I worked at eMarketer full-time
Technology leadership is top-notch, culturally, personally and technically. You will learn tons, because the team enforces it and encourages you to. Yet at the same time it's a relaxed, nurturing work atmosphere. They spare no expense on the equipment and you get to hack on bleeding-edge .NET stuff. There's a "if you're good enough to be here, you're good enough to be trusted to your decisions" kind of culture which is awesome. There's an obsession with improvement within the technical team, which can only be considered a plus. The head honcho is a cool-ass cat who makes you feel like he's genuinely listening. He might not actually be, but he makes the effort with the periodical "donut" talks where you sit in a small informal group with him and just chat. They definitely take notes and you can see efforts being made to address those notes. Also, um... unlimited vacations. The pay (in the tech space) is fairly competitive.
I've never experienced such social isolation at a workplace in 10 years worth of working in all kinds of firms, and I hated this more than anything else while I was there. There's the cool kids, the "in" crowd who've been there since forever, then there's the rest of the population, there only to sustain their existence. I feel like the office layout and politics enforce the segmentation. Also, the 401k plan sucks. Good luck finding a doctor in Brooklyn with their medical plan.
Advice to Management
This is more to the middle management than upper or lower: It's not an agency. You're not creatives. You're not part of the "in" crowd. Actually, very much the opposite. You. Are. Not. Cool. So stop it. Deal with it and be quit being a bunch of wannabe snots. And stop perpetuating the mentality down the ranks.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at eMarketer.
The interview process was through a recruiter. They gave good insight into the business, current needs, top priorities, the details of this role and the personalities at the company. Overall experience was okay.
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