Interpublic Group

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Interpublic Group Reviews

Updated 6 November, 2014
Updated 6 November, 2014
65 Reviews
3.8
65 Reviews
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Interpublic Group Chairman and CEO Michael I. Roth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Location (midtown NYC), work-life balance (in most functions), employee diversity resource groups (in 6 reviews)

  • Work environment is great in the IT area; casual, relaxed and actually fun (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Increased transparency from senior management and less politics when you deal with corporate in NY (in 4 reviews)

  • Less direct compensation than similar jobs in the Omaha area (Both as an intern and as a entry-level full time employee (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people - great business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, creative people doing fun and interesting work
    Good, interesting clients
    Positive atmosphere: fun, challenging, engaging
    The creative bent of the company, and frequent turnover, allows plenty of opportunity for innovation.
    Very relationship driven organization, you will need to make and keep friends everywhere

    Cons

    Far too reactive vs strategic
    Solid financial management overshadowed by lack of operational strategy
    Still too much division among the brands
    Relationships count as much as productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more focus on long-term thinking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding company to work for. plenty of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    No cons but Can be difficult to navigate for a novice since its made up of multiple agencies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long satisfying career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A very energized company with terrific senior leadership. A lot of potential for career advancement and personal growth. A regionally diverse company with people from many cultures.

    Cons

    Very much subject to changes in the economy which affects client spending. This of course affects annual budgets. Sometimes, hours can be long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving and growing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    IPG's Corporate IT Group Competent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    Favors strong project management and process improvement. IT executives/leaders are unusually good. Mid-level managers are hit or miss. Strong benefits and PTO. Challenging environment because of complex, global structure of 100+ partially or wholely owned companies to service. Great place to build your resume if you're motivated and ask for stretch projects. They do not fire employees easily. Overall, a good place to work...but see cons below.

    Cons

    Employee training determined by local managers (there is no real centralized HR training program). Omaha office is notably more fun than NY. You need to know how to develop yourself professionally. If you're a mediocre performer, you'll languish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasize professional development and people skill development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    fun group of people to work with

    Cons

    long hours.
    low pay
    drinking problems among senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get pass the midlife crisis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.... pay stinks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE (US)

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, great hours, good benefits, casual dress, education assistance

    Cons

    Pay is horrible and unfortunately that's the name of the game in this day and age. You have to have a livable wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees and I don't mean with a coffee mug.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No Training

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Great holidays - 12! Two weeks of vacation the first year.

    Cons

    No training. No organization. I played Scrabble for the first two weeks. I begged for any type of assignment, but no one knew what I would be doing... When I was given an assignment, I was told there were no SOPs in place. Training was almost non-existent. Manager would assign project but be too busy to walk me through it - or taking her dog to the vet - or getting her nails done - or home with her kids - or going to the dentist. If I couldn't finish a project, manager would finish it but not tell me how it was done. Communication was not high on the list of priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SOPS should be an integral part of every department. I don't know if my department was an exception - or the norm. With SOPS, new employees can hit the ground running. Absences can be covered efficiently. Communication can be moved up in importance. Work can get done efficiently - the first time. I would strongly recommend that each employee know what they are doing and why. I spoke with my manager several times regarding a lack of direction. There was no response until my last (and only) HR meeting when I was told the job and I were not a match. Luckily, I had determined that my manager and I were not a match earlier.

  9.  

    Very welcoming internship experience for a rising second-year in college

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Interpublic Group as an intern

    Pros

    The people there were laid-back and very helpful. Taught me to use a lot of relevant software, though may be dated compared to HK, Japan, or other Interpublic offices. Made sure I had a lot of opportunities to practice them and understand how they tied in with the client reports and presentations. Assistant at meetings.

    Cons

    Perhaps should have allocated more work to interns. I prepared weekly client reports for six weeks -- very repetitive. Sometimes had nothing to do for the entire day. I could have learned a lot more about advertisement and marketing. Colleagues did not seem passionate about their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An Advertising Agency that could do with more creativity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    Stable business situation. Good at acquiring new businesses. Lots of ATL opportunities, especially TVCs. Participates in major advertising award festivals - if your idea/entry is good, then there's a good chance it'll be sent for Cannes etc.

    Cons

    Getting less creative-led and more client-driven by the day. Rigid and unilateral approach to most briefs hence less scope for new age ideas and lateral solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long term and not short term. Make the agency a place where people would want to come and join themselves.

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    First job and nice boss

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disbursement Associate
    Current Employee - Disbursement Associate

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Several company events and friendly environment

    Cons

    No raise due to economy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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