Great people to work with, terrible upper management
Ad Designer (Former Employee) – Vernon, BC – 10 November 2017
This company undervalues their design staff. Underpaid, paying less for educated graphic designers than Pizza Hut pays their pizza cooks. They literally think that designers are "playing" on the computer.
The staff is great, friendly, very fun to be around but upper management is oblivious to what requirements are needed for those working on the ground floor. Nicknamed the "sweatshop", most designers are unable to take breaks, or lunches due to the department being understaffed.
Pizza day once a month, but the company doesn't pay for it...
Too many major changes to the programs being used monthly. These changes are made by upper management without discussing them with the design staff. So, a new expensive program is paid for without testing it first, and then management finds that the program has slowed down production in every aspect of the newspaper. Could have been avoided if they simply spoke with their design and sales staff. Management thinks they know design, they don't.
No room to grow as a designer. Very difficult to get a raise / promotion.
Hardest part of the job, deadlines. Understaffed creative department leads to overtime which leads to overworked, unhappy staff.
Most enjoyable part of the job is the people. The camaraderie is palpable. Great group setting to work in, easy to get along with people who are like minded about upper management.
Bottom floor staff are friendly and fun.
Low pay, undervalued, underappreciated by upper management