Integrity Reviews

Updated Nov 2, 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A business consulting firm also excels at design and web development"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Integrity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Killer team, mature processes, flexible work environment, best clients across the US. Also the best tech and toys possible. Some of the most challenging and rewarding projects and client programs I’ve encountered in my career. The managers of this firm really do care about every good employee here. I may not agree with them all the time, but there is no doubt they care and are always honestly trying to do what is best for us, the clients and the projects. Like most consulting firms, this place is what you put into it.

    Cons

    Healthy amount of tension but those of us on anti-anxiety meds need to accept consulting is hard. Very little handholding so egotistical goofballs who can’t deliver should avoid at all costs or you will be exposed quickly (but at least you can troll and anonymously post here Like the idiots you really are!). This place is excellent and constantly trying to improve in the areas needed.

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "The Future of Business"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Integrity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Integrity is one of the most progressive organizations I have ever worked with or known of. You can literally write your own ticket there and become anything you want - provided there is a value add to the culture and clients. It is the most flexible and accommodating place I've ever worked with the primary values being productivity and respect. Work from home, work from the couch, work from a coffee shop. Anything goes as long as you get your work done and communicate. The unlimited PTO and immediate benefits make it easy to onboard. Everyone gets fitted with a sweet laptop and equipment is never an issue. Need something to make your life easier, more productive, or more fun? Just ask and it is usually is granted. This organization and the owners work with you to make your career goals a reality even if it means you leaving and starting something totally new. They are really champions of growing people. They value individuality and diversity and encourage you to fully be yourself. Bring on the purple hair or whatever makes you feel like your most authentic self. Innovation is built into the DNA here and change is neverending. The owners are passionate and invite and expect high communication. When I interview with other companies, they are looking for people to help them move in the direction Integrity has blazed. All that being said, Integrity is not for everyone.

    Cons

    Because the organization is flat, without a traditional management structure, the cultural model puts a huge amount of responsibility and accountability on the individual. This is the biggest stumbling block I have seen for people. If you don't have the ability to express your needs, communicate, and resolve conflict openly you will probably struggle at Integrity. The people I've seen struggle have not been able to ask for what they need/want and in the end, self-destruct under the self-imposed stress. You have to be able to say NO, manage your time, and fulfill your commitments to succeed there. If you are the type who needs a clear path to your evolution, Integrity will also not be a good fit for you because there is no predefined path for you. The owners and leads always encourage and try to set people up for success but there is not a traditional hierarchy of titles and roles. In my expeirence, the owners of Integrity created this company because they love what they do. They are always looking for people to become their partners and take the company in a new direction. If you are not a trailblazer type personality or self-starter you will likely feel stressed there. For the first year I worked at Integrity I loved it and hated it at the same time until I learned that I had to speak up and really engage on all levels. Once I did that most of the stress went away. No one is perfect, not me, not the owners, but there is a universal commitment to growth here that is unusual.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great on the surface"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Integrity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to learn new tech. Some great people work there.

    Cons

    This company really talks about doing things the right way when it comes to interactions with employees, customers, and sharing information (I guess one could say, they preach integrity) - however, that is not at all how things seem to play out. There is a huge amount of favoritism from the leadership towards certain employees. This creates a dynamic where there always seems to be political infighting within the lower ranks of the company and a seeming ignorance from the leaders that the way the company behaves is what drives valuable employees away.

  4. Helpful (6)

    "Broken, lacking empathy"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Integrity full-time

    Pros

    There's a lot of good people at Integrity who work hard and are fantastic co-workers. You will get to learn quickly as someone just starting out. Depending on who’s left though and their workload, the options for mentorship and help are probably limited. You may find yourself on your own (which isn’t bad if you’re able to self manage). Benefits such as medical, 401K match, free snacks and flexible working hours are a decent attempt to make up for being underpaid compared to other companies with similar benefits.

    Cons

    Integrity has a habit of claiming to be the best in all they do. However, this is a difficult status to attain considering that there is no consistency in reviewing the company’s path forward. Decisions tend to be made without the experts who should be available to provide feedback on feasibility. Then those experts will have to overwork to deliver, or be blamed for failure that they were setup for by someone else. Owners claim they want the help and expertise of employees with that skill set but do not follow through on such advice. On occasion they will even claim they know more about the services they haven’t practiced in some time. There is an uncomfortable amount of resentment and pettiness from the owners that happens below the surface should an employee decide they want to move on in their career. There also appears to be a pattern of rewriting history once someone is gone - or even while the person still works there. This only contributes to the toxicity and mistrust amongst employees who’ve been around long enough to notice this pattern, filling them with dread should they decide to move on in their careers.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Not As Advertised"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Project Manager 

    I worked at Integrity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I met some incredibly talented coworkers while at Integrity. I learned the most from them. The majority of those people have moved on to bigger and better things. If you are a younger, entry-level employee, Integrity is a great stepping stone in your career. Use it for what it is, a chance to get your feet wet in the agency world, learn to work with clients, learn to deal with office politics. Do not expect this to be an end-point. If you are not at the beginning stages of your career, carefully consider the fact that Integrity is not truly family-friendly, no matter what they proclaim. Also realize that growth is very limited, but for a select few employees.

    Cons

    It’s a well-known fact that small agencies can be political, and Integrity definitely fits this description. Mediocrity and laziness is accepted and celebrated for individuals who flatter management and speak loudest. Oddly enough, humble, honest, hardworking employees do not typically succeed at Integrity, despite the company’s insistence that those are the very employees they want.

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible Leadership - Basically Car Salesmen"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Integrity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Standing desks. That is literally it.

    Cons

    CCO and CEO are not good people. They intimidate and gas light their employees. They claim the grass is never greener and they stockholm their employees to believe that being underpaid is awesome. Not well-versed in contemporary web technologies.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Leadership Ever"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Integrity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Half of the people who work there are great. Figure out which ones they are and you can learn some things. Mix with the wrong ones and you'll set your entire career up for failure.

    Cons

    The owners at this company preach of being "egoless", but have two of the biggest egos. They think they know everything, but haven't practiced for decades. They are so bad at understanding current technology, they consistently hire developers that have no idea what they are doing. But to succeed here, you don't have to have any development skill, you just need to stroke the owners' egos. Which is probably why those who know nothing and produce nothing notable are the favorites. Every time an employee leaves, they wait until their time is up and then turn it around to other employees as if the employee was fired. This is never the case and no one ever believes them. While I was there, I saw several people put in two or even three weeks notice before leaving, only to be pushed out in a week or less because the owners would get so unjustifiably resentful. Then, the rest of the employees would be overwhelmed with work they didn't know how to do or didn't have time for.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Former Web Engineer"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Integrity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Solid coworkers. Great ownership.

    Cons

    It was mostly WordPress work which doesn't interest me.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Integrity full-time

    Pros

    Awesome bosses, no micro-management, room to grow in the directions you'd like to grow

    Cons

    Can be disorganized at times, weak project management, you're often on your own

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Ego-city"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Integrity

    Pros

    Free snacks, but really there isn’t a ton of opportunity here for people who are willing to go against the grain.

    Cons

    Complete lack of Integrity, a ton of intimidation by the CCO, ego celebrated, and a complete lack of trust for those working in the trenches. Tries to rope in and intimidate younger folks who have little to no experience in order to squeeze the most out of them, while trying to appear “hip” and “startupy”. It seems really great at first, but after spending time in the environment your really start to get a sense of how toxic and manipulative management can be. Overall, avoid. I’m grateful for the experience mainly because I know what to avoid in the future. When you leave, just know that you are not in the wrong no matter how much they make you feel that way or call you “immature”.

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