Michael Graves & Associates

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Michael Graves & Associates Reviews

Updated April 2, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014
4 Reviews

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    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exposure to all levels of design including industrial design.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of coordination & communication among senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication.

    Positive Outlook
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    MGDG

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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    Set up to fail- daily

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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    satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer
    Current Employee - Senior Designer

    Pros

    knowledge of management and staff at large

    Cons

    stylized language of design and approach

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