D Magazine Partners Reviews | Glassdoor

D Magazine Partners Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
27 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

3.6
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Wick Allison
16 Ratings

27 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

  1. "Editorial Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D Magazine Partners (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the opportunity to learn under some of the sharpest creative minds in the area. When working at D, interns are encouraged to contribute to every aspect of the magazine and take advantage of everything possible. The problem is set up well, and I would encourage it to anyone wanting to learn more about the magazine industry.

    Cons

    It can be a little intimidating walking into their open space, but bond with the other interns and get to know your intern manager, and you will never want to leave.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sweat Shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at D Magazine Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small office in the heart of downtown Dallas, in walking distance from nearby restaurants for lunch. Pretty cool people, especially in the studio.

    Cons

    Management treats the studio like a sweat shop. Creative direction is either rigid or sketchy and vague. But expectations are extremely high considering the lack of real leadership. There is a sense of entitlement from management since they own the magazine. There's no getting around it. High stress, poor people skills, lack of (genuine) appreciation. If you're a worker bee, you'll do fine there. If you're an "out of the box" thinker, or have an ounce of creativity other than designing templates for a magazine, you'd do better in a creative environment. This isn't it.

    Advice to Management

    Talk with your employees. Ask them why they think or do what they do, rather than make assumptions or always assuming the worst in people. Making money and meeting deadlines is important, but you wouldn't be where you are without your people.


  3. "Energetic and Involved Culture. HIGHLY Recommend!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Advertising Intern in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - High energy work culture
    - Everyone really works together for end results
    - High transparency from management
    - Approachable CEO. Wick schedules meetings/ info sessions with the interns on a variety of topics.
    - Fun events within the Dallas-area hosted by D
    - Great networking base.
    - Interns are taken seriously and treated with respect.
    - Great potential for full-time hire post internship.

    Cons

    - I don't think it is a con but it is expected to work some night-time events. If anything, they are entertaining and good networking opportunities.
    - Unpaid internship.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the walls down and doors open. Doing a great job keeping employees motivated and working hard.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Leadership!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D Magazine Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company is constantly doing everything possible to insure the success of its employees! The atmosphere here is so fun! Everyone is my group helps each other and is genuinely excited to see everyone succeed. If you work hard and always do the right thing, management rewards you with accounts and opportunities for growth. As a relatively new rep, I was nervous coming in because of some posts about lack of accounts and integrity but things have changed here and I couldn't be happier with the leaders of our company, my compensation and opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Some reps will take advantage of you as a new employee. It is important to stand your ground and voice concerns you have if you see reps doing shady things. Our leaders are very good about keeping the integrity of our publication through honest, dedicated and knowledgeable reps. If you are a dishonest person you will be caught and you will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the new structure! I truly believe this is the greatest company to work for, your employees appreciate everything you do!


  6. "Best agency to work for D magazine!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D Magazine Partners (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Special project opportunities, meeting top executives

    Cons

    Limited growth because people keep their current jobs


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Advertising Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at D Magazine Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Product and Location, free food

    Cons

    The company has re-organized to a silo'ed sales model, with the exception of a couple of ae's that have all the accounts hoarded and allowed to sell the old way. One of the business divisions has a new publisher who has convinced management that this is good way to do business. This new "culture" that has been brought in is dishonest and is manipulatiing. A team environment is not possible in this current situation.There is a cloud of negativity parked over us and I encourage the partners to look beyond the smoke and mirrors. Things are not as they seem and there is an agenda in motion. Good, producing, honest, top talent will not stay under this regime, too much deceit.

    Advice to Management

    Stop drinking the kool-aid and run the business. Value your sales reps by fostering and encouraging a team effort rather than the division and toxic environment that we currently have. Good reps will continue to leave, you have already lost top talent


  8. Helpful (2)

    "No respect for Ad sales people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at D Magazine Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible daily work schedule and vacation time off, high profile/prestigious position in Dallas media market

    Cons

    Clique-ish, only a handful of ad reps make any money--$100K to $400K+ because virtually all of the viable accounts are already distributed to those tenured reps, who handle a ridiculous amount of accounts, while the other reps, who rarely stay long, get the crumbs. The owners seem to tolerate ad sales as a necessary evil, and make it apparent they value the editorial team over ad sales, vs. respecting each component equally.

    Advice to Management

    Allowing one person to handle the volume of business the top reps handle isn't good for the company: when that person leaves, you stand to have a ton of business walk out the door as well. Of course spreading high performing ad categories over more reps means more feet on the street, which would inevitably mean more sales than having one person handle a ridiculous amount of business.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "D"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at D Magazine Partners (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good for your resume. Good for networking.

    Cons

    No feedback given. Ill-defined job roles. Culture promotes internal insecurity. No true collaboration. Management motivates by creating fear in the employees. Which is unfortunate, because the employees really are quite amazing, talented people and deserve much more.

    Advice to Management

    The most successful companies do 3 things:

    1) Hire people smarter than you
    2) Give them something to believe in
    3) Get out of their way

     D does 2 of them...


  10. "A mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D Magazine Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally speaking, there is a positive atmosphere and the ability to establish yourself if you work hard enough or can be assertive. Most everybody is more or less on equal footing in terms the level of involvement and impact you wish to have. I have high hopes for some recent additions as far as the impact they can have if allowed to. The office is open and nice. The schedule is flexible and family-friendly. Historically the work has been fantastic, and you could do a lot worse than to have D Magazine on your resume. There are quite a few talented employees, and you can really learn a lot from the people who have been there for awhile.

    Cons

    You can really learn a lot from the people who have been there for awhile. Things you probably wished you hadn't. Some departments can be very cliquey and not welcoming. Too many factions not pulling in the same direction, and lack of communication/consistency from management (who often seem to not be on the same page themselves) can create a frustrating and non-productive atmosphere where ultimately you are held responsible. Pay is ok if you are more senior, but otherwise low and can find more elsewhere. They tend to stretch favored employees too thin and put them in situations they are not equipped for. Management often looks for you to contribute in far too many areas, leading to issues between employees due to ill-defined job boundaries.

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan and communicate it. Talk openly to employees on an individual level. Be a safe place for information. Understand, if you've hired well, that the quality of the employee is at such a level that their opinions should be respected. Get back to basics.


  11. "I absolutely loved working with the D Magazine Team! Young, motivated, and fun people to work with."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Brand Intern in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exceptional magazines- highly ranked and well-recognized in Dallas especially.
    Working here will open doors for you!
    Staff is great- so willing to help and push you towards career goals.

    Cons

    Parking can be tricky.
    Not much of a turnover rate- most employees work there for at least 5 years, so open positions are scarce.

    Advice to Management

    ----------------


Showing 27 of 43 reviews
Reset Filters