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DCA Design Overview

Warwick, West Midlands, England
51 to 200 employees
1960
Company - Private
Consulting
£10 to £25 million (GBP) per year
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Founded in 1960, we are one of the world’s leading product design and development consultancies, operating globally from our headquarters in Warwick, UK.

Since the early sixties we have helped a wide variety of companies design and develop market ... Read more

Mission: We add value by improving the success of product innovation.

We do this through an intelligent approach to design, based on the transparent management of risk, informed decision making, true integration of disciplines and rigorous development ... Read more

DCA Design Reviews

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    "Friendly, talented staff make DCA a good platform to start your career, but it's rigid mentality is often detrimental."

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    Former Employee - Industrial Designer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
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    I worked at DCA Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + A number of talented designers in which to learn from as a junior designer.

    + The large size & reputation of the agency is a good platform in which to advance your career beyond DCA.

    + Good facilities and equipment, such as fully equipped workshop with numerous types of 3D printers, Wacom Cintiqs for all the designers, etc.

    + Opportunities to visit inspirational design fairs across the globe.

    + Fairly relaxed work environment, with any overtime you do paid at 1.5x rate and early 13:30 finish on Fridays.

    + Fairly good salary that is probably slightly higher than average for a design agency.

    + Generally nice people, a group of whom I became good friends with.

    Cons

    - Often long spells of uninteresting project work, particularly in the area of FMCG.

    - A large percentage of projects are for giant corporations which seldom come to market.

    - There isn't much to do in the Warwick / Leamington Spa area. Living in Birmingham is a possibility but requires a long commute.

    - Staff are often frustrated at having very little influence over company decisions and direction, as much of the power at the company is with just 2 directors, whom come across quite secretive & controlling.

    - Some aspects of the company are quite old fashioned and set in their ways which can be frustrating.

    > As a whole I enjoyed my time at DCA and will always be grateful to those who really helped me progress as a designer, but I'm glad I decided to move on when I did.

    Advice to Management

    Share your vision for DCA to a wider group and actually take their opinions/suggestions on-board, as you have a number of experts, creatives and intelligent thinkers who's ideas are rarely considered.

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DCA Design Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at DCA Design (Warwick, West Midlands, England) in December 2017.

    Interview

    Two pre - interview questions. Interview went over CV and beam bending questions + methods of converting horizontal to vertical motion in a 3:1 ratio. Took 2-3 hours. Parking was available though was not reimbursed.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe as many ways to convert horizontal to vertical motion in a 3:1 ratio   Answer Question
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