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JPL Integrated Communications Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  1. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JPL Integrated Communications full-time

    Pros

    good culture if you are a people person
    good management

    Cons

    need to fit their mold in order to advance (i guess this is kind of the norm with any company)
    pay is ok

    JPL Integrated Communications Response

    Oct 17, 2017 – JPL Admin

    Thanks for your review. We appreciate all feedback and take it seriously when looking at ways to improve our workplace for our team members.


  2. "People Focused Business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JPL Integrated Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    JPL is very friendly to its employees in terms of work/life balance. Since we're in the world of marketing and advertising, yes there will be tough deadlines and late nights or early mornings every so often. For the most part, though, we get to come in at a decent time and leave in time to cook dinner and spend time with family.

    The diversity of work and clients we get to experience here is awesome. It really keeps me enthusiastic about my job because no two days are the same.

    Lastly, having worked on the corporate side, I can say employees here are extremely lucky to have the transparency into the business health and outlook. We get updates on this at every staff meeting and I feel like we are always able to ask questions. This helps us as employees understand the impact we're making on the overall business.

    Cons

    There are few cons. If you know this market, you know it's not NYC or Philly or LA, so the salaries are not going to be of that nature either. I think the company lowballs young, entry-level employees to see who is hungry.

    Advice to Management

    I would say don't grow too fat around the middle. I would also encourage JPL to really focus managers as managers of people and not just more doers who happen to manage a team. The team gets the short end of the stick when that happens.

    JPL Integrated Communications Response

    Oct 17, 2017 – JPL Admin

    Thanks for your review. We are actively pulling these comments into our discussions as we look to improve areas of our business for our employees. Your comments matter and we appreciate your thoughts.

  3. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JPL Integrated Communications full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate and cares about the work they're doing. Managers genuinely want everyone to succeed and supply you with the tools to do it. Creative work environment, and values innovation.

    Cons

    It is a very structure work place, which can be a con if you don't like that.

    JPL Integrated Communications Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Digital Content Producer

    Thanks for your review. We really appreciate your honest feedback and are actively taking a look at comments to see how we can continually improve our workplace and culture.


  4. "great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JPL Integrated Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They pay attention to what employees say and are transparent around where the company is going. Profit share is good. You get a training budget to stay on top of learning about your craft, and there is a sense that you can affect the company through the relationships you have with clients and each other. I've stayed here as long as I have because the work is interesting, everyone is fair and the people are great.

    You can work from home and there's flexibility in schedules so that you don't live at the office. The bring your baby to work program is helpful to new moms, too. Pretty even split of women-men in most roles.

    Cons

    Getting in the door can take a while and they are careful about who they hire. Clients are demanding.

    JPL Integrated Communications Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Digital Content Producer

    Many thanks for your review. We appreciate your comments!


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company that cares about its employees
    Great talent working within the company

    Cons

    Sometimes when big projects come there seems to not be enough time to complete all of the work.

    JPL Integrated Communications Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Digital Content Producer

    Thanks for your review. We really appreciate your feedback and will take these thoughts into account as we strive to constantly make our business a better place to work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JPL Integrated Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great casual environment, nice people, fun employee learning campaigns (TED talks at lunch, Employee Short Film festivals and much more), extremely smart coworkers, true team environment, caring management, 14 years making the Best Places to Work List, and finally truly a fun environment. Its truly one of the best companies I have worked with. Company has a salad bar Monday through Thursday to encourage healthy eating. They also pick a take out restaurant daily to coordinate orders so that employees can get lunch faster and easier. When its sunny people will be walking outside during lunch or playing Four Square. Other times, employees are playing ping pong during lunch. Always ways to become closer as a group at JPL.

    Other reviews seem to have been people who did not fit in with the work hard - play hard culture of JPL. Working in this competitive field requires individuals who turn work around quickly and cost effectively by understanding the client's needs quickly and working well with others as a team.

    Cons

    They have set my standards for a dream job too high (that's good).

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing employees and looking for ways to grow the business while encouraging employees to add new skills in the fast paced market.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Account Rep"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Professional in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Professional in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JPL Integrated Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a great place to learn best practices. They are a very process driven and produce some amazing work. Staff really tries to push the boundaries when it comes to creative. There is a sense of collaboration and idea/creative freedom. Personally, I felt my ideas had value and they listened. It is a fun place to work and designed well for younger audiences.

    Management is smart. Very seasoned marketing people who know how to set up a successful organization that will be around for a long time. I am thankful for the time I spent there. I just spent too much time before moving on.

    Cons

    There seems to be more focus on the monetary values of the business than doing the right thing. Legacy employees of early JPL years remember when the focus was on doing the right thing for our clients.

    Instead of doing what is sometimes best for the client, it's often about what is the most billable. Individual billable percentages directly connects to your raises and your future value. This leads to either over billing the clients or over estimating projects or campaigns. While this is not discussed in-house, it is done often.

    Upward mobility within the company is virtually nonexistent. There are a few examples of young staff after 10+ years moving up one level. The culture is focused too much on the work place fun instead of helping actual staff members create a fair wage and long term career with this company. They sell the company on the fun culture and hope you don't notice the low pay, long hours and minimal raises.

    In short, if you're young, come in, learn, gain experience and move on. Invest no more than 5-years here and don't be tempted by all the "fun."

    Advice to Management

    Management should understand that employees are not a commodity. They have future ambitions. They will work hard for you and work extra hours if needed. They want to find a place that actually values them as individuals who will grow with the company. Also, cut back on the shinny fun stuff and stop caring about the Best Places to Work awards. Theses awards seem to matter more to management than the staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Truly a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JPL Integrated Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at a number of marketing organizations, and JPL is a rare find in the industry.

    For me, it starts with the leadership. JPL is led by people who actually care about their employees. In an industry notorious for sweatshop work environments, JPL is a refreshing option. This is due not only to the fun, creative perks provided by the company, but also to the focus that they place on supporting and developing strong employees. And, the leadership is very transparent with employees. Everyone knows where the company stands: the good, the bad and the ugly. That gives teammates a feeling of ownership of the company, which is highly motivating.

    In addition, JPL is turning out strategic work unlike any other firm of it's kind in the region. Clients consistently turn to JPL to provide the strategic guidance and direction that they aren't getting from their "big" agencies. That's because JPL has strong, business-minded, strategic staff that understands that it's all about helping clients achieve their goals. This means that JPL is also professionally rewarding to those who are looking to be challenged and grow in their careers.

    Lastly, the people of JPL are, for the most part, fully committed to the success of the company, and egos are not a factor. Again, refreshing in this industry. If you've ever worked in an agency where Art Directors tell Account Managers not to talk to them, you know what I mean. The open collaboration at JPL leads to a great working environment, and great work.

    Cons

    No place is perfect. If someone finds the perfect place, please let me know.
    I could nitpick little things, but that doesn't seem productive, as they are hardly things that affect the overall experience at JPL.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent with the team. Continue to reward great employees and provide opportunities for growth.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It doesn't get much better for an agency in south central PA."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JPL Integrated Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    JPL is a great place to work. Management is open to understanding all aspects of any topic. Its an open workplace and you can assume your manager's door is always open. JPL supports and pays for employee training, ISP or gym reimbursement, work from home policy and flexible hours, competitive health benefits and 401K. They provide a great culture that makes working enjoyable and is a good mix of working hard and playing hard. I've found many employees are friends outside of work as well. Most of the negative reviews on here are employees or contractors that did not fit well with JPL's open culture or didnt take direction well overall.

    Cons

    Compensation is fair for the market but many feel they should make more. Expectations for the creative and work product are extremely high. Incredibly high focus on client experience. As with other reviewers, not really a con - but a necessity in our industry. This sometimes causes for stressful situations or tight deadlines but its well balanced overall. Employees typically work 40 hour weeks and are not taken for granted.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open to new forms of project workflow and collaboration within teams. Always value people and treat them fairly. This isn't news - I feel most of this advice is already established by most principal folks around JPL.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great first job, then move on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Low salary, little room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Provide more mid-career opportunities.


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