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DWA Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work, would suggest to anyone.

    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    -Great company culture
    -Great leadership team who cares about its employees
    -Fun company outings
    -Good pay and benefits
    -Experiencing good growth and revenue

    Cons

    -Job consideration process can take a long time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    One of the WORST Companies to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at DWA

    Pros

    The People in the Office
    Community Outreach Programs (i.e. United Way, etc.)

    Cons

    Low Salaries and No Consistency Among Employees
    Leadership
    Organizational Change Management
    Overworked Employees Consistently Working 60+ Hours
    Operates like a High School Clique (i.e. Bullies and Cool Kids)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure Your Leadership Team is in Touch With the Work Being Performed and Strategic Goals.
    Flexibility to Work From Home Does Not Differentiate Your Company.
    Flex Time isn't a Benefit if you are too Busy to Use it.
    Find Out Why Your Employee Turnover Rates are SO High and do Something About it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good meeting planning company that manages live programs well, but does not have the technical expertise to compete

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    People, culture is great, work-life balance is good, lots of camaraderie, fun events, but very superficial, they do a great job at running meetings, ad boards, speaker trainings

    Cons

    Pay and insurance are not competitive. Many people are ex-Lilly employees who left and had to stay in Indianapolis. CEO does not have experience in pharma or biotech, so basically a the company is good at meeting planning but struggles to compete against others who have a much clearer focus and direction. They operate the company as a live meeting planning company with heavy processes which cause excessive expense when trying to win business outside of live programs. They try to compete with digital companies but don't have the talent or expertise and lack the direction and focus needed to compete in those markets. Not focused enough to differentiate their services which is what you need to do for success. There are way too many med comm companies that do the same level of work and many have a more focused direction which ultimately has led them to more success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and direction to grow and stick with it, invest in it and drive new business opportunities that align to that direction. Don't go after business in areas you do not have expertise, you won't be able to compete. Change your processes to align with the business need, if you want to grow in digital, you can't be competitive with a meeting planning structure!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lack of leadership and clear vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    Great location, nice offices, company has attempted to put good processes in place to support project management and consistent operations, however this has come at a very high price tag.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't understand the industry and there is no clear strategy on where or how to grow. Company attempts to sell services at premium prices to pay for significant overhead in the company that does not produce results. Organization is way too top heavy, and has a very political agenda. Company has way too many family members working for/running the organization. The nepotism continues to really hurt the company. They have lost a lot of great talent because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain a clear vision and focus on the things you do well. Don't try to compete against other companies who have expertise and are more cost effective and efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's going to be a bumpy ride!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worked At DWA in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Worked At DWA in Carmel, IN

    I worked at DWA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are great and there is a good camaraderie atmosphere. If you're high enough in the food chain you can showcase your abilities and skills, and shine. Also, there is good potential for career advancement in certain areas of the company.

    Cons

    In other areas of the company, leadership is unaware or careless about what happens among lower ranks. Conflict resolution is too slow and often biased in favor of management or higher seniority staff. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better utilize the skills and talents of the people you hire. If you hired them, you believed they had something to offer. So let them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of the future of this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    People were very supportive
    Great work atmosphere
    Lots of social events and recognition for certain people
    Some are given good opportunities for career advancement, others are not (politically driven)

    Cons

    Lots of politics and immaturity amongst the leadership team
    Most people who work there are either new folks young in their career with no/limited phamaceutical background or Lilly exports, so there is really a lack of pharmaceutical expertise outside of the Lilly people on staff
    Lack of transparency throughout the organization
    DIscrimination and very poor ability to manage and lead through conflict
    Heavy emphasis on "blaming others" while keeping the senior staff looking clean.
    Very high turnover, which is expected in an organization that has grown too quickly and has no strategy
    Company takes on work that they are not qualified to complete just to hit their numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to diversify the staff with other true marketing professionals outside Lilly and decide what the company should focus on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at DWA

    Pros

    Good place to work. Great company culture. Good people. Decent work coming through, chances to get creative every once in a while.

    Cons

    Churning out production work happens. Late hours and weekends sometimes, and we're talking 60+ hrs/week. A bit unfair concerning raises, but if you speak up and/or make sure you get hired in high enough, they'll take care of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. You have an incredibly diverse set of skills and people with unique ideas waiting to be used.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Manager at DWA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DWA full-time

    Pros

    People is definitely the top reason to work for this company. Everybody is willing to help. Work-life balance is great, Management cares a lot about your career if you are a top performer.

    Cons

    Pay is not that great compared to industry. Also, the medical insurance is below industry standards. If you have dependents, expect to pay a lot for your premiums.

    Neutral Outlook

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