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Digitas Reviews

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
316 Reviews
3.3
316 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very smart people, good perks for younger folks, competitive wages (in 31 reviews)

  • Tough culture, you will learn a lot and there is not better culture (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance even though management makes a point of saying there's a way to have both (in 24 reviews)

  • constant nose-to-the-grindstone billable time makes for long hours and high expectations (in 37 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics, Incompetence, Politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Digitas full-time

    Pros

    - Easily accessible location in Boston
    - Bagel Fridays, Beer on tap (woo?)
    - Nice benefits stack. (Thanks French Culture & Maurice)
    - Very (book) smart people (for the most part)

    Cons

    - Terrible work/life balance. I often find myself at the office past 10pm more than 1 day a week. The co-workers that don't stay late are working weekends. Managers know this, but nothing is ever done about it. In fact, a typical response would be something like "oh... that sucks."
    - Severe lack of communication within and between departments. You're expected to know your job function and nuances of your account from day 1 - without asking questions. Asking questions assumes incompetence.
    - Culture of Fear. Managers are afraid to say no to clients, leading to an overload of fickle work and the terrible work/life balance I mentioned above.
    - Politics, politics, politics. Managers are promoted based on two factors: 1) length of employment at digitas and 2) the ability to suck up to the SVPs. It's also very clear who the favorites are. The new 360-degree review system is a joke - employees develop their own goals with their manager, but are actually assessed with totally different criteria. It's like that one time your professor outlined the final exam, but blindsided the class with something completely different.
    - Politics gets in the way of good work. If data seems negative or inconclusive, managers will push hard to spin it positively so clients are kept happy. Understandable, but this leads to a severe lack of transparency.
    - Internal politics are even worse. Ex-pats are blamed for systematic incompetencies. HR and many, many level of the management team (!) contribute to the politics by perpetuating rumors about current and past employees. Boston and Chicago teams resent each other for no good reason other than it's difficult to work with a remote team.
    - Do NOT buy into the "Ad Agency A List" or "Best Places to Work" list BS. HR hand-selects the reviews. Employees are spammed with pre-written submissions to send away to the award panels.
    - The mandatory parties and outings. Enough said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Train. Your. Managers. Not just in managing people, but projects and teams.
    - Really think critically about how to optimize client workflow and how to utilize each team members' strengths
    - Promote people on level of competency, not years of service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Associate Director of Project Management

    Former Employee - Associate Director, Project Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director, Project Management in New York, NY

    I worked at Digitas full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and interesting work

    Cons

    Very focused on Account Management rather that focusing on a partnership with Project Management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    What a suck hole this agency is.

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Digitas (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of soda, snacks and beer. Gee, that's awesome.

    Cons

    Worked with creative directors who were good at loving an idea one day, then hating it the next. They changed the focus/goal of one assignment 4x in two weeks, and then threw some folks under the bus in meetings and on email. Classy. Many people on here have said the HR is the worst. They were actually some of the more pleasant/helpful people at Digitas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    What a bad experience! Mean leaders and dishonest people make up Digitas.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Recruiter in Boston, MA

    I worked at Digitas as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was a contractor so the only pro was that I could have a little flexibility with my hours I worked

    Cons

    I was a contract Recruiter with Digitas for less than a year. It was my least favorite job I've ever had. The recruiting department is a mess. The Boston Recruiting head was inappropriate and constantly spoke badly about former and current employees and contractors. I know this, because one of the other recruiters told me what she said about me, and that's when I decided to leave. You know when a recruiting department can't keep their employees, than there must be something seriously wrong with the company. I heard that the Chicago office went through 4 Recruiting Directors in the last 2 years because it's such a bad place to work and no one wants to work with the people in charge. What Digitas needs to figure out is that if they hire contract recruiters and treat them poorly, those recruiters will not be motivated to hire good people for the company, won't work hard, and will most likely share their negative experiences with others in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new Recruiting and HR leaders who are professional and appropriate. Stop promoting unqualified people just because they have been there for a long time and are close with the executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    horrible company

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

    I worked at Digitas full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    no pros to working at this place unless you are in with the HR team

    Cons

    too many to list, awful experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    HR is terrible and the Executives are just as bad. I can't wait to find a new job and get out of here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good

    Cons

    I'm curreny looking for another job and can't wait to leave Digitas as soon as I find one. I've suffered through over 2 years here and I'm shocked by what goes on behind the scenes that outsiders don't know about. The only way to succeed at Digitas is if you kiss the Executives' butts and don't disagree with anyone. To get promoted, as many have stated on their Glassdoor reviews, you have to kiss up to the right people and you are "in." I was pleased to recently have heard that the word is getting out about what a bad place it is to work.

    Equally disturbing is the HR department. I have stopped going to HR with concerns because they have been completely inappropriate and unprofessional. If they haven't had a huge lawsuit on their hands already, I'm sure they will very soon. I'm constantly hearing stories how employees walk by HR and hear the HR head talking badly about current or ex employees on a daily basis. This agency is bad news and I'm counting down the days until I can leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to really listen to the complaints inside the agency. I realize they may not get past HR, but the Executives can take pulse surveys periodically to get anonymous feedback. Also, get a new HR team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    At times, it was just nasty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Digitas as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Exposure to the industry. It's got a decent reputation.
    - Reasonably intelligent/smart co-workers
    -A few of them were also helpful and team-oriented as well (only a few though).

    Cons

    - Petty middle and upper management politics
    - A general atmosphere of fear and insecurity (It seemed like a lot of even full-timers were looking for freelance work).
    - Lack of respect and a deep-seated cynicism. This may be also due to the silo-ed nature of most people's positions and the work flow process.
    -All of the above leads to: lack of communication between departments and thus breakdowns in the project development process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not the 90s anymore. There are new sheriffs in town and other digital agencies out there with smart people and processes, minus the ginormous, undeserved egos. Get with the program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low Quality Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Digitas full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is generally good to better than average.

    Cons

    General lack of vision, poor creative concepts and execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing exactly what the client asks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ridiculous Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Digitas

    Pros

    The pay is good, the team of peers overall is talented and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Projects are managed poorly. Interactive projects, which they are supposed to have a reputation for producing well, are not cutting edge or pushed to the level of creativity they could be. If you are 'in' it's a great place to be, they treat freelancers like dogs even if you knock one out of the park. They will lay you off with no notice but expect you to stay around as long as they need you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be able to see and keep talent when they show up and produce. Acknowledge talent when you see it and see what you can do to keep them around. You need better designers & programmers and less VPs and Marketing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Digitas

    Pros

    Rate was high compared to most agencies, though it's obvious in hindsight why: you'll hate working there. Free soda and bagels on Fridays doesn't make it any easier to stomach.

    Cons

    Managers are terrible. From top to bottom, there is nepotism and favoritism rampant. Impossible to respect them. There's a lot of red tape here too. Can't get anything done without submitting a request and then waiting for weeks (months at times) to get something done. Most of all, I was stunned by the lack of professionalism from HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers in HR liability. Bad mouthing ex-employees by a manager is embarrassing and unprofessional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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