Acquity Group

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Acquity Group Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
90 Reviews
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Pros
  • Strong in strategy work , I believe there are a few smart people left in the organization (in 9 reviews)

  • And an overall fun place to work with great clients (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Expensive benefits, no 401K match, non-existent flexible/unlimited PTO policy (in 8 reviews)

  • No 401K match, no clear vacation policy, horrible management (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Acquity Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment and great people to work with

    Cons

    lot of travel other than that not to many cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, dedicated leaders, amazing people and super clients

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The best consulting firm in the city if not country. Amazingly talented employees. And an overall fun place to work with great clients.

    Cons

    High growth brings challenges. The integration into Accenture shouldn't stifle creativity and agility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. They are he heart of AG and now ACN. Take the time to honestly listen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    On its way down from peak in 2012

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate, Technology in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate, Technology in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits with Accenture 401k partial matching, stock-purchase program.

    Cons

    Exodus of smart people continues since acquisition. Projects are becoming more focused on outsourcing. Few opportunities for leadership growth with extra Accenture overhead. Hard to find good developers for projects due to turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your top employees aren't going to stick around when the culture is disappearing and the raises/bonuses whittle down every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Turnover

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Acquity Group (less than an year)

    Pros

    In my mind, the acquisition by Accenture was a good thing. Very few agree.

    Cons

    Poor morale. Low energy and enthusiasm. High turnover. The company struggles with an inability to find the talent necessary to keep up with growth expectations. Old equipment. Disorganized. Poor communication. Very young and inexperienced. More senior professionals will likely feel like they are working with interns, which can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to adopt the Accenture way of doing things, you're going to need to make changes among leadership in areas of corporate support that is left over from a very different company. They're caught up in the old way of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very smart, fun people to work with, and some good career growth opportunities within the organization.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The people, the interesting projects, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Company grew very quickly, resulting in some disorganization and constantly changing internal initiatives (organization of business units would change every year or so). This may have changed as the company was recently acquired by Accenture.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible! Never join!

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Acquity Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    No 401K match, no clear vacation policy, horrible management. Even though Accenture has acquired them, operating management is the same. They have failed in delivering every project they have taken up, the list is endless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accenture should fire all the Acquity management folks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, terrible execution

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Acquity Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are awesome, smart and willing to work hard. Salary & compensation is above average.

    Cons

    Travel isn't always the greatest (up to 100%). Management leaves you out on an "island" at the client sites and doesn't always have your back (in an attempt to keep the client happy).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "peons" in the field, at the client sites. They have a better read on the project status than you do. Feel free to say "No" to a client every once and awhile - show some backbone and protect the people doing the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do not do business with this organization, unless it dramatically changes

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Acquity Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some amazingly talented creative people within this organization. The concept of "Career Managers" is one that should be carried forward after the merging is complete.

    Cons

    I wouldn't wish working for this company on my enemies. The project management is unforgivably terrible. The client partnership is unaware of the capabilities and limitations of the creative and technical staff; they consistently will say or do anything to get the client in the door, and lean on creative and technology to pick up the slack... and eventually on legal to mitigate a gross failure to manage expectations. The ethical accountability of the staff borders on legitimate criminality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In this day and age, you live long enough to be bought and swallowed by a big fish, and it appears you did just that. I have considerable doubts that Accenture Interactive will be a positive change for the clients and associates within the organization. Morale issues have contributed to massive attrition in creative (especially front end development), and this must be addressed. As Accenture is now the accountable stakeholder, there is one strong point that you must address:

    Reel in your sales force and client partners and SAY NO to unrealistic requests (or give realistic responses). Acquity has a very negative established reputation in this respect, and you will not only have to address the cause but spend (probably) years in damage control to repair the trust lost in the marketplace as a whole.

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

    Not for the faint at heart...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Acquity Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with bright, motivated people, something new everyday.

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced, things are changing at lightening speed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership losing touch with a once great workforce

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Acquity Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A few really intelligent people
    - Free soda

    Cons

    - No 401k match
    - Poor communication
    - Disconnection between sales team and delivery team
    - Super high attrition
    - Layoffs of quality, high-performing employees - with no clear reason
    - Nonexistent career support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. When employees frequently ask for 401k matching, don't turn it into a recurring joke. There needs to be a serious effort to admit mistakes and rebuild a very fragile relationship between the employees and leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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