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Updated May 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment and wonderful people (in 22 reviews)

  • Great work environment, truly achieves work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay & work/life balance can be improved (in 42 reviews)

  • Be prepared to work long hours sometimes (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Digital Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was on a really great team for Nissan/Infiniti, but NIssan moved to NY and I didn't want to move there so thats why I left, but overall helpful team, HR was fairly good. It just really depends on the individuals and culture that make up your own team.

    Cons

    HR could be more responsive both internally and externally, but that's an ad agency for you, they all act the same way.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really.


  2. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great client list
    -Learning and development programs
    -Great employees (most of the time, depending on account)

    Cons

    -Some late nights (comes with the territory in media)
    -Crazy clients
    -Lack of client management on specific accounts

    Advice to Management

    -Properly manage the client relationship and their expectations so as to not impact work/life balance for employees
    -Properly staff teams


  3. "Assistant Media Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Buyer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Buyer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get taken out to lunch.. and some times free food..they have good benefits for health.

    Cons

    Hours SUCK. They overwork you and don't pay you for overtime and you WILL stay over time every day. LONG HOURS, LOW PAY. Its very easy to burn out here.

    Advice to Management

    They need to be more in control over the teams. I worked 12 hour days..no lunch break..and was constantly forced to stay over time without any compensation.


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  5. "OMD Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Nice People
    -Good Experience
    -Networking Exposure
    -Chances to move up

    Cons

    -Long hours for low pay
    -High attrition rate at mid-management level
    -Poor vacation policy

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more incentive for workers at lower levels - free lunch or something more but very long hours for very little compensation.


  6. "Great Company w/ Premium Brands"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging atmosphere that spurs growth

    Cons

    Politics govern all decisioning, pay isn't competitive, work/life balance is nonexistent


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall great experience but at times you feel overworked due to low team scopes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot on solid brands and friendly atmosphere. Great benefits with digital sales reps that take you and the team out for dinner to helicopter rides.

    Cons

    The company tries to do more with less as a lot of accounts come for the cost savings which is trivial to deal with. Also, a lot of great talent left to start Hearts and Science.

    Advice to Management

    Value internal talent


  8. "Miss my OMD family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Supervisor in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OMD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great bosses, co-workers, benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Compensation should reflect one's hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to take care of the little people better.


  9. "Great place to develop in-demand analytics skills while making great friends"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst, Marketing Sciences in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst, Marketing Sciences in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, enthusiastic people.
    Vibrant Culture.
    Supportive management.
    Top Clients

    Cons

    Marketing Sciences in flux
    Middle managers sometimes lack management skills, in favor of technical expertise
    Lots of turnover

    Advice to Management

    Do more to develop people from within and be transparent with expectations and feedback


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Management Stinks From the Top Down - Cannot trust HR - Stay Away"

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

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

    Pros

    None, it's a sweat shop that is only a stepping stone to other promotions in the industry

    Cons

    -HR will make any person who does the right thing and reports abuse esp. sexual harassment the criminal and not the victim. There is absolutely no confidentiality in the process. HR will turn situation back on you and allow superior staff to continue sexually harassing those below them.
    - Certain accounts lack any sort of communication, management will do anything to keep their job and throw junior staff under the bus
    - Incredibly long hours for junior members of accounts but senior members (ADs and up) can come and go at their leisure - very common for AD and above to be MIA for weeks
    - Management shirks all duties onto Supervisor level, overwhelming Supes with work and expecting GAD level results
    - Culture of duplicity - snakepit mixed with kindergarten
    - Promotions are never given, lie about potential promotions to get more work out of you and distract you from the compensation you are not receiving
    - Lack any sort of process
    - Specific teams lack even basic financial contracts with enterprise clients, thus no way to ensure continuous business
    - Management will pit junior team members against each other creating immediate hostility amongst junior staff
    - Senior management is invisible, only time they will hear about you is through your GAD
    - Total lack of growth and work is not challenging
    - Management use gas-lighting method of management, will tell you one thing and tell their boss another OR tell you it is X but it was Y the whole time, and then they will have a hazy memory of the events in question
    - Management makes consistent sexist jokes, heard GAD say to a woman colleague 'you look pregnant with my child,'

    Advice to Management

    I have no idea how you would fix this


  11. "Great Perks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks (similar to other media agencies)
    Fun people, especially at the assistant/strat level

    Cons

    The pay isn't great, and it's extremely difficult to negotiate a raise, even when you're promoted

    Advice to Management

    Do more to reward loyalty. It encourages people to leave when the employees being hired from other agencies are making more than the people who are being promoted or rotated from within


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