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Digitas Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
319 Reviews
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Pros
  • Very smart people, good perks for younger folks, competitive wages (in 31 reviews)

  • Tough culture, you will learn a lot and there is not better culture (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance even though management makes a point of saying there's a way to have both (in 24 reviews)

  • constant nose-to-the-grindstone billable time makes for long hours and high expectations (in 37 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    All about the talent

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

    I have been working at Digitas full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant talent. Thoughtful, insightful, driven. The smart kids in class. Great clients that want to do good work

    Cons

    Long hours. Transparency always a challenge. Barriers still exist between creative and other capabilities. Analytics has slipped in the past few years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A former leader that's lost it's luster

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Group Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President, Group Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Digitas at its best has a tradition of self-examination, mentoring for new strength, social responsibility and community outreach. It has offered many, including myself, the opportunity to work on large-scale, complex projects with cracker-jack teams.

    Cons

    Digitas has encountered a new phase, challenged by boutique agencies on one end and by savvier large agencies on the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relying on scale is not enough. Digitas needs to be willing to bet on entirely new avenues of brand promotion, with a willingness to test and learn.

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

    Work hard and don't make any mistakes

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    Former Employee - Vice President Account Planning Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Account Planning Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's a great place for competitive performance. You will grow and learn and enjoy the spirit of getting things done. A lot of good leadership who have risen up through the ranks. Teams come together to hash out client issues.

    Cons

    Look out for what you say and do. Criticism comes easy with little guidance on how to navigate the politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a culture shift to leverage the existing cross-function team spirit in support for new team members to ensure their success and integration.Take a long-term view on employee's careers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Lead Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Creative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fun environment for creatives. Lots of booze and parties. Good for younger creatives.

    Cons

    The work is pretty bad. Even the 'good' projects will leave you with a mediocre book piece at best. There are no creative leads to learn from, and storytelling does not exist here. It's easy to distinguish a portfolio of just Digitas work. It lacks a strong concept, a strong story, and a reason why.

    There's A LOT of infidelity at this agency. Especially among VP level.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Associate Director of Project Management

    Former Employee - Associate Director, Project Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director, Project Management in New York, NY

    I worked at Digitas full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and interesting work

    Cons

    Very focused on Account Management rather that focusing on a partnership with Project Management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Rewarding place. Good and friendly atmosphere. Work load is fine. People are great.

    Cons

    Lack of very talented people, especially on the technical side. Very account driven. Not really creative. very B2B.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Dynamic and challenging environment, a great place to learn and work

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, S&A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, S&A in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by lots of talented and hardworking individuals
    Exposure to different types of work in the digital space
    Great company atmosphere (NYC)
    Many opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be less glamorous - certain clients/projects just aren't as sexy as one would hope in the advertising industry
    While I was there, many hires from outside instead of promotions from within - stifled morale a little
    Work/life balance could be better - a lot of pressure on having billable hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency in the promotion process, this seems to be a bulk of people's complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing place to get started in the advertising biz

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    Former Employee - Senior Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Media Planner in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Access to great clients/accounts
    Full service agency feel
    Great culture

    Cons

    Actual promotion cycles are painfully long, they lose amazing talent because of it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect your talent by promoting within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Truly scarred from my experience at Digitas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are some smart people with good intentions in there and you do get to work on big brands and can build up a solid network of contacts for life after Digitas

    Cons

    The political environment brings out the worst in people. Backstabbing is rampant and fueled by senor management and HR.

    You are not rewarded for work performance rather the only way to get a head is by schmoozing with VPs (verbatim from 2 SVPs).

    Most of senior management got to be where they are through backstabbing, therefore, I’m not sure if there is a way to stop the cycle as long as they work there.

    HR does more harm them good by perpetuating backstabbing. It’s almost like their function is to stir things up even more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to rethink your point of view on management. People should be rewarded for performance not for being political and throwing good people under the bus. HR team: You need to re-evaluate your approach as well rather then being a tool for backstabbing used by the malfunctioning senior leadership team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    NYC office is hopeful-- Find the best people and work with them.

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits, thanks to Publicis
    - Social & volunteer opportunities
    - Solid reputation

    Cons

    - Trying to become a full service agency, but there is little communication between capabilities
    - Low pay while the company continues to waste money on lavish open bars & special appearances; employees recently went 3 years without a merit increase
    - High turnover
    - Erratic senior management whom acknowledge problems, but make little effort to fix them
    - The standard procedure for getting promoted is to find a better offer elsewhere, then threaten to quit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage collaboration & company pride; implement programs that hold departments accountable for pushing their practices forward in an increasingly competitive industry, instead of scrambling to hang on while employees leave for better opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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