Manifest Digital

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Manifest Digital Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great culture and collaborative environment

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Manifest Digital full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and collaborative environment

    Cons

    Agency culture of making clients happy by doing whatever whey ask for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be brave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Leads with Vision, Differs in Practice

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Manifest Digital

    Pros

    The company leadership is filed with visionary ideas and wants to sustain an attractive culture for designers; lots of "task-force" initiatives to involve employees who want to make a difference, good client work

    Cons

    The leadership is VERY removed from the actual day to day tasks of running a company. Little recognition from resources on the ground doing the actual work. Did not feel like my voice was heard on many occassions and the work suffered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a safe environment to air grievances; give employee incentive to stay and be agents of change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place, but they don't pay

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Contractor in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Manifest Digital

    Pros

    The people who work there are great and talented.

    Cons

    Projects lack creativity and they take months to actually pay you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    decent "agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Manifest Digital

    Pros

    free food in the offices
    cool space with nice labs
    good clients
    work life balance is great - only because people get lost in the cracks

    Cons

    founder is no longer there
    talk is cheap
    egos are HUGE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cersei Lannister and Frank Underwood have a baby...

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    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    If you like an environment where you literally play the game of thrones, you'll love this place.

    If you value your head, you'll give this place a pass.

    Cons

    If GoT isn't your thing, think house of cards instead. It's a political minefield and you can't let doing good work distract you from the game. If you put your head down and focus on work, you'll randomly be pulled into a room and removed from an account for bad work performance. Of course, what really happened is some manager or director who is focusing on the game and not the work just back stabbed you and guess what, you're the next Ned stark.

    Also, to play the game you have to be a really, really good liar. The upper echelon of villains there are so good at it that they actually start to believe what they're telling each other.

    You'll be promised bonuses and upward mobility, but in reality you just end up driven mad and a sky cell will look better than your desk.

    Given the choice between manifest and the wall, choose the wall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The five star reviews you plant are super obvious because no one writing real reviews has anything positive to say, and all of your fake reviews have like 8 thumbs down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Ego-tastic leadership with lack of cohesive vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manifest Digital full-time

    Pros

    Great people on the ground
    Highly creative and fun environment
    Solid marketing

    Cons

    Focus has shifted from doing good work to sales sales sales
    Leadership makes executive decisions on the fly and imposes those on the underlings
    Scattered vision for the future ranging across very disparate ideas
    "Fake it 'til you make it" taken to unethical new heights
    Leaders and middle-manager types are defensive/protective of their standing/territory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick your passion. Focus on one clear unified vision. Empower people to lead who have strong moral compass. Sales-minded bouncing from what you perceive to be the next big hot thing every year alienates employees and degrades your brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keeps finding new ways to fail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manifest Digital

    Pros

    - Good benefits / work life balance
    - A paycheck
    - Some good clients, some nice people, good locations.

    Cons

    This company completely reinvents itself at least once a year, sometimes more. It's new plan is to be some kind of social media agency. Last year it was a UX consulting firm. Before that it was going to be a tech firm, before that it was something else. Turnover is sky high, the entire staff of the Chicago office has basically quit. The founder of the company left, the entire management team has left. Literally entire departments turn over on an annual basis, in part because of the negative environment created by a few huge-egos who run around telling people they're "saving the world." It's hard to see this company having much of a future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    clarify your mission statement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Manifest Digital full-time

    Pros

    Manifest is great with work-life balance, with a reasonable vacation policy and opportunities to work from home if needed. The people are smart and friendly, and they all want to be doing exciting things. In terms of the day-to-day experience, it's a really pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    Manifest has a lot of self-discovery to do as a company. Their goals are unclear, and even during company presentations about what plans are for the future, the employees are left scratching their heads. There is a lot of disconnect between Chicago and St. Louis, as well as the day to day lives of the employees and senior management. It often feels like management doesn't really have a clear idea of what the employee's experiences are like working with their clients, so some of the initiatives to ignite change feel unproductive and misguided. There also isn't much of a chance of mobility or growth, as you're usually stuck on one client for so long that it feels hard to stay engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to make your goals and mission statement extremely clear to yourself and your employers. Focus more on who you want Manifest to be and start running the business accordingly. Do more extensive employee training and team building, so we all know what the common goal we're working toward is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good not great

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    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Manifest Digital full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    High quality people
    Challenging work
    Rapidly growing company

    Cons

    Long term Client engagements
    Lack of diverse Client assignments
    Limited focus on career advancement
    Lots of new faces, all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I spent that last 2 years at manifest and witnessed a company completely transform in a very short period of time. There was a founder who wanted to save the world, who is now gone. There was a nervous Executive team that has now completely turned over, and a large group of negative employees that have slowly moved out the door. Now there seems to be a real company with a real plan that will either continue to grow or revert back to a small ux shop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company with big dreams, but little follow-through and poor management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manifest Digital full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at Manifest for two years, and met some wonderful folks that did great work in spite of the general organizational chaos.

    Cons

    During my time at the company, Manifest went from up and comer to company in trouble. The warning signs were always there--the company always seemed to be launching some organizational shake or new visionary plan. But ultimately there wasn't enough business savvy to keep up with the big dreams. After multiple rounds of layoffs and the departure of the original visionaries behind the company, I'm not sure what they have left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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