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Octagon Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Great People and an opportunity to travel the country (in 12 reviews)

  • Takes pride in being a trustworthy agency that assists global brands navigate the sports and entertainment space (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, they throw you right into the fire and expect you to learn on the fly (in 17 reviews)

  • Relatively low pay for an elite marketing agency (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Group Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Director in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Group Director in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Octagon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture + people!!!
    Updated and state of the art offices
    Direct updates from upper management on weekly basis to status of company
    Ability to work within sports/properties you know/love given reach in industry

    Cons

    Working to bolster social/digital/content offerings - well on our way, with more work to do!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Octagon Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing. With updated office space in many locations around the globe, Octagon is on the move. You can feel the energy!

    We look forward to continuing to find ways to make Octagon a... More


  2. "Not a long term place to stay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Octagon full-time

    Pros

    Great starter company to begin your career.

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit low.

  3. "VP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Octagon full-time

    Pros

    Young, modern culture with amazing new office space in Stamford, CT

    Cons

    Below-market salaries and limited growth potential

    Advice to Management

    Get back to focusing on delivering great work with your best people

    Octagon Response

    Nov 6, 2017 – CEO

    Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. Your comments are appreciated. A strategic priority for us continues to be our people and putting programs in place that will help us to attract and... More


  4. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, educational, and you really get the feeling that the company cares about each and every employee

    Cons

    Long hours, they throw you right into the fire and expect you to learn on the fly

    Advice to Management

    Encourage "unplugging" from work at night. More inclusive, fun activities for the whole company to participate in to bring everyone together

    Octagon Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – CEO

    Thanks for your comments. Great to hear your thoughts on our culture. We care about our employees and believe in creating an environment that is inclusive; where everyone feels welcome, free to... More


  5. "Great training program pipeline into FT work"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive (Formerly A Trainee) in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive (Formerly A Trainee) in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Work culture best I have encountered
    -Flexibility in location/account after you begin your career
    -Make great contacts
    -Travel Opportunities

    Cons

    -Relatively low pay for an elite marketing agency

    Octagon Response

    Sep 5, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. We hire over 200 Trainees per year and our Trainee talent is our first stop when looking for candidates to fill our fulltime Account Executive roles. We typically... More


  6. "Senior Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Octagon full-time

    Pros

    Casual work environment, opportunity to work on many different projects, regular company outings. It's very much agency life and it's not for everyone, but if you enjoy agency work and the chance to work on many different projects, then Octagon is a good place for you.

    Cons

    Low salary at the management level


  7. "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Octagon full-time

    Pros

    Agile work environment, the move to Stamford was an upgrade in work enivronment.

    Cons

    Benefits package should be considered average at best. Not terrible but should be considered for review.

    Advice to Management

    Identify talent and be more active in the account. Avoid playing favorites and realize who really is growing your business.

    Octagon Response

    Aug 21, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Great to hear from you and thanks for sharing your comments. As noted, our HQ offices moved in June to Stamford, CT to new office space that is state-of-the-art with an open floor plan that... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cold brew keg, travel, social events, relationship building, sports marketing and free beer on fridays. Great place to start your career and meet smart people in the industry.

    Cons

    Low low pay, upper management does not seem to care about junior staff growth, no training or mentorship. Don't judge a company from there website and Linkden posts. Constant turnover and good Talent leaves due to the above.

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with mentors who want the employees to learn and grow. You have employees picking up everything and moving to octagon offices to work in an industry they are passionate about, understand that and do everything you can to keep them.

    Octagon Response

    Aug 14, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Recruiter

    Thank you for leaving us a review. We're glad that you chose Octagon as the place to start your career. We understand the need for employee mentor-ship which is why we have begun providing mentoring... More


  9. "Good company, if you are looking to pursue a career in events"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Get to work in cool sport/entertainment events
    - Travel opportunities

    Cons

    - A lot of office politics even though management will deny it
    - Pay is awful, especially when you work more than 10-12 hours a day at least 50% of the time


  10. "Marketing Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Octagon full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment
    Great way to get into the Sports Industry
    Awesome opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in Sports

    Cons

    Occasional slow seasons depending on sport


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