within the company but rather on not bring issues to light and staying the course no matter the cost to the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Do more skip level meetings
    Visit omaha staff for general discussions
    Enable your employees like you you do with the clients


  2. "Great Company Overall"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    From an IT perspective you get to play with some pretty new and cool technology. Stuff is well documented and there are some very smart people.
    Most coworkers are really friendly and just about everyone is extremely helpful when needed.

    Benefits are really good and vacation policy is GREAT. Culture is great as well.

    Definitely would recommend it to anyone.

    Overall the company is great.

    Cons

    Can be very political at times, frustratingly so. Agencies that are under the company tend to have a huge push and influence on the direction of the company, regardless if it is in the best interest of the company or not.

    This is more of a neutral, but raises are about normal. Never spectacular.

    Some (very small amount) coworkers are more about just getting by and do the bare minimum.

    Can be a little too much overreach from top level management for decisions that many of them do not understand fully; this is simply due to the fact that they do not deal with the tech like the engineers and admins do. That being said, it can be extremely frustrating sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Let the technological people do their work, there is a little too much over reach. Really frustrating.

  3. "Senior Production Billing Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Production Billing Associate in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Senior Production Billing Associate in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT Company to work for. They are really about the employee. Wonderful medical benefits, generous time off, Holiday party, many celebrations throughout the year that employees plan and participate in, lots of volunteer opportunities in the community through work, depending what team you end up on the training and support is great. They will promote from within but you have to show your willingness to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Not too many opportunities to move up.
    Pay tends to be lower than other jobs of similar responsibility in the metro area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on showing your appreciation to your employees. It does not go unnoticed!!
    Create some opportunities for people to move up and learn new skills.


  4. "A curate's egg..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    If you're in an IPG agency, then you're in a profit centre and, as long as you make a profit, life is good. The people throughout the Group are bright, diverse and positive. Gender disparity probably exists but it's far less than everywhere else as the CEO is making this an issue for the Group. Facilities are good, if a little quirky on occasion, and the Group is doing well.

    Cons

    If you're in IPG Corporate, then you're in a cost centre. Everything has to be done on the cheap (except Leadership Team travel, for some reason...), and offices/kit/management reflect this. With imagination, this could be an outstanding place to be but currently one works there for the money. Promotion doesn't happen as there's nowhere to go, Management are utterly reactive, without a strategy; they appear as nothing so much as PTSD victims.

    Advice to Management

    People leave managers, not companies.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director HR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is truly committed to Diversity and Inclusion and walks the talk

    Cons

    I am not sure if other leaders are really committed. They don't demonstrate that they do.

    Advice to Management

    Employees don't leave companies - they leave bad managers


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    - Awesome coworkers
    - Great intern to fulltime employment opportunities
    - Competent and trusting managers
    - R&R events, and early release days to show employee appreciation
    - Wonderful benefits package
    - Up to 75% reimbursement for tuition and certifications

    Cons

    - No clear career paths
    - No salary ranges available for positions


  7. "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    - Good salary and bonus for non-revenue generating positions
    - People are generally good to work with
    - Good diversity program

    Cons

    - Bad hiring decisions of mid-level managers has created chaos and frustration for too many team members
    - Team members are increasingly overworked and the company shows less and less appreciation for it
    - Flat organization, there's nowhere to go.

  8. "Avoid this toxic place!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The office is in downtown SF.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be used, abused, and discarded. I worked there for over 7 years and the only raises I got were only because I threatened to quit. Even then I was paid at least 10% below average. Management is a big joke both locally and from NY. Walking away was the best thing I could have done. Very little career growth, they prefer to hire from outside than promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your people not against them. Hire enough support staff and pay them better.


  9. "Sr Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    There is opportunity to grow, if you are in the right department

    Cons

    low level manager / supervisor do not have authority and won't support you when it comes to issue; you have to fight for yourself and get supports from senior management.


  10. "Great place for juniors to learn"

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    Former Employee - Digital Designer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Digital Designer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coming in as a junior it was a great place to learn and gain valuable experience

    Cons

    It was an overly political environment and you could occasionally get a project last minute which you would have to stay back to complete

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with tour staff and create a better culture which has a good work life balance not a staying back at all costs environment


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