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Blue State Digital Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
24 Reviews

4.3
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Smart people with a great product still figuring some things out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Strong leadership, some excellent work, and a compelling brand have kept the company growing. Lots of new people are rounding out the skills and capabilities.

    Client mix keeps the work interesting. People can do great work for the causes they care about but also learn new skills in different industries. The combo of technology and agency services makes the company unique and offers opportunity to see both sides of the digital marketing world.

    Company culture is ideal: high-achieving but convivial.

    Cons

    Fast growth has brought challenges in process, personnel, and consistency, but there's self-awareness and constant effort to improve. The client mix is an overall positive aspect of BSD, but it also means there are cases of attempts to stretch into new types of work that fall short. But better to keep pushing than grow stale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hipsters' Paradise in Need of Structure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing clients. Hip vibe. Perks out of the wazoo. Long hours are validated by compelling work.

    Cons

    There is definitely an "in-crowd" and if you aren't associated with one of these cliques, then there is little chance for advancement. Fit in or get out. Also, there seems to be a never-ending feeling of confusion which can be exciting at times. But generally, it is evident that there is some disorganization within the four-walls of Blue State.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure is your friend!

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

    Great people, annoying codebase

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    Pros

    You work with great people!
    Much of the work is for good causes.
    Ping pong.

    Cons

    The coding paradigm changed from too-sloppy to way-too-rigorous. Jobs that used to take 30minutes now take 3 hours. Young leadership embraces programming fads that would be best used in moderation.
    No profit sharing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Exciting challenges and smart coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great clients, creative work, and lots of really smart people. There is a lot of opportunity to take on work that interests you, if you're willing to work for it. There's an excitement to take on big challenges and figure out new solutions that I haven't felt in other places.

    Cons

    Long hours, and no clear route for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great values, Great people, Great company

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator

    Pros

    You get exposure to a variety of clients-- from political campaigns to corporations to nonprofits. I love the people that I work with. I'm grateful to be working for a company that holds the same values as I do-- and wears their values on their sleeve.

    Cons

    Long. Hours. COB is technically at 6:00pm, which means that you really don't leave the office until 6:30 or 7:00 most days. When you have a partner that finishes work at 5:00pm, this means ~10 less hours a week of quality time with family (and 40 less hours a month). The people and the mission of the company make it worth it-- for now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is based on values. One of the few values that is missing is work-life balance. We need to better structure this as a company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mission-driven organization, transparent leadership, good career path opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior Management Position  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Management Position in New York, NY

    Pros

    I've been there for several years, in a management position. Here are some of the things I like: (1) The company has ideals and I feel like it respects them, preferring clients that will be good for the world and for its employees. (2) Culture is healthy and collaborative; people are heard and anyone can contribute. (3) Leadership is transparent; we are kept apprised of how the company is doing. (4) Many of the people in management have been promoted from lower-level positions, and I've enjoyed watching my colleagues grow into jobs with more responsibility.

    Cons

    Sometimes I feel like there are TOO many people involved in things, so it's hard to make progress. Also, there's way too much cultural reliance on email. (I think the company's trying to change this.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great clients, great team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    We work for causes you can believe in and the mix of work is interesting. Talented and passionate group of people. CEO that walk the walk on values and people. Great track record of promoting from within.

    Cons

    This is a growing, changing company, but that is both a pro and a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in people and commit to causes we support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not for everyone, and that’s a good thing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As the name suggests, this is a purpose driven and mission led company, but it also pitches and delivers tons of work for markets and brands. The dual mission has graced the agency with an amazing team of creative thinkers who care about data and communications calendars as much as they care about poverty alleviation and the environment. I actively enjoy the company and intelligence of my workmates.

    I’ve also worked here long enough to witness two significant evolutionary phases. Both were not what I’d call easy, but both left the company stronger, much more diverse in gender and race, and increased the quality of the work. There are multiple systems in place for feedback, and some huge changes in process have been the direct result of employee feedback or action- both anonymously through surveys or through direct entrepreneurial efforts.

    Cons

    This is not a place for anyone. The company will be different a year from now, and different a year from then. To not go crazy here, you have to be ready for this, and I’ve seen some talented people (from agencies and from nonprofits & foundations) struggle with this kind of change.

    The interview process is a beast. You’ve got to talk to half a dozen people at least (some talk to as many as 10) and everyone needs to be OK’d by the CEO. The process works (mostly) and weeds out the not-totally-committed, but can be long and difficult on candidates schedules.

    Finally, if you’re interested in getting rich, this is not the place. While there is some brand and corporate work, fully 2/3 of the clients are non-profits and institutions whose budgets don't even come close to the corporate stuff. However, the salaries are better than non-profits and many small agencies, and the benefits (massive parental leave, professional development funding, and solid holidays) are really good. And you can sleep well at night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing and hiring smartly, don’t lose the culture, keep the client mix.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best company I've worked for

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone here is incredibly friendly and a pleasure to work with. You get exposed to a lot of different lines of the business and it's very collaborative. The client base is unique and makes you proud to work here.

    Cons

    Company is growing incredibly fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Passion Driven Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    BSD works for awesome causes and will not just choose any clients to work with. We have an awesome cultural work environment, and people that are passionate and excited about the things going on with BSD. We even have days such as Grilled Cheese Day, Bagel Mondays, Happy hours and more + a Kegerator!

    BSD will also invest in their very own and will provide you with a certain fund to further your career.

    Cons

    Everyone is very reliant on e-mails to communicate and reach out. If the internet goes out, we are all stuck in a rut.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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