Doner Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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David DeMuth
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Pros
  • Fun work environment for employees (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. You will appreciate it when you leave

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    Former Employee - Creative in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Creative in Southfield, MI

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good Place to work

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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.

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  5. Not a bad place to work, but no appreciation or compensation for hard work.

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    Former Contractor - Creative in Southfield, MI
    Former Contractor - Creative in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Doner as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, comfortable atmosphere, client perks

    Cons

    No work/life balance, rarely reviews so rarely pay raises and already a lower salary to begin with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more professional, have respect for the hard work and time put in my employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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

  7. Rising intern program

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Doner

    Pros

    Fun culture, gave interns plenty of work and accountability, superiors who are more than willing to help and listen, and a full-summer program that gives interns a great first look at the process of a full-company project

    Cons

    divide between account and creativity personnel, and the lack of open space/dependence on cubicles stifled the culture they try to instill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the cubicles, or shift to a more open-space environment

  8. Wide variety of clients

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Doner

    Pros

    Wide variety of clients, if you work here long enough you can put together a portfolio with no Automotive in it, which is amazing to do in the Detroit market.

    Cons

    Perpetually understaffed, Doner runs lean, which means people work long hours. Hire in a good rate, because raises are small, if they even happen at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Game of Thrones without the swordfights

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Southfield, MI

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

    Pros

    Ummm, it's not actually in Detroit.

    Cons

    But it's close. Actually, I'm not sure which is worse: the blight of the city or the crushing tedium of Southfield, the original "edge city." But back to our review: Feudalism is alive and well at Doner, where the boy kings rule oblivious to the needs of the serfs who go years without reviews or raises. Only aggressive sycophancy will get you noticed. What's most ironic is that the current ownership came to power on promises to modernize and humanize the agency, but have instead become a second-rate version of their predecessors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy it while it lasts, fellas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Tough but, can be rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Art Director in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    There is tons of opportunity to build a strong broadcast portfolio. Lots a cool clients for the area. Fun and pretty laid back work environment. A good place to get hands-on and learn real work ethic.

    Cons

    You have to work long hours (100/wk at times) of the low pay. It's like boot camp for creatives. Anything and everything will go wrong on even the smallest project. Due to, it's account services that are yes men and want-a-be creatives that sand bag campaigns and suffocate the creative process until they get their way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have competitive salary and reengineer the account services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Rewards await those who work hard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Doner

    Pros

    You get paid to perform

    Cons

    You don't get paid if you don't

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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