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Updated April 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great People and an opportunity to travel the country (in 11 reviews)

  • Gained great experience with very well known and respected clients (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • working lots of weekends and long hours (in 15 reviews)

  • Extremely low pay for long hours, cliquey, HR not responsive, managers are close in age (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Committment, Passion and Possibility."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT people. Employees are proud to work here. You work hard but have fun. The company just rebranded and there is a renewed sense of energy. This is an exciting time to work for Octagon and there is a lot of opportunity to grow and make an impact.

    Cons

    Creating a renewed sense of culture, but I'm confident we will get there.

    Octagon Response

    Oct 3, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Recruiter

    Thank you for your review! We think it's fantastic when our employees take the time to tell everyone how much they enjoy working here. If you have any additional feedback you would like to share ... More


  2. "fast-paced learning"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Brookhaven, DeKalb, GA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Brookhaven, DeKalb, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros for the company are travel opportunities, top client base, networking, multiple office locations, ability to create throng relationship with clients and other stakeholders

    Cons

    Can't pinpoint many cons when it comes to the company. It's all dependent on your lifestyle. For example, the heavy travel may be a con or the commitment to weekend hours may be one

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Octagon full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best people in the industry. Gained great experience with very well known and respected clients.

    Cons

    Did not always receive support in expanding my workload or new experiences


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  5. "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Huntersville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The perks of the job are great, the opportunity to work on some really cool events and the people you work with become your family

    Cons

    Working in sports leads to lower pay

    Advice to Management

    In the three years I have been here, I have seen an increase from senior management in listening and caring for your employees. Continue on this path!

    Octagon Response

    Apr 19, 2017 – CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate hearing from staff and believe the perspective of employees based in our regional offices brings additional insight and perspective. Part of our 5 year ... More


  6. "Event Trainee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Octagon part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People and an opportunity to travel the country

    Cons

    Long hours and didn't see a lot of games


  7. "Stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Happy Hour, Great Clients, Decent pay (if you come from outside and not their training program), Awesome events & work), Great Experience for Resume

    Cons

    Horrible Manager, Nasty co-workers, Treat you like scum, Dog eat Dog, Throw you under the bus, probably the worst place I've ever worked. Long Hours, No appreciation for your hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the managers that have been there since training. They are scum.

    Octagon Response

    Apr 25, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    While we appreciate everyone’s feedback, your comments are disappointing to read as they don’t speak to our values as a company: “Think.” ,“Blink.”, “Create.”, “Be Nice.”; specifically, “Be Nice”. To ... More


  8. "Senior Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Octagon is full of passionate people who come to work every day striving to be their best. Clients and events are top notch.

    Cons

    Potential disconnect between "job levels" and experience level but moving in the right direction.


  9. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Octagon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun, young environment. Friendly people who all have the work hard/play hard mentality. Currently addressing culture shift that will hopefully continue to improve. Great experiences for recent grads/younger professionals.

    Cons

    As mentioned throughout, pay is average at best and structured poorly. Could very easily reward those who are performing well with heftier raises, but due to structure, same 'capped' percentages are given to all with a +/- of 1% to 2% or so. Should be more flexible, especially for mid-level employees who are proven and high-performing but do not have an opportunity to move up within current account scope. Burnout is inevitable unless your timing is just right for a promotion due to vacancy.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate pay/raise/bonus structure. Truly reward those who have proven themselves at the middle management level and invest in their talent to keep them here. Continue improving culture and progressive work environment with flex schedules, office improvements, benefits, etc.


  10. "A Lot on the Horizon"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anon in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anon in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    By far, the chillest agency I have ever worked for. Everyone I have met cares about their job, but it is clear that they care about people. In this industry, collaboration is key. Collaboration is a joy and even in the midst of disagreements, the level of respect is always high.

    The hiring process is systematic and representatives are quick to respond to any and all questions throughout.

    The organization has been known for the great things it has done in the past, but they are taking big strides in cementing their influence in the digital sphere.

    Benefits are pretty good as well, and there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to work/life balance.

    Cons

    None really

    Not really a con, but more of a hope -- I hope to see more of the great staff speak as influencers in the digital realm and conferences.

    Octagon Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    It's great to hear your feedback about our culture and environment. We believe our values guide our behavior and help provide a filter for finding the next generation of our Octagon Family ... More


  11. "Account Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment, fun people to work with, access to great events.

    Cons

    Lack of 360 feedback. It's impossible to have managers change or develop into better managers if they are not being held accountable. Being asked to be a part of new projects, or brainstorms seem to go to the same people instead of including everyone or mixing it up.

    Advice to Management

    360 Reviews

    Octagon Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We appreciate your insight. Training managers to manage effectively is one of our biggest focuses for 2017. We are currently developing a training ... More


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