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Doner Reviews

Updated June 9, 2014
Updated June 9, 2014
13 Reviews

2.6
13 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will never have enough help.

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

    Pros

    Smart people, beginnings of a culture. Entrepreneurial atmosphere. Excellent creative teams, other than digital, which is thin.

    Cons

    Chronic understaffing, run lean until they're flocking for the exits and then hire just a little. The superstars are well compensated while most others are given COLA raises. No clear direction or path for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. That means more than a pat on the head and an ice cream. And please, figure out what you want from digital and staff it adequately to accomplish that. Some grown ups in charge might be nice - the frat boy crap is getting old.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn. People will do what it takes to get things done. Everyone tends to be fairly nice to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours. Shoddy communication between departments that hindered efficiency. Lots of hierarchy to contend with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to ideas of change that come from people other than upper level management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bizarre Management. Like The Firm, but advertising.

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

    Pros

    Doner attracts national accounts in a more manageable city/suburb location.
    Doner attracts some good creative talent from around the country. Management when I worked there was questionable, but there are good people trying to do good working there.
    Better work environment and creative opportunities with new management.

    Cons

    Questionable financial situation. Either recently bought or soon to be bought by holding company. For better or worse, it is Detroit, it is a smaller remote, market unless you are working on cars. Difficult to keep ownership of your own work. Long hours with less ROI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management has uphill battle to rid the place of past perceptions. Keep following your heart and take care of the people who do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Intern in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    - Given lots of responsibility
    - Interaction with upper management
    - A very young and fun company

    Cons

    - lots of desk work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Marketing Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Motivated coworkers, many opportunities to excel

    Cons

    Inefficient corporate structure, there is some divide between the creative and interactive departmets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rework idea generation structure between creative and other departments

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Account Services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    Pros

    Obviously some of the best reasons to work here are to gain experience on a range of accounts. Also, working at the HQ of a large agency is fun in terms of holiday parties and other perks.

    Cons

    Longer hours than other agencies. Known as a "sweat shop" if you ask some people. However, due to the long hours I never felt my job was in jeopardy. Also, I was young and naive when I first started so terrible at negotiating salary and they smelled blood in terms of the fact they knew I really want to move back to MI so I go screwed in terms of pay. When I accepted the offer I asked for a review in 6 mos to potentially increase but never got it. Never got an offer for a significant increase (though my boss fought for me) until I got an offer somewhere else that I had already accepted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are your best assets. Don't assume they don't know when they aren't getting screwed over because eventually the best ones leave.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional corporate culture leads to high turnover

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Planner  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    If just starting out in the business you will learn the skills needed for moving on to a better agency

    Cons

    Out of touch upper management, lack of a defined corporate culture. I've never worked at a place with higher employee turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more visible to front line employees. It's no secret that working in advertising involves long hours with tight deadlines. For the first several years pay is low. Senior Management needs to communicate to these employees why working in advertising, and for Doner matters. Apart from providing a paycheck, senior management has not created any compelling reasons that makes employees want to stay with the agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    Experience working with a range of national clients. For anyone living in Michigan, a good opportunity to work for a "NY" or "Chicago" type agency.

    Cons

    Not enough staff to get all the work done during reasonable hours. Frequent late nights (until 8-9 pm) and weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support/staff to day to day operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The negative energy at Doner is palpable

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Southfield, MI

    Pros

    It looks good on your resume. Bragging rights of surviving a sweat shop. Credibility as a hard worker.

    Cons

    Low pay, comparatively. Very negative, fearful environment. Co-workers are all afraid for their jobs. Management has no regard for workers--only bottom line. Poor management isn't seen as a problem. No sense of loyalty from anyone--including employees. The culture promotes back-stabbing and rewards Machiavels.

    The pay scale at Doner is lower than elsewhere, and the majority of us go years--if not indefinitely--without so much as a cost of living raise. After four years, I have yet to be reviewed by my boss (in fact, no one in the group is reviewed)--and hence, no bonus. Employee morale is terribly low, and its heartbreaking to see how it demoralizes co-workers. The overall management style is based on instilling fear, rather than respect and support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepared for a mass exodus once the economy turns around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Doner - Where advertising careers start but not where they blossom

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

    Pros

    The place can be young and fun with good people. Good recent creative hiring. Very strong client network.

    Cons

    Terrible Pay. Way too many employees that couldn't pass a marketing 101 class. Upper management gives false hope for the actualities of responsibility improvements when promoted. There is a disgusting lack of empowerment by certain upper management, you may end up being very micromanaged. Perhaps from a lack of trust. In ability to keep talented people leads to working with less that satisfactory peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust, learn, listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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