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Digitas Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
319 Reviews
3.5
319 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart clients and opportunity to work on exciting, cutting edge work
    Benefits and comp are great
    Fast paced environment

    Cons

    Leadership lacks professionalism and strategic direction;
    Those that get promoted usually have a "in" with senior leadership
    Moved away from being strategic and consultative to highly tactical agency
    They need to get a handle on their finances so they don't have hiring frenzies and layoffs every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more objective when reviewing poor performers; don't let personal relationships get in the way or seeing a lag in performance

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

    Great people, long hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Digitas full-time

    Pros

    The work can be incredibly challenging in a good way depending on the client that you work on. There are endless chances to learn and grow. The people are fantastic to work with, definitely make the office enjoyable even when you've had a very long week.

    Cons

    Depending on the client, the hours can be manageable or far too long. As with any agency, people are incredibly busy, which means politics can factor a great deal into promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees are clear on paths to promotion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great Company But Longer Hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, loft-style environment with graffiti on the walls and lots of perks. Young employees, fun company events, free drinks and snacks, growing like crazy.

    Cons

    Long hours for media department, can take a while to get a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider consistent performance based raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Promotion-based culture backed by training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director - Technology in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Director - Technology in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Hard work often rewarded.relatively fair promotion plans. Annual reviews taken seriously.

    Cons

    Crazy long hours. Senior management sometimes made odd business decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a large Detroit-based client.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work hard play harder!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Planner Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Planner Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great community and offers opportunities to learn and grow within the company!

    Cons

    None all around a very supportive company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Some of the smartest people in the industry, but slow to promote. Management is mixed bag.

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

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

    Pros

    There aren't many uber-intelligent people in this industry as a whole, but many of them are at Digitas.

    Media and Strategy & Analytics teams work together unusually closely and do incredibly sophisticated work, especially in performance marketing. Media dollars are actually spent based on real data and analysis, rather than arbitrarily as is the case at many agencies.

    Cons

    1) Not enough opportunity for movement (both lateral and vertical). Promotions were based on (long) time periods/cycles rather than aptitude.

    2) Management is very inconsistent. I've had the best and worst managers I've ever had there, and it makes all the difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are bleeding a lot of talent. Poor management makes employees unhappy, period. If someone in a managerial position is clearly disliked and not respected by his/her direct reports and colleagues, don't turn a blind eye.

    Promote people who deserve it; don't just base it on tenure. Place value on the entry-level folks who are some of your most valuable and promising employees, rather than considering them replaceable while focusing efforts to hold onto more visible--but less talented--people.

    Continue to place a strong value on the partnership between media and analytics--this is Digitas's true differentiator in my opinion.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    smart, motivated people and humane management, but pay and creative leadership lack

    • 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 (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

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