Posted by Willy Franzen on April 11, 2011. Jobs updated daily.
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Usually when readers recommend companies, I put them on my list and cover them soon after if they look interesting and have relevant opportunities. Lately I’ve had two readers mention that they applied to Octagon, but I somehow overlooked the company. My only excuse is that I’m often skeptical of sports and entertainment marketing companies because there are so many sports marketing hiring scams. But that’s very clearly not the case with Octagon, they’ve been around since 1983 and they have offices all across the world. As they put it, they’re “the recognized, global thought leader in passion-based, sports & entertainment marketing.” Some of people they represent are Chris Paul, Michael Phelps, Randy Johnson, John Elway, Elena Dementieva, Landry Fields, Michael Johnson, Anna Kournikova, Apolo Anton Ohno, and many more huge names.
From what I can tell, Octagon separates their business into four divisions. On their Octagon’s What We Do page, you’ll see links to: Marketing, Marketing North America, Athletes & Personalities, and Events. Within the Athletes & Personalities section you’ll find links to specific verticals like OctagoOly.com, OctagonHockey.com, OctagonBasketball.com. Additionally, there are separate sites for Octagon’s international businesses like OctagonBrazil.com, and Octagon-UK.com. It’s all a bit overwhelming, but it’s indicative of how big Octagon’s presence is in the field of sports and entertainment marketing. In fact, the best overview of what Octagon’s businesses actually do is on their Careers page. Once you read through that, then you can take a look at their current job postings. Right now they have a few positions that seem right for a new or recent grad including Account Executive – Telecom (Kansas City, KS), Non-Profit & Media Relations Coordinator (Portland, ME), Account Executive – Sales Assistant (Norwalk, CT), Associate Producer – Digital (Norwalk, CT), and Account Executive – Multicultural – Home Improvement (Atlanta, GA).
Octagon has offices in the following locations, so you may want to watch out for new postings in any of these places:
That’s a lot of locations, so keep an eye on Octagon’s job postings for opportunities closer to home (or further away if that’s what you’re looking for).
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It’s great to see Octagon featured on here. They do Limited Term positions related to event marketing, which I’ve done with one of their biggest accounts, BMW.
When I was originally hired to work for Octagon, I read your posts about scams in the sports marketing industry. I convinced myself (briefly) that Octagon was a scam, but thankfully still decided to try it. It’s a great company, and although it sounds too good to be true it’s not! I had a great time working for them and am going back for a second tour with BMW in June.
Thanks for getting the word out there! I love your site.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your experiences with Octagon. It’s good to know that there are some legitimate entry level sports marketing opportunities for college grads who are trying to land their first job.
Just because the company Octagon is legit, does not mean that the internship is legit. An internship is a two way street, especially if it is UNPAID! You are investing your time to get training and experience. If you apply to work in the NYC offices, you will be expected to due mundane tasks, and will be expected to have all prior knowledge. Something that is technically illegal.
Beware of Octagon NYC internship opportunities as you will be sitting at your desk all day, doing nothing. If you are lucky you might be asked to use a label marker, tape up boxes, or perhaps even an EXCEL spreadsheet. If you do the slightest thing wrong, they will not work with you, they expect you to do the work of an employee.
And they expect you to be there even if you have nothing to do and aren’t getting paid. If you come in late, because they don’t want to take the time to mentor you, or have you sit in on meetings then will FIRE YOU! And they will tell you how your future will be ruined. BEWARE, you can find a better opportunity elsewhere.