Organic

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Organic Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
60 Reviews
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Pros
  • Fun people, collaborative environment, Great Location, Good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • The 'fringe' bits like Beer Bash on Fridays are great (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There's no clear, across-the-board vision of what the company should do at the crossroads of "digital vs (in 3 reviews)

  • You can count on at least 6 months to go by (and probably more like a year) before upper management will approve the req to re-fill that position (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great clients, fun people to work with

    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Awesome people
    - Fun environent

    Cons

    - Lower than average pay scale
    - Corporate leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the creative be the lead, not dollars.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Spiral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and the remnants of the first dot com perks are nice. Only thing missing is foosball. Also, the location can't be beat.

    Cons

    Always talking about new work and projects that would reinvigorate the company, but the reality is that their business model doesn't work anymore. Too small to be cost effective, too big to be nimble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to hire some new management! Current management team don't actually know how the sausage gets made, so they are ineffective in managing projects. The era of working employees into the ground is over. Clients are bringing all this work in house and snap up anyone who is effective and tired of Organic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing because of all that was happening in the Internet Industry. Once in a lifetime experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are the some of the best and brightest out there.

    Cons

    Built up too quickly but understand the company is still in business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here

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    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Organic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good client roster
    Great office location (in SF)

    Cons

    Negative Culture
    Not welcoming to newcomers
    Not the most interesting projects
    Very old-school environment in a supposed "new" digital world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more consideration of your employees and actually take responsibility for the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Failing Ad agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    bagel Wednesday and beer bash

    Cons

    declining quality of clients. went from being an agency "for lifestyle brands" to an agency that would take any work they could get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your creative department with the respect they deserve. Set higher standards for hiring. Promote more women instead of only men into CD roles. Pay better!

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

    Fun Organization - Great Place to Start

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    Current Employee - Senior Contributor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Contributor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Organic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun people, collaborative environment, Great Location, Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Cheap executives - team lunches are never comped. Limited career advancement. Had layoffs multiple times during my tenure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate the departments more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Contributor Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Contributor Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good/talented people, great creative work, Beer Bash Fridays, good work life balance, senior management makes an effort to mingle with everyone on more than just a hi bye level

    Cons

    The higher up you are, the more political it becomes. From what I heard (from my director, etc), it was really difficult to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to scale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of talk, but no action to back it up

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    Current Employee - Senior Contributor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Contributor in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people, the work product

    Cons

    Management - it must have been great at one point, but the last two years has been a downward slide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Toss out operations and bring in a better system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great People, high turn over

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Organic

    Pros

    the people are really great, beer bash Fridays, fun creative environment, great benefits

    Cons

    no opportunities to advance, most of the time they hire from outside rather than promote, they want to do a lot of cool activities but they don't provide the budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote employee verse looking for outside candidates. There are some dedicated workers that would surprise you if given the chance.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Organic

    Pros

    Great people
    Creative work
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Some uncertainty in work stream

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about leveraging one's ability to learn rather than specific skills

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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