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I have been working at DOJO full-time for more than a year
Pros – Visionary partners, great co-workers, ideas are taken to another level where advertising goes back to being fun and exciting. As an agency, DOJO believes that we always have to do the best work possible. Also the team is made of good people, we have a tight, very close team that chooses to do what is right (so rare in this industry).
Cons – Not that close to a Bart station
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-12-18 16:57 PST
I worked at DOJO
Pros – -High degree of dedication by teammates
-Extremely creative and driven work
Cons – -As others mentioned here, no respect for a life outside of work
-Pervasive attitude that you should be not only willing, but thrilled to work 7 days a week/18 hours a day. a 12 hour day is considered a normal one.
-Partners won't let management manage
-Client work suffers because this company is always pitching for new work
-Eating all your meals in that office is depressing
Advice to Senior Management – If you want to find and keep good people, you have to treat them as humans and not cogs. Throwing alcohol at people doesn't make up for the time missed from family, friends and life outside of work. Hire more people!!
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-11-25 13:56 PST
I worked at DOJO as an intern for less than a year
Pros – The dream of what this company could and should be will get you excited about it. The reality is much different. The only pros are having a creative feel to the work environment with music, and happy hour.
Cons – - When I worked here, it was in dire need of management, a better HR situation, and some more employe perks. Not only did they not offer a wellness package, but they laugh in the face of thinking you have any engagements outside of the Dojo worklife which is a lot longer than a 9-5.
- Not everyone rakes in the serious money that the CD's were pulling, so not everyone wants to work all night, and have no other life. Really need to offer more incentives for that kind of expectation. The creatives were treated like pawns and it wasn't really fair. People were afraid to speak out. It felt sort of abusive, like if you said you can't stay all night all the tme, you weren't a team player.
- Ask around to former employees before you accept a job here. There is an absurdly high turnover rate. Dojo also seems to fire a lot of employees on the reg. When I was there I heard stories of the people before me who had been fired or left, (a lot of them), and then I saw that too, like a steady stream. There will be a person just missing all of a sudden, and nobody tells you what happened. I left due to accepting a different opportunity, but many people seem to have bad stories about working there.
Advice to Senior Management – Hire some people to more aptly run the show and act as a buffer to employees so the CD's aren't in charge. The CD's have no idea how to run a company or how to treat people.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-08-27 13:28 PDT
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I worked at DOJO full-time for more than a year
Pros – - Very casual working environment.
- Music playing in the office all day (Most people have a pair of headphones on. So might not be your cup of tea).
- Creatively driven.
- Leadership came from well respected agencies.
Cons – - Bad creative leadership - both in management style and communication to employees. Super insensitive.
- Never tell employees about the agency/clients relationship. Everything gets a heavy coat of sugar.
- People jump on and off projects all the time.
- Not focus on strategy and planning.
- Employees often work very long hours.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-02-07 22:42 PST
I worked at DOJO as a contractor for less than a year
Pros – Casual, fun, unconventional working environment
Partners are passionate and energetic
Forward-thinking use of technology
Everyone has a MacBook Pro with an external Apple display
Most employees don't have an office phone and instead use mobiles and Instant Messaging
Voicemail messages and emails don't pile up
Rooftop space with sofas and a great view, although the space doesn't seemed used often
Great location in San Francisco, walking distance from BART
Cons – DOJO has a strong, in-your-face personality that I think most people would either love or hate. The agency also embraces music as part of their "DNA" and has mandatory weekly "happy hours" in an agency meeting area that last about two hours or longer.
- Music is pumped through the agency speakers where employees sit to work -- all day, every day at a fairly loud volume. Even my noise-isolating earphones couldn't block it. A seemingly random mix of rap, hip hop, hard rock, soft rock, and pop.
- Almost all employees sit in one, big open-space room. Basically, one big table, with all employees sitting around it. It can be very distracting and there's no privacy.
- Lack of more intimate meeting spaces or nooks to find a quite space to work, talk on the phone, or meet with colleagues.
- Routinely long working hours, including nights and weekends.
- Limited use of email and phones within the agency. Most communication is done face-to-face, so there can be some confusion later, with details forgotten.
- Confrontational-style interaction seems to be encouraged.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-07-10 14:15 PDT
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