Disher Design and Development

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Disher Design and Development Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Disher Design and Development full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. Really believe in giving back. Also encourage flexibility and work/life balance. Most positive environment I've ever worked in.

    Cons

    Offsite workers lack connectivity to the rest of the team. Assignments can sometimes be unpredictable in nature in regard to longevity. Feels unstable at times.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to foster connections amongst the core team members. Consider differentiating between off site workers and onsite workers so off site workers feel less torn.


  2. DEN Industrial Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Designer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Designer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Disher Design and Development (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wide variety of challenges Ability to build many skills Networking with multiple industries

    Cons

    Inconsistancy in amount of work


  3. Big difference between onsite and offsite workers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disher Design and Development full-time

    Pros

    Disher itself is full of nice people who are very positive about the business. The Zeeland office building that Disher is located in is very nice. The Charity Check that they give out is probably one of the coolest things I've seen at a company. Jeff and the leadership team are great people with great morals.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low. The work weeks are based on 45 hours. 40 to the company that you are contracted through and 5 for "Disher" time. The 401k match is based on profit sharing and doesn't end up being much at all in comparison to what other companies give out. To me the idea of this just seems unstable too. Some of the things that Disher tries to lure people in with is the positive culture, the Zeeland office space and the Nerf gun that everyone is given. With this, you have to keep in mind that you will be contracted out most likely weeks into your employment with them and from there on most of your time will be spent at the company you are contracted through. You really end up working in the culture of the company that you are contracted though. You start to feel like a worker without a home because at Disher you share a desk with the other offsite workers, meaning many times you come back to the office and don't have a seat, or have another persons things all over the shared desk (their family pictures). They advocate for a work/life balance, but it really only pertains to the onsite workers because they don't have much say for the offsite workers. I think the biggest con is the pay though, like my first comment stated. Once you realize that you are being paid a fraction of what the contracting company would be paying you if you were a full time employee (which they are usually looking to fill and while doing the same work) and a fraction of what they are paying Disher for your services, it's very hard to get excited about working there.

    Advice to Management

    Think about compensating offsite workers with more than the idea of a positive culture and a great work space since they rarely get to experience that. There seems to be a divide between those who spend all of their time offsite and those who are actually apart of the Disher experience. Also, reminding the engineers that come in that they will be spending most of their time offsite. I feel like it's very betraying to sell people on a cultural experience that they won't really be apart of.


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  5. Best company I've worked at.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open atmosphere, range of projects, high level of responsibility. Stewardship-focus and activities are incredible.

    Cons

    Won't become an expert at one thing, but rather get a broad range of experiences in different industries.


  6. Committed to making a positive difference

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Disher Design and Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Engineers have an opportunity to work in multiple industries on diverse projects. Management cares about developing employees and providing work they can be passionate about. Culture is great!

    Cons

    The nature of the work means that often you are offsite for extended periods making it difficult to stay connected and experience the great things Disher has to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the mission.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Best place to work in West Michigan

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

    Pros

    You work with people, not for people. There is a high level of respect across all levels. The president is friendly and passionate. He is always willing to listen and makes sound decisions with the input of others. All of the leaders are extremely understanding and flexible.

    Cons

    The nature of providing services instead of products posts its own set of challenges. The expectations are inherently high and some customer relations are difficult to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Continue to promote the team environment. Be confident that you are providing services that are superior to our competitors.



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