Initiative

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Initiative Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
89 Reviews
2.9
89 Reviews
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Jim Elms
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run!!!!!

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

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

    Pros

    You get the same benefits as other agencies so pretty standard

    The receptionist... She has seen everyone come and go !

    Cons

    HR is there to terminate or put you on a PIP even if it's for a toothache.

    They have no regard for associates and their workload is 10x more

    No diversity... The HR department is a reflection of the company.

    High turnover. FBDS is driving the company into a ditch. Everyday someone leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your HR department, bring in business analysts, pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to start a career in media!

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

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, PTO, positive team environment, good work-life balance, 4 summer days off of your choice, great clients, and my personal favorite is a week off in December for the holidays!!

    Cons

    Average entry level salary common for media agencies, changes in company have increased confusion, not the best initial training depending on the position!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, you have a lot of talented employees that have the ability to fulfill the needs of higher positions!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    40% attrition rate, low moral, long hours, incompetent senior management

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

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    PTO
    Summer days
    Holiday off
    If you are aggressive, you can get away with anything

    Cons

    Incompetent senior management. Don't have the right knowledge.
    Long hours, overtime, weekend
    People who are aggressive get the credit than people who have knowledge and are trying to do the job right
    Low moral. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to get holding company involved and do some serious changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Embarrassingly unprofessional and incompetent

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

    I worked at Initiative full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No positives to working at Initiative. None whatsoever.

    Cons

    Even on the highest grossing accounts the leadership is shockingly unprofessional, completely oblivious to innovation and severely under-educated. The worst part is probably the incompetence in management - hours were terrible even though we had about 10 people on our team (I think I made below minimum wage when all the overtime was factored in), every large project was left to the last minute with no structured or helpful instruction, etc. Lastly, and probably most abhorrently, I was continually harassed by a superior (once sexually) and management did nothing to address the situation. So Initiative is pretty much career hell on earth. Go anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I was IPG I would divest all interests in Initiative - rebrand and clean house. Take the few capable middle and upper managers and completely start over. And then poach from credible agencies with large incentive packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not intellectually stimulating and lots of stories to fit analysis (instead of numbers to prove stories)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Entry Level
    Former Employee - Entry Level

    I worked at Initiative full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Summer days. Pay time off,

    Cons

    People seem to be hard working but it does not mean things have been doing right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Planner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Initiative full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to get your career started. Lots of PTO, opportunity to move up.

    Cons

    CORPORATE AMERICA. You will easily get lost in the sea of employees so if you don't work well with big corporate companies, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to do more team, employee bonding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start out in Advertising/Media

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

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a ton of opportunities to immerse yourself in all things digital. You will be exposed to a ton of different material and will have a chance to get a lotttt out of the role.

    Cons

    Long long long hours (10-12 hour days are average) with no overtime. The pay is extremely low for the amount of work that is done and the entire orginization is in a transition phase so there is a ton of confusion as to who should be doing what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deliver more positive feedback and find ways to really compensate employees who are working those long hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Don't work there

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

    I have been working at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Benefits
    Time - off
    access to network social gatherings

    Cons

    Location
    Sneaky HR
    Low employee morale
    No Opportunities
    Compensation
    Lack of leadership skills
    Major office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your supervisors, client directors and HR managers
    your competitors pay more so do the same
    working there a long time doesn't mean work is done right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people

    Former Employee - Account Director
    Former Employee - Account Director

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

    Pros

    I loved our account's team. Everyone's attitude was very team oriented and worked hard.

    Cons

    Long hours and expectation to actively sell in other sister companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be authentic with clients. It is hard to sell through additional sister agencies if it is a stretch.

  11.  

    Awful experience

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

    I worked at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Great PTO policy and benefits, almost always free food and beer

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, office culture is non-existent- very siloed, lack of respect from upper level management, does not offer training to new hires making the workload difficult and overwhelming, stressful, does not announce newly acquired accounts or lost ones keeping everyone out of the loop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer training to new hires! It would make things go smoothly, also treat everyone with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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