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Great For Entry Level

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

Pros

If you are just trying to get your foot into the door in the online space this is a great place to do it.
The salaries are fine for the jobs.
The culture is weird in that by 5:30 the office is -empty-. I've never seen a digital agency where everyone fled so quickly.

Cons

Honestly, the people you are working with are kind of idiots. Everyone I met was eager to jump ship during the 18 months I worked there. The programmers are overworked (and are frankly too skilled for the sweat shop conditions they are given), the designers are good but not great, and everyone else is just...a worthless parasite.
it is an office filled with marketers that go around calling other marketers douche bags (without realizing they belong in that same category) .

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have created an interesting business. People pay you a boatload of money for moderately interesting web experiences. There will ALWAYS be a place for that...so why change a thing?

Doesn't Recommend
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Other reviews for Critical Mass

  1.  

    Great place to work, few small problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Very encouraging place to work, great for junior and senior staff alike. Innovation is part of the life's blood here and management will back you if you're doing something to make the work better. Good, long-term relationships with many clients.

    Cons

    Weak project and account management. Get second-billing to home office in Calgary (sometimes deserved, especially in regards to creative output; often not deserved though - envy, jealousy, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to turn down production work or resign business with terrible clients. This is the only way to earn the respect our output would otherwise deserve.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    - decent pay
    - advancement opportunities (promotions within)
    - social aspect, many events and gatherings
    - multiple forms of individual recognition
    - casual atmosphere
    - execs are open with employees about what's going on
    - individual funds offered towards career growth (conventions, classes, etc)
    - career development programs
    - decently updated equipment, software
    - multiple offices worldwide
    - decent mix of big name clients

    Cons

    - size - office is a bit small for amount of employees, although it's expanding soon to accomodate
    - lack of process
    - chicago office seems to be growing, but not gaining the more fun/interesting clients that some of the other offices seem to get

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - spread the more desirable clients across all offices
    - make sure people understand the career development process
    - offer more support to employees during a pitch

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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