I worked at Manifest Digital full-time (Less than a year)
Passionate, intelligent people who want results and get right to the point - this makes up the majority of the leadership that worked at Manifest when I was there.
A merger with another agency had introduced a good deal of opportunity into the mix for those who are willing to battle the chaos and ambiguity that come with any merger of this size.
1) The merger with another large agency (which itself was still just getting settled in after a previous merger), had introduced quite a bit of chaos into the day-to-day, at the time of my departure.
2) The agency world grows more competitive by the month. Clients continue to move work in-house. Agencies will need to continue to evolve to survive in the next decade, and Manifest is no exception.
Advice to Management
What is the agency focused on as revenue streams? What are its core competencies? Answers to these questions will pave the road ahead.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Manifest Digital (New York, NY) in September 2015.
I applied online and was contacted by a recruiter a few days later. The initial phone interview was pretty standard. Talked with the recruiter, based in Chicago, about my background and the role itself. I was invited for a meeting with the Manager for this position a few days later.
When I met with the Manager, his vision of the role was very different from the one that was posted online and what I had spoken withe the recruiter about. He also explained that the New York office functions as a hub where most of their PMs work, while the other offices hold most of their creative teams. I personally don't believe in this model, I feel that teams work most effectively when they are in the same office (whenever possible).
Honestly, if I had this information from the beginning, I would not have proceeded past the phone interview. Clearly things are very chaotic here because of the recent merger. My impression is that many of their offices are in good shape, but personally I would stay away from the New York one.
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