Maddock Douglas Reviews

Updated March 10, 2014
Updated March 10, 2014
7 Reviews

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Maddock Douglas CEO and Founding Partner G. Michael Maddock
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  1.  

    A launch pad for your career!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maddock Douglas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Maddock Douglas is a close knit family atmosphere where you have the ability to learn a ton about research, consumer insights, ideation, marketing, design and change management. If you are a self starter, insanely curious, and want to work hard solving complex business and design problems this is the place for you. This company truly believes in their core values and truly practices running there business in a conscious way.

    Cons

    The pros definitely outweigh the cons at MD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to be nimble & quick.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership and communication

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at Maddock Douglas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Small company with some talented people and casual environment. The company has good benefits and some fun functions.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks focus. The culture appears to be cool but when you pull back the curtain it has a few senior leaders that are bullies with narcissistic behaviors and it's accepted. The business is based on a flexible staffing model so positions tend to be temporary because client lifecycles are short, therefore don't count on staying long. There is little if any accountability for account managers or sales in regards to revenue and company losses affect middle management and the doers which results in high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the dysfunction of the organization, improve communication and make leadership accountable.

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

    High highs and low lows

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    Former Employee - Innovation Associate  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Innovation Associate in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at Maddock Douglas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Extremely casual attire and office. Even shorts and sandals are acceptable in the summer.
    - Flexible working hours. They don't care when you work, so long as you get the job done and done well.
    - Close to Elmhurst Metra station and many restaurants and grocery stores. Parking on-site.
    - A lot of what the company is trying to do has yet to be properly defined. This is also a con, but within it are opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the company's future.
    - One year with the company was really good, and two of them were pretty bad. The company was very generous with parties and end of year bonus after the good year, but repeated some previous mistakes for the following year and things went downhill again.

    Cons

    - Poor location for city dwellers will make it more difficult to attract and keep young talent
    - Compensation for many positions is not commensurate with regional averages, especially given the proximity to Chicago.
    - Extremely top-heavy employee hierarchy. There are many employees at the VP/senior management level and above, but comparatively few associates. The company continues to invest at the top.
    - Many layoffs over the past ~1.5 years have been generally bad for morale.
    - The company mainly works with clients within one vertical (insurance). Not a con to everybody, but if you're looking for a wide variety of clients this might not be the place.
    - MD helps clients change their internal culture to accept innovation but can't apply the same principles to their own culture.
    - Learn from your mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get your house in order and make sure to follow the same guidelines that you preach to your clients.
    - Leadership does not present a unified front. The vision for the future of the company is different depending on who you hear it from and what day of the week it is.
    - Perform a salary audit for all positions, especially those involving technical skill that is difficult to acquire.
    - Figure out what exactly it is you want to be. Just saying you're something doesn't turn you into that thing. You have to do it and do it successfully over an extended period of time.
    - Consider moving downtown.
    - Try to eliminate gatekeeping. The company can be "siloed" and non-collaborative.
    - Invest at the bottom of the ladder too. It's disheartening to see your friends get laid off while more and more VPs and salespeople are getting hired. Big fish aren't the only people who can bring the big ideas. There are too many cooks in the kitchen.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Outstanding values and a family-oriented culture ensure employee comfort

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at Maddock Douglas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Was able to effectively bring ideas to senior management that ended up going to clients and being implemented. Always took the mantra of "ideas come from anywhere" seriously.

    Cons

    A suburban campus is isolated from the vibrance and networking opportunities of downtown Chicago. With so much innovative growth happening in the city it is surprising that the office was so far away and that we were not actively rewarded for spending time in the thick of things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a move downtown.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Some of the most competent people in the creative business coupled with some bad business infrastructure and management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Maddock Douglas full-time

    Pros

    A lot of good energy in this small boutique firm. You're happy to go to work every day because the people are genuinely good at what they do and also happen to be awesome human beings.

    Cons

    They are working to improve their internal processes, but a lot still seems to slip through the cracks. Also disappointing is that management doesn't have any coaching plans or accountability to actually manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone has good creative or technical skills doesn't mean they'll be a good manager. Also, processes are supposed to make getting work done easier, but if they're rendered moot if they aren't required across the board.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disfunctional Family

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    Former Employee - Art Director  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at Maddock Douglas

    Pros

    It used to be a fun place with a family type atmosphere
    Good Location, right off the train line

    Cons

    Very Low compenstaion
    No work-life balance
    Horrible Leadership, very little focus, guidance or business acumen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your design-shop roots or figure out what you want to be when you grow up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Best. Job. Ever.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Maddock Douglas

    Pros

    Flex time, HSA and 401k matching contributions, awesome working environment, and probably best of all - everyone helps and no one acts like dead weight.

    Cons

    The only thing that could even be a potential downside to working at Maddock Douglas is the corporate headquarters in Elmhurst. It's an easy commute from the heart of Chicago so it's really a minor negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There isn't a whole lot of advice to give the leadership that hasn't already been said. That's the beauty of a transparent open door organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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