Idea Integration

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Idea Integration Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Great people, lively atmosphere, room for individuals.

    Cons

    Recent Adecco acquisition ruined Idea. Adecco is focused on general staff augmentation. Idea was based on professional staff augmentation and turnkey projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow Idea t odo what it does best: turnkey software projects using the latest and greatest technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Making it Up as they Go along

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good benefits
    decent salaries
    Open to new ideas

    Cons

    Owned by a huge staffing Corp. who knows nothing about agencies and cares nothing for the "art" of advertising and has little respect for creative.
    One Trick Pony--80% of business from one client
    HUGE turn-over. 31 people in 3 years. Most lay-offs.
    All upper management has no experience outside of IDEA. They have created a Frankenstein agency by making up new standards, reinventing wheels, and not understanding advertising, marketing, or branding.
    Creatives are all young know it all's who have minimal experience in other agencies. It's been called the "Lord of the Flies" department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in people with agency experience. Adopt standard agency operating processes. Get a consultant. Understand your competitors and what you're up against

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - GIS Developer  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - GIS Developer in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Flexibility, some level of support from sales people

    Cons

    Lack of professional development and constant change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee development

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    a strange agency this way comes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    the folks on the factory floor are great... the clients are great...

    Cons

    too much drama... constant gossip and senior management is the primary cause of most issues... no one is truly "the boss" because the company is owned by someone else... it's basically a free-for-all on most things... clients are the last thing management worries about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    admit your shortcomings... learn to adapt... stop the drama

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interactive has the potential to be the best but not with current leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefit package, paid vacations and sick time.

    Cons

    The leadership in interactive is inexperienced, uneducated and completely in over their heads. Anyone with talent and experience starts looking for another job within 6 months of hire. The company frowns upon new ideas, efforts to improve or any "change" whatsoever (even though they will repeatedly tell you in the interview that they are looking for new, fresh ideas from people with experience to help them improve.) No support for employees with hardware or software. Management made many promises during the interview and offer discussions that they never kept. A tremendous amount of politics, backstabbing, gossip, immaturity and attacking coworkers in order to mask their own inability and dysfunction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that the new parent company make every employee reapply for their jobs. 90% of the leadership has been there 9+ years simply because no other company would ever hire them at the same level based on their resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family friendly but...

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    Current Employee - Lead Technical Consultant  in  Fairfax, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Technical Consultant in Fairfax, VA (US)

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Idea is very family friendly, flexible and supporting. They have that small firm feel which is nice when you don't want to just be a number in a larger company.

    Cons

    That small firm feel is a double edge sword. They haven't won a lot of business and can't carry people after the end of a project unless there is another project firmly in sight. This would not be so bad if they did a better job at bringing in new work, but without better business development, there just isn't much to work on. That's fine if you accept a job there for a specific project and you're happy, but if you want a career, it means you could find yourself in trouble unless they get more work for you after that initial project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management already knows what they need to do. They are working to fix business dveelopment, but who knows how long that will take.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting and demanding work, great to build skills, but no work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    - Highly skilled and passionate co-workers
    - Opportunity to work for a variety of interesting clients
    - Lots of knowledge sharing between co-workers

    Cons

    - Highly political environment
    - Management made lots of promises they didn't keep
    - Absolutely no work-life balance (and there never will be)
    - Surprisingly poor support of employees with proper hardware and software to do their job
    - Archaic time reporting system
    - Employees are expendable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to inspire your staff
    - Stop making promises you can't keep to your employees
    - Put your employees first -- treat them with dignity, not like slaves
    - Deliver on the promise of work-life balance -- endless work hours does not have to be a badge of honor; promote working effectively, not endlessly
    - Keep the backbiting to a minimum; treat people fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management within the interactive group

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Good benefits. You have some autonomy if you can handle the cons of working here. Great clients.

    Cons

    Management takes advantage of lower pay employees who are willing to consistently put in overtime. There is a "you're with us or against us" attitude from managers and employees are afraid to speak up. Billability and profits are more important than creative vision and quality work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new managers with outside agency experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Place For Growth

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Great place to grow both personally and professionally. Both the benefits and the culture support this.

    Cons

    Public company (parent org) so we have to play by those rules which feels like it can be limiting although overall it allows us stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more structured mentorship and succession planning, or at least be more transparent about it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your resume, but no work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Idea Integration

    Pros

    Great place to cut your teeth, build your resume and improve your skills. Excellent access to new industries and clients.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent. It's all about "billable hours". Manager's overpromise, employees do major overtime. Bonuses are rare. Instead, lots of pats on the back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your promises! to improve work-life balance, to respect compensation agreements (I was never given a raise I was promised after my stellar 4 month review) and support your employees with top-notch hardware. They are consultants after all, they need good equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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