The Designory Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Creative Position

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    Former Employee - Creative Position in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Position in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at The Designory (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good if you're just starting your professional career or looking for a place to retire, not much to offer in between however.

    Cons

    Many of management have all been at Designory most or all of their professional lives. There are plenty of 15 year+ employees that can hold back progress as to not rock the boat. If something has never been done there, don't expect anyone to jump at the chance to try something new. If you're young, you'll have to be a rockstar to get noticed at all but don't expect salary bumps at any skill level. Upper management is far more concerned about the bottom dollar than their employees' well being or financial stability.

    Advice to Management

    Walk around the office more, actually have conversations with the people producing your product. Break your reputation of "You don't work at Designory for the money." Take a look outside of your walls to get some perspective on the industry's pay grades as a whole.

  2. Worker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Designory full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The client are great.
    Low and mid level employees are great.
    They didn't work you to death.

    Cons

    Executives and Leadership are out of touch.

  3. Good employees, not so good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Designory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many Designory employees are knowledgeable, even talented, when it comes to what they do. However...

    Cons

    the environment they do it in is lacking. Company leadership doesn't have much interest in building employee skills nor do they seem to have much interest in truly adapting their old-school ways of thinking and working.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time working with (not just observing or asking other management about) your people. Understand how they understand what the company does.

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  5. Awesome internship experience. Learned a ton.

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    Former Intern - Advertising Intern in Long Beach, CA
    Former Intern - Advertising Intern in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at The Designory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive work environment. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Lost in the shuffle of a large office.

    Advice to Management

    Give more direction to the interns.

  6. It was ok with Designory for over seven years, until I got fired because of my health issues

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    Former Employee - Engineer, Technology in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer, Technology in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at The Designory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There was a good sense of camaraderie among employees. There were many team-building events to participate in. The variety of work available to an engineer kept things fresh. I would add culture and values here, but only if you are in perfect health.

    Cons

    I have multiple sclerosis and suffer from depression, but was able to perform my job. I got fired after 7 years, no help or accommodation for my issues was offered. Management felt that it was easier to just get rid of an employee with issues than to try to help the employee overcome those obstacles.

    Advice to Management

    Try to help employees with health problems, instead of firing them. Actually do annual reviews, I think I had 3 reviews in over 7 years there.

  7. Upper managements micromanaging style will hold you back....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Designory full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They offer medical insurance. The environment is relaxed and fun. Hard working people.

    Cons

    Senior management is too busy with internal fighting and politics to offer leadership. Do not take the time to train new employees. Upper management micromanages too much where it is difficult to grow in the position. If you are not in the "in crowd" then consider your job a loss.

    Advice to Management

    Hear all perspectives of employees before making rash decisions. Pay attention to what's really going on in the company.

  8. Great place to freelance

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Long Beach, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a very casual culture to this agency and people do not seem particularly up-tight. Unlike a lot of other agencies, work reviews do not feel like a deeming judgmental process (based on experience with a variety of directors and accounts people) which is sort of special since it builds a non-hierarchical relationship across ranks and specialties.

    Cons

    It's nice to feel like everyone is pitching in together without oppressive political hierarchy but it can be hard to stay inspired without a shining leader to rally behind. From what I've seen, the agency is missing a star director whose passion is contagious and whose ideas inspire the kind of whiz-bang creativity that makes a campaign stand apart. This agency is pleasant to work with and it makes quality advertising but I like to feel like I'm part of a genius moment every once in a while.

    Advice to Management

    If you're excited about the journey, don't be afraid to pilot the ship.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Don't Work Here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Designory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer medical insurance but there is Obama care these days...

    Cons

    air conditioning never works, senior management is too busy with internal fighting and politics to offer leadership or care about keeping clients

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is happening at the company

  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall, good experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at The Designory full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Work hard, play hard. If you take an active role in managing your career, you will do well. Fun environment with a liberal spirit of endeavor.

    Cons

    Disconnected senior management mostly because of a heavy handed holding company. Lack of long term vision for the direction of the company with regard to employees. Heavy levels of work effort required - similar to most ad agencies today.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a vision; treat people like they matter - they will rise to the occasion.

  11. Good starting point for interns or recent grads

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    Former Employee - Software Development in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at The Designory full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is legit and it's a good place to get some experience under your belt.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, raises and promotions based on personal popularity rather than skill. Not a very interesting or diverse portfolio. I wouldn't put in more than a year here.

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