DGWB

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DGWB Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
14 Reviews
3.5
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Overall good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DGWB

    Pros

    Company is small enough that you can explore different jobs within the agency. Everyone is very friendly and they have a decent client-base.

    Cons

    They pay below industry average because they have a good reputation. Also, anyone who is not part of the senior clic is highly dispensible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better wages would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Culture, Bad Pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DGWB full-time

    Pros

    Great place to get started, and great work culture. Fun people.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE compensation, plateaus for learning if you're more junior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    INVEST IN YOUR STAFF.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun Agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at DGWB as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Creative, idea driven agency, with interesting clients

    Cons

    sink or swim environment, coffee getting, lunch getting errands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat interns with more respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to start your humble beginnings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at DGWB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    DGWB is a wonderful agency with a great culture. There is always work flowing in and the people there are fantastic to work with. Clients will be clients, but the work can oftentimes be rewarding - DGWB has taken home quite a few Addy awards!

    Some of the leadership is really great. The CEO, Mike, is such a good person and truly cares about the well-being of all of his employees. Also, depending on who your direct supervisor is, some of the supervisors act more as mentors and want to see you grow, both professionally and personally. I was lucky to work with a supervisor who actually supported my decision to leave in order to advance my career.

    DGWB is smart in that they hire amazing employees. The partners know their culture, and they make sure to hire for that culture. You'll notice that people at DGWB aren't just coworkers; they're genuine friends, too.

    Overall, this is a great place to start a career in advertising.

    General perks: early Fridays (last Friday of the month we would get out at 2 PM), kegerator, nice benefits package, accrued vacation/sick time

    Cons

    After working there for a while, you may eventually hit a wall in which you realize you can't grow anymore. There are some employees there who have been there for 15+ years and clearly have no intention to leave, which is great for them but difficult for the lesser experienced employees who have no further opportunities to advance their careers.

    DGWB has gotten into a niche type of advertising, one that doesn't include much digital work and one that is very much focused on QSR and healthcare clients. Stay too long and you may become siloed.

    Processes here are a bit absent - one type of advertising medium is managed one way, and another medium is managed completely differently.

    I also got to a point where I actually felt guilty leaving at a regular hour (6:30 PM), because it seemed to be culturally unacceptable to work a regular 8-hour day. Seemed as if everyone expected you to stay late, because the later you stayed meant the harder you worked?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give promotions when they're deserved, and expand your repertoire - don't be afraid to present some wild and innovative ideas to current and potential clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Media Planning

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    Former Employee - Media Planning Intern in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Media Planning Intern in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at DGWB as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This place is a great place! The media team is awesome and the overall feel of the agency is great. Nice office with no closed door offices, except for the partners.

    Cons

    No real cons, but the media team is small and there is not much opportunity to move up in this department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great atmosphere and work experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at DGWB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good and the team environment is great. Welcoming people and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Salary was below industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay for junior level employees to keep good talent from leaving for competitor agencies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interns aren't appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at DGWB as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office. Within walking distance of Downtown Santa Ana.

    Cons

    The people working there were not friendly towards interns at all. I worked as an intern at a previous agency and was actually working on things that benefitted the company. At DGWB, I was making lunch runs, setting up the conference rooms, making photocopies, delivering KFC to radio vendors and running around buying products for campaigns at supermarkets. It wasn't a great learning experience. Everyone stayed past 6pm COB time because it seemed like the first one to leave was looked down upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to get to know the underlings. Make them feel more welcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Many great people, your success is up to you

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DGWB

    Pros

    Provides an atmosphere to gain valuable experience in all facets of advertising

    Cons

    May be hard to move up due to small size

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work but somewhat cliquish.

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    Former Employee - On the Creative Side in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - On the Creative Side in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at DGWB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good and they do really creative work.

    Cons

    You sort of need to know the right people and the pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the little guy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Preaching Shared Values to the outside, but inside...?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at DGWB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to pretty much do anything and everything, so you can technically build your own career path - really great for Jrs to start building their advertising career
    Mostly great people that want to do good by the agency and by their clients
    Pretty good work/life balance compared to other agencies
    Building is cool, they are trying to make it more "hip" and have a keg
    Open door policy
    Independently owned
    Location in Santa Ana is pretty nice

    Cons

    Really negative agency politics, so be careful with who you align yourself with and what you say to others
    Senior leaders are behind in how to keep up with the changing culture and marketplace (digital/social)
    Pay is pretty terrible, don't expect anything above bare minimum if you're not coming in at a senior level
    Low amount of holidays and early Friday's are a joke because they rarely happen
    Little to no training, mentorship is also hard to come by in certain departments, sink or swim mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk (shared values).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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