Integrated Media Solutions

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Integrated Media Solutions Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good people to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Integrated Media Solutions

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work here.
    The pay is pretty good.
    Learning about different products can keep the job interesting.
    Somewhat flexible with work schedule.

    Cons

    There is no connection between the main office and other offices/employees off site. Most people based out of one office have no idea who anyone is in NJ.
    No room for growth or promotions.
    No raises annually or based on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no connection between IMS and other offices. It seems to a lot of the employees in the Vermont office feel that New Jersey doesn't really know them or want to know them, with the exception of a few that have contact with them. Also, according to the employee handbook, raises are supposed to be annual, but unless an employee directly brings it up, several times, it doesn't happen. To keep good people, you have to be willing to compensate them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great group of people, but with rocky leadership, putting band-aids aren't fixing the problem at its core.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Integrated Media Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -People make all the difference in a company and there were so many brilliant, hard working and enthusiastic employees. It's a smaller agency, so you found yourself in the kitchen grabbing coffee or working closely with people on just about every team
    -Hours were pretty decent for a full service digital agency and a small group
    -You learn a lot and get exposed to everything
    -Fun happy hours
    -Leadership team full of strong Type A personalities that can sell a photo to a blind man

    Cons

    -Leadership did not retain talent well at all.
    -Stretched very thin but that is normal in most agencies.
    -Have never witnessed a junior employee promotion, smart junior employees have probably left before committing
    -Politics politics politics. Lots of favoritism and bureaucracy.
    -Revolving door. Come in. Learn what you can. Get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weak senior leadership. The politics are very transparent. Work as a team because you're all on the same side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    All That Glitters Ain't Gold

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Integrated Media Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good perks; lunches, breakfast, great parties. Good benefits, good vacation, sick and personal holidays. A great place to train.

    Cons

    Leadership is cloudy and inconsistent. You are often on your own. You can get used, and there is a lot of lying at the upper levels. Very much a place where your work isn't as important as it is to be liked by those who are running things. Management will blatantly lie to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest. Stop using the naivete of young eager to work people. Fairness in salary. Improve work ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    IMS laid me off after 2 months of employment

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    Former Employee - Junior AE  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior AE in New York, NY

    I worked at Integrated Media Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was happy while I was there. Great staff, very profesional & I learned quite a bit in my 2 months.

    Cons

    Book keeping and forecasting was so bad I was laid off after 2 months of employment. Who makes a hire if job cuts may be looming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of hiring people if you can keep them on. Being laid off after 2 months in 2008 set my career back by 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Proactive, savvy group of marketing pros

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Integrated Media Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibiliity; working with all levels of employees; full service agency. Extremely talented video production group, all in-house. The social media talent is awesome!

    Cons

    Sometimes too busy to have regularly scheduled meetings. Deadlines are always an issue with most ad agencies, but they seem to handle them okay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the young talent rolling in. Allow all team members to contribute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    interesting place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Integrated Media Solutions

    Pros

    creative out of the box thinking with senior management on certain levels
    you can carve out your niche if you dare

    Cons

    long hours &
    training is provided at minimal levels and employees are left to fend for themselves - it can get very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect employees
    work on better work / life balance
    have realistic expectations on what is possible to accomplish in one day

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growth Opportunities in trade for Long Hours

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at Integrated Media Solutions

    Pros

    - Ambitious and Intellectually Curious Environment
    - Fantastic Benefits
    - Many Growth Opportunities to learn across media (Online, DRTV, Print, etc.)
    - Team Environment - there tend to be senior, mid and junior level employees on each account providing valuable management experience for those higher up and fantastic learning opportunities for more junior staff
    - Casual Work environment
    - Growth opportunities available - especially in Digital department

    Cons

    - Incredibly Long Hours
    - For the size of the offices, the Senior Management does not really know who you are although VPs tend to know you very well.
    - Problems getting sign off for any raises, processes, etc. as the most senior level management (C-level execs) do have some micro-management issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge employees on a personal level, Reward them on a financial level, continue to foster a creative and educational environment for your employees

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    So-So

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Integrated Media Solutions

    Pros

    Immediate supervisors, whether aware of it or not, are not only managers to their subordinates, but are also leaders and potential mentors. My immediate supervisors were wonderful in their leadership and directional guidance, making my career knowledge enriching and satisfying.

    Cons

    L-O-N-G work days. Weekends too. Although a VPN (virtual private network) was in place so employees could access their desktop computers from elsewhere, working after hours or on weekends was common, normal, and acceptable. This is one industry in which people looked at you funny if you leave at 5 or 6pm, making remarks about you "working half a day". Work/life balance was heavily and unfairly gravitated to "work", leaving little for "life". So if you value the quality of your life, and your health, don't work for Integrated Media Solutions. Also, since there are two offices on opposite coasts, sometimes one coast would interact with the other outside of the other's business hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction with those who are not at the senior level (meaning mid-career or junior). During times when clients visited the office, I felt invisible until probably the last few years there. More training on various subjects like media math and ratings. And why didn't the Buyers use Excel to optimize their media, unless I'm wrong and they actually did (or do) use Excel? It just makes sense rather than using static hardcopy reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A bad couple of years, but some good peeps survived

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

    I worked at Integrated Media Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Very smart analytics/planning group adds tons of value in the highly-competitive ad agency biz. Also several good TV buyers on staff. Finally, account services got a nice boost in 2012 with some good new hires, although a few of the better account services folks have left--so that's probably a wash. Recent trials and tribulations (detailed in "cons" below) seem to have subsided. New CEO seems to have a good grip on things and should be able to lead the agency through its challenges. Could be a good opportunity for a more senior person or middle manager seeking quick promotion to help rebuild the agency. Finally, they do have three or four big spending clients who seem very happy, insuring revenue/employment for those that remain.

    Cons

    Basically, the key founder (one of three, the other two had pretty much checked out years ago) left at the end of 2010. As she left, there were two hirings in leadership positions that turned out to be disastrous, contributing to some client defections [and layoffs]. The CEO worked about ten hours a week (I'm dead serious) for the last few years--huge leadership vacuum with the senior managers fighting for turf at the expense of the agency. The two bad hires were let go; and the CEO was dumped by parent company MDC Partners in Sept 2012. But it was too late; damage was done. Net, net, they're recovering from a bad year or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out who you are--a direct response agency (your history and pedigree) or ?????

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Hands-On Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Integrated Media Solutions

    Pros

    Good hands-on experience, good visibility into the industry.

    Cons

    No personal-work life balance, much of management is there only because they were grandfathered in.

    Recommends

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