The Designory

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The Designory Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A unique niche in the auto industry for powerful storytelling opportunities with room for growth and potential.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Director in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its at a good place for growth right now, at this moment. It's solid work that can win a lot of awards, and has secured a place in the design world that not too many agencies can claim. Upper management KNOWS how to treat their employees, whether its weekly socials (gatherings with food and drinks), summer days (free days off), travel perks, proximity to downtown, and good balance of culture (young-to-old, minorities-to-majorities, male-to-female, etc.). For a corporation, its pretty laid-back, easy on the micro-management, autonomous work-flow, and free reign of creative ideas. Anyone can contribute to anything, and there is no pretentious attitude (at least, not obviously). Once you are melded into the environment, it will be easy-going.

    Cons

    It's not a very savvy culture, in relation to other creative agencies. The design work and education is "okay" in certain respects, but there's so much potential with the amount of talent in each team. Some of the jaded, long-term crowd can be complacent and lazy. Also, team-work is awesome, but it can get high-school "clique"-like, shying away from other teams on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less gossip, more empathy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, good experience.

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

    I worked at The Designory full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good starting point for interns or recent grads

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great culture but low pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and culture.

    Cons

    No room for advancement and low salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    An OK company to work for but don't ever expect a raise

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual environment, great break-room, some people that work there are fantsatic. There are some good clients, and as long as you get your work done on time, you are not likely to receive much hassle. It is located in the best part of downtown Long Beach- near Pine by all the restaurants and the Pike. In the breakroom, you have 3 big screen TVs, DirecTV, Playstation, Wii and XBox. However, don't think of playing those things- only the maintenance man doesn't get stink-eye for playing games on company time. There is a nice private patio to relax and have events in. On your birthday, they like to give free movie tickets. Some of the nicest people in the world, especially in HR.

    Cons

    You are not likely to get promoted unless A. You look like a model B. You are friends with upper management C. There is no one else to promote and they can't find anyone from outside D. You are a Yes Man. But the worst part is- you are not likely to get a raise, EVER unless you get promoted (see above). Whatever salary you were hired at will likely be your salary forever. Unless you are buddies with upper management, you are just a number and they will lay you off at the drop of a hat if it saves them a penny- they just don't care about you. On the other hand you will win awards if you kiss a lot of butt- even if you are a total moron. Management is on an upper floor and rarely comes down from on-high to visit the 'little people' (the people who do the actual work at the company) in the giant cube-farm.

    Although it is in a fairly good location of Long Beach, it is still ghetto and scummy. Walking out of the building you are likely to get beset by homeless and low-class citizens asking you for a cigarette or a dollar, every single time. Bums sleep on the benches outside the building and I have seen human feces on the sidewalk and I'm only mentioning a few things- nevermind the rats in the building (hopefully they are all gone now).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't keep good talent if you don't give raises. All you will be left with is the people who aren't ambitious. Giving awards to the maintenance man every year is disheartening to those who actually make millions of dollars for the company- who are usually completely ignored for their contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    If you like cars, this is the place for you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of great work comes out of the building. Mostly print, but we're expanding into digital so there are opportunities.

    Cons

    There is very little turn-around, and you may think that's a good thing, but a lot of people are in the agency for 15-20 years, it starts to hinder creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they're worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    great quality work, but employees not valued

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at The Designory full-time

    Pros

    Every bit of work that comes out of the designory is top notch. They overpromise and then overdeliver. There is a strong work ethic, and a sense of ownership of projects that keeps employees excited about what they're doing. a great group of people and a strong sense of comraderie. A good place to grow your portfolio with quality work.

    Cons

    Negotiate your salary and benefits up front. The company will definitely give you opportunities to grow and take on more responsibilities,. But paying you for them, or giving you the title is another story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is tight fisted, rarely giving raises unless you're walking out the door. Schmoozers and self-promoters tend to win favor with Upper Management, while committed workers are seen as expendable. Too many Directors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to work. Lots of people have been there for 10, 15 or even 20+ years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Casual environment, friendly workforce, flexible managers. The HR and Office Services departments are great. The IT department is also good. The company culture is great.

    Cons

    Terrible air conditioning system. No bonus system. Raises are few and far between. Somewhat bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stay connected with your people. Be flexible. Look for ways to promote from within. Stop relying so heavily on freelance. Bite the bullet and hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overpromise, Underdeliver

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at The Designory

    Pros

    Comfortable workplace environment and great coworkers.
    A good benefits package.
    Fairly competitive salary.
    Challenging work with interesting technologies.
    No real dress code.

    Cons

    No concern about work/life balance.
    The Designory sells the same story to the customers and to the employees, and always overpromises and underdelivers.
    Management pressure rolls down hill until developers and designers are overworked and buried in stress.
    Toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a reality check. Make sure that account managers don't promise more than can be delivered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interactive Project Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Interactive Project Manager in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory

    Pros

    Benefits
    Good, competent people below director level

    Cons

    Short sighted when it comes to type work and accounts they want to take on
    Constantly behind interactive trends and best practices
    Lack of interest from director level and above in ensuring the success of accounts
    No Work/Life balance unless you demand it
    No career path or growth opportunities. Senior staff is always hired from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to stop thinking of people as replaceable parts and focus on developing employees and look to promote from within. The company needs to find its identity and not chase after work simply because it has a dollar amount associated with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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