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Initiative Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Super nice people and work environment (in 17 reviews)

  • People are nice as well, and you can speak casually to one another (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, long hours, worthless work (in 37 reviews)

  • Reality is turnover can be high because people get burnt out and work/life balance varies from account to account but this is standard (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Good place to get your feet in the door

    Cons

    Teams may be silo'd at times


  2. "Digital partnerships"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office space and people and/or team

    Cons

    Salaries and advancement timing needs to improve

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn a lot!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is challenging yet rewarding in that you are tossed into the fire very quickly and you learn a lot. Great place to get familiar with the media/advertising industry as you get exposed to and get to work with lots of different teams and parts of the business. Additionally, Initiative has a lot of corporate resources under the IPG umbrella so taking advantage of their trainings and courses is also a huge plus when trying to expand your knowledge and skillset.

    Cons

    It's the agency life baby! You work long hours, get ground to dust and if you're unlucky enough you'll be stuck putting out fires most of the time with endless client fire drills and their demanding untimely requests. Reality is turnover can be high because people get burnt out and work/life balance varies from account to account but this is standard.

    Advice to Management

    The rebrand is cool, the agency seems to have become a bit more cohesive especially with the work-showcases every couple months. The culture is growing slowly but surely; keep it up.


  4. "Great to Start"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experience fast paced, fully integrated multi channel environment

    Cons

    Need improvement with upper management

    Advice to Management

    Organization/Mentorship needed


  5. "Mediocre At Best!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Office Space
    People
    Location
    Free Coffee Bar
    Beer Garden

    Cons

    Lack of career growth
    Lost of clients


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Culture of the company is amazing. Very laid back.

    Cons

    The job is very fast paced. You need to keep up with the daily ad hoc requests. Also, there's no real team structure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Beware - get ready to compete in a show off competition"

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    Current Employee - Partnerships in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partnerships in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool office space, lots of free beer, free coffee.

    Cons

    Snobby attitude, egomaniacs, cliquey groups, people talk about each other constantly. Everyone is trying to prove they are smarter than everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Send a serious crackdown message to upper mgmt about how employees should be treated. Play fair. Don't show favoritism. Stop with the double standards. If one employee is wrong for doing something, the next should not be held to a different standard.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great team environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent professional environment that fosters team building and leadership skills.

    Cons

    Turn over is fairly high


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent Experinces"

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    Former Employee - Digital Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Specialist in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Perks
    -Office is incredible (NYC)
    -Great accounts to work on
    -People are great
    -VERY generous with expensing transportation, food etc when working after hours or are attending work events.

    Cons

    -Hours were insane
    -High turnover
    -Team organization changed constantly
    -INCONSISTENT depending on client/team: some teams worked decent hours, while others were VERY under-staffed and worked very, very late on a regular basis.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible company losing clients"

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    Former Employee - Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Strategist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Initiative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Young office with a lot of recent grads
    Typical perks that come with working in media
    Beer Garden
    Some cool clients
    Pretty good about letting you take time off
    Promotions cycle is pretty clear

    Cons

    Horrible pay-- below industry standard (even for media) and they won't let you negotiate.

    HR is joke and a half-- When we were looking to hire a new team member they just dumped 50 resumes in my email without prescreening them.

    Losing major clients -- not quite sure what their future holds

    Some teams are super cliquey and spread office gossip (drawback of a young office)

    You'll be asked to work on new clients or take on the role above you due to high turnover which sounds exciting but will never be compensated.

    Not a place to stay for more than a year or so to build up your resume.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your current staff and listen to their complaints


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