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Interbrand Design Forum Reviews

Updated Oct 13, 2017

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  1. "Senior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Interbrand Design Forum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits surrounded by creative and smart people.

    Cons

    Work extended hours sometimes, but worthy.

    Advice to Management

    Watch for not overworking your staff.

    Interbrand Design Forum2017-10-13
  2. "Change-Up"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Interbrand Design Forum

      Pros

      Moving to a new office that will be more modern. Trying to bring the two Ohio offices together into one will be great in due time.

      Cons

      Move has made more people leave the company, a lot of vacant positions that aren't being filled. A lot is still up in the air at this point.

      Advice to Management

      Genuinely listen to your employees concerns about the changes, the CEO appears to not care about anyone else's opinions on a lot of topics, more than just the move.

      Interbrand Design Forum2016-02-13
    • "Great People"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Interbrand Design Forum

      Pros

      Awesome place to work tons of creative people

      Cons

      Not a lot of training

      Advice to Management

      Develop a training program

      Interbrand Design Forum2015-12-03
    • "VP Strategy"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Interbrand Design Forum for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Great combination of Art and Science Always pushing, driving new thinking. Really smart people that actually care Amazing culture in a wonderful place to live (SW Ohio) Top shelf clients, chance to work on big problems

      Cons

      Not a place for people that watch the clock It's hard work - don't kid yourself

      Advice to Management

      Keep going. The changes your are driving are right. Just don't stop

      Interbrand Design Forum2015-09-24
    • Helpful (3)

      "Great People, terrible company"

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      Current Employee - Senior Environmental Designer in Dayton, OH
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Interbrand Design Forum

      Pros

      The people are great! The creativity is second to none. Great creative leadership and young designers are given a lot of responsibility (in a good way).

      Cons

      Love the day-to-day but there is NO investment by the company in the individual. Very corporate. Not willing to spend money where it is necessary in order to keep up with the industry.

      Advice to Management

      Loosen the purse strings and invest in your people. The company is oozing with talent and it goes largely unnoticed by the executives.

      Interbrand Design Forum2015-09-17
    • "Project Architect / Entitlements"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Interbrand Design Forum full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      An amazing company with many of the most amazing, intelligent, brightest people I have ever had the pleasure of working for and with!

      Cons

      My ONLY regret is that I did not retire form this company after twenty years or more of my own dedicated service. It is so true that you "never work a day in your life" when you enjoy what you do. enjoy the folks with whom you have the opportunity to work, etc.

      Interbrand Design Forum2015-07-04
    • Helpful (5)

      "Knee-jerk Layoffs"

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      Former Employee - Former Creative Employee in Dayton, OH
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Interbrand Design Forum full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Breakfast provided everyday, pockets of helpful employees, uncommonly liberal amount of days off and vacation, endless supply of coffee

      Cons

      Disappointing lack of direction, no raises or even cost of living increases. Contrary to the "Creative Director" reviewer below, i.e.,manager, employees can and do keep up with the fast paced / demanding clients and are dedicated and mature. Unfortunately, each employee is seen as a number or salary. When the going gets tough, there is a knee-jerk reaction and "dedicated" employees are discarded, oftentimes, more...

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      Advice to Management

      IBDF has become unduly top-heavy and would benefit from keeping the worker bees that they discard. Shave off some of the overstuffed VP salaries that would actually make a dent and a difference. Plan better for each quarterly catastrophe and ditch the shortsighted and overly reactive attitude. Renounce looking for solutions that are quick and fast - losing quality results in the process. Good change takes time...IBDF...

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      Interbrand Design Forum2014-10-16
    • Helpful (6)

      "Don't Drink the Culture Kool-Aid"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Interbrand Design Forum full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      On the surface, the culture is great...Friday happy hours, breakfast every day, "work hard, play hard" environment, very generous holiday schedule, unlike any place I've ever worked, or even heard of.

      Cons

      The culture only takes you so far, as your employment status is constantly in jeopardy. The local office is managed from New York and the resource (manpower) management is extremely reactionary. The minute profits fall below projections, staff is reduced and heads roll....regardless of position, your actual workload/profitability, salary, years of service, etc. Nobody is safe.

      Advice to Management

      One of a company's most valuable assets are its employees...with real lives, families, mortgages, etc. They are not just numbers in a game that you are playing. Your company has the nickname "Resign Forum" for a reason.

      Interbrand Design Forum2014-08-25
    • Helpful (4)

      "A sinking ship"

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

      I have been working at Interbrand Design Forum full-time

      Pros

      Great, dedicated and talented people to work with. Unfortunately management has beat everyone with a stick so much that no one is as committed as they once were.

      Cons

      Management REFUSES to hire based on need but rather based on perceived profitability shown on paper. Bringing in a lot of work but not bolstering the people doing the work with extra help will only lead to losing ANOTHER client(s). Benefits have slowly decreased over the years, less pay, expected to work more hours without any pay or incentive. They preach all day about having a great culture but this company is only...

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      Advice to Management

      If you're goal is to run a business into the ground, you're doing a wonderful job. You need to look at the office structure. You lay-off the people that make the company money and keep the people that do nothing but drain money from the company without any real value. You need more "indians" and less "chiefs".

      Interbrand Design Forum2014-07-17
    • Helpful (4)

      "Leadership sinking the ship"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Interbrand Design Forum full-time

      Pros

      Great client roster, amazing team members, talent thrives in the office

      Cons

      Incredibly top heavy, eliminating the people doing the bulk of the work, while keeping senior leadership with high salaries and little real contribution. Terrible morale, staff stretched incredibly thin, and highly dissatisfied employees.

      Advice to Management

      Wake up!

      Interbrand Design Forum2014-07-15
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