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Directive Overview

Irvine, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
We are a B2B search marketing agency that is fiercely committed to delivering a truly exceptional service. We love contributing content to the industry and sending team members to top conferences.

We like to think of ourselves as a launchpad for our clients ... Read more

Mission: “Directive does beautiful search marketing for B2B and enterprise companies that share our values. We redefine the global standard for how marketers work, live, and grow.”

Company Updates

  • We’re honored to have been recognized as a “Global Leader” in B2B marketing by Clutch. ����

    We also want to thank our amazing team and clients who have helped us get to where we are today. There’s still so much we want to accomplish and we are beyond excited!

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Directive – Why Work For Us?

We Stand By Our Values:

  • Embrace reality. Don’t manipulate it.
  • Transparency is our default.
  • People > Clients
  • Balance is our choice.
  • Ownership breeds excellence.
  • Proactively communicate with clarity and empathy.
  • Perception is reality.

We Invest in You: 

If you aren't experienced in SEO, PPC, or CRO, no need to worry. We invest in all the newest learning material, and have full time leads that are dedicated to your development. More importantly, we cultivate a culture of learning and collaboration.

Our team holds each other accountable to learning more about digital marketing each week and sharing so we can all grow together. This is done through weekly meetings where everyone has the opportunity to share wins, new trends, and struggles. 

We Actually Get Our Clients Results:

We have an amazing team that enjoys working together, but at the end of the day, we are all here to be great marketers. Nothing is more miserable as a marketer than not getting results. Through our training, support, and team we have proven that we can deliver our clients an exceptional service and actually make a difference for their companies.

Check out what our clients have to say here: 

Directive Reviews

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Directive CEO, Founder Garrett Mehrguth
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    "Trust me, you want to work for Directive!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
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    I worked at Directive full-time


    -Unlimited PTO (yes, truly - within reason, of course)
    -Great 401K benefits
    -Pretty amazing health benefits - lots of great options
    -Option to work remote as a Manager or after 6 months of employment
    -Each person gets 2 tickets to a Ducks game each season
    -There is an on-site office gym opening up
    -They provide you with a brand new Macbook to work on
    -Pool table in office, a great break to team build as well
    -There's also corn hole and ping pong
    -Flexible "choose your hours" work schedule, but most people are 8-5
    -Cold brew, Kombucha on tap, abundance of snacks/coffee/cereal/etc.
    -Quarterly events like BBQs, Holiday party, beach day, etc.
    -Walks and breaks are encouraged to avoid burnout
    -Aside from these perks, Directive has done an outstanding job creating culture here. The Directors and CEO/COO really listen, they are always open to new ideas, they understand that their employees are just as, if not more, important than their clients and they genuinely care about each person's well-being. They hire incredibly friendly & talented individuals and because of that they have created an amazing group of people that authentically enjoy working together!


    Honestly, none. If you have any sort of concern, they are always willing to hear you out and make adjustments!

    Advice to Management

    The vision is cast so big for Directive and the growth is exponential. I know you will all work so hard to not lose your culture along the way!

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Directive Photos

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Directive photo of: The team, working hard
Directive photo of: DC Ladies Wine Cheese Night
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Directive Interviews



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    SEO Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Directive in June 2017.


    Had an initial phone interview with the Executive Culture Curator. Who I think is really the Office Manager. But she was sweet and appeared solid at her job. After the phone interview I was invited in for the in-person interview with Garrett.

    Once there I learned that the Glassdoor information was true. You have to provide your own laptop for work. Which out of every company I have ever worked for or interview with, has never ever been the case. Hopefully you have a decent laptop so you can handle working there.

    They also have no healthcare benefits whatsoever. Garrett said they are working on that for later. He said "I'd rather not do it than do it wrong," and gave a wink. Okay...But they do have Ducks season tickets so that's cool. Maybe I'm old fashion but I rather have health, dental, and vision, then hockey tickets. I love the Ducks and all but I will always take health over hockey.

    The office was small but very nice. They were able to squeeze about 15 people in there. Overall the company looks like it is headed in a good direction. May be an ideal place to get your feet wet and then bounce after a year or so.

    In the end I didn't receive an offer, which is fine. I am pretty sure Garrett knew he wouldn't be able to afford me since my asking price would be high because of the lack of healthcare benefits.

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Directive Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places To Work in Orange County, Orange County Business Journal, 2018
  • A Marketing Agency Global Leader,, 2018

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