Dieste
3.2 of 5 12 reviews
www.dieste.com Dallas, TX 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 27, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

Dieste CEO Greg Knipp

Greg Knipp

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A vibrant, creative company culture. A place where one can do amazing work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dieste full-time

ProsGreat leadership and sense of mission. Amazing values. Surrounded by fun, talented creative people. Innovative and disruptive in an industry that needs it! Also, great training opportunities with Provoke University. The place has a great reputation and a great vibe!

ConsLots of construction in the past year

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing!

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

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A great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

Prosamazing environment, recognition and opportunity to grow and to develop award winning work, clear communication of company goals, vision and mission, training/learning opportunities, strong leadership, good compensation, non-traditional benefits such as flex-time, feel like i can do my life's work here.

ConsThe agency is growing at a very fast pace and we had to make some offices' changes, which can be a little inconvenient but even than it was an improvement.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe leadership team has been doing an amazing job of taking each of us to our highest potential.

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

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Dieste CMO responded to this review

Jan 29, 2014

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate your feedback.

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Great place with awesome energy"

Copywriter (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at Dieste full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat place to be creative and to work on great brands like AT&T, Nissan, Nationwide etc..

ConsToo much work overload. It gets very challenging to give enough time to create outstanding work due to the rush and deadlines.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to staff up to give their team a break.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Jan 29, 2014

Dear Copywriter, thank you for taking the time to write this review. And I'm glad that you feel like our agency is a great place to work.

 

Great place

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Dieste

Prosgreat people, great culture, high-profile accounts. I enjoyed working there for so many years.

Consculture changed a bit with the move to downtown

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Never in my career have I experienced a more corrupt and incapable company that is and full of nepotism and rife w/ fear

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dieste full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- SOME great co-workers, some of which I have excellent relationships with - friends for a lifetime.
- Decent standing within Hispanic agencies
- Ability to express one's self, bring the camraderie to work in a positive / professional manner

Cons- Undermined, disrespected, and wrongfully terminated the former CEO - Warren Harmel.
- Management refuses to let go of unproductive / incapable staff members, which drives the bottom line up, make us look stupid with the Client, and creates terrible work.
- Perpetuates that notion of "La Hermandad" (The Brother Hood) - a protection racket at work where upper management protects friends above performance and accountability
- Hires almost exclusively out of the US (or has had) - most future employees have some kind of preexisting relationship with Upper Management ( e.g. Aldo Quevedo) and are part of La Hermandad
- Disrespect process after years of training and implementation
- Lack of detail orientation, which requiries more time making changes than it does producing an ad.
- Super poor leadership - Aldo Quevedo (now at The Richards Group), previous CEO (post Harmel), Carmen Baez (Omnicom)
- Incapable of meeting #$s with Omnicom, which has forced Omnicom to interfere, see how incapable DHP is, and make some management changes - some for the bad, some for the very good.

I have much more, but this covers the basics.

Advice to Senior ManagementDHP needs to:
- Be completely transparent with employees, and vise versa
- Accountability Accountability Accountability
- Trim the true fat, keep the worthy talent vs. good ole' network
- Find leadership that means we don't have to deal with Omnicom so much
- Stop the corruption, the kick-backs to vendors (oh yes, huge kickbacks)
- Bring in new talent that is not part of La Hermandad; rather individuals that produce great work without buying into the company unspoken etiquette
- Focus on the work first. The laughs can come after it's truly done - I constantly see how it's all jokes all day instead of truly immersing themselves in the work as good grown ups do.
- Fire underpeformers despite preexsting friendships they have
- BE PROFESSIONAL

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

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The work itself was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, however the agency was completely dysfunctional.

Executive Director (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Dieste full-time for more than 8 years

Prostop tier brand clients, generous paid holiday schedule, exceptional benefits, cool office environment, access to multiple industry resources. Part of Omnicom Network.

ConsFriction among leadership causes distraction, chaos and low morale. Largest problem is lack of creative leadership, accountability and talent. Huge talent gap between top executives and next level of senior leadership

Advice to Senior ManagementGain alignment among management team. figure out the agency value proposition and positioning, C-level executives need to break down the barriers and pave the way for the department heads to focus on delivery. Articulate a vision for the agency that staff can get behind and pull together instead of pulling the place apart.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Associate Creative Director (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Dieste full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat People.
Great Accounts.
Great Growth Potential.

ConsTo big.
Focus.
Difficulty to move quickly on a changing ad environment

Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to new tech and embrace new ideas quicker.

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

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Many leaders, no managers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Dieste

ProsThe office is beautiful
Right in the center of downtown Dallas
Laid back attitude
Beer cart Fridays and Taco Truck Fridays
Omnicom has some awesome benefits

ConsAbysmal pay
Long hours
Not much room for growth
Depressing promotions and bonuses

Advice to Senior ManagementMore performance reviews, more department meetings, less separation of departments, hire a full-time recruiter

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No Advancement

Account Supervisor (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at Dieste

Prosgood atmosphere and great clients at Dieste.

ConsNo Leadership currently at Dieste.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpportunity for growth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was ok

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Dieste

Prosnice culture, fun atmosphere, especially in the early days

Conslack of authority at senior level

Advice to Senior Managementget the bad blood out

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