Schematic Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    joined a sinking ship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schematic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    they used to have good people. some cool work

    Cons

    man, what can i say.. bad leadership, then it became possible and ... that's it. if you're not looking, you should be. if you're considering, maybe it won't be so bad for the new people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about your employees. we might be expandable, but high turnover rate is not good for anyone, or any company

  2.  

    Schematic was a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Schematic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    can hang out with coworkers out of the office, generally friendly coworkers, "Beer Fridays", company parties! collaborative environment (some), inter-office synergy

    Cons

    too many/frequent ownership and management group changes, hopeful strategies and partnerships that went sour or didn't fall through, micro-managers and bad attitudes (direct supervisor was a control freak, VP was very cool), and like most companies, miscommunication, and sometimes, managers/leaders were not aware that the environment was not conducive to problem solving, and GTD. Both leads and associates stopped caring after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    company was gulped down by bigger entity - while the memories were great, and a great starting point for a career, the end result was inevitable. RIP Schematic

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great in the beginning but less than stellar management made the environment unpalatable

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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 Schematic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the people and the culture were awesome

    Cons

    the management style made working there over time less than pleasant.
    It became a revolving door of management folks in and out the door, with no obvious opportunities for advancement for those not in upper management.

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

    Great potential, company dissolved in a year

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schematic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic talent, the best across all departments that I have ever worked at within an agency.

    Cons

    Seemed to have bad client management from a company-wide financial perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    it didn't jajahave to go down like that

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Art Director in Austin, TX

    I worked at Schematic

    Pros

    the name of the company. some of the projects they kicked out were cool. the people picked up to work the show were a great bunch.

    Cons

    the dell business was very poorly handled. it didn't have to go down like that. so many old-school mistakes made, preventable mistakes.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Aloof leadership but talented people

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

    I worked at Schematic

    Pros

    Work on high quality projects

    Cons

    Very political environment that serves as a host for cliques and self preservationist attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to strip away the cliques and politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    omg wtf

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Architect  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at Schematic

    Pros

    WPP benefits are excellent. Hard pressed to find better corporate benefits elsewhere. Remember, this is due to WPP and not Schematic. You can get these benefits at ANY WPP company.

    Cons

    Constantly hires the worst of the worst when it comes to executives and senior management. All those who have held the position of general manager/managing director in New York in recent years have just flooded to the New York office with their cronies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to hire people that are smarter than you. Don't fill critical positions with people who have bad reputations from other agencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a great company

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

    I have been working at Schematic

    Pros

    A good balance between work and lifestyle.

    Cons

    The company was disorganized and dishonest with clients about what they were able to do in a given amount of time. The burden to convey this to the client was often dumped onto the designers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has changed significantly since I left the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Since the acquisition by WPP the company has struggled to find its place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Company In Crisis  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Company In Crisis in New York, NY

    I worked at Schematic

    Pros

    The new corporate overlords should provide leadership and stability but it remains to be scene if that will happen. The company has amazing clients and a long track record.

    Cons

    Business has been so bad for so long that there have been many rounds of layoffs. This is reeked havoc on morale and the ability of the company to be competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on stabilizing relationships with important clients and on adding new key accounts that can support the growth of the company.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    used to be...

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

    I have been working at Schematic

    Pros

    great people and what's left of the culture, good client projects, and career growth.

    Cons

    zero executive management. it's like they don't even work here anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you don't want to work here anymore, hire someone else who does so that they can try to bring some leadership to the company.

    Disapproves of CEO

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