The Idea People Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

The Idea People Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
11 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.4
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Jay Joyce
9 Ratings

11 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Idea People full-time

    Pros

    Salary, Lunch Outting's, People, Clients

    Cons

    Hours, Traffic, Deadline Pressure, Location

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Idea People full-time

    Pros

    Location was decent. Lunches were provided pretty often.

    Cons

    Don't let their interview promises fool you. This place is pretty bad.

  3. "Like Working Here"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Development in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Content Development in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Idea People full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    TIP is a leader of web development here in Charlotte. The people here are amazing and our team really clicks. That's why we turn out great products that we're and our clients are proud of. Everybody's treated equal and our opinions count,

    Cons

    If anything the Charlotte traffic is bad, but that's a negative wherever you work. I like coming to work everyday. We have a fun environment and everyone gets along well with everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    We have a solid team and great management. They're fair to everyone and always available to help.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - User Experience/UI Designer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - User Experience/UI Designer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Idea People full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My pay is industry standard (national average) for graphic designers.
    Excellent insurance (for just me, not family).
    Forward thinking with technology and programming.
    3D printer is available to use.
    Good sales team gives us interesting and high-profile clients to work on.
    Challenging environment brings out the best in my designs.
    Sharing projects, rather than competing for projects.
    Access to Linda.com for training.
    Agreeable deadlines and encouragement to learn HTML and CSS.
    Monthly meetings with all employees to work out differences and flesh out new company ideas are motivational and let us feel involved in the direction of the company and the processes we use.
    Inclusive of LGBT people.
    I have not had to work any overtime at all since being hired.
    Management takes responsibility for mistakes and corrects them quickly.
    Casual office space with non-flourescent lighting.
    Location is near South End on the edge of the city. Plenty of parking spaces near the building.
    Creating a standing work area that we can switch to if needed throughout the day.

    Cons

    Need to be in the office 8:30 - 5:30.
    No female employees to date.
    Insurance doesn't include family members.
    No 401K.

    Some of the negative reviews that others have made (incompetent management, bad pay, excessive overtime), I have not seen any evidence of in my first year of being here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing us and including us in decision making about making TIP the best place to work. Looking forward to the standing desks!

    Keep up the good work on the marketing front. I'm already seeing 100% better clients even in this last year!

    Perhaps take a chance on hiring a woman. I don't see any reason why it would change our culture at all.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "I Like It!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Idea People full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've worked at a number of agencies in Charlotte. None treat their employees better than The Idea People. Everyone is treated fairly and the environment is nourishing and fun. Money is good and benefits are great as well.

    Cons

    Maybe some more remote work time, but the company has recently allowed work from home days.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the open communication going. I, for one, like the transparency and equality for all management strategy.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A Designers' Outlook"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Designer in Harrisburg, NC
    Current Employee - Creative Designer in Harrisburg, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Idea People (More than a year)

    Pros

    TIP is a one of a kind agency. We've got great clientele and we're always pushing for edge breaking creativity and latest dev technologies. Team-outtings, free lunches and sometimes even half-day Fridays. They spoil you at best. I've came from the corporate world and it's been a blessing to have a team that I know I can trust and that stays organized. It's not a "stay quiet and do your work environment". We're outgoing and laugh majority of the day. No one breathes down your neck and the dead lines are ideally flexible. They pay your worth and more. The owners generally care for their employees and try to help them in any situation. They take your advice and put your ideas back into the agency.

    Cons

    Traffic. Commuting is unpredictable 80% of the time due to people forgetting how to drive.

    Advice to Management

    You guys have been melding the agency into a dream spot to work, with all of the employees' advice and knowledge in mind. Keep it up.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome Media Agency"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great workstations, office setting, quality co-workers and interesting projects. The company owners invest heavily back into the business. Excellent core team of content production, designers and developers.

    Cons

    No flex time or remote work options. It can be difficult for people that have worked in different developer environments to adjust to a media agency workflow.

    Advice to Management

    More cool stuff like our "idea days" and developer / designer knowledge sharing meetings.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "A trap I fell for so that you don't have to!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Idea People full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Nice office
    - Provided with Mac hardware
    - Free lunch frequently
    - 100% paid health insurance (for yourself, no family plans)

    Cons

    - No female employees are ever hired because they don't "fit" into the culture
    - Owners do not trust employees to work from home
    - You must come to work early. If you come in 5 minutes late you will get chewed out. Even if you worked 8+ hours over the weekend
    - Cant publicly do freelance, the owners frown upon it and get upset
    - Pay is no where near market average. Everyone is paid at entry-level or less
    - Project management is non-existent
    - Deadlines are created by people whom do not have the technical knowledge to do so
    - Quite frequently the owners will "forget" a deadline for a project that no one knows about and force everyone to work overtime to complete the project
    - High turnover for obvious reasons
    - When you leave the company the Owners take it very personal and not professionally. They will do everything they can to get the rest of the team to dislike the people who quit. They will harass you and tell you that you are destroying the company by leaving
    - You will have someone looking over your shoulder all day to see if things are getting done

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to work from home. Stop taking things so personally, it's a business. Hire some females. Allow flexible work hours. Hire some project managers.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Bizarre"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have (had?) a nice office space

    Cons

    Take a look at the team roster on their website, then look again in a week. It has either changed, or they neglected to update it. If your aim is to get hired by two men that spout inappropriate jokes and treat their clients in backwards and immoral ways on a daily basis, your search is over. If you're looking for a group which has no means of project management, hilarious deadlines put in place for seemingly no reason, and a company which treats their clients like children seeking a handout, The Idea People is waiting for you with open arms. Stay far away.

    The Idea People Response

    Aug 14, 2015 – Founder

    We greatly appreciated your review. But let's accurately present the truth. We've been in our current warehouse loft office for over three years and have a long-term lease with our property owner. We... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth it, at all. Look elsewhere."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Web Designer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Web Designer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Idea People full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great facility, unique space, located right uptown. They supply you with the most up to date technology and software. Team outings and lunches covered by the company. Paid heath care plans. Had the opportunity to work with some really talented people, however none of them are still there.

    Cons

    The owners have been in business for 21 years, but that includes the entire company (minus the owners) turning over at least three times, and changing their name multiple times. That alone shows this place is not worth working at. The pay is well below the National Average, and what others make in the same area. There is hardly any organization and project management for active projects. You might find out a project has been sitting for months, then it's due in a week and have to work a bunch of overtime. Fixed hours, you can show up early and stay late, but you can't be late or leave early. No 401K, no HR, and not much opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    I truly hope these very dissatisfying ratings have made the owners change how this company operates. This was the worst place I have worked, and happy I left. The owners should listen to their employees, read all the reviews on this website, learn from their mistakes, not take things so personally, build a place where someone can make a career for themselves, and create a work environment where you look forward to coming into work. When I worked there, The Idea People did none of the above, so I advise the owners to embrace change.


Showing 11 of 11 reviews
Reset Filters