NAVAJO Company

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Mislead that I was going to be doing creative work, but instead only production work exists at the company

Graphic Designer (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA

Pros1. Nice office
2. Breakfast every Friday provided by a coworker

Cons1. Pressure to spend 80-90% of your time doing work that was not in the employee's job description (got hired as a graphic designer, but was given mainly production work to do because the company lacks creative projects)
2. Pressure to hit the ground running within a few days after being hired
3. Was not given a sufficient amount of "training time" to perform a job you did not sign up for
4. Job description was completely inaccurate and creative/web projects did not exist as management had mentioned
5. Always pressured to do billable work even though employee is assigned to do internal, non-billable work
6. Management does not want to spend time doing internal, non-billable work (marked as bad)
7. Very quiet work environment as if speaking to fellow coworkers is prohibited
8. High employee turnover rate
9. Extreme micromanaging as in checking in on you 3-5 times a day; 8 hours time card is looked at frequently to see your list of billable to non-billable work
10. Lack of creative projects means it's unnecessary to have a graphic designer
11. Pressure to do billable work and to do as much as possible, but it's not enough to fill an 8-hr day on most occasions; also, it's "bad" to spend time doing non-billable work otherwise
12. Unrealistic expectations on projects and to meet deadlines
13. Scolded for making mistakes during the short training period; continuously degraded and ignored the fact that effort is invested and that a learning curve exists; expected to take the insults and to not stand up for yourself
14. Doesn't show appreciation to employees
15. No career growth in the graphic design field (assuming you're a graphic designer)

Advice to Senior Management1. Hire a production designer to flow copy into template case studies (bulk of what the company does) instead; do not mislead graphic designers to think that this is a graphic design position
2. Provide more direction on projects if expectations are unrealistic
3. It is possible to grow that 20-year-old company business beyond just template case studies by investing effort to create potential, client relationships; don't be so disconnected from clients and design
4. If you don't have a design portfolio to show; you won't get new clients for rebranding/web/collateral projects
5. Understand that branding projects take more time than just two weeks; learn the works of print design to understand that font, color palettes, etc. matter in the design world

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Strangest place I have ever worked - mgmt disconnected from clients, the actual work and personal industry relationships

    Acct Executive (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA

    I worked at NAVAJO Company


    Pros: Opportunity to build relationships with clients Opportunity to work on marketing communications projects… Cons: Relentless pressure from management about billable time. You will be ‘reminded’ constantly about your billable to unbillable ratio, even if you’re asked to do unbillable… Advice to Senior Management: Take a role in your agency beyond budgets and dollar-watching. Build relationships with your clients and get involved in the many networking… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    High pressure to take on excessive amounts of work without appreciation

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Milpitas, CA

    I worked at NAVAJO Company


    Pros: 1) Opportunities to learn new skills and learn about the technical industry. 2) Opportunities to build… Cons: 1) Pressure to employees to be productive and fully functional in a position within days of hire. 2) Pressure to employees to bill as many hours… Advice to Senior Management: 1) Personally build client relations and client loyalty; do not rely entirely on AEs. 2) Personally be involved in business development; attend trade shows and… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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