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Digitas Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
313 Reviews
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Pros
  • Very smart people, good perks for younger folks, competitive wages (in 30 reviews)

  • Great community and offers opportunities to learn and grow within the company (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance even though management makes a point of saying there's a way to have both (in 23 reviews)

  • Hectic, long hours, very fast-paced environment with constant change (in 35 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sr Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great work community, awesome work/life balance, upward mobility, helpful managers, and plenty of paid time off.

    Cons

    It's an ad agency so obviously it's driven by the creative capabilities. Finance can feel like you're on an island.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great potential but creativity lost to industry competition.

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    Current Employee - Manager, Project Management in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager, Project Management in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    This company has a lot of perks; great benefits, young crowd, Thur/Fri tap room, they provide snacks, top of the line hardware/software, and don't be afraid to ask for well more than what you're worth.

    Cons

    If you're able to enjoy the perks, you're lucky..constant nose-to-the-grindstone billable time makes for long hours and high expectations. Managers are high stress and will put a lot of pressure on the team, so be cautious what you can promise. Also give managers SOME credit, the pressure is just rolling downhill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Part of why I was let go was because I protected my team to the point of the pressure point lying with my bottom line. You MUST pull the reigns on Account Managers who may bite off more than they can chew to appease clients. Managers are always the focus for blame, so don't fall victim to the constant piling on from supervisors either. Trust in your team and they'll trust you back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics, Incompetence, Politics

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Digitas full-time

    Pros

    - Easily accessible location in Boston
    - Bagel Fridays, Beer on tap (woo?)
    - Nice benefits stack. (Thanks French Culture & Maurice)
    - Very (book) smart people (for the most part)

    Cons

    - Terrible work/life balance. I often find myself at the office past 10pm more than 1 day a week. The co-workers that don't stay late are working weekends. Managers know this, but nothing is ever done about it. In fact, a typical response would be something like "oh... that sucks."
    - Severe lack of communication within and between departments. You're expected to know your job function and nuances of your account from day 1 - without asking questions. Asking questions assumes incompetence.
    - Culture of Fear. Managers are afraid to say no to clients, leading to an overload of fickle work and the terrible work/life balance I mentioned above.
    - Politics, politics, politics. Managers are promoted based on two factors: 1) length of employment at digitas and 2) the ability to suck up to the SVPs. It's also very clear who the favorites are. The new 360-degree review system is a joke - employees develop their own goals with their manager, but are actually assessed with totally different criteria. It's like that one time your professor outlined the final exam, but blindsided the class with something completely different.
    - Politics gets in the way of good work. If data seems negative or inconclusive, managers will push hard to spin it positively so clients are kept happy. Understandable, but this leads to a severe lack of transparency.
    - Internal politics are even worse. Ex-pats are blamed for systematic incompetencies. HR and many, many level of the management team (!) contribute to the politics by perpetuating rumors about current and past employees. Boston and Chicago teams resent each other for no good reason other than it's difficult to work with a remote team.
    - Do NOT buy into the "Ad Agency A List" or "Best Places to Work" list BS. HR hand-selects the reviews. Employees are spammed with pre-written submissions to send away to the award panels.
    - The mandatory parties and outings. Enough said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Train. Your. Managers. Not just in managing people, but projects and teams.
    - Really think critically about how to optimize client workflow and how to utilize each team members' strengths
    - Promote people on level of competency, not years of service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good process, but kind of dull

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    They definitely have their act together, and you get the chance to work on big name companies.

    Cons

    Not wildly innovative in terms of creative; the place is run by Pete Campbell.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment but they don't care too much about technology

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great customers, great opportunities, great place for creative and marketing

    Cons

    Technology is involved too late on process of defining solution to the customer, most of the budget is for marketing and creative parts, technology have to work on remaining time and budget and many time it's not enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology person must work as service/project supplier and not as brand assigned resources. It drove drop in skills and high turnover.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart clients and opportunity to work on exciting, cutting edge work
    Benefits and comp are great
    Fast paced environment

    Cons

    Leadership lacks professionalism and strategic direction;
    Those that get promoted usually have a "in" with senior leadership
    Moved away from being strategic and consultative to highly tactical agency
    They need to get a handle on their finances so they don't have hiring frenzies and layoffs every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more objective when reviewing poor performers; don't let personal relationships get in the way or seeing a lag in performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    smart, motivated people and humane management, but pay and creative leadership lack

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    smart people who care about their work. collaborative work environment that 'gets' digital marketing better than many agencies. Humane management that fosters a good work environment with as much job security as is possible in the ad business and an informal atmosphere that puts a premium on getting your work done over face-time or political BS.

    Cons

    Not an agency doing bold work with its clients, whether the fault of conservative clients or an agency positioning that puts a premium on quick execution over ground breaking work. Strategy and research are given short shrift under the belief that analytics can answer all questions, but analytics don't answer questions that haven't been asked or reveal new truths. Also, Digitas doesn't pay well...that seems to be the consensus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give planning more of a seat at the table with clients and stop inadequately scoping it into engagements. Make primary research a priority on more accounts and scope in budget to empower planning to uncover actionable, NEW insights, not just rehash what's already known.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fast paced, speed over precision

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Digitas as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people working at Digitas are bright, well-educated motivated people. The clients that Digitas works with are all A-class brands and this lends to some of the fun of working with well-known established brands. The Downtown Boston location is very convenient and lively.

    Cons

    Digitas is not really a creative agency. It is more like a money-driven advertising industry, so there is pressure to crank out a large volume of work. That is what the clients pay for so it should not be too much of a surprise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Big brands, without the branding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Large, impressive client roster. Great people, great friends - mostly specialists with deep knowledge in specific subjects or capabilities. Very forward thinking within new media and technology.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to create (vs maintain) brands. Company succeeds mostly with smaller, tactical, or purely functional work reliant on vendor or content partnerships to bring to life. Limited campaign work. Account team lacks deep relationships with clients to be able to sell more meaningful creative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) The current creative leadership (mostly content writers) favors safe and functional over bigger, original ideas. That emphasis trickles down from marketing leadership. To become a creative agency, that must change - but it would not seem there is a desire to be a creative agency within leadership. If not, be more forthcoming with that team.

    2) Strengthen your web development team or eliminate completely and partner with a strong vendor - your internal team seldom hits their goals, and is hesitant to innovate. Overall, learn to outsource what you do not do well.

    3) Teach your account team (includes several members of senior leadership) how to build relationships with clients and get better opportunities for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Worked there for 6.5 years. It was hands down the best job I ever had.

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The most serious-minded, well-run, efficient yet fun company I've had the pleasure to work for. In fact, folks from my "class" call it "Bronner High." Digitas is an entirely different company. I was there when Bronner pissed off the advertising community by winning agency of the year. I left Bronner in 1996.

    Cons

    We tended to over-analyze the creative, often neutering it in the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have kept the name Bronnercom. Why would you expunge all reference to the brainchild, the Oz behind the curtain? Ogilvy is still called Ogilvy for a reason. I'll never get that.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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