Factory Design Labs

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Factory Design Labs Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
29 Reviews
3.7
29 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding culture and overall a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. Fun and entertaining. I didn't appreciate that at the time but the company really handled the lost of clients in a great manner. They tried to take care of employees that had lost their jobs and overall were pretty well run. Great at change management. Cutting edge technology at every level. Great learning opportunities. You get to be involved in many aspects of the company and wear multiple hats. Management listens to your ideas.

    Cons

    Some people took themselves too seriously. Some desk squatters that sit at their desk all night just cause they think it makes them look good. Quite a bit of favoritism. Better employees have been constantly passed on or even fired for less capable employees. Lost some really really good people because of political reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the great culture. Thanks for the great experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Glossy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool neighborhood, sexy office, good technology... in a word, 'perks.' While a cool, sporting client roster used to be another pro, that list is going through some shakeup.

    Cons

    Form takes precedence over substance. Factory has always been good at pictures, or the visual part of 'design.' Clients today, however, need deeper thinking than what can be provided through (pixel-perfect as they may be) PSDs and it's not really clear that the C-level wants to dig in on this stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be present, acknowledge bad news alongside good, and be willing to dig in yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I've ever worked!

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice lower level talent.

    Cons

    Worst, fear driven environment I've ever experienced. Design driven, not idea driven. Total lack of leadership. No advertising experience. From the CEO to account to creative. The blind leading the blind. The clueless chairman and board is so snowed and intimidated by the CEO, they let him run that company into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real CEO that wants to work and make a great company out of what is now a sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It started with a lie

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great location and paid parking. Workspace is modern and affable. Excellent music. Account management is strong for a digital ad agency.

    Cons

    - Took the position because I was told a major client was signed - this was not true
    - Losing this client resulted in major layoffs, but the details we poorly handled
    - This pattern of client loss has persisted since
    - Communication from Sr Management is untrustworthy
    - Lost a lot of solid technical talent
    - At this time the agency appears rudderless, not learning from the past

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to the new world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality Establishment

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Art Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing talent, global clients, freedom of expression, culture of creativity...

    Cons

    Risky business. They hire on large amounts of accounts and creatives with intentions of holding on to and/or expanding their client roster, but if one leaves (like one did while I was employed), you're gone. They love the layoffs, so be prepared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the talent you have under the roof and don't loose them to a bad business model.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    No staff loyalty, unstable company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Sports brands to work on, fun atmosphere, fast moving environment, young agency with a lot of energy and passion.

    Cons

    Although successful in the past, this is now a very unstable agency - staff hired and disappear within months. Staff putting in extremely long hours and promised things that don't end up happening. CEO is out for himself. Staff are fearful for their jobs. Old style advertising model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR should stop posting fake positive reviews on Glassdoor (scroll down to consecutive, excessively positive reviews Dec 2012). Instead of saying you are a great agency and have a great culture - try to BE one. Stop lying. Reward those who deserve rewarding.

    Management tends to be out cycling, skiing, drinking and flying internationally, when the problems happen and its the lower level staff who are putting in the hours that get blamed when the agency starts to drown. They tend to fire the wrong people and not identify where the real problems are coming from. CEO should stop wasting money and spend it where it actually benefits the agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, flexibility and fun workplace environment.

    Cons

    Advertising agencies are not for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware, many of the "great" reviews are posted by HR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time

    Pros

    Good brands to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Don't believe all the great reviews you've been reading here. Many have been posted by HR. The CEO rarely shows up to the office and when he does, it's only for a half-day (after he spends his mornings cycling or skiing).

    They don't believe in employee growth. So much so that if an employee wants to attend a conference or training program, they make the employee sign a contract that states if they leave Factory within 1 year, they are obligated to reimburse Factory for all conference/training costs, including hotel and airfare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the lies, corruption and arrogance. All the great talent has either left, been laid off or is about to leave. Place is a sinking ship. Everyone knows it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    First job

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing office culture. Plenty of employee perks and generous use of company facilities. Amazing place for an entry level position like myself. The higher ups are incredibly receptive and approachable. I work very closely with my superiors and have personal relationships with people of all levels in all departments. Awesome client list and big time opportunities!

    Cons

    The turn over rate is normal for the ad world!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for talking to the people on the bottom of the totem pole! Awesome to get face time with all of you and make a place for myself in an impressive company so early in my career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Power of Orange Rules!!!

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    Current Employee - Executive in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Executive in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Factory is a really big family. The teams work together on behalf of our clients and everyone helps each other. People work extremely hard here as they always want to deliver for Factory and the clients. It's a work hard, play hard culture. People either thrive in the organization or quickly Get ejected. There is no room for creative egos or people who don't get their hands dirty. Everyone here is in it to win.

    Cons

    A service business is always hard no matter where you work. The hours and client demands can be too overwhelming for some. Factory is quick to promote you if you are really good and quick to exit you are not.. It's that simple. You have to be awesome to make it at Factory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Your past growth and successes speak for themselves. Factory is a really cool place, like no other agency out there. Thank you for the opportunity to work here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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