||[Jul. 8th, 2011|08:51 pm]
Do NOT apply here. It's my old place of employment. The owner's crazy and totally disconnected from her employees. They fired their two best designers recently and are perplexed at why they can't finish their work and why their quality has taken a hit.
When was the last time you used yellow pages? Yeah, that's ALL they do. Don't fall for this (I doubt anyone here would). Competitive wages? They start you off at $20,000 or less. If you have the skills they're asking for, you can make at least $30-$40,000. I'm still great friends with the staff there and most people are jumping ship.
Spread the word. Ad Ideas is not a nurturing environment to grow. If you have an opinion on their design, you run the risk of stopping your growth. There's plenty of pigeon holing to be made.
I have so many examples of this:
The owner once had a meeting saying that design is a learned skill that can be taught to anyone. Talent doesn't matter. This in turn, alienated her entire design staff.
The A.D. will horde the creative projects even if it's beyond her scope, say an illustration while not catering to a designer's strength. If asked to do something she can't, she'll send the client away along with any potential money.
Two people got fired for insubordination because they made a comment that the owner was overworking the art director and thus striking her health. After they were given their exit interviews, they were denied unemployment because Ad Ideas stated that they had quit on their own accord. Not to worry though, they soon found good jobs that pay them twice what they were receiving. Plus, they do a lot more creative work; real work. In fact, a couple former employees are faxing in their modern resumes and asking for what their current salaries are. People leave there angry.
Ad Ideas has only won awards in yellow pages and nothing else. The art director claims all the good work as her portfolio, but the most important thing is that they hardly say anything like, "We really need you. You're an asset to the company. You've managed to save us this amount of money. Here's a token of our gratitude.
Spread the word about this place. It sucks the energy out of promising artists and designers while saying that it's no better out there. The upper management has never done anything else. I'm doing my best to let people know.
I'm glad I found a place that appreciates me especially since I'm doing something and making money that that art director said would never happen for me.
"Not everyone can handle the corporate environment. It's stale and redundant and not as exciting."
Huh, I was told I just saved my current company $30,000 this year and they rewarded me for it. I guess I shouldn't tell her I make more than she does now.