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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place for Professional and Personal Creative Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Dudnyk

    Pros

    -Engaging, interactive, fun work environment
    -Strong emphasis on original and unique ideas and strategies, especially peer-to-peer within the creative department
    -Exposure to many different types of clients and products
    -Emphasis on the importance of art and copy collaboration
    -Creative department organized into teams in order to facilitate strong and comfortable rapport between art and copy partners
    -Opportunities for junior level employees to participate in pitches and concepting for new campaigns
    -Creative team is greatly valued when it comes to strategic planning and has strong presence in client meetings, presentations, and market research
    -Agency process is strongly followed and continuously refined for the better, incorporating employee feedback and ideas into its evolution
    -Scientific support and feedback is readily available and extremely helpful
    -Several opportunities to attend professional development seminars, workshops, etc.
    -Big into self-evolution and self-promotion, which creates a sense of pride and excitement for Dudnyk achievements and capabilities
    -Strong presence in social media, and encouragement for employees to participate in social media
    -Annual reviews (really!) that provide honest feedback from supervisors, as well as anonymous feedback from colleagues, on work performance
    -Supervisors help structure a realistic plan for achieving professional goals, promotions, etc.
    -Efficiency on the creative side allows for a balance between work and personal life
    -Management is understanding when it comes to personal and family obligations that may require flexible working considerations
    -Creative team members are very supportive of each other
    -Encouragement to participate in charitable initiatives -- Dudnyk is a sponsor of the March of Dimes and participates in the March for Babies each year
    -Opportunities to appreciate co-workers outside of company walls (holiday party, softball team, trips to award shows)

    Cons

    -Same issues you'd face at any agency -- occasional periods of working long hours, stressful timelines, difficult clients -- but such incidences happen far less frequently here than in my previous experiences
    -Occasional disconnect between account and creative regarding the level of strategic input that creative should be putting forth
    -Workload among creative teams is sometimes unbalanced (one is slammed while another is up and available; one gets several new accounts in a row, etc.)

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst experience that I had in my life!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Office Receptionist  in  Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Front Office Receptionist in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Dudnyk

    Pros

    They pay very well.
    They have freebies... water, coffee, soda.
    The office is close by.
    The parking is great.
    .

    Cons

    They do not listen to complaints.
    They do not follow their handbook.
    They do not want to here your complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time out to hear what an employee has to say and then conduct an investgation on the matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Creative oasis that empowers employees to lead

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Dudnyk

    Pros

    The most exciting reason to work at Dudnyk is the fact that we are growing steadily year after year, and recently the agency was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies. In addition, the agency was named Agency of the Year by one of the industry’s most respected magazines, and it still continues to win creative awards left and right.

    Cons

    Overall, a very senior group of people with long tenure work at Dudnyk. The average tenure of an employee is 7 years, and is actually 10 years in the creative department. Junior people that don't have a strong sense of independence can be intimidated by the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to conduct off-site team building activities. Too often goes by with out larger company meetings to share stories and build camaraderie.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Creative Heaven in Philadelphia

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Creative Officer  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Chief Creative Officer in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Dudnyk

    Pros

    The creative bar is high. Those who lie about or fake their experience or ability are weeded out pretty quickly.

    Cons

    If you are a journeyman mediocre creative , this is not a lifetime gig for you. No place to hide. Sorry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RIght now, as a company it's the best managed as it's ever been. And the success shows it.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    A great, creative-driven place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Dudnyk

    Pros

    Upper management truly cares about the welfare of the employees
    Opportunities to develop strong creative work
    Account management is not afraid to push back on clients and stand behind a creative execution that is relevant and on-strategy
    Great editorial and traffic support
    Excellent direction and support from scientific directors--clients are highly impressed with the level of scientific and clinical understanding that Dudnyk provides
    Very understanding of family needs and responsibilities--they know that family comes first
    Creative team is immersed in strategic direction and help take lead on many projects
    Focused on giving back to the community with lots of pro-bono work for local organizations
    Many clients are smaller bio-tech companies that really involve the Dudnyk team in all levels of product promotion and look to Dudnyk as a true strategic partner
    Dudnyk remains dedicated to staying independent so no one else to answer to in the end except ourselves

    Cons

    As with most agencies, there can be communication issues between account services and creative, but generally, people are very easy to work with
    While working with large pharmaceutical companies has it's challenges, so does working for smaller clients who have very high expectations and potentially less experience
    Needs more junior level creative support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep the entire team involved in the growth of the company and to be aware of individual needs on a day-to-day basis.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Dudnyk

    Pros

    - Extremely caring and considerate management team
    - Management adopts technology and encourages employees to utilize it
    - Group "POD" leadership is second to none
    - Excellent Creative and dedication to client work.
    - People that work here are very passionate about the work produced - from Account Services to Creative to Production to Professional Services
    - Management Team believes in allowing people to have the freedom and flexibility to develop at their own pace. You choose if you want to sink or swim
    - Company spends a lot of time training people in understanding the industry we work in, how the agency works, and developing talent via the Dudnyk University. All employees are encouraged to attend, but it is up to each individual to choose if they attend
    - Policies encourage employee safety. Every employee is setup to access servers and systems remotely. If they are sick or there is bad weather the employee is able to work. It encourages a sense of employee empowerment instead of waiting of management making the determination for the employee

    Cons

    - Company does not believe in "free" handouts. You really have to work hard to receive the benefits given.
    - Not a lot of hand holding. They encourage people to grow and develop at their own pace. If you want to advance quickly, then you need to show the initiative, and management will be extremely supportive. If you do not show the desire to move ahead, then they will focus on your current responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to encourage employee development.
    - Continue to promote the use of technology for all employees by providing the tools for them to be successful, and letting them choose what tools they want to use.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    All creatives should avoid

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Dudnyk

    Pros

    - Great editorial and traffic department
    - Good compensation
    - Nice office space
    - Most creatives get their own office
    - Edgy and creative agency promotion

    Cons

    - Unlike most pharma agencies, you don't get summer Fridays or the week between Christmas and New Years off
    - Very limited amount of holidays
    - Agency can't seem to keep new creatives, they are constantly being recycled due to either firing them or they leave
    - Most of the creative department is full of creative directors, especially the copy side. There aren't many lower leveled creative folks
    - Communication between creative team and account team is non-existent
    - Communication between management and employees is lacking
    - Junior leveled employees are not given proper attention
    - Junior leveled employees are often given too much responsibility for their skill set, resulting in errors. These errors are then not caught by management
    - Many AEs are spread thin and unavailable when they are needed
    - Mistakes often happen and projects are sent to clients with errors
    - Feedback and constructive criticism is rarely given, prohibiting growth
    - Meetings never start on time, you are often left waiting for other team members to show up and meetings are rescheduled several times afterwards. This usually affects deadlines and delays job start-ups
    - Projects somehow get "lost" in the system. They don't get started up and then the day before the project is due to the client, someone realizes it never got started and there is a sudden disorganized rush to get it done
    - Very strict work hours, you MUST be in by 9am, even if you work through your lunch or stay late
    - Many employees aren't properly trained, especially with client submission software
    - Upper management is often never seen (ie. Ed Dudnyk had an office in the building and I had never seen him the entire time I worked there, he also did not show up to the office Christmas party)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Employees are hired extremely quickly (after only one interview), so perhaps the interview process should be slower so that the potential employee can meet the team and an informed decision can be made by both parties

    - Communication is severely lacking at Dudnyk and should be evaluated

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Smoke and mirrors.. A total sham.

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

    I worked at Dudnyk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Location
    - Creative
    - Free coffee, soda, and water. Sometimes bread and, occasionally, they let you out into the sun.

    Cons

    - The CEO is a total head case and knows NOTHING about the business
    - Totally top-heavy organization with support staff shouldering the weight. No work-life balance for the ones at the mid and lower ranks.
    - No real vision...they really are masters at their own game because of the brand they've built. Problem is they can't deliver on the promise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real vision and stop the cycle of hiring and firing.
    Reward the ones who are REALLY doing the work.
    Manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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