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The Designory Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Definitely some fun projects and great people, which made coming to work something I usually looked forward to (in 7 reviews)

  • Great place for young creatives to start their career (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is far more concerned about the bottom dollar than their employees' well being or financial stability (in 5 reviews)

  • Print shop trying to be a digital shop (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to grow and remain"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Director, Digital Solutions & Technology in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Group Director, Digital Solutions & Technology in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been with the designory for 10 years, which for a digital marketer and technologist, is a very long time!

    There is something very special about this place... very family like but still big Corp (owned by Omnicom)

    Like big Corp, there are issues, but the grass is much greener here than anywhere else... and it is always going to be greener where you water it!

    Cons

    Same cons as with any other Omnicom-owned agency.


  2. "Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fun culture, young employees, very inviting

    Cons

    do not give interns work

    Advice to Management

    stay organized!

  3. "Production Designer. Not bad, a little bored."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Long Beach, CA

    Pros

    At the time, the firm was engaged in designing a number auto industry-specific ads and other pieces. I was a production designer there on a temp basis. The work seemed high end, polished and professional. Not a bad gig to have on a CV.

    Cons

    There overall wasn't enough work for me to do, so there were long stretches when I wasn't doing much there.

    Also, one of the superiors was quite abrasive/rude. There was no need for that.

    Advice to Management

    Train your supervisors to not be abrasive; make sure there is enough work for any temps/freelancers you hire.


  4. "Great Company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Company treats people with respect. Super cool environment and location. I love coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to write about.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Let go of the past and get out of your own way."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people that work here. Many of them are top notch at what they do. Atmosphere is casual, sometimes too casual. Morning snacks are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays (get there early cause they go fast). There has been several updates to the building which look great. The business development team has brought in a lot of new clients which are exciting to work with.

    Cons

    This company has been a print shop for a long time and we are slowly transitioning to a more digital shop. Unfortunately the people making the decisions about the future of the digital program are very old school and stuck in their ways. The development team were mostly flash developers and have never gotten past their old flash development days. Designers are print designers trying to design for digital using the same methodologies.

    Advice to Management

    Look to the leaders (new and old) that understand the digital marketing space and allow them to voice their opinions on how things should be done to grow the company and our teams. Listen to what they have to say, they know what it takes to get it done right. Let go of the old school that have not come around and joined the digital revolution. Print is dead/dying and the only way we'll compete with the big agencies is to adopt digital NOW.


  6. "It's a great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time

    Pros

    - Location, People and Clients:
    The location, people and clients are all highly prized. Anyone getting started in this industry, or seasoned professionals, would enjoy all three benefits of an amazing location in So. Cal, some of the friendliest and helpful co-workers at any agency, and top-tier clients that will boost your portfolio like no other.

    - Flexibility
    Having worked at numerous agencies in SoCal, The Designory is by far the best to work for. If you are able to manage your time properly (because they don't micromanage, they expect you to get your work completed on time and accurately), then you can be very successful at this company.

    - Camaraderie
    Everyone that I have worked with (which is most since I am not assigned to one particular client), is friendly, supportive and understanding. While everyone is professional when the time comes, they are also laid-back and enjoyable to be around. It's not uncommon for a new intern to have lunch daily with a Director of the company, for example. Everyone seems to get along really well.

    - Work/Life Balance
    The Designory is really great about appreciating the value of a work/life balance. Most managers in most departments have families themselves and understand and support the balance between getting your work done while still being able to enjoy your family time.

    Cons

    Not too many, I mentioned it in the Pros, but I've been at multiple ad agencies in SoCal and none really compare to The Designory.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just listen and nod, work put things in place to improve employee's daily lives

    The Designory Response

    Aug 19, 2016 – HR Director

    Thank you for your thoughtful review and for contributing to Designory's successes. You pointed out some things that many folks work hard at to make it a good place to work, and there is always room... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience, but not enough digital exposure."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to start your advertising career and build your resume. Also there is work life balance. Great restaurants around the area.

    Cons

    Pays less than a lot of its competitors. There is no guidance from managers when new hires start which makes it difficult for some to feel at home.

    The Designory Response

    Aug 19, 2016 – HR Director

    Appreciate your input and we are glad you are finding a good work/life balance. That can be tough to get in our business. Your "Cons" thoughts are points well-taken - so thank you for those.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Really good workplace"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -opportunities to move up, for example I started as a Proofreader and worked my way up to be a Copywriter
    -prestigious brands to work on
    -fun atmosphere
    -co-workers, great personalities
    -great many walkable food options

    Cons

    atmosphere may be too relaxed for some, but a lot of great work comes from the focus and creative spark that comes from constructive chaos

    Advice to Management

    thank you for your continued transparency and efforts to make this the best workplace you can. looking forward to continuing to advance my skills and career here.

    The Designory Response

    Jul 20, 2016 – HR Director

    Thank you for your comments!
    We are glad you are having a good experience here at Designory. Happy to have you here.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "An Apple Rots From the Inside Out"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like many of the reviews will tell you, there are some great people here that make the workplace pretty fun. The hours are standard 9-6 with some flexibility if work on the global accounts or if you have some unexpected childcare/personal issues that come up. Upper management is friendly with everyone and generally approachable, when present. Breakfast twice a week and weekly afternoon socials.

    Cons

    Leadership positions have been occupied by the same individuals for over 10+ years. Little advancement opportunities and promotions are empty titles. Most teams are disproportionately staffed with too many "leaders" who are always out of the office at some conference or [NAME DROP] networking event. If not then it's vacation because they need a break. Like another review mentioned, it wouldn't be a nuisance if they didn't have to approve projects.

    Training is a major problem since it's non-existent. New team members are left to flounder around until they figure things out or have a team member show them the ropes. Across the board insanity on how to do a project if someone get switched out midway. The global accounts are managed in complete chaos. Multiple high level individuals on the same project yet having no tangible evidence of work other than forwarding emails - so others can actually do the work. Account leaders don't draw a line with clients so all requests are fair game (no matter how unreasonable).

    Other Cons -
    -Empty promises of opportunities in other office. Sure a couple of people switched to other offices, but that's hardly a program to brag about if it's only temporary until someone local is hired.
    -People get hired for one role and then get placed in an area where they are unqualified.
    -General incompetence is not frowned upon but the norm.
    -If you have hobbies, forget them. You won't have time.
    -Little to no effort to retain talent. I get that in the ad world agency hopping for raises is typical, but then again so is rewarding those that have put countless of hours get the job done.
    -Management makes promises to clients that aren't practical/feasible and then flip out on the team when there are issues meeting deadlines.
    -No communications on team members that leave/get let go. Work seems to get diverted to people at random with little awareness to ability/workload.
    -Ethical problems aplenty. Management ignores issues so most go unreported. Even if you do go to HR they can't be trusted to actually do anything to the tenured or those that were hired because of nepotism. Open door policy is kind of a joke.

    Advice to Management

    The company once had a meeting to discuss the negative reviews and PH said if people agree with the negativity they should quit. That kind of lets people know that areas hemorrhaging

    Oh, don't reply to reviews. I'm sure it's tempting, but It's just awkward like a soulless robot trying to display feelings. People here just want to speak out on their experience to potential employees in a real way and honest way. People will continue to leave reviews they think is accurate and PH will hold awkward meetings that show his lack of awareness.

    The Designory Response

    Aug 19, 2016 – HR Director

    Here is a real and honest response, similar to the others, as this site works two ways:
    We are sorry to hear that you have not had a great experience at Designory and that your issues are many... More


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Associate Product Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Product Specialist in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Specialist in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Designory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, deadlines are set but rarely enforced. Silver lining of minimal management is the freedom to work as you wish. Very good place to be for print work.

    Cons

    6 months at Designory = 2 months experience elsewhere. Lack of presence from department management (as in, actually gone all the time) with no leadership. Would have been productive to sit together as a team to discuss insights and industry trends, rather than operate as four silos. Plenty of talent being wasted.

    Pay is 20-30% below LA average. Print shop trying to be a digital shop.

    The Designory Response

    Jul 20, 2016 – HR Director

    Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience here, and thank you for your comments. Your point is taken about management presence. Best to you in your next place.


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