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Initiative Reviews

Updated October 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great coworkers, accepting environment, room to grow, work/life balance excellent (in 10 reviews)

  • Super nice people and work environment (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours for little pay--no overtime pay (in 39 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. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, some good clients, media perks can be good depending on role and account.

    Cons

    no work life balance, terrible management & leadership, impossible to do anything innovative, feels like you're solving the same problem every year the same way. managers just delegate and do no production work.

    Advice to Management

    allow for more experimentation and innovation. have less middle management that is so keen on just passing on the grunt work they had to do


  2. "Not the worst but not the best, either"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership in some departments. Nice clients (both in theory and practice). Beer garden. Free coffee at coffee bar. Nice office.

    Cons

    Not appreciative of strong talent. Competition between departments. Toxic people. Understaffed across the board. One of the lowest paying agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees

  3. "Media Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Fun people and diverse clients. Fun new-business pitch participation opportunities. Quick to build around digital needs.

    Cons

    Senior management was at odds with each other. Very political. There was a lot of conflict between media departments, no clear decision makers to take the lead. Lack of analytics support for digital media teams.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, employee training, fair compensation, and the ability to grow from within make Initiative a GREAT work environment.

    Cons

    Can be tough to balance work and personal life.


  5. "Agency Life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Getting a taste of what a bad job is

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, worthless work


  6. "Assistant media buyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Large company. Great first job

    Cons

    There is a high turn over rate


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really fun people. Definitely learned a lot.

    Cons

    Pay minimum, but to be expected. Sometimes not a ton of work for an intern.

  8. "Director"

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

    I have been working at Initiative full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beer garden, free coffee, location

    Cons

    Management, pay, morale, Human Resources, client roster, career growth opportunities, training

    Advice to Management

    It's disappointing what the agency once was and what it has become. Hopefully the recent changes at the agency will bring in new clients as it seems like the company is only losing business/employees these days. Management is very clicky and if you are not part of the "cool" crowd there is no chance you will get a promotion or raise. Beware when speaking to hr in confidence as they tend to gossip about employees. If they cared more about their employees and current clients and won some business there could maybe be potential to be recognized. I suggest finding new management to run the place.


  9. "Investment Resident"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Initiative (Less than a year)

    Pros

    super nice offices, laid back work culture, nice supervisors

    Cons

    gossipy employees, low pay, not very engaging work


  10. "Good people, boring work"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Strategy Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company culture was good and they were actively trying to improve
    There were decent perks
    It's a nice office
    The people were great

    Cons

    The work was monotonous and felt like busy work
    No one seemed to like what they did, but liked working together
    Turnover is very high


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