Donlen - This is an organization run as a cult of personality, managed through fear, and rampant with destructive power politics. | Glassdoor
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"This is an organization run as a cult of personality, managed through fear, and rampant with destructive power politics."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Opportunities for young/inexperienced employees to get significant exposure to senior level business people and perform jobs that are usually reserved for much more senior positions.

Highly motivated people have an opportunity to define the scope of their own roles.

Cons

Workplace highly charged with destructive politics.
Universal lack of good communication within the organization.
Unpredictable environment, and poisonous culture.
Lack of respect for professional employees.
Culture reinforces mediocracy as productive employees are overwhelmed with responsibilities without recognition, promotions are dispensed through favoritism, and assertive leaders are punished or dismissed if they challenge the prevailing notions of leadership.

Advice to Management

The organization needs to mature and leadership should allow their managers to manage instead of undercutting their credibility and authority at every turn.

Other Employee Reviews for Donlen

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Okay place to work"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For a person starting out their career, there are a few choice positions where one can grow quickly, to a point, but there are very few positions of this sort.

    For established management level people, who want a relatively easy job (at least when I was there), and who are fine making between 80,000 to 120,000. Donlen can be a dream job. Yes it can get hectic at times, but it is generally smooth sailing except for the occasional emergency. While there, I always noticed that this is a location for people go out to pasture. Essentially, a great place if your not worried about advancement, and are fine waiting for retirement.

    Cons

    No bonus potential unless you are management.
    They will give you the minimum compensation possible for your role.
    There is a LOT of office politics.

    For the younger worker (assuming your coming out of college), opportunities at Donlen are really a crapshoot. My basic analysis is that because Donlen is a small company, this limits available positions. Add the fact that there is hardly any turnover in management, and the result is that your career here will quickly plateau. Then there is the problem of office politics. A lot of managers don't have real oversite, and if you get stuck with a crummy manager, your career opportunities will actually regress. I've seen it happen, no joke. I was lucky enough to be in a more fairly run deparment, and it was that luck that gave me opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap. Increase your compensation level. With that you could attract way better talent and lower your turnover. Trust me on this.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly and Professional, Boring though...."

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

    Pros

    Great company culture and the coworkers are very accepting

    Cons

    Cant think of any real Cons, working in Northbrook could be considered one.


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