Michael Graves & Associates Reviews
Pros – Exposure to all levels of design including industrial design.
Cons – Sometimes lack of coordination & communication among senior management.
Advice to Senior Management – Better communication.
– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
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 Senior 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.
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 Senior 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.
Pros – knowledge of management and staff at large
Cons – stylized language of design and approach
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend