Digitaria

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Digitaria Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
32 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Earnout Burnout

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice space. Nice pace.

    Nobody is that overworked. I have read the other comments about too much work. This is coming from very young people who have no idea what a real agency is like.

    Cons

    They have some of the most memorable brands in the world on their roster, yet none of the work they do is memorable.

    Nobody pushes the work. Everyone settles for "good enough" and "get it out the door".

    They add a 20%+ pad to most projects. This is unethical and disheartening.

    Ownership is obviously in earnout mode. They deserve it. Good for them. Bad for the work. Bad for morale.

    Workforce is way too junior. This is likely tied to earnout frugality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your current clients. Stop chasing so much crap. Have a little swagger. Stand for something (try just one thing to start). Turn a few gigs down. Make the work matter. Make work that will be remembered. Let talent prevail not politics and peer pressure.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Digitaria is Dead

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    Former Employee - Creative in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Creative in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    There are no pros. Digitaria is dead. Greed, politics and misplaced ambition killed it. The name will be changed in 2015, as it should be.

    Cons

    As others have written, Digi's four founders have completely checked out awaiting a big takeover payday from JWT at the end of the year. Morale is broken and there is no can-do spirit any more. it's all about maximizing profit for the founders.

    Projects are ridiculously padded but pay is low. The salespeople constantly over promise and the PMs take the fall for it. In the power vacuum, the most political, gossipy and back-stabbing people have done well, but none of them are much good at their actual job.

    Digitaria is in a sad place right now. It's going through it's death throes. What it turns into after the JWT takeover no one really knows, but all signs so far are bad. You'd be crazy to come here until at least six months after JWT takes over, because you have no idea what you're walking into other than a soul-sucking mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

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

    It was a turbulent ride, and I am glad it is over.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Interesting people. Some interesting work. And some fun for sure. Beautiful office. Especially if you like baseball.

    Cons

    The partners are checked out. It's the last year of the buyout and it seems the mantra is over sell, who cares about delivery, lets squeeze every cent we can out of everything. That means replacing experienced professionals with $9 an hour interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Level with everyone and let them know what is going on. What happens when your pay day comes? What happens to the rest of us?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Dynamic company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work, extremely fast pace, you learn and grow fast, incredible clients. I never get tired of my clients and the life style here at digi

    Cons

    gotta work extra hrs to catch up with deadlines as you will be managing 5 different clients at the same time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Low Pay, High Stress, Very Political- Adult High School

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The view of the office is really nice. The majority of the people that work there are a young, smart fun group. They have a events every month or so which involve alcohol and free food. They throw the best parties for holidays. The clients Digitaria works with are high end brands, big names which look great on your resume. Digitaria on your resume looks good too because if you leave to another agency, they like to see Digitaria on your resume because it shows you know how to work really hard.

    Cons

    It's similar to High School, theres a noticeable "popular" group, they all hang out together during work, after work and weekends. I guess this is OK if you don't have any friends and your only friends are your co-workers, but that can often lead to drama!

    It's very political, you have to be best friends with your manager to move up. You also have to be part of certain crowds at work to really enjoy working there. Most people that work there are really burned out which causes a lot of backlash on the project integrity and quality. There's a lot of arguing and disagreements with team members. You can throw the creative out of the door because the creatives don't like to change their vision, and if they are forced to, the project pretty much gets hosed.

    Resources are high rates, budgets are low, projects get over promised by sales/ business development and usually the Project managers are the ones who have to take the brunt of all the angry people in between. There is very little work-life balance. You need to be willing to work almost 24/7 to make deadlines because of the way projects are sold and timelines are always tight.

    They also have high turnover and it's obvious why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a gander around and maybe talk to the mid level people to get a sense of why they are so miserable. Get a new sales team, they don't know how to sell projects efficiently and reasonably. Going for DAOR for so many companies is making the agency look desperate. Also, watch the upper management closely- promoting your best friends is not a good way to run a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unsatisfying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digitaria

    Pros

    Extremely talented co-workers, large brand experience, location perks (great view, downtown), company sponsored 'events' (free food etc.)

    Cons

    Too many corporate/bureaucratic policies without the pros of corporate work/life balance. Too many meetings with too little productivity and disproportionate appreciation for effort. Overall complacency is wide spread and tangible. Management is critical and sets the bar high while offering little to no encouragement, training, or positive reinforcement. Most people are there to punch their time card, get paid on time, and patiently await getting off work in order to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to utilize the same creativity, support, and teamwork that got you to the top in the first place. Growth is good, but loyalty and longevity will be lost if the vibe doesn't change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Stressful, Political, Just Plain Sad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Digitaria full-time

    Pros

    All the things you've already seen here, none of it which has anything to do with Digitaria as a workplace. The office is rad and right next to the Padres baseball stadium. There are two or three big parties a year. Most of the staff is young and fun. Blah blah blah.

    Cons

    Today was totally the last straw for me. The CEO sent out an email telling everybody how great our culture is. It was so tone death and phony. Everybody who works here is totally stressed out. The people that are still here anyway. It's really political and morale is terrible. The big joke that you hear all the time is that it's The Hunger Games. Everyone is fighting everyone for resources and help. Pay is low too, which I'm finding out as I interview for other jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop telling us how great it is here. It's not great here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    High Stress, Poor Work/Life Balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digitaria

    Pros

    Office is right above Petco Park which makes for a cool location that people like to "oooh" and "ahhh" at, young/fun co-workers

    Cons

    All management cares about is that you're billable, which makes the place really high stress. Work/life balance is non-existent. All client work is almost 100% project based, and the work is primarily production- very little creative or "big ideas". The office is extremely political. The stress around the office feels like it's getting progressively worse. I genuinely think all my co-workers are looking for a new gig.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the outrages sales calc pads and overcharging clients so the agency can develop true client partnerships and start doing some creative work that isn't just project-based web design. People may not mind working so hard if it was work they enjoyed vs. all production. Office freebies every now and then does not make up for the day-to-day most workers are dealing with. Also, please realize how political the senior managers you're promoting are making the place.

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    High stress, even for an agency. Extremely political work environment.

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    Former Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - California in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Digitaria full-time

    Pros

    Work with some talented people, for well known client/brands. The culture definitely produces some great work and allows creativity due to the level of talent. Pay is fair to good. Leadership promotes fun and encourages a collaborative atmosphere. Beautiful headquarters.

    Cons

    Some management is just plain awful, and frequently high pressure to the point of being abusive. Also, it's very political. There's lots of backstabbing. Project managers are expected to compete for resources and many go too far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of incompetent managers. Work harder to maintain sanity and reduce conflict. Stop destroying morale by promoting the loudest but laziest people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    A place where creativity goes to die. Churn & burn ...

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    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, office, fun events. A great place to start out and establish your career.

    Cons

    There is no on boarding process. Be prepared to be thrown into a project halfway through with little to no explanation. With no formal training process you can easily find your self getting written up for not being 100% billable.
    Communication with managers is appalling. In 11 months the longest I spoke to my manager was during the interview process.
     Bleary eyed employees walk around the office, tired and (most definitely) overworked.
     There is no emphasis on "the big idea" and most of the work seems to be clients JWT has messed up & sent to DIgitaria to fix. The design work is mostly all production.
    Management is adept to straight up lying to their employees, I witnessed it more than once.
    There is little emphasis on growth as most employees don't make it past the first year mark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Communication is important & there seems to be some political motivations for the way the office is run. Give feedback when asked, especially if an employee seeks it out about their performance.
    Don't make people managers that don't want to be, it's obvious who's a good leader and who's not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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