Imagination Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Lives up to its name

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly talented and dedicated group of employees. Ideas really are only limited by the imagination which is to say not limited at all.

    Cons

    Don't expect work and life to be balanced on a regular basis, but there are breaks in the schedule. Lack of clear process can be frustrating for those who are new or prefer more structure.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you have the full picture of the capabilities of your employees. Don't just assume you know what they're all about based on their current job function.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Strong Design Skills

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dearborn, MI

    I worked at Imagination

    Pros

    Great design philosophy. Cool modern office. Good place to learn skills to take to the next job to move up.

    Cons

    Long hours with little recognition. Little opportunity to move up unless you have a British accent. Often have to travel. Per Diem is pretty low.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of creating a team atmosphere. Supervision and direction is lacking. Asking for help fall on deaf ears.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Cool projects poor culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imagination

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    nice clients and good company infrastructure

    Cons

    lack of culture within the company. People dont talk to each other. everyone is busy with their own thing.

    Advice to Management

    Start to create a culture. Create opportunities so employees can interact with one another.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Has some growing to do.

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

    I worked at Imagination

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

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


  7. Global work, boatloads of opportunity, late night

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Producer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Producer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Imagination full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an events driven agency, the briefs that come into Imagination are different from your typical agency. This creates serious opportunity to work on truly bespoke pieces for clients with vision that really don't fit anywhere else; and there is a great culture at the place that really rewards creativity and risk taking.

    Cons

    The rate card + the events first mantra is a real limiting factor when bidding for work. Being expensive as Imagination is for clients is ok for bespoke work, but really prices the team out of the market for general support. Either the strategy needs to focus only on high end work, ceding to others the more mundane items, or there needs to be a multi-tiered rate card.

    Advice to Management

    Digital needs to be the centre of the strategy, not an afterthought; as it is the only serious opportunity to differentiate the work that Imagination does from the competition.


  8. Programme Manage Digital FOrd account

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imagination (More than a year)

    Pros

    Real great bunch of people to work with

    Cons

    Very, very poor work life balance


  9. Talented & hard-working people - overworked & underpaid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imagination full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    * Work with incredibly talented people
    * Some projects are truly creative & innovative (though you'll hardly have a say on them)
    * Good name to have on your CV
    * Opportunities to learn skills and acquire new knowledge through occasional workshops
    * Brilliant Christmas parties

    Cons

    * Limited opportunities to connect with people outside your own department
    * Very limited opportunities to get promoted (and if you do - it might only be a "title" promotion - with your salary staying the same as it is)
    * Literally no financial transparency whatsoever
    * Incompetent management - No ability to manage people whatsoever
    * No work/life balance - think: +90 hours per week (incl. weekends), loosing holidays for the lack of getting them approved when you requested them, last minute call-ins, etc.
    * Annual reviews don't lead to anything - in 1.5 yrs, I've filled in the entire form once and never had an actual review. There's no actual goal-setting or career advancement strategy
    * Many people feel unappreciated - leading to low work morale

    Advice to Management

    While I appreciate that you invest in your employees to take the occasional workshop, I believe that the ones who really need some additional skills are managers. Invest in furthering their managerial skills - how to communicate properly with their employees, how to handle adversity and how to motivate a team.


  10. greate place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagination

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    coop between different units need to be strengthened


  11. Helpful (1)

    astonishing work, despite management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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