Hawthorne Direct
4.0 of 5 8 reviews
www.hawthornedirect.com Fairfield, IA 50 to 149 Employees

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Tim Hawthorne

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88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Wonderful, fulfilling years working with people that care about their clients and doing great work.

Senior Executive (Current Employee)
Fairfield, IA

I have been working at Hawthorne Direct full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSmart people that care about the right things: service, savvy and accountable work, respecting each other. This is a work place where people really care about each other. It's a tough place to leave. But when some might leave, many seem to come back a year or two later.

ConsTwo main offices: LA and Iowa; sometimes cultural differences between the two offices can obstruct communication; but management seems to know this and works hard to bridge the differences.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focused on the client and doing great work - which you're already doing!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent company to work with, wonderful teamwork & knowledgeable professionals

Writer & Editor (Current Employee)
Fairfield, IA

I have been working at Hawthorne Direct as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsThis company is a class act. I've been working with them for over 10 years now as an independent contractor and every project is handled with care and expertise that you don't always find in today's business world. From the top down, every employee I've worked with really knows his or her stuff and is always willing to take the time to share knowledge, expertise, and insights. Tim Hawthorne is extremely well respected in the industry and is very approachable and easy to work with.

ConsI just wish I lived in Iowa and had the opportunity to work on site with this talented team of professionals!

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the excellent work and don't change a thing. Maintain and cherish the positive, family-like corporate culture that's been instilled in this company since inception.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A Fun, Professional Environment with Dedicated Employees That Are Always Willing to Help

Media/Marketing Intern (Current Employee)
Fairfield, IA

I have been working at Hawthorne Direct as an intern

ProsTo put it simply, Hawthorne Direct is an amazing company to work for. I interned there this summer and had a wonderful experience.

I worked mornings in the Media department and afternoons in Marketing. I was able to seamlessly transition between the departments without a problem. Everyone was so willing and able to help me whenever I needed it. They really made me feel like part of the team during my internship, and they always had something new and exciting for me to help with.

I was really impressed with how well they were able to collaborate, not only within the departments here, but between offices (they have workers in Iowa, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City, among other places) as well. Their ability to work so well together, regardless of their location, makes them uniquely qualified to work with clients and manage accounts from all over the world.

Hawthorne Direct is a highly respected DRTV agency that creates quality work and employs passionate professionals. This was an exceptional place to have my first career-related internship; I've learned so much about the world of advertising.

ConsI honestly couldn't tell you one bad thing about my experience at Hawthorne. If I really had to come up with something, it would be that it occasionally got a little too chilly in the office. That's truly the worst thing I experienced this summer.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing! Continue listening to employee suggestions, giving feedback, and treating clients/employees with respect. Don't stop advancing or expanding, and you'll continue to move up!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent work environment that is both challenging and rewarding

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hawthorne Direct full-time for more than a year

ProsThe employees at Hawthorne Direct genuinely appreciate everyone's hard work and willingness to pitch in. The company at large acknowledges this too and rewards employees for their personal and corporate success. Departments are very interactive giving employees the chance to work with a number of very intelligent and talented people. Accepting a job here after college, I am lucky to work for a flexible company and one that is growing and providing future career opportunities.

ConsAt times there are a few hoops to jump through to get some things done, could be more streamlined and the company is heading in that direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Management here at Hawthorne is approachable, mentoring, forward thinking and accepting of new ideas. Keep up the good work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experiences, great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hawthorne Direct full-time

ProsI have had a positive experience working at Hawthorne Direct. The company attracts great brand clients, and it is interesting to learn about all the new products and campaigns. There is good opportunity for growth and career advancement. It is fun working with the team members in multiple locations. Everyone wants to visit our LA office within LA Center Studios!

ConsKeeping up with the fast pace and rapidly changing advertising business...

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep listening to feedback from employees and clients!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Able to learn a different avenue of media buying with a great group of people.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hawthorne Direct full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAllowed the flexibility to work from home. Great group of people.

ConsWould always say they wanted feedback, but if they didn't like what you had to say, they pushed back and at times spoke in condescending manner in front of large groups. Media and accounting systems very archaic, despite them being "proprietary." Accounting still balanced by hand. Accounting department not willing to change with the times of the 21st century. Not enough holidays compared to larger companies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible, disorganized, uncreative, uninspiring and no team work!!

Producer (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Hawthorne Direct as a contractor for less than a year

ProsHave been in business for many years.

ConsThe owner & management do not understand what it takes to run a business in Los Angeles. They do not have any interest in doing quality work. They are only concerned about the bottom line dollar amount. How much profit they can make.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your experts in each department, stop focusing on making money and start to think of the image of the company. Look beyond Iowa.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent career start, but not a long-term growth career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hawthorne Direct

ProsHawthorne Direct conducts direct response advertising business fairly and ethically. For young college grads, it's and excellent place to start a career in advertising/marketing. It offers a fantastic intern rotation program between the media, marketing, and creative departments. It's location in a small Iowa town offers a great place to raise a family and get involved in the community. Employees are overall friendly and genuine.

ConsThere are limited career advancement opportunities, especially for college grads seeking to launch their career quickly. Job training is minimal and much is learned on your own or through trial and error. Some may not enjoy the location in a small Iowa town, with limited opportunities for entertainment. Pay is low due low cost-of-living in the area. Performance feedback is also minimal and often procrastinated.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more performance feedback and seek ideas for long-term strategy planning.
Consider further expansion in satellite offices
Encourage an entrepreneurial culture and a support system for new ideas

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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