The Designory Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great People to Work With

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

    I have been working at The Designory

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Like the many have said, the people. I'm fortunate enough to work with a great team that is collaborative. If you're interested in moving disciplines they do take it in to consideration.

    Cons

    Promotions and across team communications. Review process is kind of insane and not really beneficial. My boss had to ask my coworkers as they did not know my day to day tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people working here.


  2. Great place to start your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great platform for the start of anyone's career, but I don't recommend staying here longer than 2-3 years due to the long-term vision of the company. You'll feel like you've hit a ceiling due to the responsibilities given to you. Take what you learned and move on to bigger and better opportunities. Overall there are some great people to work with depending on the team you're assigned to. Not necessarily a 9-5. People come in late and leave early all the time you wonder how work gets done.

    Cons

    Upper management -Constantly out of the office making it difficult to meet project deadlines since everything requires their approval before moving forward. -A 3-headed dragon with conflicting short-and-long term vision for business objectives. Other thoughts: -no bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Please show up to meetings and trust your teams in the work they do. If you can't be there to manage a project from beginning to end, do not try to step in and make changes with limited knowledge. Don't always try to sell projects to the client just to gain budget. Think forward and take risks.


  3. Production

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, cooperative teams. Weekly Social get togethers. Opportunities to change positions.

    Cons

    Lower pay rates. Longer hours due to global

    Advice to Management

    Have staff review management.


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  5. Account service

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

    I worked at The Designory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people; ability to work from home when necessary.

    Cons

    No raises, no promotions, no communication.

    Advice to Management

    If you're not going to give raises, at least acknowledge that fact.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work but don't expect to advance much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Laid back environment, easy going staff, friendly people, generous time off

    Cons

    really bad with internal communication at times, compensation does not keep up with cost of living, no room for advancement


  7. Helpful (1)

    Don't work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Can not think of any

    Cons

    Passive aggressive management style and they are losing business left and right. Just about every client cut their budgets this year. They are a print shop desperately pretending they know "digital"

    Advice to Management

    Get a net and catch a clue


  8. Worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Creative Position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Good employees, not so good employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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