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Marketing Innovators Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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Lois M. LeMenager
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  1. "It was okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and some good relationships

    Cons

    Poor Management and too much drama between departments

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new management with new ideas


  2. "Downhill Slide with No End In Sight"

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

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

    Pros

    50% of the team is interested in the success of the company

    Cons

    * No actual developed, ready to go products to offer to the market. Sales efforts are hindered by lackluster demo platforms that often error out during product demos.
    * Existing products are tired and dated and no effort is being made to update products or bring them current so there's no ability to remain relevant and competitive.
    * Product development has no real plan/direction and no one managing it. IT does what they want, how they want, and when they want. The resulting client dissatisfaction and complaints are ignored. The IT team does not keep current with skills and there is no training offered or required for them to do so.
    * Agile environment is not supported - there is not enough staff in IT for a true Agile environment.
    * Social media posts support employee engagement and team building but that's not the policy in the day-to-day life of the employee here.
    * Certain team members are allowed to negatively affect others by making belittling comments and behaving aggressively and unprofessionally - to the points where more than one person has left the company because of this behavior.

    Advice to Management

    * The CEO/President needs to take an active part in discovering and addressing the problems with the company. Decisive action needs to be taken. Managers who are not continually updating their processes, their own skills, and their teams' skills need to be removed and replaced.
    * The CEO/President needs to have frank, open discussions with clients about our services and performance. He can't rely on what he's being told by Client Services because the information he's being given is hiding the true facts.

  3. "Good"

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

    I have been working at Marketing Innovators full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Bad benefits at this job

    Advice to Management

    More training for sale jobs


  4. "MI Understands How to Treat Employees Like Human Beings"

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

    I have been working at Marketing Innovators full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, understanding and accommodating managers, a workload that's varied and (along with the culture) pushes employees to learn and better themselves, opportunities for growth, stability. There is a very strong sense of camaraderie and collaboration, both within departments and across the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Somewhat high turnover rate can make it difficult to achieve optimal team cohesion. No fault of the company, but building could be slightly better maintained.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employee concerns, scheduling team-building events, doing employee surveys, etc. It's all to rare to find a company like MI where team member contributions and value are properly acknowledged and appreciated, and it would be unfortunate to ever lose that. Keep investing in development and get additional developers/QA/testers onboard since the direction of the company is going to see it as necessary.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "High School IT / Old School Exec's"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly / Fun Environment. Easy access from the blue line

    Cons

    Weak Roadmap to Agile. Legacy code being hammered on by support with new Agile development in process - requiring 2-3 more senior devs that aren't there.. No testers.. 1 QA.

    Advice to Management

    Invest some time learning about Agile.. If you have to keep that separated from your clients if they don't care about / understand it. It doesn't matter how simple the work is the "Agile story" is the same everywhere.. It incurs a lot of overhead and requires more resources.. not having any testers in place may leave you scrambling when things get going.. and having one senior "architect" micro managing people won't be scale-able either.


  6. "A great employment opportunity!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is on the cusp of excellence. Managers and VP's (including the President) are all supremely friendly. I've had every opportunity to voice my opinion and take the reigns on project initiatives.

    Cons

    Need more process orientation and rigor. Some of the entry tier employees can use more feedback on how to perform better.

    Advice to Management

    Be more critical of employees who are not carrying their weight. Reward the key players more appropriately.


  7. "Good people to work with."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are genuine, open and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Could use some more rigorous processes. Resources tight and tight deadlines.

  8. "Respect, for my position and my life outside of work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I feel like I have a voice at MI, like I can say what needs to be said without fear of reproach. There is an openness to ideas and change that I haven't found at my other employers. Also, I have been given the ability to be flexible with my time to avoid terrible traffic and work from home as necessary. That is a huge factor in my enjoyment working here.

    Cons

    There is some resistance, from the CEO, to making the changes needed to stay agile in this changing world. But, the President and VPs are all very good at making changes happen despite this.

    Advice to Management

    Better training on certain products used in this company would be appreciated.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "MI uses full time employees like temporary contracts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Generally very friendly and involved staff
    -Great culture

    Cons

    -Management has/will be going through more than 5 firings of new employees in just the past 6 months. (This is unheard of at a company as small as MI)
    -Training is non-existent in many departments and has been especially mentioned by almost every new member in the IT department
    -Expectations are insane and reviews are unrealistic and unhelpful (clearly showing predetermination on who will stay permanent and vice versa)

    Advice to Management

    What you are doing with new employees is borderline evil. It seems a real possibility that everyone in my department that has been hired will soon be fired at some point in Q1. This will only last so long and until word gets out. Also, seeing as the job market is getting better, this will come back to bite when trying to make new hires.

    MI needs to learn what it is trying to accomplish and start holding more appropriate interviews and stop using this "expendable" technique with new hires.

    Marketing Innovators Response

    Mar 2, 2015 – President

    Thank you for your feedback. We feel badly about your experience and value everyone's perspective. We are already working to improve ourselves based on your input. At Marketing Innovators, our world... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I've been given every opportunity to succeed at this company and to contribute to it's success"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marketing Innovators full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small Company - Common goals across the organization, allows an employee to contribute to many areas outside of their Position Title
    Incentives - Company has provided many incentives to motivate and reward employee performance and years of service
    Atmosphere - feels like a startup atmosphere at times due to their flagship product being an online software system, 1x a month friday afternoon social clubs with the entire company, open communication regarding what is going on in the company

    Cons

    Being a smaller company sometimes creates challenges
    - Roles and Responsibilities are sometimes not clearly defined
    - Resource constraints due to budgetary reasons

    Advice to Management

    The company and business environment around is is constantly changing. Be willing to change with them and keep the momentum going


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