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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

I have been working at NAVAJO Company

Pros

Good people, almost no meetings for meeting's sake. Just team up and get the work out the door. Dynamic clients and client solution sets--much learning every day. Learn from businesses all over the world.

Cons

NAVAJO Company is a small group of people--but they are good people to work with. Nearly all client interaction is by phone or email. The work day is end-to-end heads-down work, but work-life balance is good.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at NAVAJO Company

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    1. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Acct Executive  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Acct Executive in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at NAVAJO Company

    Pros

    Opportunity to build relationships with clients
    Opportunity to work on marketing communications projects for large high tech companies
    Detailed processes in place for most clients and 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 work.

    Unrealistic expectation/demands to come up to speed quickly on clients’ technologies and complex project management application. Minimal training time does not prepare you adequately to hit the ground running on most projects.

    Unrealistic project budgets – owner/manager minimizes dollar amount of project to win the job, but is disconnected from actual work so often under-estimates for project work. Therefore you either go over budget (bad) or bill it to unbillable time (also bad).

    Virtually impossible to really take a day off. Most AEs are ‘silo’d’ to one account so there is no one to cover for you should you be sick or on vacation. Taking a vacation day involves major planning to get your day covered; a sick day means you’re on email and working from home while sick.

    Poor management attitude toward employees in general – Quick to criticize and rarely if ever demonstrates appreciation, particularly for all the ‘above and beyond’ work you are expected to do.

    Owner/manager is very disconnected from clients and from industry in general. Has no real relationships with the clients and is not actively plugged into networking in the Valley so is not capable of pursuing new business. He pressures employees to accomplish this.

    Lifeless office environment. Work environment is nearly silent and lacks energy, enthusiasm, creativity. No vibrancy and minimal collaboration with other employees; extraneous conversation is discouraged.

    Owner/manager does not do any of the actual work. When things are stressful and deadlines are tight and people are over-worked, he does not/cannot pitch in to help and he is not connected with the clients and their projects so cannot even advise. He simply tells people to work harder.

    Salary about 15% under competitive rate in industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a role in your agency beyond budgets and dollar-watching. Build relationships with your clients and get involved in the many networking opportunities in Silicon Valley to make a name for yourself, the agency, and win new business. Take steps to make employees feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
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