Iris Nation Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    iris is a pretty great agency (not perfect, but what agency is?)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris Nation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talk to anyone who works at iris or has worked at iris. There's something fun about coming to work. Call it culture. Call it energy. Call it the environment. Whatever it is, it makes coming to work fun. The work isn't fantastic, but it's getting there. And the agency is made up of people who are willing to go above and beyond to get it there. Some of the reviews in here like to bash iris saying that coworkers hang out with each other too much or drink too much. Well, last time I checked, that's what it means to be in advertising. It's also what it means to be an adult. Aside from that, iris is the kind of agency that helps you do what you want, as long as you're the kind of person that can set your goals and put your energy into achieving it. It's an agency for the self-motivated who don't need someone to hold their hand.

    Cons

    iris is getting there (wherever there might be) but the agency still has a ways to go. There can be a sense of still trying to figure things out that can be a bit disheartening, but there's a good set up of managers and leaders who are good at keeping the faith up and getting everyone on the same path.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Fun, but unstable

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Iris Nation full-time

    Pros

    Culture is very youthful and energetic. A great place to meet fellow single 20- and 30-somethings. Real friendships are made at Iris

    Cons

    Business outlook is murky with loss of many clients. Turnover is huge and talent is flowing outward

    Advice to Management

    Get smarter about new biz opportunities to pursue. Fostering a more organized culture and environment might not be the worst thing.


  3. contractor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good to work as contractor only

    Cons

    no structure in the company bad benifits


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, but terribly disorganized.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture was awesome when i was there.

    Cons

    Work life balance was ok.


  6. Great culture, great people, opportunities for go-getters

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    British born agency in new york with a great people focused culture. Very entrepreneurial spirit and positions itself as the agency underdog. Good work is recognized and rewarded and great ideas are celebrated. The place is filled with very likable, smart people - no ego's here. Great integration and work sharing across other global offices give iris a huge family feel. Global re-location is available. Great location in NoHo/SoHo at Broadway Lafayette subway and dog friendly.

    Cons

    Like most agencies, work-life balance is an issue.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Unprofessional, ho-hum clients and work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Iris Nation full-time

    Pros

    If you're lucky to be on a team where your boss likes you, you're golden. While a few rotten apples spoil the bunch, some of the people working there are truly amazing. There's never a lack of booze and company after hours events, if that's your thing.

    Cons

    I left high school about 10 years ago and didn't intend to return when I accepted my job at iris. Catty gossip and petty cliques run high, making even the most independent person feel uncomfortable at times. On more than one occasion I witnessed people getting hired or fired not due to talent or work, but rather how they fit in. One cannot simply be at iris — they must ingratiate themselves into the agency's overwhelming social demands, in and out of the office and form alliances with the self-appointed social leaders. It's silly and exhausting. That being said, such tap dancing would perhaps be worth it if the agency boasted good work with stellar clients, but unfortunately neither is the case. While the creatives are just as talented as anyone else out there, the agency's inability to drum up new business and win pitches can very quickly turn what could be a great job into a rut.

    Advice to Management

    Place less emphasis on culture and more on professionalism.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Small, tight-knit agency with revolving door of new hires - NYC office

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is big. As is booze. Some of the employees live together, which adds a nice sense of history and depth to the company, but is also a bit weird. It's like a grown up frat house. Management does a good job of celebrating agency wins and keeping team in the know. Junior level hires (at least on the account side) get a lot of autonomy and independence.

    Cons

    Popularity is more important than talent. Appearances at company hosted events as well as employee parties is key to staying hired (or happy) here. You can plan on kissing your social life goodbye. Management would rather you drink and hang out with your coworkers after working 12+ hours every day rather than investing in real friendships or a life outside of work. Bullies thrive here. You have to watch your back since many senior PM/creative leads are very defensive about their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bullies. Invest in premium talent and be ready to pay for it. Start treating the company like a grown-up and trade the booze for work/life balance and a supportive staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, fun environment, but a little hectic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris Nation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    iris is a company that really cares about their employees. It's an entrepreneurial company, and management listens to suggestions from everyone. It is a fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    The hours can be long at times, and some of the departments (creative, UX) can be understaffed.


  10. Helpful (5)

    New York Office is One Endless Party

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like drinking with your co-workers, gossiping, being overworked and significantly underpaid, this is the place for you. The vacation policy was nice, though.

    Cons

    Company culture is the most important thing at iris. You can do amazing work and have a great work ethic, but if you don't partake in the social activities of the office, your job security will suffer. You would also be put on the chopping block if you want to be an agent of change. Your career prospects are dependent on whether a) your direct supervisor likes you and b) whether said supervisor has somewhere to move up within the company. If they have nowhere to move up to, your career will hit a standstill. The titles, especially on the creative side, are completely outdated. People who would be senior anywhere else, are mid-level at best. There is this dividing line between conceptual creatives and designers that doesn't exist at any other agency. All the designers that I worked with were upset by this, because they felt like pixel pushers most of the time. There is absolutely no work-life balance there. Unless all your friends work there and are your roommates. That's the only way to truly have a social life. Pitches are run by a few select people, and they do not take ideas from anyone else. We pitched several potential clients ideas that just didn't work nor made sense because of the few stubborn people who led the pitches. Needless to say, we won exactly zero of any of the pitches made while I was working there. There was a case while I was working there of intellectual property infringement. None of the responsible parties was fired over it. Probably because the person overseeing the work was one of the sacred cows at iris.

    Advice to Management

    Your focus on hiring and firing people based on whether they fit the company culture is hurting the morale at the company. Promote the people who have put in the time, sweat and tears. Not those who everyone likes to get drunk with. Compensate according to industry standards! Update your job titles to reflect American standards!


  11. Great creative agency!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agency leaders are excellent. Creative work exceeds expectations.

    Cons

    Working with teams across multiple offices can be challenging -- but also offers clients creative benefits they can't get elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Place higher attention to new business.



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