Olson Reviews

Updated Oct 9, 2020

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  • "long hours and not enough support(in 6 reviews)

  • "Upper level creatives were extremely difficult to track down if you didn't work with them directly(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "I enjoyed Olson more than ICF Olson"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paid Search Strategist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Olson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart People with lots of opportunity for those ready to work very hard

    Cons

    work life balance is not there for talented individuals

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  2. "ICF Olson Review"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager 

    I worked at Olson full-time

    Pros

    Great Startup culture and Customer focussed

    Cons

    Not a great company structure in terms of Engineering


  3. "Great company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Senior PM 

    I worked at Olson full-time

    Pros

    Environment and coworkers are good

    Cons

    Parking downtown is not ideal

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  4. "Olson"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Olson full-time

    Pros

    fun fast paced environment great location

    Cons

    intense hard work at times

  5. Helpful (11)

    "Agency Culture = No Life"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool digs, nice people, drinking in the office, free food, lots of work perks

    Cons

    Total lack of work/life balance, inept senior leadership, this place will grind you into the ground if you let it, dishonest, low integrity, they let you drink at work because you need to drink to tolerate it, little to no career growth opportunity

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  6. Helpful (14)

    "Layoffs every January"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The pay is decent, but it’s barely worth the instability, politics and ongoing identity crisis. The office is cool and will impress your parents and friends.

    Cons

    There have been layoffs (and a new name or ceo) every year since 2014 and there will continue to be major issues since no new business stays. Politics run the show here, so you work harder not smarter. Management is chauvinistic and territorial, HR is vapid at best, and creative is scant. Stay long enough and you’ll inevitably be worked to death or stabbed in the back. John Olson is turning in his grave.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Scrappy upstart finding its grown up legs"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olson for more than a year

    Pros

    Tight knit team; Generous PTO plan; Great opportunities to gain experience outside of traditional agency experience; Amazing, imaginative campaigns; Great place to learn the ins and outs of client services

    Cons

    Not great healthcare; lacking key infrastructure (IT, HR, etc.); lagging on structure needed for agency of this size

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  8. "Account"

    3.0
     

    I worked at Olson

    Pros

    Great people and beautiful office space

    Cons

    Lots of change over the last few years

  9. "Not for everyone..."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Consistent and steady work. Parties and happy hours.

    Cons

    Dead end unless you're a certain type of person.

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  10. "Olson"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olson

    Pros

    Creative, smart people, culture, hard workers

    Cons

    Heavy work load, high stress

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