Band Digital Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
11 Reviews
2.6
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  1.  

    Determined Associate Creative Director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Band Digital

    Pros

    hands on, little room for ego

    Cons

    at the time, there was little opportunity for career growth

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    There's a reason that you can no longer find this company's website

    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Time-off was considerable, SOME leadership (mid-level) was very talented and passionate, diverse and experiences team of creatives and developers, they pitched like a $100 million agency

    Cons

    Highest-level of leadership had little to no vision for long-term goals, cutting corners was common, spending budget that didn't exist was frequent, pitching new clients took priority over maintaining/satisfying existing clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long-term planning vs. short term gain strategy for the next venture will go a long way toward a different outcome.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need to Revive and Rebuild

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategy in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Strategy in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Band Digital

    Pros

    Some great people. Very understanding of personal needs and even career goals. If you have a good mentor it can be a great place to grow and learn. There are some very experienced and talented people who are fun to work with. The benefits are fantastic and for the most part you aren't worked to the bone like some other agencies.

    Cons

    Executive nightmare. They need a change in leadership. Some of the problem figureheads have exited so there is a glimmer of hope, but the company seems to be driving blind. Management is living in the golden age of the big agencies and has forgotten, or don't know how to roll their sleeves up and get things done. Thus a bunch of great efforts by employees go to waste because of lack of leadership and organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lack of wisdom in believing that employees can't do the math of layoffs and salary cuts and they are bitter. Time to suck it up at the executive level, make due, and bring people back up to speed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Band Digital

    Pros

    The talented people and awesome clients you get to work with - the casual environment - the ability to share your ideas and know they will be heard

    Cons

    There are times when deadlines drive the business and you have to go above and beyond and work more than 40 hours - but the team working together to reach the common goal makes it all worth while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you remain competitive in the marketplace. If a good employee is looking to leave do your best to find out why and act accordingly.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not Bad but Not Great place to Work

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

    I worked at Band Digital

    Pros

    They are still a top agency

    Cons

    Mgt. seems disconnected from the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the customers you have not the customers you want

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Comradery

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

    I worked at Band Digital

    Pros

    Some of the most dedicated people I've ever met. Extremely talented for the most part.

    Cons

    Top management irresponsible and squandering what money the office manages to bring in. Fires the most dedicated people in the company, who produce excellent work. Employees are underpaid and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries and get rid of the useless employees that are bringing down the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Oh Lord

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

    I have been working at Band Digital

    Pros

    -Great office in Chicago
    -Good compensation
    -Good working class people

    Cons

    After reading the previous 4 reviews, I have to say, they are all spot on. With that said, I'll add some additional points to the pro's and con's.

    1. Extremely Poor Performing President - A president's main focus should be goal setting, bringing in new business, and providing his reports and teams below with the power to achieve those goals set-forth. WhittmanHart's President has done none of the above successfully. What the bulk of the working class see is a leader ReTweeting others posts and plugging the remaining client (Harley-Davidson) on Twitter.

    2. Growth - As mentioned in the review from “Continously in Start-Up Mode”, there is no organizational growth. The last acquisition of DNA Studios, brought in tremendous talent and some great clients. But Management ruined that as well too. All of the top DNA Studio folks from Creative to Technical jumped ship or got fired from 2007-2009, as well as many clients. DNA Studios was acquired around 2007, top talent stayed for a awhile, and then jumped ship/fired and took clients and started fresh without the baggage of Whittmanhart's President's management style. In sum, WhittmanHart paid good money for talent and clients that left soon after the acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider pursuing other careers, change managment style, or provide some compelling reason why you have failed miserably over the last 10 years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Whittmanhart no where close to being a competing agency.

    • 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 Band Digital

    Pros

    Easy to get away with expenses and corporate lunch/dine outs. If you manage a department budget, then your in luck, as you can spend all their money.

    Cons

    One client and no steady revenue. Great creative people but now have all left due to leadership issues. Top leadership left and pursued other start-ups. The current President and CEO have buried any future success of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continously in Start-Up Mode

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

    I have been working at Band Digital

    Pros

    Some of the most hard-working, decicated, sincere, people in the advertising world. This applies ONLY to the working class grades such as tech director, user experience directors, art directors, flash developers, project & account management folks. Upper management is a whole different story.

    The is only reason WhittmanHart gets two stars. Without some of the great people that work there and make work enjoyable, it would be 1 star.

    Cons

    It's a rudderless ship management is not capable of fixing. And even if fixed, the path to any destination is not evident. They are roughly a 10 year old organization that remains in start-up mode. Over the 10 years, they have reorganized (unsuccessfully) countless times. They have also changed names and bought other companies to grow the business. For example, remember MarchFirst? US WebCK? These are just some of its past failed incarnations and business purchases. Unfortunaley, with each purchase, the company has lost the bulk of accounts and projects it's acquired through the purchase. The bread and butter of the agency (and what has and currently keeps WhittmanHart alfoat) is Harley-Davidson. With little to no new business wins, Harley-Davidson sales in severe decline, and an unusually high turnover rate for employees, this ship may not stay afloat much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    10 years of being in start-up mode, with no natural growth (outside acquisitions) has produced less than staggering results. It may be time to pass the torch to others who are more capable. Instead of continously hiring and firing the people that get the work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    WHi is destined to fail!

    • 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 Band Digital

    Pros

    - There are some pockets of talented people. Most have left the company.

    Cons

    - Senior management is very weak compared to competitors in the industry.
    - They have been losing business steadily for the last 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your senior management. The company has spiraled down hill for the last 3 years, maybe it is time to make a change at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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