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  1. "Change-Up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  2. "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome place to work tons of creative people

    Cons

    Not a lot of training

    Advice to Management

    Develop a training program

  3. "VP Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Interbrand Design Forum (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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, terrible company"

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

    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.


  5. "Project Architect / Entitlements"

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

    I worked at Interbrand Design Forum full-time (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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Knee-jerk Layoffs"

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

    I worked at Interbrand Design Forum full-time (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 times than not, without forethought as to
    how to carry on without said employees contributions.

    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 should take their time in guiding the future of the
    company.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Don't Drink the Culture Kool-Aid"

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

    I worked at Interbrand Design Forum full-time (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.

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    "A sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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 a shadow of it's former self.

    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".


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Leadership sinking the ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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!


  10. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Bunch of truly talented people stuck together by horrible economic conditions. You can learn and grow a ton assuming you survive the quarterly layoff fever long enough to do so.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers marching to the drum of bungling corporate masters hundreds of miles away. Every project becomes "do or die" because every client ends up hating how much money we waste over thinking the dumbest detail. Is there a word that's the opposite of leadership that's not follower? Because they're not leaders by any stretch and don't follow any other smart industry leaders that I can figure out. Unless there's a new school of thought that says "flush your talent down the toilet and chase clients with over priced mediocrity - pat self on back and submit expense report - rinse and repeat"

    Advice to Management

    Burning so much only to be left the king of the ashes wasn't supposed to be management advice. It's a dumb line from a tv show.


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