Direct Partners Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Boutique Agency

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

    I have been working at Direct Partners (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning environment Great working environment

    Cons

    Underpaid Work is not distributed evenly No incentive on performance

    Advice to Management

    Promote within. Pay attention to your hard-working employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Bad management and little cooperation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Direct Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You got to control the source code from the get go. They gave a great amount of freedom to get the job done.

    Cons

    Management would often have meetings justifying low pay. Benefits were very hard to exercise as they refused to approve anything prior to doing it, meaning you pay first, then they decide if it was worthy of being refunded. The management fought every single benefit, even a 20/wk benefit was called in question. There was also little in the way of collaboration. You were a lone wolf programmer. It was also not uncommon to have to work overtime, even though you are on salary. At least once a month I would need to put in almost an extra 8 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Treat professionals like working professionals with lives. I generally got the feeling that I was a tool and not a person. I remember one meeting we were told to "work harder, faster, and make fewer mistakes". Now when you don't pay overtime, that math simply doesn't make sense and is kind of insulting.


  3. Nice people, uneven quality of work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA

    I have been working at Direct Partners full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good people at Direct Partners and a handful of super-smart ones. The agency is owned by Omnicom so there is financial stability. Work hours are flexible for most employees. You can bring your dog to work if that is important to you. Work space is pleasant. A lot of employees have been here a long time so they work well together.

    Cons

    While some departments are first rate, some are staffed by untrained and unmotivated people. Flexible work schedule means you might not get your project done on time because key team members either come in at noon or work from home. Most account teams don't know much about their clients' business, they just know how to push jobs through the system.

    Advice to Management

    Set a higher expectation of quality and performance overall.

    Direct Partners Response

    Mar 4, 2015 – Founder And CEO

    Nice to hear from a current employee. DP University was started recently to make sure everyone learned the essentials of marketing. The next phase will dive into the categories our clients operate ... More


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  5. Dishonest top management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Marina del Rey, CA

    I worked at Direct Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool office space, dogs, nice location

    Cons

    Top management arrogant, greedy, dishonest and out of touch with employees. Impressive nepotism. Poor reputation, amazing that clients stick around.

    Advice to Management

    Time to retire......

    Direct Partners Response

    Mar 4, 2015 – Founder And CEO

    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I don't know who you are I can't respond to your specific situation. But if you get in touch with me I'd be happy to talk to you and apologize. We're ... More


  6. great company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Direct Partners part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dog Friendly, relaxed, great culture, great company

    Cons

    left because they couldn't pay me what my new offer would, otherwise a great company


  7. Great experience

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

    I worked at Direct Partners full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great leadership. Good work environment. Pay was good. Overall an interesting and diversified mix of people. Accomodating to requests of employees.

    Cons

    Employees stay too long for an agency. Agencies need to constant fresh blood to renew and innovate. Two partners often don't share a unified vision


  8. Company Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Services in Marina del Rey, CA
    Current Employee - Account Services in Marina del Rey, CA

    I have been working at Direct Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A family oriented feel. Employees usually stay around for years!

    Cons

    You wear many different hats with limited resources.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in good resources and charge client's what the agency's work is worth.


  9. Fantastic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in Marina del Rey, CA
    Current Employee - Executive in Marina del Rey, CA

    I have been working at Direct Partners

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and totally dedicated to excellent work.

    Cons

    Hours can be tough. Weekends sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Give us more of a vision of the future.


  10. Smart friendly people working hard to please their clients

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Direct Partners

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open communications, always developing new services and technologies. Work hard play hard. Management is very loyal to people who have been at the company for a long time. Dogs roaming the halls. They love dogs.

    Cons

    Some politics between departments and locations. Lack of focus on what services and clients to say NO to.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your core strengths and innovate their. Don't get to far afield.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Upper Management Out of Touch

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA

    I worked at Direct Partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of clients, small team environment provides for great collaboration and production of work, location, benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with the people who are doing the work. No respect for the creative process. Most managers at the company can be characterized as mediocre at best, often lacking in leadership and communication skills.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your employees - communicate openly and honestly.

    Direct Partners Response

    Mar 4, 2015 – Founder And CEO

    Hi, please see the response above to "Dishonest Top Management" where I try and respond to some of the issues you raised. Mostly it's a response to the "communicate openly and honestly" issue which I ... More



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