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Hanson Dodge Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2019

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  1. "So close to great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hanson Dodge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazingly talented people who are trying to do great work. Great culture with no drama, politics or egos.

    Cons

    At times can't seem to get out of our own way. This is nit-picky but can take humility too far.

    Advice to Management

    Be brave and continue to push for greatness.

    Hanson Dodge2019-04-09
  2. "Fantastic Company, Culture and Great Group of People!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hanson Dodge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked for less than two years at HDC. On my first day I was greeted with genuine welcoming smiles that never wavered the entire time I was there. The people at HDC are the most sincere, creative, hard working and smartest group of people you'll ever work with. From the CEO down there is total transparency and honesty which immediately disarms you. They have an underdog spirit that compels you to roll up your sleeves...

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    Cons

    Parking in Third Ward gets expensive. There are plenty of good parking garages though, but you may have to put your name on a waiting list.

    Advice to Management

    You have the respect of your peers, so continue to do the great work that you do. Your culture is compelling, vibrant and allows employees to feel apart of the bigger picture, so really, just keep up the great work!

    Hanson Dodge2016-10-18
  3. "Dope. Dope."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hanson Dodge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture is a huge focus and not in some corny, fake way. They truly care about who they are bringing on and how everyone is going to fit together. HDC strives to put people in a position to succeed, which I mean in a variety of ways. Whether it comes to environment (allowing employees to work from a cool cafe complete with two very comfortable couches) or the work being done (giving employees opportunity to flex creative...

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    Cons

    Sometimes the Coffee Bot breaks down, but coffee is for the weak, says I. Also, Third Ward parking is expensive, what's the deal with that?

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on.

    Hanson Dodge2016-08-25
  4. "Trying hard but still small time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hanson Dodge full-time

    Pros

    Some good smart creative people to work with Fun environment for extras such as parties I don't think I've been around a more entertaining group of employees

    Cons

    Senior management seems to be all over the place in terms of strategy and this is reflected in who they go after in terms of clients Revenue of the company is a concern - it is not consistent and the workforce ebbs and flows with changes Always chasing the next best project but rarely lands it Too expensive in terms of cost for the small client and not big enough in terms of skills and labor for big clients Management...

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    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy in terms of being low cost and catering to small clients for a volume business or grow your labor force and go big in terms of clients

    Hanson Dodge2016-05-05
  5. "Great culture, talented people, wonderful place to be!"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Operations, Talent Management in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends

    I worked at Hanson Dodge full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Tech and design-trend savvy co-workers keep you on top of what's hot in a variety of fields. Clients and portfolio are killer and an honor to represent. Creative and intelligent folks all around!

    Cons

    The industry causes ebbs and flows of work, which stresses out the workforce and wears on the culture, but that's just how it is. Managers are are challenged to keep up with the struggles that high peaks and low valleys of this line of work cause.

    Advice to Management

    Great job on keeping a vibrant culture. Keep doing the hard work of maintaining talent pipeline --- keeping it full and the stars & high-potentials engaged & feeling valued. Stay steady at balancing the client - employee - quality - profitabiilty quad-focus that is so challenging to hold. And drive sales of what you do best and where you strategically aim to grow. Full-on courage + intelligence required at all times and...

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    Hanson Dodge2015-10-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Top Agency in the Midwest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hanson Dodge

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere Filled wIth highly talented and creative people Opportunity for advancement if you work hard and show desire Competitive compensation packages Great supporter and encourager of an active lifestyle Strong branding and web/interactive knowledge I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience here worked with highly intelligent individuals and some of the most talented people in the industry. The owners...

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    Cons

    Have to find/pay for own parking, often blocks away Have to ask for raises, they are not automatic based on reviews

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Keep listening to your employees and caring about them as much as the clients you serve.

    Hanson Dodge2014-12-16

    Hanson Dodge Response

    January 7, 2015President

    Thanks for all of the positive feedback about your time at our company. We really appreciate it. In reference to your comment about needing to ask for a salary increase, we do review salaries annually and award increases that are in line with the market and individual contributions. ...

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "The greatest job I've ever had (and likely ever will)."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hanson Dodge full-time

    Pros

    The best part of HDC is all the creative and kind people I work with. From the design dept. to billing, almost everyone is an artist, musician, world-traveler and/or athlete. During my time there, I've been inspired by coworkers to try new things that have since become a part of my identity and improved my life; I've made exciting connections in the city's art/music/social scenes; I've made long-term friendships. Those...

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    Cons

    At times I wish we produced some creative work that I could really write home about. It's all quality work, that is certain, but not often the type you'd see going viral or winning accolades at major international design competitions, for example. I admit I'm not a designer myself, but I can still tell the difference between creative that is brilliant vs. standard fare. Every year or two there is a small round of...

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    Hanson Dodge2014-08-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "A forward-thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hanson Dodge

    Pros

    Having worked at another advertising agency, I can honestly say that working at Hanson Dodge Creative has been nothing but exceptional. I love the transparency of information. As a company, we meet every week to acknowledge what others have done the week prior, what work was just completed, what awards and pieces of business were just won, etc. It's refreshing to have such great communication throughout the company and...

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    Cons

    It would be nice if 401K started earlier after start date.

    Hanson Dodge2014-07-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hanson Dodge Creative is an amazing place to work -- great environment with great people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hanson Dodge full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Exceptionally talented and creative colleagues, a strong focus on work/life balance -- work hard and play hard, a healthy focus on active lifestyle including an on-site gym. A beautiful & well-designed, hip environment in a perfect Third Ward location. Very caring leadership supports a strong commitment to the community through things like AIGA WI and Common Ground. I've often been told by former colleagues who left that...

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    Cons

    It's hard to think of any cons, other than something that may be common to a lot of branding & marketing firms and the design industry as a whole, which is that the workload is not very consistent -- sometimes too quiet, sometimes too busy, rarely just even. The only other thing I can think of is that a few times, new job descriptions have not been well-baked and tightened up enough, which created a risk of misinterpreted...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you've been doing well for over 30 years, stay open and honest and transparent and rewarding of excellent employees with the great environment you've created. Relative to the only cons I could think of above, try to be more clear in job descriptions for some of the more loosely defined roles.

    Hanson Dodge2014-06-11
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hanson Dodge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have been working at Hanson Dodge Creative full time for more than a year and I continue to enjoy coming to work each day. I am constantly being challenged by my job and my colleagues. I genuinely enjoy the work I do each day and am never bored with the vast array of work I do from week- to- week. The work-life balance is a huge bonus on top of working with an extremely intelligent group of people with a wide diversity...

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    Cons

    Like any other workplace, there will be issues to overcome. Our leadership team has done an extraordinary job in listening to any concerns and ensuring that they are heard and managed. This is something that is unique to any other workplace I have been before.

    Hanson Dodge2014-02-22
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