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The Designory Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2019

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Paul Hosea
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  1. "I'd go back in a heartbeat."

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    Former Employee - Banner Ad Animator in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Designory part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I loved the space to work in. I rather enjoyed the open space over the cubicle environment. I was able to get a lot of work done when I worked in-house. My manager was helpful, friendly and I learned a lot from him. Since I had quite a commute, I was happy that they allowed me to work off-site since we were on a time crunch to get the work done.

    Cons

    It was very fast paced and there was a large volume of work to do in a short time, but I really don't have a complaint. That's how things go sometimes. It's not really a con, but an observation. The work got done and I got a nice chunk of overtime. A guess my only other con is that I'm not still there.

    Advice to Management

    I really enjoyed my time there and hope to go back if the need for more Banner Animators come up.

    The Designory2019-02-04
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Pay, Awful Management"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Designory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Got paid well, catered breakfast every Wednesday, had some really awesome coworkers.

    Cons

    Management, particularly my boss, was awful. No respect for the people that work for them, outright tells employees that they're disappointments, total lack of leadership skills. You won't be moving up in the company either so don't expect this place to be your dream job.

    Advice to Management

    Start respecting your employees and stop working them until 2am in the morning.

    The Designory2019-04-18
  3. "High caliber designers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Designory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance depending on the team Proximity to neighboring cities Automotive brands Family-like culture Very approachable leadership

    Cons

    Compensation Career mobility / growth Clique-ish (but that's normal in ad/creative biz)

    Advice to Management

    Leverage EG+ to help employees reach greater potential. Consider re-orging employees to avoid entropy. Have an active mentoring program to help employees grow.

    The Designory2019-02-18
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, bad work space"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I've really enjoyed working with everyone in the Chicago office. I find the majority of people to be kind, funny, and smart. As with most agencies, the work can be stressful and it could be managed a little better to avoid working late some days but having decent coworkers definitely makes that part of it palatable. Nice kitchen area and in a building where you have access to a lot of shops and food. They're generous...

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    Cons

    The work space isn't efficient and it will make you less productive and maybe even dread coming in some days especially when you have a lot of work to do or work that needs a lot of focus. It's always shocking to hear that the reason companies move into these large open work spaces is to save money but that's in exchange for workers who are way less productive and unhappy which is likely costing them more than they're...

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    Advice to Management

    Overall, The Designory is a great company with intelligent and empathetic people but it's a struggle to work in the space. There are some minor changes management and HR can do that will probably have a big impact like setting all the lights at a lower consistent level, asking people not to eat at their desk or use incense, and moving all loud phone calls and meetings from the open work area. Unless there are some...

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    The Designory2019-01-01

    The Designory Response

    January 22, 2019HR Director

    Your honesty is appreciated. Thank you for being constructive with your comments. We hear you on the space issues. A "Good Neighbor Policy" is coming out this week that should address several areas you mentioned, and we will specifically check into the lighting issues. We will ...

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  5. Helpful (14)

    "Culture of High School Bullies, #MeToo breeding ground"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice view of downtown Long Beach from balcony. Free coffee.

    Cons

    The culture is full of cliques and emotional abuse. If you don't find your tribe, you will be set up, and taken down for sport. HR is a joke, as they allow this to flourish and continue. Don't make the mistake of reporting. Prepare to be asked out non stop by the many men in the place, who will stand at your desk and text you at all hours. When you tell them you are not interested, again your head will wind up on a wall....

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    Advice to Management

    Make sure you advise all new hires to attend taco tuesdays at Leos so they get started off on the right foot.

    The Designory2018-12-20

    The Designory Response

    January 22, 2019HR Director

    We are concerned to learn of the behavior you have reported and we take these matters seriously. We would appreciate it if you would report your experience to HR or another senior level manager so that we may investigate and correct the problem. Please know that our employees' well ...

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at The Designory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are great and it's a pretty laid back place.

    Cons

    The work is not the most creative.

    The Designory2018-11-01

    The Designory Response

    November 6, 2018HR Director

    Thank you for your comments!

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Web Content Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Web Content Strategist in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Both my direct manager and boss on the strategy team as well as my coworkers are incredible. I have spent a long time searching for a manager who truly cares about my work and sets me and my teammates up for success, and who also stands up for us and has on multiple occasions gotten in the crossfire to shield us from micromanagement and steamrolling on projects so we can just focus on delivering the best work we can....

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    Cons

    There is some political strife. I think as far as the company goes, there is some palpable tension regarding who gets the final say in some of the work. Branch offices are territorial and there can be a lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward bosses and directors who advocate on behalf of their team members because if they set us up for success, then it benefits the whole company.

    The Designory2018-10-13

    The Designory Response

    November 6, 2018HR Director

    Thanks for taking the time to write this, and your comments are very thoughtful and constructive. Happy to pass your advice along!

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Misguided Leadership and a Horrible Culture"

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    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Designory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are very few pros to share about this company. There are some free snacks (nothing great) and we're located in a cool part of Chicago...

    Cons

    Where to even begin... The people that lead this company are a joke. The "leadership" in the Chicago office have no insight into what is going on at any given point in time. People are resigning left and right - which makes absolute sense with the way that this place is run! The HR team and "C-Suite" sit out in California and they are a joke. They are unhelpful, unresponsive and are the opposite of everything that...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire new management... Do a complete overhaul of the leadership team in Chicago and Long Beach. Or get acquired by a more legitimate agency.

    The Designory2018-11-07

    The Designory Response

    November 20, 2018HR Director

    We value our employee's feedback, whether positive or negative. While there are some that would disagree with your comments, they do help us learn where we can improve. Sorry that this was your experience.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Designory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO, some teams are great just not all of them

    Cons

    Management forces unnecessary rules, constantly expecting you to fail. Hundreds of Project managers hover around and expect things to be done immediately Agile is just a pretty word that they like to use because there is no none of it there. Most employees came straight from college underpaid and terrified to lose their jobs. People hardly take breaks, scared to talk to each other or have lunch outside of their desk.

    The Designory2018-10-03

    The Designory Response

    November 6, 2018HR Director

    Sorry to read that this was your perception. Hope you find something more to your liking.

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, noisy/overcrowded office"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at The Designory

      Pros

      Great people, a lot of very creative individuals working here.

      Cons

      New office I very noisy, and overcrowded there is not enough meeting rooms. Hard to get a raise or promotion.

      Advice to Management

      It's not normal to get raise only by threatening to quit. More work in this area should be done.

      The Designory2018-07-28

      The Designory Response

      August 1, 2018HR Director

      Thanks for acknowledging all the great folks we have here. While our new office space does take some getting used to, there are ways to minimize the noise. Have you tried headphones or asking your manager if you could be moved to another spot? HR is happy to assist if you let us ...

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