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Iris Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 13 Jun 2019

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Ian Millner
62 Ratings
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  • "Work/life balance isn't prioritised - you'd get clapped out the door if you left at 5(in 13 reviews)

  • "High turnover of staff in key positions(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture, great people, opportunities for go-getters"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    British born agency in new york with a great people focused culture. Very entrepreneurial spirit and positions itself as the agency underdog. Good work is recognized and rewarded and great ideas are celebrated. The place is filled with very likable, smart people - no ego's here. Great integration and work sharing across other global offices give iris a huge family feel. Global re-location is available. Great... location in NoHo/SoHo at Broadway Lafayette subway and dog friendly.

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    Cons

    Like most agencies, work-life balance is an issue.

    Iris2014-09-09
  2. "Senior Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Iris full-time

    Pros

    Great clients, great environment, pretty good work life balance

    Cons

    On the smaller side, can lead to limitations

    Iris2018-10-16
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Group Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris full-time

    Pros

    great people, people really work hard and dig in as a team to get things done, challenging and rewarding work, detailed financial management to minimize downsides, tenured management team, work from home options and work life balance, good benefits, generous PTO

    Cons

    need more alignment on collective vision for the future and core offerings, projects are highly specialized so not turn-key or process driven

    Iris2018-05-01
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, but slipping culture and environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, similar personalities and an attempt to bond with coworkers make up the environment. They do make the effort to listen to employees at times. Smaller environment allows for learning new skills, but you have to put in the extra work to do so outside of regular hours.

    Cons

    Over the past year work-life balance and the fun, scrappy environment has started to alter. There have been some bad hires that are still being held onto, and management is slow or blind to swift correction and action. The employees are usually overwork, which is expected. It's all about the numbers right now.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening more to the people that work there. Be willing to not hit the numbers you want in order to keep talent. Up your benefits and salaries to industry standards.

    Iris2017-09-23
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, but terribly disorganized."

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    Producer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Iris

    Pros

    Culture was awesome when i was there.

    Cons

    Work life balance was ok.

    Iris2015-03-06
  6. Helpful (6)

    "New York Office is One Endless Party"

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

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

    Pros

    If you like drinking with your co-workers, gossiping, being overworked and significantly underpaid, this is the place for you. The vacation policy was nice, though.

    Cons

    Company culture is the most important thing at iris. You can do amazing work and have a great work ethic, but if you don't partake in the social activities of the office, your job security will suffer. You would also be put on the chopping block if you want to be an agent of change. Your career prospects are dependent on whether a) your direct supervisor likes you and b) whether said supervisor has somewhere to... move up within the company. If they have nowhere to move up to, your career will hit a standstill. The titles, especially on the creative side, are completely outdated. People who would be senior anywhere else, are mid-level at best. There is this dividing line between conceptual creatives and designers that doesn't exist at any other agency. All the designers that I worked with were upset by this, because they felt like pixel pushers most of the time. There is absolutely no work-life balance there. Unless all your friends work there and are your roommates. That's the only way to truly have a social life. Pitches are run by a few select people, and they do not take ideas from anyone else. We pitched several potential clients ideas that just didn't work nor made sense because of the few stubborn people who led the pitches. Needless to say, we won exactly zero of any of the pitches made while I was working there. There was a case while I was working there of intellectual property infringement. None of the responsible parties was fired over it. Probably because the person overseeing the work was one of the sacred cows at iris.

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    Advice to Management

    Your focus on hiring and firing people based on whether they fit the company culture is hurting the morale at the company. Promote the people who have put in the time, sweat and tears. Not those who everyone likes to get drunk with. Compensate according to industry standards! Update your job titles to reflect American standards!

    Iris2014-08-19
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Passionate, creative group in need of managerial direction"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing group of creative, entrepreneurial thinkers

    Cons

    Lacking in work/life balance and compensation.

    Iris2013-11-28
  8. "Love the People, Culture, Work, Clients, Benefits ...."

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    Current Employee - Manager - Client Partners in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    * Great office location - 2 MRTs & plenty great food and drinks * Talented, nice and helpful colleagues * Culture Club does a good job of organising interesting activities * Work Life Balance * Plenty of sharing and learning from colleagues and industry expats * Agency with dynamic and trusting clients

    Cons

    can't think of any ....

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work .... Thanks for CARING !!!

    Iris2019-06-13
  9. "Just need that final push"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Iris full-time

    Pros

    Great people great atmosphere good work life balance

    Cons

    Not sure they’re fulfilling their potential.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what level you want to be and go for it.

    Iris2019-01-19
  10. "It get's better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iris full-time

    Pros

    - Great individuals - Excellent creative department

    Cons

    - work-life balance is awful - leaving at 5:30 is seen as a big no no - little room for progression - Awful diversity - Pay raises and promotions are rewarded aren't equally

    Iris2019-01-17
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