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DCA Design Reviews

Updated 28 Apr 2019

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Rob Woolston
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DCA Design full-time for 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...

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    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...

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    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.

    DCA Design2019-04-28
  2. Helpful (2)

    "The people are great"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Royal Leamington Spa, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DCA Design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The majority of people are talented, caring and sharing of their knowledge. They take time to help you. The projects are varied and can be interesting The leadership is willing to hear new ideas and implement them if you have a good enough case, even from the small guy They do invest time into training you Work hours are awesome. (Half day Fridays)

    Cons

    It's dominated a bit by medical projects at the top, which dictates engineering. This can annoy designers. Though times are changing. The work isn't always interesting. But it's a consultancy. It's in Leamington Spa The salary isn't great

    DCA Design2018-03-29
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Micromanaging at its finest"

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Assistant in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DCA Design full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked in the multimedia team for just under a year. Some lovely people at the company and a nice early finish on Friday.

    Cons

    Not sure why there are so many positives reviews in the last few months - must be the directors writing them... It was a redundant role with no progression and low salary. The directors micromanaged the hell out of everything. I couldn't even post a tweet without a director looking at it. Had to sit through meetings with directors who think they know everything and want to hear from the 'experts'- not you. As...

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    Advice to Management

    I know you will read this so why not make some change. Do not hire people if you do not let them do their job and trust what they say.

    DCA Design2018-01-08
  4. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DCA Design full-time

    Pros

    Consulting work means you get to work on different projects in a variety of areas The team is very good and you work with excellent colleagues It is a very nice working environment with money spent on keeping the studios good Good benefits package Paid overtime Finish at 1:30 on Friday

    Cons

    Ups and downs with consulting work can mean you have some weeks with too much to do and other weeks with not quite enough to do

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the way that employees are looked after with good facilities, benefits and company sponsorship of social events to keep the team

    DCA Design2017-03-18
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worthwhile projects at a company that appreciates employee worth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at DCA Design

    Pros

    Surrounded by talented staff. Multi-disciplinary work. Projects consist of mighty technical challenges and offer lots to learn. Great perks and bonuses such as paid overtime, excellent work/life balance and lovely culture.

    Cons

    Can get stuck on the same project for too long, something that can be resolved with enough discussion with the appropriate people.

    Advice to Management

    Management just needs to keep hiring the right, talented people and be open to new approaches and new types of work.

    DCA Design2016-09-21
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DCA Design

    Pros

    The agency is very well organised and friendly. There is a good level of cooperation with staff across the board. Very professional atmosphere. Long standing reputation for employing talented staff. 4.5 day working week is very attractive for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Senior Management are obsessive with making profit at the detriment of managing and sustaining loyal Clients. Need to broaden the subject matter of projects to better retain staff. Some staff are stuck on a single project for years - can get very boring.

    Advice to Management

    Need more than three Directors - would improve efficiency and aid further growth. Centralisation could be further devolved.

    DCA Design2016-07-15
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Profiting, but frustratingly backwards"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DCA Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great legacy, founded in the 60s with a huge and varied portfolio of work. Big projects for large global companies. Benefits! Paid overtime, half day Friday's, regular bonuses, subsidised sports and lunches. The company is in great financial position, meaning good equipment, training, and exhibition visits. Passionate and talented teams with great capabilities.

    Cons

    Like many of the reviews mentioned on here... DCA feels like it's stuck in the past. Conservative management that love to say 'no, if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Internal systems are frustrating and backwards (most still done on excel spread sheets). People are friendly, but atmosphere still feels cold, impersonal and quiet offices. Can be difficult to work in varied sectors and disciplines. Procedures and red...

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    Advice to Management

    Work on encouraging a DCA culture. Get to know and value your staff more. Bring internal systems up to date.

    DCA Design2016-05-09
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Great job, amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DCA Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Extremely friendly and relaxed office atmosphere. You can get a wide variety of interesting work. Full of very talented people who you can learn a great deal from and the staff at all levels are friendly and approachable. The teams work well together and have great work ethics. Good opportunities for career progression as a graduate. Great work life balance. I really enjoyed working here.

    Cons

    HR department is too small and can be difficult to get a hold of, but is run by a woman who does care about the staff. It can be difficult to move between sectors and you don't always get a say in the projects you will be working on.

    DCA Design2015-11-06
  9. Helpful (14)

    "Stuck in a (strange) bubble."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Warwick, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DCA Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The half day Fridays are great, rarely any stress or pressure on the job. As a technical/design engineering consultancy their offering is reasonable, the model making and prototyping skills are very solid (probably their core strength). Subsidised dinners, decent equipment.

    Cons

    The company is from an era past and creatively its output reflects that. Industry paradigms from the 80's and 90's rule here and hellfire be brought down if you mention that! It is a technical company masquerading as a creative one, however creativity requires broad thinking, an open mind and a progressive attitude.... essentially everything that scares DCA. Personal insecurity is cloaked in arrogance and rife...

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    Advice to Management

    Be honest both to yourself and your employees. Accept who you really are and build on that.

    DCA Design2014-12-21
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Run, run for the hills."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DCA Design full-time

    Pros

    There are some genuinely clever people working at DCA, and the majority of staff are likeable, open and friendly. Half-day Friday's are great for work/life balance. DCA are rightly well-regarded for clever, dependable engineering-based solutions.

    Cons

    A large-ish consultancy with a small-minded and risk-averse attitude, particularly to progress and change (the opposite of design in other words). Like Warwick itself, DCA seems stuck in the 1990's in an insular and slightly arrogant vacuum. There is sometimes a whiff of 'Stepford Wives' there, an atmosphere of 'going through the motions' with a forced smile. In fact if you are looking for a creative design agency then...

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    Advice to Management

    Try communicating with and trusting your employees.

    DCA Design2014-06-22
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