Digitas Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
305 Reviews
3.3
305 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Tony Weisman
11 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Driven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Fast paced, speed over precision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    What a suck hole this agency is.

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

    Big brands, without the branding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn a lot, but be prepared to work. A lot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are really nice, and very smart. I learned a lot, and felt challenged by the work.

    Cons

    The company is pretty big, and agencies that large it can feel like senior management loses sight of the work, and is driven by the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Video Producer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Video Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture and understands the needs of families.

    Cons

    The creative wasn't groundbreaking but we did good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn a lot and work even more

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digitas

    Pros

    Trained an entire generation of digital analysts
    Training is comprehensive
    Dashboarding/Decks are impressive

    Cons

    Horrible culture. (fake cool people, probably not popular in hs)
    Too many nerds
    Management doesn't care how long you work and often replies with 'You're not managing your time correctly.' Such a cop out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about the little guy's time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Digitas full-time for 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
  11.  

    Smart People, Great environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digitas

    Pros

    There are some really talented people at this company and great opportunities to learn from your peers. The learning & development programs are a definite plus, whether it involves bringing in speakers/teachers from the outside or sharing knowledge from within.

    Cons

    Transparency between upper/middle management to lower management was poor. Opportunities for growth were there, but only if you knew the right people and could navigate the political waters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above: Create Greater transparency between upper/middle management to lower management. Encourage career growth and new experiences (especially when explicitly requested).

Worked for Digitas? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.