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Watson/DG Reviews

Updated Oct 24, 2018

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start or expand a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Watson/DG full-time

    Pros

    The clients they bring are mainly in the film industry. The work is a lot of fun. There are plenty of opportunities to grow. The employees you work with are very talented/passionate people. The offices also have a great view over the city.

    Cons

    The pay and benefits are not the greatest. It is a smaller company and they seem to be adding more benefits as time goes on. Like most agency work, the hours can be a bit on the longer side.

    Advice to Management

    The internal workflow and culture still needs help. Also, employees will eventually need better reasons to stay. Larger companies always seem to have more incentives.

    Watson/DG2016-07-20
  2. "Great starting place for creative professionals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Watson/DG full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with industry leading talents Fun and challenging projects to really flex your creative muscle Work with cutting edge, trendy technologies Open door management that focus on employees potential and career goals Casual office environment with fully stocked kitchen with snacks and drinks Sponsorship to further learning and industry events

    Cons

    demanding workload during busy season

    Advice to Management

    Promote team building and inspire positive work atmosphere Further cultivate and nurture talents from within

    Watson/DG2018-10-24
  3. "Why you should work at WatsonDG."

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    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Watson/DG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All in all it's a great place to work, explore, learn and make great campaigns and websites. Most clients come from the entertainment industry (Amazon, Disney, FX, etc…) and they tend to give the Watson team freedom to come up with creative and experimental work. Lead by two talented Creative Directors who are always trying to shake up the industry with design projects that push the creative envelope. The office... culture is good. The small creative team strives for excellence and are always given a voice and opportunity to take ownership of projects which is really cool. The pay is fair given that the staff is fairly young, and you hardly ever have to work long nights and never weekends. Also the office is on the 20th floor and has a great view of downtown LA. Plus LACMA is right across the street and they give you a free membership as an employee perk!

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    Cons

    The company is constantly growing and acquiring more clients, wich can sometimes lead to miss communication between different parties. Non the less this is a problem that is being fixed throughout the company all the time.

    Watson/DG2018-10-11
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Watson/DG full-time

    Pros

    Approachable management - open door policy Very talented and creative coworkers Casual, fun office environment with an open layout Good work/life balance Culturally diverse team Fun projects High-profile clients Catered Thursday lunches and fully stocked kitchen with snacks and drinks Opportunities to attend Comic-Con, E3 and other creative events.

    Cons

    As Watson continues to expand, there’s going to be some bumps in the road, but that’s expected with any company. Management is actively take steps to accommodate the changes.

    Advice to Management

    It might be best to bring on a bigger office management team (i.e. out-sourcing Human Resources, in-house services/help, etc.) to help Watson adjust to a growing team.

    Watson/DG2018-09-18
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible CEO, Terrible Management, Terrible Company"

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    Former Contractor - Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Watson/DG for less than a year

    Pros

    There are no pros, go to Cons

    Cons

    It is surprising that more people have not written reviews about this company, because my time there was terrible. The head of the company is a bully, and he talks a big game but never follows through with what he says. He thinks he is a great creative person but I did not understand most of the things he said. The CEO has an inner circle, and he only listens to them. If one of those people doesn't like you, then... you are fired. There is no human resources to go to when you have problems. This is a big problem. People cry all the time in the office. It is not a fun atmosphere to be in when left and right you see co-workers crying because the boss is being a jerk. The people who run this place have huge egos and think their work is the best. Because of this they are stubborn and harass the younger employees. Hardly anyone stays there for more than 1 year. If you do manage to stay there for 1 year without being fired, it is luck that you have blended in. I have been employed at multiple companies and this is the most stressful environment I have ever been in. They flaunt getting to leave work at 6:30 but for the junior designers, this is not true. Also you are braindead by 6:30 after all the stress the Art Directors have put you through ( 2 very pretentious men who don't like working with women).

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    Advice to Management

    Bring in a new CEO to run the company who knows what they are doing. I would recommend completely removing the current CEO who has no idea how to run a company. Maybe he can be a consultant or give him a random job title to keep him occupied. But he is not a CEO. Hire new Art Directors. Hire human resources. If you think winning awards is more important than the health of your employees, then keep doing what... you are doing.

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    Watson/DG2018-07-15
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great Projects but a Seriously Stressful and Chaotic Office Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Watson/DG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great projects -High profile clients -Talented coworkers -Centrally located

    Cons

    -Extremely poor benefits -Pay is not competitive -Long hours that are seen as your problem - even though feedback will come in from your angry Art Director at 7:30pm at night after not looking at it all day.... It is only due to disorganization. -Company policy is inconsistent and favors the same 3 people and the owner -Angry environment -Extremely Unorganized which makes everyone scramble -Unrealistic... budgets and timelines -High turn-over with staff -Lack of trust from management -Depressed employees -Management does not treat any employees nicely - lots of blame game and literal screaming matches in the office between leads who have been there for years. They argue at least once a day in the office or monopolize meeting times to have public shamings and even yell at new hires, juniors, and interns.

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    Advice to Management

    Looks like reviews on here have been the same since 2013. Sad to see these haven't been addressed. Invest time and salary in people who will create a positive and supportive office. I've never seen more people crying on the job, quitting or being fired before. The personalities of leadership are currently overshadowing the work and rising talent.

    Watson/DG2018-06-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Producer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Watson/DG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Best in class creative: Watson is one of the most forward thinking and creatively sound agencies in their space. - Choice clientele: Watson places a high value on fruitful client partnerships and maximizes their strongest client relationships. Less bad clients, more good clients. - Caring ownership:The company owners are very approachable and are empathetic to the fact that the people who work at Watson are... just that - people. If there are problems or pain points with employees, they do the best they can to solve them.

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    Cons

    - Internal Expectations: from a creative standpoint, internal expectations often surpass client expectations. While this isn't always a bad thing, the creative leads consistently strive for perfection, when they should balance picking their battles. - Structural Fluidity: as a company looking to scale, there are a lot of practices and procedures which still are being optimized and defined. Can sometimes lead to... internal confusion and growing pains.

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    Advice to Management

    Stay true to you and to the vision but don't forget to support each other along the way.

    Watson/DG2018-03-06
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great talent, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Watson/DG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A few extremely talented artists and developers keep this company afloat. They are by no means fun to work with, but you do learn a few things as they berate you/your work. Produce excellent caliber, award-winning pieces that are great to add to a portfolio. Good views of LA.

    Cons

    Poor management, favoritism, and turning a blind eye toward inappropriate work behavior result in quick burnouts and high turnover. Pay is meager (read: sucks). Long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Be a nicer human. Listen and don't ignore your team when they seek help.

    Watson/DG2017-05-18
  9. Helpful (12)

    "Sure the work produced is great, but the burn rate to get there is too high"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Watson/DG full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, award winning work Casual dress

    Cons

    Poor benefits Pay is not competitive Long hours Company policy is inconsitant Heavy favoritism Senior management is really disjointed High employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    Stop burning your employees and contractors. The constant abuse, brow beating, and "mistaken memory" of the owner causes too much unnecessary drama and extended work hours. Listen to and trust your employees, and stop micromanaging everyone.

    Watson/DG2013-02-21
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