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Isobar Project Manager Reviews

Updated October 21, 2016
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  • Agency moves at a rapid pace but staff are able to retain a good work / life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Great work environment, favoring creativity and freedom over your own work (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good opportunities, nice work life balance, very nice coworkers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office, nice co-workers, senior management is sensitive to employee needs, good compensation. The projects vary, but they have a large range of project types and clients too.

    Cons

    Not a well known brand name, phases of low utilization, getting on the wrong side of a senior member of management (for the most trivial and childish reason) could cost you a lot, but in their defense most of them are really nice, there's only one or two bad ones.

    Advice to Management

    Make the round robin process fair, please give more weightage to EPR ratings over random comments from people who speak from their egos rather than actual performance of employees


  2. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cape Town (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I have been working at Isobar full-time

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities.
    Casual work environment.
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    No focus on process and efficiency.
    Absent senior management with unclear vision for the business.
    Limited technical ability.
    Bad communication to staff.
    Poor staff retention.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Just don't."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good space
    - free food and booze
    - location

    Cons

    - employees are overworked and underpaid, good people walk out the door after hours of being there because they see that there's no opportunity for success
    - can't keep the real talent, I saw so many good people walk out because they weren't supported
    - senior management are rookies and lack of professional maturity is something people talk about very openly
    - there is very little big creative work or big fun projects, it's all overly designed decks, banners and technology for technology's sake instead of real ideas that will lead to impressive projects
    - the employees are so unhappy that the bad vibes can be felt the second you walk in - I heard gossip on my first day!!!
    - there are too many people in director roles that shouldn't be
    - owners hire their friends instead of qualified people, there is no real strategy department!!!
    - there's no real account role?? This is weird. It's all PM's expected to be account directors with one account director who just freaks out constantly because she's alone. Clients are pretty much always needing more that we can't give

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking like a startup and running so lean that you can't do good work. Start caring about *all* employees. Know what you don't know and hire smarter people who are qualified in more than being your friend.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "The worst place I have ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Variety in clients that you work with
    - Generally nice people beneath the management layer

    Cons

    I couldn't disagree more with the review left on 29th July.
    Basically, that review was blaming people who don't like Isobar, saying they haven't "taken their opportunities".

    If you aren't somebody who likes to be part of an obsessed cult, I don't think you'll find opportunities at Isobar either.

    To specifically address some of the comments:

    1. "If you're good, Isobar will make you great." No. If you're good, Isobar will make you *think* you're great, by telling saying that you are "awesome". I've never worked in a place that engages in such self-congratulation with all staff emails consistently flying around, ruining productivity and telling everyone how great everyone is.

    2. "The values are lived and breathed here - including Make It Happen". Completely disagree with this. I've seen "Make it happen" used as an excuse at Isobar for cutting corners. Don't do things properly, just "make it happen", quick and dirty. Of course, this leads to big problems down the track.

    3. "If you're average at what you do, Isobar will expose it and you'll quickly feel substandard."
    Really? I observed quite a few average people who were told they were "guns" or "amazing", so they really had no incentive to get better and they seemed to think they were fantastic.

    4. "Isobar Australia has a very entrepreneurial history". Now this one, I agree with, and this is a major source of issues. Senior management seem to have very little experience in other environments and are flying by the seat of their pants. They lack empathy and leadership skills, meaning they make very poor judgement calls.

    You cannot run a 300+ person organisation like it is still a startup. That's when the lack of leadership capability starts to become fairly obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Hire in some leaders who know how to lead and who have worked in more mature organisations. Hire people with soft skills and empathy who understand people and how they want to be treated. Please stop telling everybody they are awesome all the time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and social, mostly good work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good social atmosphere. Clients are good. Lots of opportunity to work on some pretty great campaigns.

    Cons

    Very much the company has its favourites, due to company originally starting as small group of friends. Pay is pretty average.


  7. "Inspiring environment, cool project, horrible working hours"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Isobar as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, young team, common values, you feel lake you moved back again to high school. Also you learn a lot because there's no time to ask anybody for help, everybody is lovely but at the end of a day you're by yourself.

    Cons

    Pretty weak salary comparing to amount of working hours. To get a raise/promotion you have to sit even more.. It's like a Gulag.