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Pros
  • Good work life balance as part of an engaged and intelligent team (in 13 reviews)

  • Everyone at Vivaki is very personable and enjoyable to work with (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Conficting interests with the leading brands within Publicis (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "VP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VivaKi full-time

    Pros

    Fun Friendly environment.
    Great energy and spirit.
    Good collaboration between teams.
    Programmatic advertising is an exciting place in the market.

    Cons

    Constantly changing fast paced business climate created a lot of tension and stress over the last couple years as the company is still working to reposition itself within the larger group of companies at Publicis.

    Advice to Management

    Need to over communicate in the face of the many and rapid changes. Work to bridge between offices, both in the US (NY/CHI) and overseas to foster commonality in business focus.


  2. "Exciting transitional company"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Consulting Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Solutions Consulting Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance as part of an engaged and intelligent team. People here are that rare combination of qualities where they are both skilled and enjoyable to work with. With VivaKi's model inside Publicis there is also a lot of potential to impact the entire industry, which is very exciting.

    Cons

    Publicis is still transitioning into its new model, so there is a lot of change and uncertainty around where everything is going. If you like the idea of making an impact, this is great, but if you want to just settle into a comfortable, well defined role, this isn't the place.

    Advice to Management

    As quickly as things are changing, make sure the channels of communication stay open with the staff.

  3. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility, good culture. Compensate relatively well - probably around market levels

    Cons

    The vision has gotten a bit lost in the past year as there have been many leadership changes and structural changes at Vivaki. Many gaps in internal communication

    Advice to Management

    I think the key is to somehow bring back the momentum from the early years is key. Leadership needs to be more motivating


  4. "Fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Fun, energetic office
    - Work that made you think
    - Good hours
    - Good people
    - Get to work in an exciting time in the ad tech community

    Cons

    - No idea what was happening at higher levels
    - No snacks (I know this more of an absent perk rather than a con, but snacks, it's true)
    - Not great pay

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with your teams. Actually have VivaKi be integrated with the agencies instead of us feeling like we're some offshoot 3rd party vendor without a pre-existing relationship


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits , time off and pay.

    Cons

    Poor direction, no company vision.


  6. "Finance Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great parent company, great benefits

    Cons

    confusing career path, confusing company objectives


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering its all about favoritism,nepotism and Racism"

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    Former Employee - Acquisition Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Acquisition Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    good location
    decent benefits
    free perks
    I cant really find anything good to say about this company,I'm glad I don't work here anymore

    Cons

    Racist office environment,if you are non white you will be treated like a second class citizen.
    It starts at the TOP of engineering and extend to middle management .
    The highest turnover I ever seen.
    Very big on micromanagement.
    Low salary
    Bad benefits

    Advice to Management

    Defend your company from Favoritism/Racism by creating a professional environment that actively discourages any kind of unfair treatment.
    Get rid of those bad apples.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Changing with the times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I've been with the company for about 4 years and like across the ad tech/agency/trading desk landscape, the one thing that is always certain is change. After the reorg in early 2015 (which had some big time bumps along the way) it took a few months but currently the focus is strong and relevant - at least for now. The shift from straight trading desk to a centralized tech, data and platform vetting "VOS" was the right move. Whether the model works in the long term no one knows. Work life balance and benefits are good and the option to move to other agencies within the Groupe is supported without having to "start over" with vacation time etc. People are generally smart, responsible and "adult" in a good way.

    Cons

    Constant change - if you don't like it you're probably in the wrong industry.
    Some groups are less solidified post re-org than others still finding where they fit into the business model.
    Can be slow to promote/give monetary compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep laser focus on new goals and become a full fledged at tech company. Always stay on top of being relevant to agency partners and if we can't, start looking outside the Groupe to monetize.


  9. "Digital Media Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Senior Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Digital Media Senior Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a global media agency where you can work with many talents around the word in a media campaign. It is an encouraging agency for new areas and self development.

    Cons

    It is global agency but it is almost impossible to transfer to another countries.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Updated Vivaki Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vivaki has gone a long way with the multiple restructures it has had in the last year. The company has seen a tremendous amount of turnover and majority of current employees have started within the year. With this said, a lot of historical knowledge has been lost which makes it very difficult to retain the level of excellence Vivaki once had. Although with multiple restructures, having a new team in place helps shape and adapt a new way of operating much faster. Things at Vivaki are in a much better place now then it has been in the last two years. The company has a solid structure on how to plan and execute initiatives. Work life balance at Vivaki is one of the best. People overall truly like each other which makes it a better place to work.

    Cons

    Personally I do not see any downsides working at Viavki. The amount of knowledge and exposure(internally and externally) you ingest while working here is one of a kind. I would say the company does not have a solid employee on boarding program and has a historic issue with issuing merit increases. Being held to the standards of the holding company, Vivaki has no control over when promotions/merit increases can be given unless the group allows it. So therefore you will see a lot of promotions with new titles but without any salary increase.

    Advice to Management

    Have our CEO be more present and have a clear understanding on the company vision.


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