Digitas Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
306 Reviews
3.4
306 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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Exciting place for people interested in digital marketing within a creative and curious environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digitas

    Pros

    The people and the atmosphere

    Cons

    Multiple promotion freezes while employed here

  3.  

    Fun but very political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Digitas full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of perks, fun, great people working by your side, very intelligent.

    Cons

    A lot of politics. Promotions are very heavy on the buddy system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more open to others outside of their "favorite few."

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Dynamic and challenging environment, a great place to learn and work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Amazing place to get started in the advertising biz

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    A solid agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, good perks for younger folks, competitive wages

    Cons

    Terrible review process, very large agency and can get lost within it. Some creatives think that they are just the greatest thing since sliced bologna.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really have any. Managing an agency that is that size is a tough gig.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Truly scarred from my experience at Digitas

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    it really is one of the best places to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -an HR team committed to employee satisfaction
    -a comprehensive and sometimes exhaustive review process
    -amazingly smart and talented colleagues
    -gorgeous work space
    -fair salary based upon performance, contrary to what others may believe
    -work life balance IS attainable
    -the list goes on and on...there is a reason why Digitas has so many "boomerang" employees. it is truly a great place to be

    Cons

    -some late hours
    -lack of creativity in work
    -new business pipeline seems dried up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It used to be a company that cared about their employees...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digitas

    Pros

    They do a great job of hiring highly talented, smart and hard-working people resulting in impressive work and strong team camaraderie. They have great benefits including holidays and vacation time.

    Cons

    They are under such extreme pressure to meet their revenue goals set by Publicis that they tend to go through lay offs more often than ever before. They lay off key talent since the work is currently not there; however, it's short-sighted because they'll win new business and need to quickly ramp up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to listening and respecting employees instead of treating them like a number.

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