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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 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management - Very friendly but rarely in office (in 9 reviews)

  • Somewhat underpaid, lots of work to do, somewhat long hours (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Empowering

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    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Large accounts, deep resources and a well known brand allow for personal & professional growth. Hours aren't too bad, and in general, your staff and colleagues will be awesome.

    Cons

    It's hard to say what the cons are as every ad agency gig is going to be similar. Somewhat underpaid, lots of work to do, somewhat long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more sales people to grow business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No real knowledge of SEM, what a shame.

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    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at iProspect full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The checks always clear at iProspect, and the name alone is a great resume builder.

    Cons

    iProspect has been riding its reputation in the industry for almost a decade, but hasn't done anything innovative or successful for its clients for many years. The turnover is outrageous, the leadership refuses to address the turnover along with other issues, and clients have been vanishing slowly for the past five years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address many of the HR concerns your employees have. Maybe consider shaking things up with leadership, the downward trend seems consistent with little hope for improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The MacDonald's of Search Marketing - Get them Young, Treat them Rough & Pay them nothing

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

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

    Pros

    fantastic opportunity for a young person to come out of college and work with some seriously huge clients. Gives young people their first introduction to online marketing.

    Cons

    Management range from:
    Young micro-management types that will throw their mother under a bus to move ahead.
    to totally passive-aggressive types that say one thing to your face - and do another when pushed by executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I could rant here a great deal - however as much as their HR group talk a good game about "listening to the employee" they dont back up what they say with action ... Hence anything you say as advice will fall on deaf ears.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start, but management is clueless.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at iProspect

    Pros

    It is an excellent place to start working on paid search campaigns for large clients. I was able to quickly get exposure and experience working with large budgets and driving revenue and leads through client websites using paid search. It was a great introduction to the growing industry of paid search.

    Cons

    Many managers and directors do not truly know the ins and outs of paid search marketing. The niche has developed so fast that iProspect fell behind. iProspect does not have firm best practices in place, resulting in mismanaged accounts and confused employees. People at the top want to be told what works by the people at the bottom, instead of making the insights and taking action themselves. The result is that poor account management is the norm and different suggestions come from every direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To build an organization around paid search, you better have people at the top who really know search. Otherwise, you end up hiring and promoting people who are good at talking instead of working and give bogus recommendations on how to improve accounts.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Training Ground

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at iProspect

    Pros

    iProspect is a great training ground for all those new to the search marketing industry but in reality, you can get paid so much more working elsewhere. Most people take what they learn after a year and can make 20 - 40% more elsewhere.

    People are fantastic and the workplace is really relaxed. You'll meet a lot of smart, driven and fun individuals.

    Knowledge sharing is great. Lots of excellent training.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism that goes on in the workplace here. People who are favorited by upper management will typically get promoted even if their search knowledge is lacking.

    Low morale at the company due the lack of career growth. People who are promoted by the company are obviously very happy. Everyone else (Search Marketing Coordinators and 90% of the company) are kind of stuck where they are -- it's hard to be promoted. Most people are working above and beyond their job title without more pay or the promotion. However, the company LOVES bullshitting and pretending like they do have great opportunities for career advancement.

    Poor business model in place. iProspect also has terrible employee retention because frankly, they do not compensate their employees enough. You can work your tail off everyday and still not be recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and pay your employees better. If you want to retain and keep your great talent, compensation is important. Be aware that most companies can pay 30-40% more after a person works at iProspect for a year.

    Don't rely too heavily on the internship program. You still need people who can actually train them and teach them search engine marketing. You also need fresh ideas from people who have been working long in the industry.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    -

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at iProspect

    Pros

    fun to work at, learn a ton, great people

    Cons

    pay, pay pay - they tell us we are at or about market value, but I doubt that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in order to keep the good ones around you will have to fork out the dough.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Springboard to a career in Search Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at iProspect

    Pros

    Think about working at iProspect as an intensive applied course in Search Engine Marketing. It's a great place to learn as much as you can about SEO and PPC quickly and springboard into employment elsewhere. Be proactive about asking your manager for opportunities to get exposure to different verticals and making use of different search technologies so that you have the greatest breadth of experience when you start your job search. Optimize your linked in profile and you will quickly hear about new opportunities that are better compensated.

    Cons

    iProspect has a business model similar to a fast-food chain or telemarketing company. By hiring very young and inexperienced employees, iProspect is able to save costs on employees and undercut the market. The quality of the product delivered suffers to some extent, but clients are sufficiently ignorant of Search Marketing best practices that iProspect is able to hold on to clients for long enough to turn a profit and to replace clients who leave with new clients. Remember that this is not a company that prioritizes employee professional development and growth. You need to be your own advocate in this environment and get as much out of it as you can so that you can springboard into companies that have better employment practices and are better compensated, but require a year or two of experience before bringing you on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees talk to one another and are savvy about business models. While iProspect pursues the current business model, retention rates will remain low, so don't focus on this metric. Focus instead on supporting employees to grow their expertise and preparing them for future opportunities in their careers. This will help you to maintain stronger ties with these former employees and potentially bring them back onboard down the road into higher management roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Almost perfect

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Search Marketing Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at iProspect

    Pros

    iProspect has a wonderful training program, some of the best people I've ever met and the ability to work on a variety of clients in different industries.

    Cons

    Salary. iProspect doesn't have a competitive salary at all. There are also very few advancement opportunities, especially for Search Marketing Analysts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the number of titles, as well as the salary threshold.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Excellent Learning Experience

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

    I worked at iProspect

    Pros

    I learned more than enough to build a strong career foundation in a very desirable and in-demand skillset.. iProspect is one of the leaders in search engine marketing and 1 year of experience is the equivalent of 2 in most other places when it relates to SEO and PPC.

    Cons

    It's Exhibit A for how upper management can use corporate politics to better themselves without providing any incentive for anyone else to stay. There's only so long a knowledge resource sustains its value before you realize you are worth at least 20% more than what you're actually earning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fellow employees who also left once told me there was a generous bonus plan. It would be wise to reinstate that considering poor economy is no longer an excuse for a company that is so profitable. Especially since the base salary just barely keeps an employee afloat in a major metropolitan area.

  11.  

    Good Place to Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SEM Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - SEM Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at iProspect

    Pros

    * Best colleagues I've ever worked with. Generally, everyone is hard working, smart, young, and willing to help out.

    * You learn and absorb a lot.

    * Collaborative environment

    Cons

    * Limited Room for growth

    * Overworked and underpaid

    *Upper management does not communicate feedback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work closely with your team to help them grow. Make more of an effort to connect with them and the turnover rate won't be so high.

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