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Imagination Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Imagination

    Pros

    My collegues were extremely smart and very talented. Very supportive of me personally.

    Cons

    The management is not very communicative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give employees an idea of what is happening in the company.

  2.  

    Has some growing to do.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Imagination

    Pros

    On paper, ample benefits to joining the company. The New York office is in Tribeca, a lovely neighborhood to work in. After a waiting period, they cover entire medical premium and offer a matched 401K, a Flexible Spending Account and TransitChek program, 15 vacation days/year, plus 3 personal days and 10 sick days. Salaries seem to be industry average; will lean high or low depending on the initial negotiation.

    Producing some interesting, innovative work and looking to expand their offer, which has improved employee morale slightly (trying to play with the "big dog" ad agencies and move away from their old focus of mainly tradeshows and experiential marketing). Friendly and supportive co-workers. Flexible working hours, depending on department, especially in the summer. Can also work from home some of the time.

    Cons

    Management in New York/Detroit offices leave much to be desired and changes need to be made. Communication between supervisors and their staff has been a big issue. Problems with people not knowing who they actually "report" to.

    HR is lacking, seems like there are several people trying to piece together benefit information/vacation tracking.

    Faulty and frustrating "annual" review process (didn't always happen). Reviews are actually for "personal development", meaning no tangible benefits even if goals are set. Some very talented people have been with the company for years and years without a change in salary or responsibility; be sure to step up and make your voice heard if you join the agency.

    Very little employee advocacy: no mentoring, no focus on development of individuals in the office, and often hire from outside instead of promoting from within. Frustrating for staff members to not be rewarded, appropriately advanced, or even praised for their effort. I feel a lot of people stay with the company because of their flexible attitude towards vacations, days off, working hours, existing salary, etc. It's all enough to "hang in there."

    Very little involvement in the industry and social media. Agency doesn't feel as involved/current as others.

    Low morale altogether.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the above to heart. There is some great talent (you should know, you hired them) wasting away here. Take strides to make employee advocacy and mentoring a bigger focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    greate place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination

    Pros

    flexiable working time, nice working environment, the leaders are easy going

    Cons

    coop between different units need to be strengthened

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    astonishing work, despite management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imagination full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    some of the smartest people i've ever met have worked here.
    salaries are above market rate and staff are very well looked after.
    the firm consistently over deliver on any project and create some truly amazing work.

    Cons

    company really lacks direction and any clear vision of what the future might bring.
    overall lack of communication from management.
    most staff in one building should make communication easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust your staff and share your plans - employee buy-in is vital

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    They're always trying new things ... non-traditional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great company finding new solutions ... theatrical and digital and physical ... all Experience.
    A good culture with VERY committed folks.
    Some very bright people.
    Some strong, long term client relationships.

    Cons

    Sometimes very long hours.
    The company is growing fast globally and probably needs to catch-up with itself organisationally.
    They have "Our Way" as a way of going about business. However internal process needs reinforcement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some good hands-on leadership, but you need to take more people with you !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Why did they blame everything on the employees?

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    Former Employee - Senior Creative in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Creative in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Imagination full-time

    Pros

    Some talented people and nice office location.

    Cons

    A big disappointment with poor management and lack of communication, the director would rather talk to computer than to human beings, and when the director talked, the leadership style was abusive in that team were shouted and sworn at! Some employees were lazy they left office with job not done, and expected others to work 64+/weekly for a month to cover up, nobody deserves to be treated like this, so I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire account managers who know about REAL marketing service, project structure and communication skills to clients instead of sales person knows only budget.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Unpaid for too long, no structure to business operations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imagination as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to expand knowledge and interact with people

    Cons

    Lack of management lead to being unpaid throughout employment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stumped

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imagination

    Pros

    Extremely creative excellent place for creative to grow and learn from the seniors

    Cons

    imagine clocking 16 hrs a day for 2 months straight that includes saturday and sundays. Would be fine if its purely for something new and interesting, but not for doing changes and aiming to reach deadlines, Due to the the bad accounts management decision not being able to get the required information needed way earlier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to the staff voice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Committed teams delivering innovative work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination full-time

    Pros

    Genuinely committed to doing new and breakthrough work (which, of course, comes with all sorts of complications, but also great opportunities). Interesting combination of big, stable clients, and smaller, more nimble ones.

    Cons

    It's a demanding workplace - it's not enough to have a good idea, you need to be able to articulate it and push it forward. Some complaints about process, but usually from those who are expecting someone else to push a project forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    The world's biggest small agency

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Massively creative - completely committed. Good long lasting client relationships.

    Cons

    Flakey organisation, non-traditional agency structure. Only just getting to grips with account management and with strategy and IA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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