Initiative
3.2 of 5 64 reviews
www.initiative.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Initiative Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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Jim Elms


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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Paid time off (PTO, 4 summer days, floating holiday), ok work-life balance three quarters out of a year"
    in 5 reviews
  • "It's a comfortable place to learn and build you skills at the entry level"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours, usual for an ad agency"
    in 10 reviews
  • "A real serious trend is the number of disgruntled entry level and next tier employees"
    in 4 reviews
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    Young, shiny, & fun... Kind of an extension of college

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsYoung, shiny, & fun. Lots of events and beer, etc. It's a great place to start your career, especially if you're without a particularly technical degree.

    ConsReal academic challenges are scarce and there is little incentive to pursue solutions of any true intellectual rigor. There are, however, many opportunities for advancement & praise for those you employ more of a political or charismatic tool set. The majority of the work is tedious and the pay is poor for more junior staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove fast and break stuff. Be more progressive. Embrace change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    high stress and long hours

    Assistant Media Planner (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat PTO policy
    lots of social perks and events
    good people for the most part
    flexible dresscode

    Consridiculously long hours
    disorganization
    LOW pay
    work fast, even if its wrong- we'll cover it up later attitude
    lack of training
    unprofessional supervisors
    even though social perks can be great- you are pretty much expected to go and on top of long work hours this can be overwhelming
    work load sometimes unmanageable
    bad work/ life balance

    Advice to Senior Managementdevelop better training, spread out work more evenly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEvolved media planning approach
    Great people

    ConsLong work hours
    Open desk sitting area
    Silos among the different media teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to work on cutting down the long hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good starting point for an entry level job

    Assistant Media Planner (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsOpportunities to learn, social, perks, a good amount of vacation days throughout the year including a full week off for Christmas. Gym membership discount

    ConsLow pay, long hours. They pay you a base salary and then offer overtime pay a time and a half. All media jobs require some amount of overtime, but it's disheartening to start and know that you're counting to live on the fact that you will be working over time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more to retain talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work, not enough opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAblilty to have a flexible work schedule

    ConsNot a lot of room to grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sometimes I'm not sure where I stand...

    Senior Planner (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsPositive work environment, exposure to really cool new techniques/processes, brainstorming from all involved (nice way to express opinions)

    ConsSlow moving in recognizing talent and retention, shortfalls in salary bumps in promotion scenarios, quicker turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementKind words can only suffice for so long, don't make your employees fight to succeed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start a career in advertising, specifically media

    Assistant Media Planner (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Pros-The PTO and holidays offered are great
    -Great education system through the many lunch and learns available
    -People are nice and welcoming

    Cons-Really depends on the account you work on. Only cons I would say are the late nights but that that's kind of a given in this industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn and grow in the media industry.

    Assistant Media Buyer (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsUpper management looks to promote from within. Great PTO and benefits.

    ConsLong hours and no overtime

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Strong agency, ridden with bad luck.

    Planning Supervisor (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat place to learn and and enhance your skill set. Access to leading industry tools to get your job done right. Upper management cares about the agency culture. Great PTO policy.

    ConsThe recent new business climate has set an unsaid tone throughout the agency that is preventing greater enthusiasm for the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust WIN!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The road to no-where

    Assistant Buyer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros-Relaxed work environment
    -Occasional lunches and events (rare, but available for assistants)

    Cons-Work is extremely tedious
    -Clients are hit or miss - Hyundai is the worst.
    -No room to advance. Many employees are older, and the company would rather higher someone new than promote. (A manager once made a comment that assistants were simply 'warm bodies' for the department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the talent that your team has. There is plenty.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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