Idea Integration

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Idea Integration Reviews

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Idea Integration full-time (more than an 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    a strange agency this way comes

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

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    the folks on the factory floor are great... the clients are great...

    Cons

    too much drama... constant gossip and senior management is the primary cause of most issues... no one is truly "the boss" because the company is owned by someone else... it's basically a free-for-all on most things... clients are the last thing management worries about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    admit your shortcomings... learn to adapt... stop the drama

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interactive has the potential to be the best but not with current leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefit package, paid vacations and sick time.

    Cons

    The leadership in interactive is inexperienced, uneducated and completely in over their heads. Anyone with talent and experience starts looking for another job within 6 months of hire. The company frowns upon new ideas, efforts to improve or any "change" whatsoever (even though they will repeatedly tell you in the interview that they are looking for new, fresh ideas from people with experience to help them improve.) No support for employees with hardware or software. Management made many promises during the interview and offer discussions that they never kept. A tremendous amount of politics, backstabbing, gossip, immaturity and attacking coworkers in order to mask their own inability and dysfunction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that the new parent company make every employee reapply for their jobs. 90% of the leadership has been there 9+ years simply because no other company would ever hire them at the same level based on their resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management within the interactive group

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

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Good benefits. You have some autonomy if you can handle the cons of working here. Great clients.

    Cons

    Management takes advantage of lower pay employees who are willing to consistently put in overtime. There is a "you're with us or against us" attitude from managers and employees are afraid to speak up. Billability and profits are more important than creative vision and quality work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new managers with outside agency experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting and demanding work, great to build skills, but no work life balance

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

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    - Highly skilled and passionate co-workers
    - Opportunity to work for a variety of interesting clients
    - Lots of knowledge sharing between co-workers

    Cons

    - Highly political environment
    - Management made lots of promises they didn't keep
    - Absolutely no work-life balance (and there never will be)
    - Surprisingly poor support of employees with proper hardware and software to do their job
    - Archaic time reporting system
    - Employees are expendable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to inspire your staff
    - Stop making promises you can't keep to your employees
    - Put your employees first -- treat them with dignity, not like slaves
    - Deliver on the promise of work-life balance -- endless work hours does not have to be a badge of honor; promote working effectively, not endlessly
    - Keep the backbiting to a minimum; treat people fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your resume, but no work-life balance

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

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Great place to cut your teeth, build your resume and improve your skills. Excellent access to new industries and clients.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent. It's all about "billable hours". Manager's overpromise, employees do major overtime. Bonuses are rare. Instead, lots of pats on the back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your promises! to improve work-life balance, to respect compensation agreements (I was never given a raise I was promised after my stellar 4 month review) and support your employees with top-notch hardware. They are consultants after all, they need good equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11.  

    Good people bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Idea Integration full-time (more than an 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

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