Idea Integration

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Idea Integration Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
24 Reviews
2.9
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Typical agency environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idea Integration full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great creative; wonderful creative team and program managers

    Cons

    Lack of process and management is unaware of the issues on the execution level; horrible account management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a Chief of Staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Poorly Run - HR is a joke - 29 Execs let go in 12 months by old CEO

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    It a paycheck
    Home office
    You can be lazy and do nothing if you want
    You can hide if you want

    Cons

    HR - no help
    29 execs let go by old CEO
    try to get paid on expenses - ugh
    customers leaving left and right
    SE help - not there
    headhunters / search firms - ask them
    ask an idea person what they think

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the old boys club set up by old CEO
    get rid of old reps that have not sold a thing
    cut out the turnover of new hires
    grow up so you don't continue to lose customers
    drinking is more important than business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    brand

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    unique client opportunities in various industries

    Cons

    demanding environment that pose capacity challenges

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  5.  

    Great company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    great pay and benefits, yea

    Cons

    lack of face-time with management, lack of discussion of career growth.

  6.  

    fun culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idea Integration full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There was a lot of creative and technical talent in the office while in my short stay there. A solid client list and more importantly, a casual and fun culture.

    There seemed to be diverse set of projects ongoing that spanned the digital spectrum especially around digital marketing. I felt like there was a lot of opportunity to take on different roles and a general openness to new tools and technology.

    Cons

    Timelines and deadlines were sometimes unrealistic. Career development was murky. Work life balance should be more than just "coach-speak".

    Metrics for management should be re-evaluated to align with a strategy of quality vs quantity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the culture and focus more on quality over the number of billable hours. Look for better projects with higher margins and longer engagements with current client list.

  7.  

    Idea Integration - a company in transition, but not a bad ride.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Idea Integration full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The management that pulled Idea out of debt and build a team of outstanding colleagues may be the best set of managers I've ever known. They did a great job of valuing employees, getting rid of inefficient role and individuals and creating a great environment of talented people to help each other be better consultants. As a first step from corporate environment into the world of consulting, my experience has been great in the short term.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the management turnover rate is higher than I would hope in my 5 years at the company, and with many buyouts our benefits have also de-volved and worsened. In addition, with the economy issues, salary raises and general career opportunities have become non-existent for any long term horizon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are on a good track with new management, however there are still no signs that the new management team really value the loyal employees. And despite the significant exodus of most of the top talent, there have been no promotions, bonuses, or real incentives for current talent to stay put. Most of the top talent that remain are here because we have personal circumstances that make jumping ship less of an option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good people bad management

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Idea Integration full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really smart people. Work environment ok.

    Cons

    Pay not best. Corp management has no clue about the market the company is in and makes stupid decisions that hurt everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin it off and let it be it's own company run by folks who understand IT consulting.... Jacksonville is the company's biggest liability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    fair but dead end job

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    for basic experience, it will work

    Cons

    often no training, just thrown in and sink or swim. No feedback until you have/are in trouble. management would rather not know you exist, ie; they do not want problems

    No opinion of CEO
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    Making it Up as they Go along

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good benefits
    decent salaries
    Open to new ideas

    Cons

    Owned by a huge staffing Corp. who knows nothing about agencies and cares nothing for the "art" of advertising and has little respect for creative.
    One Trick Pony--80% of business from one client
    HUGE turn-over. 31 people in 3 years. Most lay-offs.
    All upper management has no experience outside of IDEA. They have created a Frankenstein agency by making up new standards, reinventing wheels, and not understanding advertising, marketing, or branding.
    Creatives are all young know it all's who have minimal experience in other agencies. It's been called the "Lord of the Flies" department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in people with agency experience. Adopt standard agency operating processes. Get a consultant. Understand your competitors and what you're up against

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - GIS Developer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - GIS Developer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Flexibility, some level of support from sales people

    Cons

    Lack of professional development and constant change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee development

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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