Digitas Health Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  • If you like a large company, great benefits with the feel of a small agency, DH is a great place (in 5 reviews)

  • And like most big companies, it has great benefits, a few great people, and a variety of opportunities to advance (in 5 reviews)

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  • There's no sense of work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Openly gossip like you never left high school (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good People Marketing a bit dry

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Very smart people within the organization, from top to bottom. Hard workers at the VP level on down. Very engaged with client work.

    Cons

    It's hard to get really creative with the messaging due to so many restrictions. The disclaimers are longer than the branding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being engaged


  2. Amazing people and culture, mixed bag of actual projects

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digitas Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are wonderful - funny, interesting, hard working (for the most part) people who employ the work hard play hard philosophy. I made friends here who I will have for a lifetime. If you play the social game correctly, opportunity for advancement is pretty good. Great place to learn and grow, and if you choose to stay (many do) the benefits and perks are great.

    Cons

    As a pharma agency, the work is mostly bland. There are occasional great projects (commercials, big campaigns) but the space is so riddled with rules and regulations that innovative ideas are often stifled. Promotions and advancement are all contingent upon personal relationships and who likes who, so it can sometimes feel like a popularity contest. Can feel cliquey sometimes, but with so many people you are bound to make a friend or two.

    Advice to Management

    Make promotions more merit based, or at least implement a system that makes it clear what criteria are needed for advancement. It often felt like those who got promoted were the favorites of the senior leadership.


  3. Good benefits, lower pay and job satisfaction

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    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some departments allow flexibility with hours in the office and working from home. They have generous PTO, company holidays, and disability pay.

    Cons

    They don't have any bonus structure, and the only way to get a raise (beyond 1-3%) is to get promoted. A lot of people leave to get a promotion elsewhere, then return to the company. Many feel pressure to work 60-80+ hours/week. They also hire right out of school, and there are a lot of employees who aren't professional; sometimes it feels like I'm in middle school.

    Advice to Management

    Have a stronger bonus/raise structure. A lot of people leave because they can make more money elsewhere.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Great place to begin your career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resume builder, great for those young in their career Great people Fun, lively open office feel Nearly everyone who works there is attractive Great culture Free Wawa coffee Opportunities to work on the biggest healthcare brands - but don't think you're going to make any impact. With 5+ agencies at the table and yearly strategy/client turnover it's more of a game of blocking and tackling to hold onto business than it is about driving business objectives for the brand or (gasp) supporting patients/professionals. You're going to learn how to create good PowerPoint decks - lots of them If you're any good you're going to learn how to navigate bloated and dysfunctional client/agency groups to get things done - a valuable skill to have Benefits are fantastic, you literally get two months off every year

    Cons

    Seems to be a leadership vacuum at the top. Too many layers of Publicis leads to... Slow moving on raises and promotions, you will be doing work at a level above your role for months to years before being considered for promotion When you do get a bump it's still below market value (they need that money to pay the many layers between you and Paris) Recent turn over has led to poor staffing, which leads to more turnover. Typically overworked, which doesn't lend itself to strategic thinking Media department is a factory filled with young overworked good-looking recent college grads with little sense of what goes into a successful healthcare marketing strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Why are you so distant from the actual brick building within the agency? Get your hands dirty. The lofty agency branding strategies and slogans aren't moving needles, increasing output, employee retention, client retention, or efficiencies. Nobody cares. Apply your energy to helping your employees do a better job rather than creating slogans, spin-offs, and additional management layers. Relying on the prestige built up pre-Publicis in the healthcare marketing space to acquire/retain talent and clients is going to wear out at some point - in fact it may already have started wearing out.


  6. An agency moving forward

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Digitas Health full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, decent work/life balance (for an ad shop), creative leadership is trying to further great ideas and great work

    Cons

    Lots of regulations for Pharma work, many, many, many extra layers of people/functions/tasks, not necessarily staffed by the best and brightest

    Advice to Management

    Fewer people, more capability, more emphasis on innovation and quality


  7. Senior Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Digitas Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great culture and very generous vacation policy -Smart colleagues -Innovative -Process oriented

    Cons

    -Politics -Takes a while to get promotions due to red tape


  8. Helpful (1)

    Mixed feelings

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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digitas Health (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Big agency with lots of business, so most times lots to do - Variety of brands and projects to work on - Good culture with lots of celebrations and get togethers after work. - Lots of holidays, you even get the day before the holiday off in some cases - Some teams are great to work with and you develop a close relationship with them - Great location, close to Suburban and Market East ("Jefferson Station") - Nicely designed space on 11th with cafe, free soda, and Fooda (food from restaurants that come to the office)

    Cons

    - They are a digital agency but they don't use a digital routing system - Upper management politics - Some upper management is abusive and difficult to get along with but for some reason they still have their jobs - Not enough room, desks are put anywhere they can fit them - If you start as a Freelancer, don't expect to get a full-time offer, most freelancers wait at least a year before getting an offer - It's very difficult to look for a job at another Publicis company which working at one since recruiters don't get anything for you moving within

    Advice to Management

    If a freelancer is interested in becoming full-time and their team loves them, hire them before they look somewhere else!


  9. Summer Intern

    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Everyone in the company has an amazing attitude. Everyone is hard working and super friendly. The company seems to have everything together and has a lot of activities for the co workers to participate in after work.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of. Great company for anyone to intern at that's interested in Advertising


  10. Helpful (1)

    Poorly organised, poorly managed, poor miscommunication

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digitas Health as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Digitas Health is a big company. And like most big companies, it has great benefits, a few great people, and a variety of opportunities to advance. Every employee has a job title that promotes confidence in their job.

    Cons

    Employees here are too busy. Their always in meetings or unreachable at times. This makes it hard to get work done. People promise to be in touch or get back to you and then. Ball dropped. There's no sense of work-life balance. The lines of "having a life" and working around the clock are blurred. It often seems as though the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Communication is duplicated. Followups are virtually nonexistent. Feedback on projects is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    If I could say anything to management, it would be this: Communicate with your employees. Let them know that they're doing a good job. Stop living in emergency mode and be proactive about solving problems.


  11. Lots of opportunities available to make connections in the industry.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digitas Health as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Summer internship project up in New York was a fun and exciting experience. Help me build a vast network of contacts in the industry, very import for someone in college hoping for a job after graduation because this company has a whole lot of positions available. Provided great exposure to the policies and procedures involved in the healthcare/pharmaceutical side of advertising. Much different experience compared to my work on the consumer side, but very educational.

    Cons

    A lot of down time because there are a lot of project interns can't work on. A lot of petty assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Have more opportunities for interns to do client-related work.



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