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  1. "The Power of Orange Rules!!!"

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    Current Employee - Executive in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Factory is a really big family. The teams work together on behalf of our clients and everyone helps each other. People work extremely hard here as they always want to deliver for Factory and the clients. It's a work hard, play hard culture. People either thrive in the organization or quickly Get ejected. There is no room for creative egos or people who don't get their hands dirty. Everyone here is in it to win.

    Cons

    A service business is always hard no matter where you work. The hours and client demands can be too overwhelming for some. Factory is quick to promote you if you are really good and quick to exit you are not.. It's that simple. You have to be awesome to make it at Factory.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Your past growth and successes speak for themselves. Factory is a really cool place, like no other agency out there. Thank you for the opportunity to work here.

    Factory Design Labs2013-01-03
  2. "Great Perks, Poor Mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs

    Pros

    Great Perks - loved all the discounts, swag, free phones and bonuses

    Cons

    Poor Management, Time Sheet Police - did not morally align with how they ran the business - charged clients off estimate vs actuals, gave employees incentives to come in under budget - just grossness

    Factory Design Labs2017-01-12
  3. "Ups and Downs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great office, fun people, good benefits and for the most part management was receptive to new ideas.

    Cons

    Mistakes made in the past seemed to cause a big financial and cultural burden on the company. Difficult to stay positive as staff was reduced.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the business development unit and quit spending so much time and energy on projects with lousy clients who don't pay.

    Factory Design Labs2016-08-24
  4. "Great Team - Horrible Leadership"

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

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of leadership on all levels.

    Factory Design Labs2016-08-16
  5. "Wants to be a small design shop, but presents itself as a full service agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time

    Pros

    Fun, well known clients. Was able to create premium work.

    Cons

    Not a great new business strategy, and with no real strategy intellect the fun and well known clients have since left. Likes to make pretty pictures - but does not create a campaign or brand strategy to bring the client to the next level.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate

    Factory Design Labs2016-05-03
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Completely incompetent!"

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

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time for more 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...

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    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.

    Factory Design Labs2016-05-19
  7. "Smart People In Transition Time"

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

    I worked at Factory Design Labs

    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

    Factory Design Labs2015-11-16
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Reset"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time

    Pros

    I have been at FDL for a while now and can say that the new leadership that has been brought into the company has a fresh perspective and approach we have not had in the past. It feels like there are exciting things happening and exponential growth is in the near future. There is also a cultural shift which is exciting.

    Cons

    At times it feels like the junior staff still doesn't know what's going on with all of the recent changes internally.

    Advice to Management

    There are people here that can add value to the culture of the company but just need to be empowered. In the past this was never an option but now it seems like there is hope, you just need to give them the chance. Also, please communicate with the staff and have informative meetings about the direction of the company and things the executive team is working on. Sometimes we still feel in the dark.

    Factory Design Labs2015-09-24
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Upper Management Needed to Change"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Factory Design Labs full-time for more than 4 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.

    Factory Design Labs2015-09-21
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Factory Design Labs full-time

    Pros

    They work on cool clients.

    Cons

    The way they do business is horrible. They treat their employees like crap, the management team does to communicate, and their CEO is clueless to what is going on. They do multiple layoffs a year, so look out for your job security.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate

    Factory Design Labs2015-08-06
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