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Isobar Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Agency moves at a rapid pace but staff are able to retain a good work / life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Great bunch of friendly and smart people who try hard to deliver amazing work and balance work/life (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Some long hours, but in an agency environment, these were very interesting and enjoyable (in 12 reviews)

  • Not a place where you can maintain your work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Not a bad place to get your feet wet"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome view. Plenty of snacks and other amenities. Good group of people. Very good work life balance.

    Cons

    Experience can drastically vary based on project. Possible to find yourself on project where people just coast.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, think longer term.


  2. "Great People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented wonderful people; Flexible working from home; Good leadership

    Cons

    Can be long hours; Bench

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst or something - not sure"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isobar full-time

    Pros

    Views are amazing but one can forget with the demoralizing culture looming over day in and day out.

    Cons

    Among the few really talented engineers who think they are living their want to be part of a sexy start up dream; Isobar hires bunch of untalented functional analysts to basically be tools; there are no opportunity to skill up and most of these individuals are just glorified manual testers. I have one of the most cunning and unprofessional director at the Chicago location. It seems to be the requirement for this digital agency which struggles to compete and grow in the digital marketing environment.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Visual Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visual Design in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Visual Design in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - As a level 1 designer, you get paired up with a CD/assistant CD level to help you in the career growth. This program tremendously helps in working through one's strengths & weaknesses.
    - They take performance review seriously and theres a sense of trust that when you give you best and work quality, the upper management does notice.
    - Self-initiated GOOD committee run by passionate give-backers from various fields within the firm was a neat thing. It helped bring a sense of togetherness also.
    - Very approachable CEO

    Cons

    - As a designer, I had expected a setting more roudy for a design firm. Not much cross-chatting from one table to another (this might be your cup of tea though so its not necessarily a "con")


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director Experience Strategy & Design"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director Experience Strategy & Design in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director Experience Strategy & Design in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement
    Ability to provide creative ideas in an encouraging environment
    The people! The people are amazing. Everyone is very smart, respectful, open and fun.
    Isobarians also truly care for your wellbeing and that of your family.
    Flexibility
    Innovation initiatives that allow you to participate in cool programs to come up with something new
    Diversity: isobar is a diverse and including company
    Isobar's leaders are very approachable and smart. They also truly care.
    Isobar also offers the most comprehensive and fair benefits package I encountered in 11 yrs in the industry

    Cons

    Domestic travel some times.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice environment, lots of perks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experience Designer C1 in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Experience Designer C1 in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a supportive environment with nice coworkers and there are a lot of parties/activites/perks; employees get frequent meetings with superiors to find out how their performance is and voice any concerns.

    Cons

    It's a very quiet office environment; a lot of people are introverted.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm an ex-Isobar employee and I'm going to share my experience about this awesome organization.

    - I was extremely happy with the company's culture
    - The work environment was very professional, transparent, and a lot of communication
    - Isobar employees are very knowledgeable and excellent professionals
    - The company has a lot of growth opportunities and the company cares for the employee's career development.

    Cons

    I didn't find anything wrong with Isobar.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing the nice work!

  8. "Helpdesk Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Helpdesk Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Helpdesk Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Corporate culture, level of care about its employees, company events, style of management and personal approach to every single employee.

    Cons

    Absolutely nothing comes to mind,


  9. "Interesting, high-profile projects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Isobar has some very high-profile clients, so employees have an excellent opportunity to showcase their hard work to many.

    Cons

    Sometimes projects require long hours


  10. "Fantastic, grown-up digital agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experience Design Lead in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Experience Design Lead in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly talented and experienced teams, Isobar only stocks the best. Big clients, and responsible management that support teams and ensure they are equipped to deliver high quality work. Always eager to review process to keep projects moving in a positive track. The social events are fun and well thought out, and coworkers are very friendly.

    Cons

    Can't think of a con, for an experienced employee it is a very fair workplace.


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