I worked at Booster Enterprises full-time (More than 5 years)
Booster was an incredible opportunity, and I had very little reason for leaving other than getting an opportunity to enter a field I've always had a desire for. The culture is incredible and Chris Carneal is one of the most affirming and generous bosses I've ever heard of or had experience with. Sure, the starting pay is not all that great (although, it has gotten a lot better since I was hired over 7 years ago), but there is TONS of opportunity to move up in the company and receive an increase in pay. While you may have to move to a different city to move up in the company, the opportunities keep coming quite rapidly... you just have to be willing to move in many cases (but this is the case with many high paying job opportunities with other companies as well). However, pay for mid-level positions with Booster have gotten more competitive over the last couple of years as well. Another big PRO is the slower pace during the summer and Christmas season!!! The best part about the job was really feeling like the President/Founder of the company had my back more than anyone in the organization, and I really felt this way from day 1 of my employment.
It seems like there is never a clock-out time. I could receive emails or phone calls at midnight from PTA's, Principals, home office team members, etc. It never felt like my to-do list got any shorter, even on the weekends (because weekends were often catch-up time). Biggest CON for me-- little/no retirement benefits or matching programs.
Advice to Management
Maybe cut down on the number of times GM's have to travel to Home Office? Sometimes, I think that time could be more valuably spent in their home city. Overall, unbelievable professional and personal experience during my time with Booster!
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Booster Enterprises in April 2014.
The initial contact came from an hourly employee of the company who knew one of my family members. It was explained to me that new hires are found in a grassroots manner, allowing current employees to explain more about Booster and to give access to job openings. I received a phone call from the HR director, who asked about me and my college experienced. My portfolio had already been reviewed. I had to fill out personality surveys and provided 3 references, who were expected to fill out a similar survey about me. I was then asked to come to Alpharetta for a 1:1 interview at the "home office". I drove 6 hours to the office, and interviewed with my potential direct supervisor. He seemed uncomfortable asking me interview questions, which made it hard for me to relate to him and connect personally. I was then given as much time as I needed to create a mock poster for one of their current marketing campaigns. I was provided about half of the artwork, and was told that it was an exercise in document layout. "Take as much time as you need, make the final piece print-ready." was the instruction I was given. I took about 1 hour from concept to final PDF, and was then promptly thanked and shown the door. At this point I assumed that I bombed the interview because the whole experience was very awkward. I then had a follow-up phone interview with the director of the department, where we talked more about my work experience and personality. I was given a freelance project that took about 5 hours at the rate of my choosing. At this point I was told that I was competing against one other applicant. It was about a week after this call that I was told that I was not getting the job. Overall, not a bad process. I would have like the job, but I don't feel robbed of the position. The work seemed fun and engaging, and the employees seemed like really fun and energetic individuals and teams.
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