Acquity Group

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Acquity Group Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
90 Reviews
2.8
90 Reviews
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Jay Dettling
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Review Highlights

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. 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acquisition ruining culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acquity Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Acquity has the remains of a great culture. It is a fast moving, challenging place to work. You'll come across some very, very bright people.

    Cons

    The founders sold to Accenture and have left. Farewell emails come in every other Friday. The people that have stuck around have to deal with the transition to Accenture, whose culture couldn't be more different. Enjoy using a cheap Dell, doing a PPA on a WBS for TPS reports, and having your projects run by people that have no experience in your field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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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 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Decent people, but company is lost.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acquity Group

    Pros

    Friendly people work there, and its an easy workload. You can't beat location, either. There is a good feeling among employees. People seem to really like each other.

    Cons

    Creative feels like a highschool clique. If you went to a certain Catholic college, your in. If not, you sit on the outside and hope to get noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make creative feel like an after thought.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acquity Group full-time

    Pros

    - Initial on-boarding was professional

    Cons

    - Lacks leadership structure outside Chicago
    - Lacks sound methodology or process
    - Vulgar and aggressive culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not for the faint at heart...

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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

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in Staten Island, NY

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

    Pros

    Dynamic & Creative Front End Developer Group
    Excellent Compensation
    Excellent Benefits

    Cons

    "Seasoned" professionals are fresh out of college
    Unable to execute an end to end strategy for client
    Employees over 30 are RARE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you advertise seasoned professionals, actually have them on staff. While you like the profit margins of putting junior, inexperienced people on an account it's the best way to keep losing clients! It's clear you have no interest in people over the age of 30.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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