Doner Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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David DeMuth
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Pros
  • Fun and pretty laid back work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Management when I worked there was questionable, but there are good people trying to do good working there (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • However, due to the long hours I never felt my job was in jeopardy (in 6 reviews)

  • Constant changes with upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Doner Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Doner

    Pros

    The people you work with are very nice and make the job fun.

    Cons

    You are expected to work long hours


  2. Good people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Doner full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with and the clients are pretty good.
    The atmosphere is fun

    Cons

    Communication at times is not that great from management
    Compensation is not very competitive with other agencies


  3. Interesting Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong thinkers who contribute on a daily basis. Great place to learn, and develop.

    Cons

    Egos, everyone out for themselves, and the emperor has new clothes. Tough to stay a long time.


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  5. Great stepping stone, a good place to start

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Designer
    Current Employee - Junior Designer

    I have been working at Doner

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice people and supportive team work, flexible environment

    Cons

    Stressful workload occasionally, clients can be very demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training and supporting staff in office culture


  6. Old Boys Club

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Art Director in Southfield, MI

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work on national and international clients. The lower level employees are great people and they work their butts off for the "opportunity".

    Cons

    They will tell you about the awesome clients and opportunity that you will have only to use you in the cog of the sweat shop they have running to comp cd's ideas that they steal from younger teams. Then you have to fight to go on production because the CCO and ECD want to be on the shoot. There is a group of people like the skull and bones that have complete control of everything and every time someone comes in and tries to rock the boat they get rid of them. This place has so much potential but I will never be great because of that group.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so greedy. You famously underpay younger creatives and push them out and then you bring in cd's to replace them. If you treat the younger creatives well, they will be loyal and and bring there friends and keep the work fresh.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Was the largest advertising agency in Orange County

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Search Marketing in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Search Marketing in Newport Beach, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    During my years at Doner Advertising, we were the agency of record for Mazda, and the largest shop in Orange County. The staff was dedicated and strong.

    Cons

    Outside of Mazda we struggled to secure significant client work, so when Mazda put the agency up for review, it led to a significant contraction of the agency, which eventually shuttered its Newport Beach office.


  8. Good Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Newport Beach, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Doner is a good place to work if you are willing to put many hours and work hard. The CCO is a great guy.

    Cons

    too many turn over specially the west coast offices. Too bad they closed the Newport Beach office.

    Advice to Management

    Advice for CCO: spend more time on other offices to get to know your employee and their work. Don't just rely on one person to report back.


  9. Doner

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Doner

    Pros

    Great experience, lots of young people, very exciting environment for an assistant planner. There are a lot of interesting things happening daily.

    Cons

    No distinct cons to speak of.


  10. You will appreciate it when you leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Creative in Southfield, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gain a lot of experience
    Get to work on a variety of projects
    Get to work on projects other agencies wouldn't let you touch
    Most of the people are great
    Fun parties
    Good place to work if you're starting out and need to pay your dues
    Provide food if you're working late

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours and weekends too
    Understaffed, overworked
    Super competitive
    Some creative directors are hard to please
    Unmanageable workload
    Unreasonable deadlines
    Terrible pay and they don't give raises
    They don't encourage your creative development
    Not the best place for networking unless you plan to stay in Detroit
    Tired, old office building with old furniture
    Sad sad cafeteria with greasy food

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more. Creative directors need to be more approachable. Give credit to people for their ideas. Allow creatives to go on shoots so they gain experience, not just creative directors. Ask people what their career goals are and help them get there.


  11. Great place to start

    Current Employee - Account Executive in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Doner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career - you'll learn a lot
    Easy to get more responsibility/experience if you ask for it
    Holiday agency closing

    Cons

    Low salaries for industry standards
    Little room for growth in mid-level positions
    Agency "perks" have declined over time



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