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Updated January 17, 2018
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  1. "Smart People, Collaborative Environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LEAP full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people who enjoy what they do. Fun, laid back environment. Leadership is open to new ideas. Dedication to process, but it doesn't stifle creativity - rather it helps keep everyone focused and accountable. Amazing depth of resources for research - gives every project a solid foundation.

    Cons

    Its a small business, so healthcare benefits are expensive.


  2. "Mid sized digital agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are decent people. A fair mix of personalities and professionals. Managers value professional development. Send employees to attend out of state conferences. Client and vendor hosted events. Nerf Wars! Supply newer mac or pc work laptop. They are okay with doggos. Some keep treats at their desk. Only if he's been a good boy... Hard working culture. Appreciate current and emerging trends and technologies.

    Cons

    Hard working culture. Weeks can be long sometimes. Its a medium sized company so the benefits aren't the cheapest. Gets loud in shared work spaces. Don’t recycle if they don’t have to. Less than average paid time off days.

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings! More food-truck days!

  3. "Freedom & Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LEAP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The ownership at LEAP is empowering. There is a commitment to excellence and a willingness to invest in people, culture, and technology. If you have a big idea and a sound plan, chances are you'll find the support you need.

    There is a fun culture that embraces work from home days, dogs in the office, and happy hours. It truly is a work hard, play hard mentality.

    Creatively the sky is the limit. LEAP is un-afraid to pitch brave and bold creative ideas along with the responsible concepts. The driving point of view is Market Less Matter More. So if you can justify why something "matters more" there's a good chance it will be thoughtfully considered.

    Cons

    Collaboration between three locations Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indianapolis can sometimes be challenging. However, short commutes, video chat, and chat apps tend to be helpful.


  4. "Rock Solid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is not your average agency. It took me a while to figure it out, but LEAP is focused on assembling the best and brightest to build out the kind of shop most of us have always wanted to be a part of. There's not a lot of hype or propaganda about it, but if you pay attention and get involved it's easy to have a voice and make an impact. And that's pretty unusual. Beyond that, everybody I've met here really cares about the work we do...sometimes too much! But it's really cool to be a part of a company that has that mindset.

    Cons

    There is no perfect. Every job has its downsides...it is all about what you look for in your work. But for some people, the consistency of change at LEAP would be difficult. It's a shop that tweaks and tests and has a tendency to get restless if it isn't changing. But it's rarely boring here!

    Advice to Management

    When it comes to personally doing whatever it takes to get over the finish line....our management team leads by example to an extent I've never seen before. But within that, there's a tendency to take too long to delegate.


  5. "Awesome mid-size agency environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a notable lack of pretense; it's the type of place where you can come as you are (unless you have a client meeting or something), bring your dog to work... There's no "formality for formality's sake." The client base is growing and the agency continues to expand; LEAP now has offices in three states. It all points to a bright future. Beautiful building.

    Cons

    As with most agencies, the pace is quick but the standards for deliverables is high! There is no sacrificing quality. This is not the type of place where you can come into work hungover, distracted, or otherwise at less than 100%. There's no coasting. It can be a bit stressful. The Louisville office location is convenient but a little suburban.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun agency"

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    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in Louisville, KY

    I worked at LEAP (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to make friends.

    Cons

    Low pay, mostly grunt work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized and Innapropriate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LEAP full-time

    Pros

    The office had a neat layout and that is pretty much it. Some of the people that worked there were friendly as long as you did not ask them to actually work.

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Horrible morale
    -They were ok with "burning hours" that they billed to customers
    -Said horrible things about clients the second they walked out the door
    -Boring work environment
    -Tons of meetings that were billed to clients where nothing was accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Start doing what you are billing your clients to do. Quit allowing deliverables to be weeks behind. Start paying for decent employees and your turnover will decline. I was there for less than a year and was one of the most senior employees.

  8. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were great, fun office, and enjoyable client work.

    Cons

    Management only looked out for themselves. Little professional development opportunities and no chance for advancement. Way too much depended on the billable hours, so if your client left then you needed to fear for your job.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest.


  9. "Traffic Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, cool office, decent culture.

    Cons

    Management is lacking, no opportunities for advancement, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees from within, and leave the inappropriate and condescending attitudes at the door.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great People....But Watch Out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LEAP full-time

    Pros

    Great Office, Good People.

    Basically the people are amazing. They are kind, giving and caring. The clients are okay, nothing inspirational but nothing terrible either.

    Cons

    Everyone cares about the negative stuff, so I'll write an essay of things I wish I knew before joining Leap. As mentioned in other reviews, loyalty is considered paramount here. Unlike most agencies I've worked at, upper management has been with the company 8+ years. In fact, sometimes they will jump from department to department. The owner really doesn’t care about skill as much as they care about your unquestioned loyalty, hence senior management doesn't have a strong skill set.

    Would I work here again, maybe. While I didn’t have problems leaving, I’ve heard of many people having LOTS of problems, some with legal issues. Moving from agency to agency is something that is common in the advertising world. Going along with loyalty, they punish people who leave; they feel slighted and imposed punitive conditions on ex employees. I’d advise you to go through and contact a few of them on LinkedIn. They probably have some recommendations, but just beware of what you sign; the owners will try and hold you to every letter.

    My advice if you are considering Leap: Watch Out. They seem nice, the CEO has a jolly laugh, but underneath that smile is a façade. He won’t hesitate to go after employees in an instant. The culture is one of fear and intimidation, not one of trust and advancement. Don’t plan to change positions there, you won’t. You may learn new things, but raises and opportunities for advancement are slim to none. Their upper management is there to stay and they will never leave.

    I look back on my time at Leap with some fond memories. While most are good people, I probably would never want to work for the same management again.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty is important, but not everything. Remember that skill ultimately drives success.

    If you were as nice to clients who leave as you were to employees, you'd have a better reputation among the talent in Louisville.


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