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Blue State Digital Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great clients in the social sector and good theoretical grounding in user engagement and mobilisation (in 4 reviews)

  • They hired some really great people that are really adding to the company (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a pretty low turnover rate, so a lot of people have been working there for numerous years (in 4 reviews)

  • Maybe not that much of an issue in New York or London but for people in Washington DC or San Francisco this could be an issue (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "awesome company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue State Digital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly team to work with
    great environment

    Cons

    lots of work to do


  2. "Amazing Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Data Analyst Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Blue State Digital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive paid internship, amazing office, dedicated coworkers, structured learning process

    Cons

    Responsibilities increase exponentially, lots of programs to be familiar with


  3. Helpful (1)

    "If only it was 10 years ago this might be a good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue State Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to tell people you are doing mission-based work

    Cons

    Company doesn't know if it wants to be big or small. Management is out of touch with the work and people actually on the ground with clients. While client organizations have vision, Blue State Digital itself does not know what it wants to be, or what it stands for - other than "progress". While the CEO is a straight shooter and can make clear decisions, the senior staff is wishy-washy and unfocused, unable to lead.

    Advice to Management

    Go big...or go small. But make a decision and communicate it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities; Some Aspects to Fix"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY

    Pros

    - Varied and interesting mix of clients
    - Relatively flat organizational structure and good access to senior management
    - Very smart and interesting coworkers

    Cons

    - Routes for advancement are very unclear
    - Some management appointments have been very poorly received

    Advice to Management

    - Address the hiring/appointment criteria for management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Constantly Progressing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Blue State Digital is the only agency I've worked where the leadership team is invested in improving the creative process, business model, and operational style. BSD does not adhere to a 'one-size-fits-all' model for their clients or their employees, understanding that at the core of it all there is an authentic human element involved in the creative work that is done and the people who are employed. Some vast improvements I've seen over the years include a push for diversity and inclusion with actual results (higher gender pay equality and female employment than industry and US standard), unlimited and flexible time off, generous parental leave options, and investment in professional development.

    BSD is also the only agency I've worked for that takes a thoughtful and thorough approach to vetting clients based on values and BSD's mission to progress. This is rare in a professional services organization where supply and demand is constantly being balanced.

    Cons

    I'd like to see BSD invest more in hiring and expanding their talent pool.

    Advice to Management

    As BSD continues to evolve, it is important for the leadership team to remember that communication is key and to make sure individuals feel like their opinions matter.


  7. "The best clients and teams at any agency I know"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue State Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a company that actually lives values -- from doing work that matters for non-profits, to some of the best benefits a small company can offer. We have fantastic clients such as Unicef, NAACP and Memorial Sloane Kettering, and some of the smartest, dedicated creatives and consultants I have worked with.

    Cons

    The diversity of the clients is great, but also creates challenges because the services are so broad and the type of work is wide ranging. That makes it hard to have tons of reusable standards. As a result it takes a long time for people to be truly conversant in the value proposition.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teams and continue to give them opportunities.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "The little agency with an attitude"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue State Digital full-time

    Pros

    There are some interesting clients and if you enjoy "making a difference" you may have an opportunity, as long as it is with a "liberal" vein...

    Cons

    The agency is very cliquey... If you haven't worked on a campaign and spent months away from your home in some rinkydink town who knows where working for a candidate you are not seen as a real BSD:er. The senior staff has all worked on some Democrat campaign so if you have a different opinion you better keep it to yourself. Oh and if you are a gun-owner you will have to get rid of your arms as company policy dictates you are not allowed to handle or own any while employed at BSD. Maybe not that much of an issue in New York or London but for people in Washington DC or San Francisco this could be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the clique mentality and be up front with your expectations. Was hired to do one thing for the company but was later told not to. Why should I stay? I didn't...


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Fun Place to Work, Needs Fresh Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue State Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent clients
    Fast-paced, energetic environment
    Dedicated, passionate employees

    Cons

    Inexperience management
    Overworked employees working consistently into the night and on weekends
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about weakness in the company and how they're being improved. Promote and hire some people that aren't "typical" BSD hires to mix things up. Focus on the fundamentals and maybe slow down the growth (though I think that happened organically with a recent morale dip) to focus on what BSD does well.

    Agree with another reviewer that the Obama campaign was a long time ago. Time to move along and be proud of something more recent.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Was a great team..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PHP Web Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PHP Web Developer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue State Digital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great tech team, smart, dedicated engineers working together for a great cause, making a real difference in the political landscape. Solid team feel in the Boston office, and everyone really gets along well. Some serious technical debt, but a lot of effort being put into resolving it. You really feel like you are making a difference seeing clients like Obama, Warren and Sanders using the tools for good. Lots of learning potential and in some cases innovation

    Cons

    Recently, it feels like the company has decided to no longer offer a real solid SaaS platform anymore, and is actively trying to destroy a successful culture. Upper management in New York recently fired all but one of the long-tenured leadership (including the VP of technology and lead architect) and drove out decades of institutional knowledge to replace it with non-technical management from New York. The roadmap is being driven without focus or regard to stability, and product management isn't managing the product but feels like it is just trying to plug in the latest hot thing that they heard about somewhere. I plan on leaving the company as soon as I finish a couple projects, and I know others are as well. This will leave almost all short-tenured people, and no real technical leadership aside from a new VP who is a good guy, but everything is still being driven remotely from New York without respect to the people working here.

    There really isn't a good career path anymore, either, with no leadership and no apparent plans to move forward with replacing them.

    Advice to Management

    Change this direction, and stop being dishonest to the employees. It's disrespectful and insulting to tell everyone that established leaders who love their job are all leaving at the same time, and pretend to be sad to see them go when it's obvious what is happening. And change the tone of product management. It's hard to work with people who are blatantly insulting to the engineers who are working hard to keep the services and platforms running.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Big fan of Blue State"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue State Digital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've never been surrounded by such smart, talented, and passionate people. You get to work on really unique projects which are vetted to meet the company's progressive standards. You get unprecedented exposure to levels and challenges within organizations, and can really help them solve their problems -- all with people that you like working with. It's a casual atmosphere, and the intent of creating a great place to work, push the work forward, while taking care of your people is seen throughout leadership and executive decisions.

    Cons

    Processes are constantly being revised and re-introduced to help address growth, and resourcing can be a challenge given the large amount of projects coming in with a small staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to feedback and keep on caring for your people. It's really unique.


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