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  1. "Solid until Isobar took over."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experience Design Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Experience Design Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people and driven by solid technology solutions. Strong methodology on project management process, development lifecycle, IA, QA, and account management.

    Cons

    Lost the focus on technology and focused more on "agency-ness", after Isobar took over. The focus on providing the visual flashiness over technically sound solutions really diluted the value of the solutions provided, and drove away veteran talent.

    Advice to Management

    Losing veteran talent is usually a sign that the company has thoroughly changed course. This is not necessarily an indicator that the direction of the company needs to change back, it's just something to recognize that it is an intentional change in direction of the company.


  2. "Good place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, easy going atmosphere, collaborative spirit

    Cons

    Management is not truly giving other people below a real opportunity to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more and make some more innovative choices.


  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, friendly easy going atomosphere

    Cons

    The company is profitable, but still trying to determine a sold growth strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective on the type of projects that are taken on; if possible.


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  5. "Great Place to work,"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great people
    - thought leadership opportunities
    - great project work
    - good growth potential for junior to mid level folks
    - core values as guiding principles are really good

    Cons

    - office space could use some work
    - review/promotions can be based of a clearer structure
    - I think the salaries could be a bit higher, for new people joining the company it's competitive but for existing people the raises don't bump you up to the same level as your newly hired peers.

    Advice to Management

    - more transparency - lately it's taking a hit
    - hire more junior, mid level people the company has become very top heavy lately
    - address the retention problem as a lot of the good folks have been leaving due to poor comp or unclear goals/directions.


  6. "Great people, fun project"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Technical Architect in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Technical Architect in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Molecular offers great opportunity if you are willing to pull yourself by the bootstraps. Hard work is rewarded - but you need to play the field and make sure you are recognized. Plenty of opportunity to showcase thought leadership. Connection to international parent Aegis Media can get you working for global brands. Project work is still in the space between IT and marketing services, with the pendulum swinging between the two continuously. Still, this is a 100% digital shop and if you want to do great things on the web, it's a great place to be.

    Cons

    Shabby office, horrible equipment, bad perks except for free snacks and soda.

    Advice to Management

    Fix up the place, give people room and understand that better equipment means better productivity.


  7. "Molecular great for 1 - 5 years experience, but not good for people with 8+ years experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a place to grow your consulting skills and a place to grow in thought leadership. It is a great place for someone just out of college or with 1 - 3 years professional experience. After 5 years, you should really move on.

    Cons

    Salary. People are very much underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leadership in.


  8. "Great workplace, OK pay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant, Technical Architect in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant, Technical Architect in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects, excellent career growth opportunities. If you can pull yourself by the bootstraps, Molecular will do everything possible to support you. Furthermore, the tuition reimbursement is a great way to advance your skills and move up. After bouncing around for several years between consultancies, I feel home here.
    Atmosphere-wise, Molecular is still a small company - less than 150 employees. This allows for very open communications between the ranks. Doors are always open and anyone can ask the president or any member of his leadership team any question or share ideas.
    Owned by a global company, Aegis, Molecular also has the ability to promote people out of the company if you outgrow it and show enough skills to warrant such a move. In short, a great company.

    Cons

    Compensation is very middle of the road. The office and the equipment can be nicer.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure anything can be done about compensation but the office space could do with some sprucing up. Not the quietest environment to work in.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The people as a whole - fantastic. Career advancement - very difficult."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - User Experience Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the level of expertise among said people. The amount of knowledge that goes through that place is consistently top-tier and I would be happy working with more people there, than not.

    Cons

    Their philosophies on what people should do to get promoted are completely skewed. There are too many hoops to jump through to even get consideration for promotions, and God forbid if you're a wallflower or don't feel like presenting or writing blog posts on top of your actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Pick one of these two - be billable, or lead in knowledge sharing/r+d ... not both. Give credit based on peoples' performance in their work, not in how far "above and beyond" people force themselves to go. $100 MVP rewards for people who give up their lives for month+ long stretches is not sufficient.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Some of the best people I've worked with"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - User Experience Consultant in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely smart people in the trenches. They are looking inward and learning from past mistakes. They are aggressive in trying out new technologies and new design techniques. Very social. Senior leadership is very accessible and it is easy to form bonds with them.

    Cons

    Some challenges in people management. While they are very open with communication, seemed reluctant to talk openly about things not going well (when retention was an issue). Some of the management grew up with the company and the company could benefit from a greater diversity of experience. Travel seems to be increasing.

    Advice to Management

    balance internal promotion with external recruitment for senior positions. Listen to the people in the trenches. They make or break the company and have to deliver the promises that sales makes.


  11. "Great Place To Work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Experience Design Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Experience Design Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Energetic, passionate, smart people. There is a real thought-leadership emphasis - and the company culture encourages people to learn and share as much as possible.

    Cons

    Sometimes client engagements are so tense and strenuous, that you end up with serious life/work balance issues. It's very difficult to maintain a real personal life when you are working until 10pm every night. This can cut into one's time in staying up on the latest and greatest, and it means it's very difficult to do things outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    There is a real need to not "over-book" people on client engagements.