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  1. "Top heavy with expensive upper management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at O'Leary & Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good name on resume. Larger clients. Good location. Candy jar upfront was always stocked. Good people/ coworkers. Holiday parties. Free coffee and creamer.

    Cons

    Work load was uneven and unrealistic based on pay. Agency is too and bottom heavy. All the money went to pay management and not the employees doing the actual work. While I was there , there was several layoffs and people were doing the job that used to be done by three people.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees give them better wages get caught up with the times and make the environment fun again


  2. "Art Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun culture to work in with plenty of opportunity to get work produced and TV/Radio production experience if you are in the Creative Department.

    Cons

    The agency is top-heavy, a lot of chiefs, which makes pay raises difficult to come by. Maybe it's typical for most ad agencies, but projects seemed to have tight deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work with compensation in the form of pay raises, time off and bonuses—that's the way the world works. Consider allowing flex schedules, after all this is the digital age!


  3. "Going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at O'Leary & Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great. Some decent clients but overall small budgets. Would have gave it 2 stars if the future looked bright.

    Cons

    Upper management is not good. Way too many of them and most of them don't do much. Do not come to this place is you want to be in media. That department is definitely the step child. If you're an account person, this could be a good start since they favor the account department. Mostly all the account people have an office. The whole media department (all 3 of them) and some of the designers are stuck in the cubicles. The CEO had major favoritism and was not good at hiding that.

    Advice to Management

    Get new upper management. Almost all of them don't have any passion in the business anymore and they haven't won any new business in awhile and keep losing clients.


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    "Okay"

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

    I worked at O'Leary & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many of the people that work there were friendly and willing to help when possible. Health benefits are reasonable for a small business.

    Cons

    Work load was not evenly distributed and not commensurate on pay. Senior management had very unrealistic deadline and general work load expectations of understaffed departments.

    Overtime was often required but overtime pay was denied to low paid employees. The salary for associate level positions is far below the low end of industry standard pay.

    The stress and work load would be tolerable if the compensation was fair but combined with the constant micromanaging and increased work load, employees were often demoralized.


  6. "Stepping Stone"

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    Former Employee - Media Planner in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small agency that allows you wear many hats
    Media team is very small, so each person plays a big role
    Lots of client interfacing, especially with those in senior management positions
    Hands-off supervisor so you can work autonomously and take ownership of work
    Respect your personal life - not much overtime (but not much camaraderie)

    Cons

    Compared to larger agencies in LA, lacks internal resources, process, and professionalism
    Friendly, but not fun - people eat lunch at their desks and rarely went out to eat or hang out
    Very traditional in terms of services provided
    Entry-level staff and interns are not up to par
    Low salaries with no opportunity to get more compensation based on performance and market value

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees better


  7. "Great place to learn the ropes."

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    Former Employee - Media Planning Intern in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Media Planning Intern in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, and most importantly, willing to teach you. Even if you're not working in their department, people are happy to explain what their job entails. The agency has a great balance of fun and work, too. We have holiday parties like other agencies, and some Friday afternoons they screen movies in the conference room. Overall, a supportive learning environment with national clients.

    Cons

    There weren't too many downsides. The office is only about 50 people, so that could be considered a downside if you're used to a bigger agency.

    Advice to Management

    Consider having all-agency brainstorm days. Entry level workers may feel like their opinion and ideas aren't important. Wise, patient leaders otherwise.