Initiative Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, company is aggressively trying to change their culture, process, product (in 6 reviews)

  • Definitely a fun work environment (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long long long hours (10-12 hour days are average) with no overtime (in 18 reviews)

  • low pay, few opportunities outside of media (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Initiative

    Pros

    Good place to work, learn a lot

    Cons

    Long late hours, all the time


  2. Assistant Media Planner

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 Initiative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    access to media programs, hands on experience, free happy hours

    Cons

    no overtime, lack of formal training / instruction, unprofessional employees!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Needs to enforce professionalism among employees and teach above entry level employees how to properly train entry level starters, there's a lot of wasted potential because those with talent and drive don't get recognized for their progress


  3. Too much work for one person with a wage that doesn't match up to the workload.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Has a great atmosphere and awesome people. It's a fun place to be and the culture is really cool. Has a chill vibe.

    Cons

    Very low pay and poorly distributed workload. They lose a lot of great talent because they under-compensate their employees and expect them to work crazy hours. We never sees our friends/families because we are ALWAYS in the office.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep great people, give them a reasonable wage and evenly distribute the workloads!!


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  5. Overall, not bad.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 Initiative (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -It's a great work space. The office is brand new and really lends itself to a collaborative environment (and has a beer garden).
    -Definitely a work hard, play hard culture. LOTS of free happy hours, but that's pretty typical for a media agency.
    -It seems like the c-suite really cares about employees and the work that's being done.

    Cons

    -Sub par training across all departments
    -Somewhat cliquey
    -Low salaries, even for the media industry
    -There's very little to do if you have a bad team dynamic, you will be considered whining and an entitled millennial if you try to address it

    Advice to Management

    Good talent is walking out the door because of poor management. You need to train new managers to lead and listen rather than spout orders. Raise the salaries- show people you actually value their work and time.


  6. Search Investment Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team, ability to grow, constantly learning and good management! Free Starbucks coffee, beer garden and often free food. Overall, everyone is willing to try and help each other out to make sure no one is drowning in work.

    Cons

    Occasionally long hours, understaffed, average pay! Management needs to be more understanding when it comes to employees being stretched across accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Provide competitive salaries to those who deserve it. Our offers often get turned down due to pay.


  7. Media Planner

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

    I worked at Initiative

    Pros

    great work culture, everybody is friendly and helpful

    Cons

    - Short staffed, long hours with no OT, no formal training


  8. Media Supervisor

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

    I worked at Initiative

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

    Pros

    Great people. Fun culture. Awesome clients.

    Cons

    Average pay. New seating arrangement resembles a call center.


  9. Ideal learning environment.

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

    I have been working at Initiative full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Open-office format
    Wide array of clients/opportunities
    Very collaborative
    Lots of benefits

    Cons

    Very low salary
    Inconsistent work hours (sometimes you get out at 6-630p, other days you work until 11p
    Office politics

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities to collaborate with different media platforms (TV -> Digital -> Print etc.)


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work where you have room to grow and feel valued as an employee!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Initiative full-time

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

    Pros

    Never-ending food from publishers, fantastic supportive people & managers, opportunities to grow and learn, and a fun environment!

    Cons

    Definitely can get busy (typical of any agency) but not so bad since you feel valuable to the work you do and the days go by quickly


  11. Helpful (2)

    One the best places to work!

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

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Both CEO's are cool, inviting and very approachable. Open and flexible work enviornment. You can tell how much the agency tries to care about their people and enviornment. Alot of work has gone into bringing the morale up, new, amazing office spaces, like you've never really seen at a Media agency, coffee hours with the CEO, company sponsored happy hours, entertainment, sponsored trips with Free the Children, I don't know many agencies who put this much effort into creating that type of work enviornment. I've been here a long time and this is the most I've seen a leadership team try to transform and bring up morale here.

    Cons

    Managers just need to allow their people to rotate more regularly. Don't be so stingy and be more proactive about allowing your people to rotate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, just hire some more diversity at the top. We want to see more females in upper management.



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