Michael Graves & Associates

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Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Internship at Michael Graves Architecture and Design

    Former Employee - Intern in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interning at MGA&D has been one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. Every day I have been able to contribute to the design processes and work as if I was a product designer on the team as opposed to an intern. The team is very loving and encouraging and pushes each other to create innovative, beautiful products. It is a fabulous place to have an internship.

    Cons

    I have no real problems with MGA&D. The hours are reasonable, I had a reasonable intern salary, etc.

    Advice to Management

    I loved the open, encouraging office culture. At times I seemed to not be used at my full potential, but most of the time I was able to stay busy and contribute to the team. Please continue with your internship program, it has been a life changing experience for me.


  2. A lot of great talented people to work with

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    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Michael Graves & Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work in landmark buildings all over the world. If they let you get close to Michael, a lifetime opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Management is non communicative at all. No communication between partners, no communication inside the teams. They will make all kind of promises that never materialize. If you demand more involvement and responsibility, you will be set up in a failing quest for the principals enjoyment.

    Advice to Management

    Talk, communicate, stop the micromanagement and let people get involved in the projects.


  3. okay

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    Former Employee - Designer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Designer in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Michael Graves & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great coworkers, flex time when working overtime, casual dress code

    Cons

    Location was a downfall. Architectural work was dated. Wish there was more collaboration between departments

    Advice to Management

    better communications


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  5. MGDG

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great for whipping you into shape as a young designer. You learn more in 2 months than you did in college with design. Great sense of design history. Work on several different kinds of great projects with other great designers and MG himself. Travel for senior staff. Free give aways of products that are used for research. Walk around Princeton for lunch. Decent salary/benefits. Dogs in the office. People are very friendly.

    Cons

    Say goodbye to your social life, you work late all the time (past midnight) especially as a young designer. There are egos and hierarchy very present. Project management is the laughable, directors do not communicate with each other. Certain folks there try to be lead designer and manage the project, it does not turn out well. Very old school, a lot of wasted time on doing things that you should not have to do, then you have to stay late to finish the important work. I have witnessed "dangling the opportunity" of moving up in the ranks, especially to jr designers, and that really bothered me a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to each other, you have no idea how irritated that makes the staff when you have to do the work twice. Let people go home or pay them more/overtime. Give the young designers a chance to actually design something themselves.


  6. Set up to fail- daily

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Michael Graves & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wide range of projects for graphic designers Textile design, industrial design along with presentation design Very talented young staff of graphic designers

    Cons

    Extremely lo tech ( graphic designers worked on PC's and in 2008 the OS was windows 98) Could not print b/c the printers were too old- had to print most presentation books at print shop) 1 man IT department ( in 2008 there were almost 100 employees, it was awful) Serious sweat shop Lots of HUGE egos to work around

    Advice to Management

    Hire a creative director to head up the graphics department to grow that side of the business. A furniture designer from the 80's should not be heading this up. Invest in some new technology for your staff- it was debilitating to work on such old malfunctioning equipment. Ease up on the sweat shop mentality- life is too short.


  7. Wonderful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Michael Graves & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to all levels of design including industrial design.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of coordination & communication among senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication.


  8. satisfied

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Designer
    Recommends

    Pros

    knowledge of management and staff at large

    Cons

    stylized language of design and approach



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