Initiative Reviews

Updated July 24, 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. Don't go here if you want career in digital

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    I worked at Initiative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Office is nice for hanging out. For work - not so much.

    Cons

    Lot's off arrogant TV people who know about digital by checking their gmail and sometimes going on Facebook.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't grow your pool of dedicated digital strategists, you will continue your decline. Your clients will realize it and move on to a smarter agency.


  3. Average at best

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Desire to evolve into bigger player was there Some name brand clients Open to trying new things Decent people

    Cons

    Lack of talent. bench-depth to get there. Uninspiring place to work Felt like you worked at a bank - sterile, no personality

    Advice to Management

    Haven't followed the agency closely but noticed current CEO has been there for a couple of years which is huge for Initiative. Must be doing something right


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  5. Assistant Media Planner

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    • 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


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

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    • 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!!


  7. Overall, not bad.

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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 (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.


  8. 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.


  9. Media Planner

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    • 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


  10. 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.


  11. 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.)



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