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Low salary, poor morale, long hours and micromanagement

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

I worked at NAVAJO Company

Pros

Opportunity to take on tasks related to a variety of positions
Opportunity to work with a variety of high-tech companies

Cons

- Management pressures employees to improve and grow the business, but tends to be negative and resistant to new ideas. My experience was that management was unwilling to invest in strategic advertising/marketing in a meaningful and committed way, and often cancelled even minor new initiatives if they didn’t return immediate results.

- Management consistently demonstrated that employees are simply a means to an end to bring in money. Management does not seem interested employees’ growth path or personal fulfillment career-wise. You are there to bill time, period.

- Management seems to avoid engaging with clients and brings minimal to no value to the actual projects.

- As an employee, you must bill clients almost by the minute. However, during the initial contract period, my experience was that I was only paid for the time I billed. Consequently, several times I was in the office and worked an 11 or 12-hour day, but only got paid for 8 if that is all I billed clients.

- Company culture is flat. Taking lunch away from your desk and socializing with co-workers is not encouraged. Sick days are thoroughly questioned and you are expected to be available and in communication while home sick.

- Full-time, salaried employees were routinely asked to take days without pay if things were slow; if a vacation day is requested management often would suggest the day be taken off without pay instead.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Be more open and receptive to advice on expanding the business
- Take meaningful steps to make employees feel valued for their contributions

Doesn't Recommend

Other Reviews for NAVAJO Company

  1.  

    Get the rewards of a small company--making a difference is obvious, and get fast approval for the new and novel idea.

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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.

    Recommends
  2. 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
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