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Olson Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Pros
  • There are a lot of great people (in 16 reviews)

  • Supportive management, room to grow, work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and non-stop responsiveness comes with the agency territory (in 6 reviews)

  • It's highly demanding and at times that can be quite stressful, but it's worth it when you work with great people (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Olson"

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

    Pros

    Creative, smart people, culture, hard workers

    Cons

    Heavy work load, high stress


  2. "Not for everyone..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consistent and steady work. Parties and happy hours.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to actually manage and inspire their team.

  3. "Loved being an Intern"

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    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll truly feel like a valuable member of the team. It's a small, intimate office and everyone is eager to teach you new things while allowing you to have a hand at all that you're interested in experiencing. Olson is great if you're looking for a fully-immersive PR internship experience.

    Cons

    I have no complaints. The team is down-to-earth and awesome.


  4. "Senior Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive management, room to grow, work/life balance

    Cons

    There is some job turnover here (young millennials always looking for the next best thing) so adjusting to new team members happens a lot.


  5. "designer"

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    Former Employee - Partner and Designer in Covington, LA
    Former Employee - Partner and Designer in Covington, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Olson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ability to work on larger brands

    Cons

    they make you work all the time

    Advice to Management

    hire quality people and get quality work


  6. "Loved Olson"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Art Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people.

    Cons

    The great people are leaving because of new management.


  7. "FT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olson full-time

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    turnover and merger to ICF.

  8. "Great agency setting/workspace, but that might be the only thing going for it."

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

    I worked at Olson full-time

    Pros

    The office space is beautiful, very flexible PTO, snack game strong, large client base.

    Cons

    Middle Management is leaving in droves. A large amount of departures (including layoffs) are due to the culture change following the ICF transition.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about Olson's future and the future of the employee.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Super creative environment with plenty of collaboration. Solid management. foosball, and free snacks & beer

    Cons

    There was some operational insecurity while I was there...this seems to have been fixed now, however. Open space design is awesome...but sometimes can get distracting.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on hiring top talent!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Agency"

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

    I worked at Olson full-time

    Pros

    The people were great and cared about the work.

    Cons

    All the mergers and acquisitions led to a bit of chaos.


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