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Direct Agents Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good small company with good culture

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

    I have been working at Direct Agents full-time

    Pros

    People are promoted and given bigger accounts / opportunity based on how they perform vs playing favorites
    Offering and service to client is top notch
    Everyone is pulling their weight - we have a small team but everyone is really giving it their all
    Bonuses (who does not love money?)
    Owners are very involved in daily business which I like but I can see may be overwhelming for new employees
    Healthy snack options are appreciated

    Cons

    Sometimes lots of work with little structure so you can't just rely on people to tell you what to do - you really have to think. It can be stressful but it forces you to learn faster than you would elsewhere

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    worst place i have ever worked

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

    I worked at Direct Agents full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - casual dress code
    - free coffee and fruit

    Cons

    - low salary/compensation
    - micro management from managing directors and vps
    - high turnover rate
    - shady dealings with clients (flat out lies and fabricated reporting)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management cannot be helped. they know what they do is horrific and are not willing to change.

    i have been in media sales for 15+ years and have worked at several companies in the space both large and small, and I can say without hesitation that Direct Agents is the worst place I have ever worked by far.

    I would not recommend this place to anyone unless you want to be worked to the bone, treated like a child and grossly underpaid.

    be warned: enter at your own peril

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place for hyper growth and learning about digital advertising

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Search Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Search Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Direct Agents full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment and immediate access to experience with big brand clients. Hours are farily flexible and Ive rarely seen anyone work past 630 here -- which is rare amongst my friends in the agency space. Growth potential has been good so far and I like the fact that there a lot of bonus opportunities based on goals reached.

    Cons

    You have to be ready for the pace and expectations. It took me a couple months to get up to speed with what was expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love the way the teams collaborate- Would recommend more training across the teams and also more collaborative projects if possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    The most DOOMED company I've ever worked at or heard of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Direct Agents full-time

    Pros

    Majority of coworkers(non-executive) are very intelligent, innovative and supportive
    Location
    Variety of clients
    They have a company happy hour about every other month which is paid for

    Cons

    PLEASE NOTE: I am not a disgruntled employee and have done great work consistently for this company. It's a shame that they don't care about anyone, top to bottom.

    Anything positive written on here is almost certainly the work of their HR/Marketing department. I saw a number of interns writing positive comments on various review websites. I'll highlight a few key issues working here:
    1. The absolute worst upper management and VP's around, who have no concern about their employees
    2. Hardly any organizational structure means you have to be proactive to get things done(which is fine) but makes even mundane tasks time consuming and difficult
    3. Any of my colleagues that were paid commission, frequently experienced issues with payroll. Either being paid too little or not at all.Fortunately,in being a salaried employee I did't experience this first hand.
    4. Some of the worst parts about being employed at DA are the lies, shadiness and lack of job security. They honestly don't care about any of their employees. Anyone in a position of power will lie to your face and have a hidden agenda with other managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business has been on the decline for awhile guys...Realize that every single employee is skeptical about working here and make changes. There are great employees and top performers worth keeping around. The fact that anyone outside of management is planning on leaving after 1 or 2 years should be a wake-up call. Seeing coworkers in all departments leave(sales and non-sales) on a weekly basis is troubling to everyone. It's not the managing partners/founders- it's the SVP's,VP's and Managers who need to be evaluated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Direct Agents Response

    Oct 24, 2014VP of HR and Operations

    Dear Former Employee,

    I am sorry to read about this feedback regarding your time employed here. As a medium sized business we look to provide necessary structure but certainly to succeed here you
    ... More

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales Sweatshop

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

    I worked at Direct Agents full-time

    Pros

    - Good location with plenty of lunch options
    - Upper management playing favorites can work to your advantage sometimes
    - If you work very hard, you can get on management's good side

    Cons

    - In terms of sales strategy and methology, think of the movie Glengarry Glen Ross
    - Pay is low compared to similar sales positions
    - Upper management uses lower level employees as pawns in political conflicts between one another
    - The intent to grow is there but there is no real strategy
    - Upper management micro-manages everything
    - Upper management also doesn't have a full understanding of all aspects of digital, and those who know niche items like paid search are royal pains in the you-know-what
    - High turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - See a therapist (seriously)
    - Allow people to take hold of big projects and then let them go, such as not asking for daily meetings to get status updates on something that will take months
    - Look at who on your team actually does work rather than just sit on a book of business, and give them a bigger hand in things, this may actually make good people want to stay and do their best
    - Don't just grow for growth's sake, have an actual vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Direct Agents Response

    Sep 19, 2014VP of HR and Operations

    Dear Former Employee:

    I am sorry to hear you had such a negative experience here. At Direct Agents, we give sales employees many opportunities to have success, and believe in investing in our
    ... More

  7.  

    Has come a long way, getting better every year

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

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

    Pros

    Direct Agents is good at treating it’s employees like adults. Get your work done and you’ll be left alone.

    Benefits are constantly improving. They used to suck. I think DA is making a good effort here.

    Office is in great location with many good restaurants.

    Cons

    Workload can be stressful. But it’s not that bad compared to other agencies.

    Medical benefits could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving benefits to attract better talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Steady company that encourages learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Direct Agents full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learning is encouraged here - sponsored certifications, workshops, and experts within the company are accessible.
    People care about you - managers want to help you grow personally and professionally
    Frequent happy hours and events. Even though I can't make them all its good to get to know people outside my team
    Sponsored workouts with coworkers if you don't mind sweating beside your boss (just don't fall off your treadmill at Barrys Bootcamp or you will be the talk of the office!)

    Cons

    There is always something to do so you will never be bored but additional assignments can come with extra stress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what you expect

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

    I have been working at Direct Agents full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -cool coworkers
    -SoHo is really nice and has many lunch spots
    -seems like a okay place to have an internship or so

    Cons

    - terrible and incompetent upper management
    - seems like you are in detention
    - no sense of company direction
    - every employee is seen as replaceable
    - in sales if you are struggling for a no fault of yours for a moment- you better get your bag ready to leave,
    - new employees each week but the company size remains the same, one conclusion...high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -stop using cereal and nuts to motivate your employees
    -believe in your employees and they will respect you, you are a service orientated company and they are the most important factor in your business, don't see everyone as another number to your personal profit
    -have the decency to provide some reasonable priced benefits, most companies are offering free insurances to their employees especially in this industry
    -also please stop writing fake positive reviews- you are not fooling anyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Has come a long way in a short time

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

    I have been working at Direct Agents full-time

    Pros

    If you know how to do your job you'll get a lot of independence and flexibility

    Cons

    Workload is often stressful -- seems like many employees are stretched thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more bonuses and fewer morale boosters like parties and bagel fridays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growing Company

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

    I worked at Direct Agents full-time

    Pros

    Growing Company
    Lax dress code
    Nice employees

    Cons

    Micromanaged
    Strict hours
    Compensation/benefits package could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your employees breathe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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