Digitas Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
304 Reviews

3.3
304 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very smart people, good perks for younger folks, competitive wages (in 28 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 22 reviews)

  • Long hours for media department, can take a while to get a raise (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    First ad agency experience--excellent Digital Ad Agency

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Digitas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Smart and capable colleagues
    Exciting clients and accounts to work on
    Great learning and development offerings

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ladder
    Some upper management is better than others--it seems to have gone downhill a bit recently, with less communication between the top and the middle
    Little opportunity to work on new business pitches

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Post-merger blues, not as good as digital as you'd think from the name

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good culture of training, lots of smart people

    Cons

    Corporate hubris, not great clients, bad creative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stopping putting the wrong people in senior management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once was great but it's losing it's culture due to disconnect between staff and management

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    Former Employee - Director, Technology
    Former Employee - Director, Technology

    I worked at Digitas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people I worked with everyday are fantastic and literally the most talented people I've ever worked with. There was always a consistent drive for success shared at all levels. Working late nights wasn't a bad thing because you knew that it was making a difference and rewards were always there. Digitas had typically been a big agency that acts like a small one. The small agency mentality enabled management to take risks.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of vision that is trickling down through the levels. Uncertainty of individual roles and contribution to the greater vision are causing individuals to look at other career opportunities. Lay offs and force outs are being conducted presumably to change management and staff. This is also contributing to the unsettled atmosphere. I believe leadership is disconnected from the mid to junior levels. As much as leadership tries to connect (town hall meetings, suggestion boxes, surveys, etc) the individuals are not trusting of management to provide honest feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so consumed with the road ahead to forget the path you've made. Don't forget to think like a small agency instead of the huge one you are now.

    Don't be overly consumed by media dollars and throw away the digital innovation envisioned by creative and powered by technology that drives every digital experience you create.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture and some of the best creative minds in the business

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Digitas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Office space, atmosphere, HR, staffing/GSS team
    Everyone feeds off of each other creatively.....there is never a "bad" idea since they usually turn into great ones.
    You walk into the office and KNOW you are at a creative agency

    Cons

    You think it won't get better....then it does
    You aren't able to sit on the sidelines and not contribute (sarcasm)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I could offer management one piece of advice......I wouldn't because they all know what they are doing and I would just screw it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's ok. But don't expect anyone to be impressed you worked there. Or to do anything really exciting.

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    Former Employee - Strategy and Analysis  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy and Analysis in New York, NY

    I worked at Digitas full-time

    Pros

    Scale - i.e. resources

    Interesting technology lab

    Location is convenient

    Salaries - which tend to be generous

    Cons

    VERY Political

    Senior Leadership have been there forever

    Gargantuan egos even by NY agency standards

    Size - it's a big corporate feeling agency

    and genuinely not that Creative

    You literally will not have a life outside of work. It's a late hours culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave. Let fresh blood in.

    Culture wise, stop mimicking your corporate clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Driven

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    Former Employee - Associate Director Interaction Design  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director Interaction Design in New York, NY

    I worked at Digitas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location, very central and near everything. The building is also nice, even thought the offices are minimal.

    Cons

    The Culture (Account management driven) and the crazy hours. The lack of knowledge of Project management - financial planners are hired as Senior Managers, without any online experience, only budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your Creative and IA departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral 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 for more than a 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.  

    What a suck hole this agency is.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Digitas for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of soda, snacks and beer. Gee, that's awesome.

    Cons

    Worked with creative directors who were good at loving an idea one day, then hating it the next. They changed the focus/goal of one assignment 4x in two weeks, and then threw some folks under the bus in meetings and on email. Classy. Many people on here have said the HR is the worst. They were actually some of the more pleasant/helpful people at Digitas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

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

    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 for 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

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