33% of the CEO
Pros – Great benefits, good pay. At one time, iCrossing was a wonderful place to work, but many of the more effective leaders with vision have moved on.
Cons – No vision. Many employees have worked there for 10 or more years, coming from old web development companies. Bloated senior management with little vision. Hearst acquisition hasn't seemed to bring in business or partnerships.
Advice to Senior Management – Advice to Hearst: Sell! Advice to Management: Full service agencies are becoming dinosaurs. Do what you do best.
Pros – Competitive pay, good vacation and benefits. Decent culture on the west coast.
Cons – Narrow growth opportunities, bonus payout tied to metrics you most likely don't have a personal impact on.
Advice to Senior Management – Find a clear direction, monetize and stick to it. Continue to work on silo'd departments to allow more collaboration.
Pros – Incredibly smart people who work very hard, team oriented.
Cons – Unreasonable financial expectations by the parent company means that all bonus potential is gone.
Advice to Senior Management – Cut the fat. Make the hard decisions. Too many egos will not win business, a solid portfolio of work will.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
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Pros – Not many pros anymore to speak of. There used to be more the cheap gym and lunches, and the 9-5 hours. We used to have fun, positive morale, a business development team that could actually bring in business, and teams that wanted to be in the office and work hard.
Cons – The list is long. Leadership is ineffective, incapable, useless and not worthy of their paychecks. They are so distant from the ground that it doesn't matter how often we use them as escalation points. They don't understand they business they are running since we can't seem to generate a profit. Nor do they know how to run their own departments and provide leadership. The Ad Week article was correct when it said we can't do social well. God forbid they hire the right people or let people go fit with the agency.
Advice to Senior Management – Leave iCrossing and let Hearst recruit executives that understand how to run a business because everyone leaves.
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Pros – A few years ago this was one of the most incredible places to work.
Cons – While I can't pinpoint exactly where iCrossing lost their way, I attest to the fact that they have done just that. They're losing more business than they're winning, and their attempt to transform from a search and technology leader into a full-service digital agency is failing miserably. The one area they've succeeded in is transforming the culture from highly collaborative to extremely hostile. It's exactly the climate found in most ad agencies, so at least they got that one right. Avoid the LA and NY offices at all costs.
Advice to Senior Management – I'm not going to pretend to advise upper management. It's all in the data. HR, benefits, compensation, and growth are all still intact, but the culture has got to change. Management priorities have shifted from collaborative to CYA, and the shameful deflection of blame. It's a cancer that's killing this once awesome company.
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Pros – Strong work-life balance. Really talented creative team.
Cons – Huge talent exit over last two years. Really poor track record of delivering on promises of bonuses
Advice to Senior Management – Don't turn your back on Powley
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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Pros – I enjoyed the people I worked with and the openness to new ideas.
Cons – Management has made a series of misleading statements over the last year. I understand that they need employees to believe in the company, but they should treat the employees like family. You can never go wrong with being honest.
Advice to Senior Management – Be honest.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – Good work/life balance, easy work load, flexible with working from home, big name clients.
Cons – -Retention: There is a major issue with retaining both clients and staff. Turnover here happens every time you blink an eye (some people leave on their own, others are forced out), and clients drop at a rapid rate.
-More cliques than high school: Teams are so segmented and there's is such little interaction between departments it's a wonder things ever get done. Going into the kitchen at lunch is like walking into a high school cafeteria. No one says "hi" or even smiles and teams sit together at tables and stare everyone else down.
-Management: Who knows what they actually do, you never see them and they clearly don't have a clue what is going on in their departments that they're managing.
-Culture: There is a serious lack of culture in this office, and quite frankly I've never worked in a place where employees looked so miserable and bored.
-What exactly is iCrossing?: I worked here for a year and still don't have the slightest clue what kind of agency iCrossing is trying to be. They don't know what they want to be either.
Advice to Senior Management – Incentivize your employees! Promote them, give them raises, actually care about what they're doing. There are a lot of people that are truly doing great work that is bettering the business, give them an incentive before they jump ship too.
Pros – Intelligent, passionate and reasonable people. You know that you encompass all three of these things if you work here.
Cons – There's not always a clear direction
People who are a burden on the team (usually contractors or bought up teams) are met with no consequences and/or time to improve
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – -good place to work for a year out of college, then get out immediately
Cons – -no room for promotions
-upper management lies to employees
-directors have no idea what is going on with its employees
-put in long hours with no reward
-don't listen to requests of employees because upper management simply doesn't care
-expected to do workload of positions above you with no promotions
-no compensation of any kind for far too long
-no one is happy to be there or go to work, in fact, its a rather depressing environment to be in
-upper management has no idea whats going on
-has been getting consistently worse and turnover is at an all time high. Every one is trying to get out fast.
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