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Are OMD and Mindshare as bad as everyone says?

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YES!!!!!

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I spent a little under two years at OMD (my first media agency/roles). I learned so much and what I’ve brought over to my new agency has proven invaluable. Being part of a larger network under Omnicom, WPP, IPG, etc has amazing benefits when it comes to training and planning resources. I’ve moved over but still stay connected with my OMD friends. The two accounts I worked on activated media in a very smart and strategic manner, leveraging emerging digital practices and marketplace advantages when it comes to offline investment. BUT now having more work/life balance, I now understand how much I worked for such low compensation. People and processes were great but OMD could do a whole lot better when it comes to compensation. If you’re considering moving over, make sure to ask all the right questions and meet with a few client teams (Playa office has several blue-chip clients) so you understand what you’re getting yourself into.

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Short answer: probably. Longer answer is it depends on the team. The inconvenient truth is you usually can't tell before going into it which is just okay or which is actually good. Fortunately you can figure out who the terrible teamsare, as they're usually hiring the entire team at once.

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Group m underpays - I just found out the pay scale for a position at omd is 25k higher on the high end, 20k on the low end. I also just moved from group m to omd. I love my team at omd, agency politics and What Not are always something to contend with, but it's about the team leadership - if your team has leaders who will facilitate through the agency red tape, it doesn't matter about the broader agency as much

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I feel you. I am trying to deal with office politics and maybe some sort of power bullying, but staying put because of certain leaderships. Let's see how long this would last.

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Hey OP, don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

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I’ve been at all 3 (OMD, Mediavest, and Mindshare). I would say the smartest people I’ve ever worked with, who challenged and stimulated me, were at OMD and Mindshare. Now moving back to MS because of the people, work, and $ (offer was well above industry avg for my position + negotiated higher)

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Cities matter. In Chicago, today, yes. Don’t know about NYC.

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I'd guess it depends on the city. OMD in Chicago is bad. Everyone I know there is miserable and looking fir their next gig.

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OMD yes. It's such a shame too but it is not good

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Mindshare is great for some things and awful for others. Pay is shit, training is great. Work is very political and limits creativity and freedom, clients are really good. Lots of breakfasts, lunches and parties though. I'm going to jump ship soon.

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Their compensation is shit but you will learn a lot. The people live to work, not work to live; which explains why they win so many awards. It’s great if you want to be a part of a successful organization, but don’t expect to have much of a personal life while you’re there.

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