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Great Digital Media Group

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Former Employee - Media Supervisor  in  Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

Pros

Michael Hayes is a great leader of the digital group. Great people to work with and managers that really care about you and your life, not just what you can do for them. Great clients that were open to being challenged.

Cons

Long hours, usual for an ad agency. I wish there was more openess to working remotely. The digital team lost some of its closeness due to very fast growth.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find ways to better integrate auto group with other digital planners. It became way too siloed.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Initiative

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job, good people

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    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Initiative full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's nice to work with people my own age (22-25) and get free stuff all the time.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty rough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stepping Stone Agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Planner  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent clients
    Well-known agency
    Good place for assistants at other agencies to get promoted

    Cons

    Very high turnover
    Non-competitive salaries
    No annual raises
    Silo'd teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of annual raises/poor compensation creates a situation where turnover is really high. This is a disservice to the client and to the agency. Pay employees what they are worth or continue to see talent move to better agencies.

    The HR department takes a long time to fill vacancies and has an apparent bias towards a certain demographic (obvious). The teams are extremely silo'd creating a lack of unity among employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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