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Factory Design Labs Reviews

Updated January 11, 2017
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  1. "Great Team - Horrible Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic group of people, could not ask for a better team.

    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership on all levels.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Completely incompetent!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They like to party and waste time and money.

    Cons

    The staff is completely incompetent. We're talking intern level skills. The executive management is absolutely unequipped to handle even remedial direction of the organization. Internal conflicts arise from lack of leadership, lack of experience and lack of vision. Basic projects consume an entire client budget in creative and accounts without any production participation. Every project I was involved with went over budget and over schedule from lack of documentation, planning and inexperience on the part of the account and creative team. From HR to the CEO this organization is incompetent and to be avoided at all costs. Both as a client, and as an employee. Never in my 20+ years in this industry have I seen an organization that took 6 months to redesign a simplistic website. The basic concepts of modern advertising and interactive projects completely elude the imaginations of this organizations entire team from management to production staff. Stay away!

    Advice to Management

    Close your doors and go sip Mai Thai's on the beach if you don't care to take the advice of the experienced consultants you employ. But start by hiring experienced staff that can consult. Also learn what modern advertising is and Is not. Maybe learn what you sell before trying to sell it. And maybe cut down on the pot smoking til you can get a project out the door.


  3. "Smart People In Transition Time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Brilliant People
    -Amazing Office
    -Cool Brands
    -Coworkers are down to earth people
    -Small shop/large brands

    Cons

    -unstable leadership (at the time)
    -lack of job security


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Upper Management Needed to Change"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Had a great client roster to help you jump start a career in advertising.
    - Worked with some of the most talented designers and developers

    Cons

    - Long hours and not much appreciation for the hard work you put in
    - Management team for Account Services wasn't very knowledgable and was not able to provide very good training, outside of process oriented skills
    - All big name clients left after initial contracts were up, as they realized the design, albeit great, did not include strategic thinking from a business perspective

    Advice to Management

    Need to start taking the blame for failures and not take it out on lower level employees, whom have little say in most matters.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "RUN!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This place is fine if you're just starting out but think twice before you join this place.

    Cons

    The positive reviews on glassdoor are written by HR. It's hellish hours for average work and the egos at the top strangle any chance at creativity.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place I've ever worked!"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice lower level talent.

    Cons

    Worst, fear driven environment I've ever experienced. Design driven, not idea driven. Total lack of leadership. No advertising experience. From the CEO to account to creative. The blind leading the blind. The clueless chairman and board is so snowed and intimidated by the CEO, they let him run that company into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Get a real CEO that wants to work and make a great company out of what is now a sinking ship.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding culture and overall a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. Fun and entertaining. I didn't appreciate that at the time but the company really handled the lost of clients in a great manner. They tried to take care of employees that had lost their jobs and overall were pretty well run. Great at change management. Cutting edge technology at every level. Great learning opportunities. You get to be involved in many aspects of the company and wear multiple hats. Management listens to your ideas.

    Cons

    Some people took themselves too seriously. Some desk squatters that sit at their desk all night just cause they think it makes them look good. Quite a bit of favoritism. Better employees have been constantly passed on or even fired for less capable employees. Lost some really really good people because of political reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great culture. Thanks for the great experience.


  9. "It started with a lie"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location and paid parking. Workspace is modern and affable. Excellent music. Account management is strong for a digital ad agency.

    Cons

    - Took the position because I was told a major client was signed - this was not true
    - Losing this client resulted in major layoffs, but the details we poorly handled
    - This pattern of client loss has persisted since
    - Communication from Sr Management is untrustworthy
    - Lost a lot of solid technical talent
    - At this time the agency appears rudderless, not learning from the past

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the new world.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Quality Establishment"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Art Director in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing talent, global clients, freedom of expression, culture of creativity...

    Cons

    Risky business. They hire on large amounts of accounts and creatives with intentions of holding on to and/or expanding their client roster, but if one leaves (like one did while I was employed), you're gone. They love the layoffs, so be prepared.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the talent you have under the roof and don't loose them to a bad business model.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "No staff loyalty, unstable company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sports brands to work on, fun atmosphere, fast moving environment, young agency with a lot of energy and passion.

    Cons

    Although successful in the past, this is now a very unstable agency - staff hired and disappear within months. Staff putting in extremely long hours and promised things that don't end up happening. CEO is out for himself. Staff are fearful for their jobs. Old style advertising model.

    Advice to Management

    HR should stop posting fake positive reviews on Glassdoor (scroll down to consecutive, excessively positive reviews Dec 2012). Instead of saying you are a great agency and have a great culture - try to BE one. Stop lying. Reward those who deserve rewarding.

    Management tends to be out cycling, skiing, drinking and flying internationally, when the problems happen and its the lower level staff who are putting in the hours that get blamed when the agency starts to drown. They tend to fire the wrong people and not identify where the real problems are coming from. CEO should stop wasting money and spend it where it actually benefits the agency.


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