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Updated March 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, when you actually have the time to talk to them (in 11 reviews)

  • Fun work environment for employees (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • You are expected to work long hours (in 19 reviews)

  • Low pay with heavy workload and lots of overtime (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Old traditional agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director
    Former Employee - Creative Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Doner (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun culture. Some good people. Nice offices. Used to be very successful privately-owned agency.

    Cons

    Old ad age thinking. Not as current as could be. Leadership could plan time better rather than pulling long hours right before presentations. Should still spend time and effort going above and beyond for large clients rather than taking them for granted.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate and reward the fresh talent that has come in the door. Too many really great people that could have transformed the agency left due to poor compensation and/or dated thinking where their talents and knowledge of cutting edge advertising/marketing were stifled.


  2. "Good Luck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Doner full-time

    Pros

    Free Food
    Fun Coworkers
    Some Cool Projects

    Cons

    You can kiss your family, friends, physical and mental health goodbye - you won't be seeing them again. Prepare for a toxic environment, long hours, lies, and looking out for yourself, because no one else is. But... "that's just advertising."

    Advice to Management

    Take advice.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Most Opportunity. No balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ACD in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - ACD in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Doner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of accounts to work on and opportunity to build your book if you work the system right.

    Cons

    No work life balance. It's a glorified sweat shop for creative.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "DonerLA Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people. If you're not working with management, the people are pretty nice.
    - Snacks. Although they make you work weekends and stay super late on weekdays so it's more to their benefit and not the employees.
    - Location. You're close to other agencies.

    Cons

    I had read the reviews thinking it wasn't too bad, but you have to read reviews for the location you're applying to. DonerLA has the worst turnover I've ever experienced. It's very apparent people are unhappy and the work culture is terrible.

    They lure people in with fancy titles, but as soon as they start working reality sets in. No support from upper management, projects are not scoped correctly so they're understaffed, no process of any kind. Expect to get thrown under the bus at all times. Poor communication all around.

    Management loves to belittle its employees in front of everyone. There is no HR in the office so they can do what they want. They spend money trying to look like a cool agency instead of hiring staff.

    Listen, no agency is perfect. Long hours and egos exist, but a hostile and unpredictable work environment is unacceptable. The 3 stars is deceiving bc it's reviews for all 3 office locations. Ask around and skim through reviews for real information.

    Advice to Management

    Take anger and management courses. Quit spending money on decorations and hiring more staff. Acknowledge that people are leaving because of you and actually try to make it an agency people can be proud to work for instead of running from.


  6. "Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Doner full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, when you actually have the time to talk to them.

    Cons

    I had zero training or onboarding when I arrived. No one has any time for training or making anyone feel welcome.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, Unorganized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Designer in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people! Made great connections and genuinely has fun at work.

    Cons

    Unorganized, last minute, last hours, unstaffed.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Creative Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good creative...Cool, Smart People

    Cons

    Very long hours...can be disorganized at times...very compressed deadlines


  9. Helpful (2)

    "From here, you can go anywhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll learn more here than anywhere -- how to do a pitch, reroute a brand, overachieve.
    Lots of clients and assignments -- there's no shortage of work.
    Great producers and the best business affairs department around.
    Smart CFO that is actually accessible.
    Business savvy and color-cordinated CEO.
    Nobody knows how to do a new business pitch like Doner.
    Covered parking. (It's in Michigan, think about it.)
    Great group of younger people -- and always a lot of hotties.

    Cons

    The office is gray, gray and gray. With no windows. It's depressing.
    The cafeteria is called Fresh Choices. It's neither.

    Advice to Management

    Redecorate. Or move to a more inspiring location.
    Let more younger people take the wheel. Clients may want to see someone in their 20's or 30's.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of experience in a short amount of time. There are a lot of good creatives housed here. Business Affairs team is best in the business.

    Cons

    Long hours. Some creatives impossible to satisfy forcing budgets to go over. A lot of people fail up. They do not promote from within. Leave and come back and you will double your salary. They do not compensate you at all for your work ethic/load. Heatlh benefits are a joke. Gone downhill drastically.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they're worth. The culture is finally getting updated but it's not worth the price of the hours put in.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great agency got small"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends

    I worked at Doner (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Doner was a terrific environment for people who know what they're doing. Was given all the support I needed and management stayed out of the way and let me do my job.

    Cons

    Management got weird in the Cleveland office.



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