iProspect Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
80 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Industry leader in search engine marketing (in 9 reviews)

  • We are always being given the opportunity to learn more through collaboration and trainings (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management - Very friendly but rarely in office (in 8 reviews)

  • Many managers and directors do not truly know the ins and outs of paid search marketing (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent place to learn, grow and advance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at iProspect full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Significant amount of resources available to you from a training perspective. People are always willing to share and help you get up to speed and advance. While competitive it isn't cutthroat

    Cons

    Like any agency environment you have too know how to navigate your way around in order to get where you want to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top tier brands, but no growth opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Leader  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Account Leader in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    - Working with top brands, fortune 500 companies
    - Lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    - Tense work environment
    - Health benefits are virtually non-existent. They only cover 60% of premiums, which means employees contribute 40%, i.e., $400-$800 out of your paycheck every month for basic coverage
    - Most employees are straight out of college and don't have professional experience
    - This means not many mentors around to learn from
    - Little to no growth opportunity (even when you score high on annual reviews and have an ivy league education)
    - Managers that are under-qualified
    - iProspect likes to hire from outside as opposed to promote from within
    - No bonuses or real incentive for good performance
    - Base salary is low compared to most other companies in the space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue to offer below average compensation, you will continue to get below average employees putting out below average work. Sooner or later, clients figure it out.

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

    Not the same

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at iProspect full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and fun events contribute to a great post college culture of work hard and play hard.

    Cons

    Way too much turnover leaving too much work on too few people. I personally had to train two people in higher positions how to do SEO and PPC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only hire Specialists with Industry experience

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Going downhill, FAST

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    very relaxed culture, no need to dress up
    employees are friendly and welcoming
    if you come in through the training program, you'll learn tons

    Cons

    it's clear the company is failing, mass exodus of high-level execs and low-level employees
    no room for promotion - everything is based on who sucks up the most, not your actual talent/work ethic
    salaries are embarrassing
    lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote based on ability. you bring in trainees and pay them to train in order to find better jobs.
    stop focusing on "team building" fun events and actually do work and please your clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It all depends on the team you're on.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at iProspect full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You'll learn a lot about managing Google Adwords and benefit from learning about all aspects of performance marketing. Its very nice to have visits from industry insiders

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Some teams have great managers others do not. There is a incredibly high turn over rate on some teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest with hiring of new employees. Develop better leaders and use them as managers. Realize that treating people right goes beyond beers and a kickball team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Team Leader  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Team Leader in Boston, MA

    I have been working at iProspect full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of training. Strong mentorship. Ability to own projects at junior status.

    Cons

    New employees are brought in through intern program, leading to a very young culture. If that's something you like, it's great, but it has grown old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider bringing in outside expertise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Growth at a standstill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at iProspect full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Young and fun environment with lots of talent and opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Unclear job titles due to lack of support.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good "starter" job in digital marketing but the environment can become oppressive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at iProspect

    Pros

    iProspect gives pretty much all employees and interns the opportunity to gain significant experience in search marketing. PPC oriented employees will work intimately with the engine interfaces and related programs that allow for bulk adjustments. SEO employees will gain experience with the major industry practices and programs. Almost everyone will leave iProspect with advanced Excel skills - some will become genuine experts being able to write complex macros and program in VBA.

    Additionally, most of the people are great. Everyone is pretty friendly, and given the way the office is set up, it's very easy to become friends with the people in your area.

    There are also a lot of vacation days - but for some people, it may be hard to find time to use them.

    Cons

    The iProspect experience varies by client. For some (most?) clients, the roles are very detailed oriented. In these positions, you'll work with large data sets, make frequent and large adjustments to the accounts, and update tedious reporting documents.

    Clients can be very demanding and will often have never ending requests. It's not unusual for people work late into the evening because of the volume. Many employees have had to quit just to maintain sanity.

    Training varies. It really depends on the situation, but if you're placed into a role in which you have only limited familiarity, don't expect much serious assistance - you just better learn your role and learn it fast.

    It may be worth suffering through this ordeal if you can pick up some helpful experience, but as soon as you have put in enough time (roughly one year) to be attractive to other employers, it's time to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of automation is insane. There should be serious, customized systems developed to easily implement marketing strategy (particularly PPC campaigns). Commercially produced front ends aren't enough.

    This would increase costs and possibly reduce iProspect's competitive advantage with bargain hunting marketing departments. I can understand that undercutting the prices of competitors is IP's business model, but if this is the case, don't complain when the rate of attrition remains high because your employees are underpaid and overworked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely dissapointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at iProspect

    Pros

    Strong compensation package; good location; strong enthusiasm in some parts of the company

    Cons

    One specific department does not have the appropriately qualified individuals in place, and lack of employees who put forth the necessary effort to improve things; Subsidiary of a much larger company; Very inneficient practices; lack of a team atmosphere and strong positive leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, though quality of position varies from team to team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at iProspect

    Pros

    The higher-ups are very accessible and really take the time to get to know all employees. When I worked here, I definitely felt like my role and knowledge in the team was respected, and never did I feel under-appreciated or taken for granted, like I have in previous companies.

    The training program is extensive and helpful, and even after you're no longer new, information sharing is readily available. You can depend on the wealth of knowledge of your coworkers here.

    The search marketing analysts and specialists are all fairly young (low-mid 20s), usually friendly, sometimes cliquey, but overall very involved in the many company-sponsored events that provide an opportunity to get to know people outside of work.

    Some other pluses: central downtown Boston location, nice and comfortable building/office space, decent insurance/benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes can be a very high-stress and time-consuming job, with demanding clients and consistently long hours with no overtime pay. It really varies team to team, as some people always work until the late hours of the night, while others always leave at 5 pm on the dot.

    Management was oftentimes hard to get ahold of for guidance, but again, this varies by team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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