DG FastChannel
2.3 of 5 19 reviews
www.dgit.com Irving, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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9% Approve of the CEO

DG FastChannel Chairman and CEO Scott K. Ginsburg

Scott K. Ginsburg

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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great place to work

Production (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgreat people, lots of stuff to learn and keep busy. over time available always, the pay wasn't the best but it was a great place to work

Consnot a lot of room for advancement, late hours sometimes, workload not balanced

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your workers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Challenging

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFriendly environment, interesting industry and lots of good people on the staff.

ConsPoor communication of vision and strategy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I learned a lot about myself

Technical Lead (Former Employee)

I worked at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFor a long time they were the industry leader, so there was a certain amount of prestige that came with that.

ConsThey did not treat their personnel as anything but numbers to squeeze so the shareholders could benefit. They treated each acquisition as a numbers game to mismanage. With a few exceptions, there was no collaboration with personnel, just a dictation of will.

Advice to Senior ManagementNow you know how it feels to be treated the way you treated everyone else.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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atrocious

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIt's an easy paycheck, nothing more than that.

ConsWe've merged at least 5 times in the past 10 years, always in chaos and no communication.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worked in the IT organization.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe emergence into online provided a unique opportunity to learn new technologies.

ConsInvestment in core platforms and technologies was minimal which meant an abnormal amount of manual processes to keep the business running.

Advice to Senior ManagementDG needs to invest in their loyal employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Full of lots of good people, but very poorly run at the executive level.

Software Developer (Current Employee)
Irving, TX

I have been working at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMostly friendly staff and co-workers. Pay rate is average to just slightly above average. Somewhat flexible in staffing hours and PTO. Access to make lots of connections in Advertising and TV industries.

ConsProjects are ill conceived and poorly executed. It's essentially an organization with a high degree of technology, but senior leadership is all from advertising backgrounds, leading to a lot of confusion, projects that have no hope of meeting deadlines and ever shifting project requirements and scope.

Advice to Senior ManagementNurture a better "Product" team. A $1M investment into a project that takes a year to complete and which ultimately nets additionally only $5k (or less) of revenue per year is something that should never have been started. When Product says that a feature request is needed and will net $$$, make them show their work and prove that the investment is worth it. Otherwise you'll just keep running the company into the ground.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bad culture, work environment, and red tape for employees.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 10 years

ProsA company that services customers reasonably well. Compensation and work/life balance is reasonable.

ConsThe company is a bureaucracy that constantly shuffles due to acquisitions. The acquisitions eliminate advancement paths. Senior management is completely inept from an employee perspective. It's run like a media company, not like a technology company. There is no real COO, just a stand-in who isn't solving employee issues, just helping the bottom-line. The CEO seems to have no idea what's going on from an employee perspective, and how hard their ineptitude makes it for us to do our jobs.This filters down to the lower level managers. There is major compartmentalization. The attrition rate for top talent is ridiculous. The culture is .. boring. It's not a fun place to work at all. Management doesn't talk to their employees, or listen to their employees and employees feel like they are not part of the company and valued, even if they are paid reasonably well. They waste employees time with superficial company meetings that are not useful. You can't hold onto "A players" that way. It makes people feel frustrated, and eventually not want to put in their all. It's very difficult for an employee to do their job, get the software they need, etc. R&D is hard to get in touch with. Accounting is horrible to work with and slow. There is no focus on innovation, only acquisition. There's also a glass ceiling and they have laid off very valuable employees during acquisitions since they didn't do adequate investigation of who really was important.

Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to employees, visit offices, start to care about culture and work environment. Make it easier for us to do our jobs. Create paths for advancement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cutting Edge Company at the Forefront of the Industry

Sales (Former Employee)

I worked at DG FastChannel full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent service at the local level
Leads the industry in technology in which it wishes to excel

ConsTechnical support from the Corporate office less satisfying than from the local level
Tends to focus on newer technologies, leaving other technologies to fend for themselves

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It Was a very positive experience

Media Tech (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at DG FastChannel full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery Nice People to work with

ConsSorry that they were not able to keep me

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Billing Analyst (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at DG FastChannel full-time for more than a year

ProsPaid well for position. Friendly co-workers. The days are not boring with such an immense workload.

ConsDue to the sheer number of acquisitions the company did in such a short span there are too many applications to learn and work in day-to-day. The company has not successfully integrated bought companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up the corporate feel. The office can sometimes feel like a library. Promote advancement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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