Creative Department (Former Employee) – Des Moines, IA – July 5, 2018
Integer is great for somebody first entering into the advertising agency word. You work with high-profile clients and are able to begin building your resume and portfolio. There are fun internal events to help break up the grind of the heavy workload.
One of the biggest drawbacks is that Integer is VERY cliquey. If you're not a part of the "in" group then you're viewed as disposable and almost looked down on. There is also a high turnover rate and a lack of job security. Compensation isn't great, you have a heavy workload and work long hours. Also, unless you're in a director position your ability to be creative is severely limited.
My experience was that Integer is overrated. Not a bad company to work for depending on where you're at in your career. Just don't overlook the glaring flaws.
Internal Events, Resume/Portfolio Building Experience
Cliquey, Lack of Job Security, Low Compensation, Boring Work
Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – May 18, 2018
No regrets. Great culture, work, people, and experiences. I got to work on some of the biggest and well-known brands. Training and learning opportunities were non-stop and I felt empowered to to what was best for the Agency and clients.
Executive Art Director (Former Employee) – Lakewood, CO – March 2, 2018
Nice place to work. This agency is account driven not creative driven. Leans toward Copy Writer creative direction v.s. Artist driven creative direction. Rapidly changing culture. Becoming a typical Omnicom Agency.
Payroll Administrator (Former Employee) – Lakewood, CO – January 24, 2018
I would not refer anyone to Integer due to the games that management plays. The HR department doesn't stand behind the employees, they just take the word of the manager without looking into the issue at hand.
When I was there, they hired a Controller to "clean house" and in this process, a lot of good people were let go for no other reason than the CFO didn't like them.
Network Administrator (Former Employee) – Lakewood, CO – January 22, 2018
A typical day was troubleshooting network infrastructure and architecting new solutions. The environment was fun and the people very friendly. It was stressful like any other job but the team knows how to work hard and play hard. Fun atmosphere and great amenities.
Artist (Current Employee) – Dallas, TX – October 1, 2017
The good stuff: All the typical work benefits. Pretty positive work environment (Co-workers are easy to work with and respect each other.) Lots of fun work sponsored activities scheduled routinely. Free snacks and coffee. Overall good morale.
The bad stuff: The work is not all that challenging. Unrealistically short production times are common. Creative ideas are too often disregarded for "safe" design. My boss has little respect for our opinions and is consistently disrespectful of his employees.
Marketing Intern (Former Employee) – Lakewood, CO – June 26, 2017
Researched various competitors and completed competitive analysis. • Coordinated events • Developed, implemented, and evaluated advertising, direct marketing, sales promotions, and sales for Procter and Gamble. • Participated in the creation and development of advertising copy for displays, newspapers, television, and direct mail.
Production Technology Developer (Current Employee) – Lakewood, CO – February 13, 2017
I've loved working here, even though the pay-scale (for my profession, at least) isn't quite up to industry standards. It's a fun place, and they truly care about their people — to the point that in the round of layoffs and position-closures that impacted me, they paid for job-search assistance for anyone who was willing to take them up on it.
They are, perhaps, not a good long-term job-prospect if you're being hired during an upswing in clients and associated work — As an ad-agency, the volatility of clients, work, etc., may well mean that if a client they acquired before one's starting to work here jumps ship, your position may well end up on the chopping-block.
That said, if the volatility is something you can live with, it's an *outstanding* place to be.
Covered parking, Christmas/New-Year's break, Good PTO, Some discounts on various clients' products, Anniversary PTO
employee (Current Employee) – Lakewood, CO – October 12, 2016
Majority of leadership has led at one place, Integer. Truly don't know anything but. So don't come here to learn from above or have any mentorship or gained experience from anywhere but Integer.
When a company grows and a common issue is, "They don't know that they don't know.", well that is a flaw.
Fine place to get some starter niche marketing knowledge on consumers. But again, just beware the level of experience leading the company. Again, many started (and will end) their management careers there, so not much variety of agency leadership can be expected.
pays the bills
leadership, losing clients, layoffs, personality over performance culture
Accounting (Former Employee) – Lakewood, CO – September 18, 2016
The company used to be a fun place to work but has gotten too corporate. New Director with a "do things my way" attitude & if you do not fit in as their "type of employee" you're out the door. Will work you raw and the only thing you'll get is a thank you. No raises!!! Company going downhill. No longer a great place to work.
Fun culture. Plenty of PTO. One week paid at Christmas. Great managers, but did have frequent turnover in the finance department. Lots of activities and fun events each year. Great clients. Miller-Coors, Proctor & Gamble, Kellogg, Polaris to name a few. Interesting place to work.
Great culture. Interesting clients and work provided for the clients. Advertising, digital and retail marketing, branding.
Frequency of turnover in finance dept. Primarily managers, supervisors and staff accountants.
Creative Director/3d Designer (Former Employee) – Lakewood, CO – June 6, 2015
Typical day at work was 9 hours equaling meetings, consulting, and designing. I learned as companies get larger they sometime lose site of their initial goal(s). This mainly applies to the management. Co-worker were Great! Finding the time to balance work vs personal. Most enjoyable was providing solutions to a problem, and interacting with others.
World class ad agency with a field organization that is second to none.
Pacific Region Director (Current Employee) – Roseville, CA – March 1, 2015
Brilliant thinkers. All work is filtered through the 3 lens model and shopper continuum. Their ideas move the needle for clients. Agency immerses themselves in the clients business to the point they know it better than many clients.
World class agency with smart and experienced personnel. Strong leadership at the top.
Excellent culture but resources are over burdened.
Director (Former Employee) – Des Moines, IA – October 21, 2014
The Integer Network has many positive attributes working for it and this includes the Des Moines office. The network itself is beginning to understand how best to harness a "network" approach rather than letting each office manage a unique set of resources.
Having written that, this office seems to be more focused on customer service than it is proactive account planning. As a result, resource management is often strained.
Culture, beer, social activities, family environment