DWA Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DWA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to get an understanding of account-based work. You will experience all of the tension, high stakes and rewards in an environment that is safe. It isn't always easy, but nothing really is. Hard work and attention to detail will get you rewarded. Complaining while offering no solutions will burn you out. You can have a nice career here.

    Cons

    This is a fast growing company with fast growing company problems. Decisions are made with good intentions, but that doesn't always mean they work out. The company does a good job at rewarding contributions through promotions, but that means a lot of young managers who may still be getting comfortable in their skin.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be in too much of a hurry to run with the big dogs.


  2. Hit or Miss

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DWA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture strives to make work fun and puts best effort in to listen to employees needs and concerns. Most valuable assets company has to offer are the people working there - my team was the only reason I got out of bed in the morning and went to the office. Camaraderie and team spirit are greatest motivators at DWA.

    Cons

    Work is demanding, dull and unrewarding. Client is always right even if their actions are detrimental to the company. Turnover is extremely high. Leadership suffers from too many people who are put in supervisory positions because they are subject matter experts and not because they have abilities of a leader. There a lot of cliques and if you don't fit in with a clique - you will be out very fast. This job will burn you out, eat all your time, health and take you away from you interests, hobbies, family... And pay is considerably below market.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your leadership team - change the way they manage their subordinates. Ear client's respect by saying "no" and offering viable solutions. Don't treat people as if they were disposable - all of us matter!


  3. I would not recommend this company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DWA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some flexibility and you get a paycheck. There really are no other "pros" to this company, I would avoid it.

    Cons

    Very high turn over and little training. They expect employees just figure it out and if they don't managers are not supportive.


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  5. Look somewhere else....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    DWA is a flexible company. There are good people that work here. There are lots of free leftovers from the higher management! haha

    Cons

    High school all over again. If you aren't high enough on the food chain or with the in click you will be in tears often.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Other options in Indianapolis, would avoid this company!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many people in this organization who are supportive and the atmosphere and office are great. There is a huge social aspect to this company, however is appears to be selective in nature.

    Cons

    Incredible amount of politics for a company of this size, and lack of mature leadership team. They tend to hire many young people with lack of pharmaceutical experience, which is all that you need if you're a meeting planning shop. They are trying to be a strategic pharma company, but don't have the focus needed to be successful. They try to be everything to everyone, and that never leads to success. They don't have the infrastructure to be a digital shop and don't have the knowledge to be a true AOR. Having left the organization and now working seeing what other organizations do, it is obvious they will never be able to get to the next level. A big part of the issue is that the CEO has no pharma background and has made her money on meeting planning so she doesn't understand the competitive landscape in her own business. Another issue is that the senior leaders come from Lilly, so they lack the ability to understand the rest of the pharma world. Also, there is an incredibly high turnover, with most of the employees needing to stay in Indy, tmany move onto other small competitive shops in Indy or back to Lilly.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to focus on one business and invest in that and do it well. They also need to pay competitively in order to obtain good talent who aren't ex-Lilly or retired pharma people. Also, the leadership team needs to stop playing politics and start investing in a sound business model.


  7. Helpful (1)

    One of the WORST Companies to Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    It's going to be a bumpy ride!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worked At DWA in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Worked At DWA in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Beware of the future of this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DWA full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  10. Good place to work.

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Manager at DWA

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

    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.



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