Great hours, fun and open office space, varied clients keep the work interesting, talented employees keep you on your toes, and working with a start up brings exciting challenges and opportunities to help shape a successful company. A flexible vacation policy, casual but professional dress code and travel stipend are just a few perks of working here!
generous vacation policy, mixed signals on the work from home policy, okay insurance
The insurance Illustria offers is actually a pretty decent plan. Nothing to write home about, but it covers the basics. But the benefits pretty much end there. Illustria goes out of its way to flaunt having additional cliche startup perks such as: - Free Snacks (Occasional snack runs are made and Operations is pretty good about hearing recommendations) - Stock Options (You will never stay long enough in the job position to have access to, nor will they be worth anything) - Company Social Outings (These stopped when the company vibe got too tense, social outings/events are far between especially compared to a year ago) - Flexible Vacation (A trick used by startups with large turn over rates to not compensate you for your unused vacation days after quitting or termination. Honestly, I was personally happy with this benefit as the stress of working at Illustria does significant damage to your immune system and mental health. Those vacations are 100% necessary.) - Work-life Balance (A joke. An absolute joke. Even if you're out at 5 every day the mental strain of this company is taking a toll on every other hour of your life) - Mentorship and Career Development (Another absolute joke. There is no mentorship at Illustria. Any learning that goes on here is only because individuals are going far out of their way to better themselves through research and problemsolving on their own or with their friends the desk over.) - Design day (This is a day Illustria created to combat the mental stress issue within the design department. It is essentially a free day for all employees to come in and work on their individual personal projects together or collaborate on a fun project. This was great when it first started as a monthly..... bimonthly..... quarterly ((? management never officially decided)) event, however if I am not mistaken it has been a long time since the last.) - High-quality Coworkers (Well, this is true. Employees quickly bond because they are all under extreme conditions that breed comradery. Illustria has also managed to hire a lot of talented designers who create excellent work. However I believe Illustria is attempting to use this to say you will have a great time working on a team with them. This is not true. Working on group projects is more like passing a hot potato than true professional design collaboration.) NON-EXISTING PERKS that are necessary at Illustria: - There is no parking compensation. This at most companies would not be the biggest issue, however Illustria recently moved to Downtown Washington DC and parking is absolutely, ridiculously expensive. Even with the move that added at least 40 minutes to most employees' one way commutes, they did not offer to pay for the parking that had doubled in the new location. - Which brings me to this next non-existing perk: A proper travel stipend. Washington DC recently required all companies above a certain number of employees to offer 1 of 3 travel stiffens options for their employees. Illustria, not surprisingly, chose the worst option that would not cost them a dime. Instead of receiving any sort of reimbursement for the high cost it takes to get to and from work, Illustria filled out a couple forms to have it so a small portion of your paychecks are not taxed so you can put that small amount of money you save in taxes towards travel (not nearly enough to cover it all). - Maternity Leave is not an issue that has come up in Illustria short history, but the simple fact that management has not even taken time to develop a policy yet is a giant red flag. - Working from home (telecommuting) used to be an option for employees. However, at one point management decided to revoke this benefit using the excuse "This is a collaborative environment, you must be here on time exactly at 9oclock in order to collaborate." Despite the fact that the employees set their own schedules and are very aware of when they need to be where. The lack of choice to telecommute would not be such a large issue if it were not for the fact that it is enforced as a black-and-white rule with no exceptions to the policy, even for a single day unless you schedule it weeks in advance. (This is not necessarily a non-existing benefit but I thought I should mention here that you are expected to be at your desk waiting at 9oclock every morning for a "morning meeting" in which sometimes the executives will make small announcements, but most of the time absolutely nothing of any significance is said -- i.e. announcing who is out of the office that day or the routine phrase "I have nothing to say". And if you are late to these "very important" morning meetings even by a single minute you will be penalized as if you were late to class.) - Illustria needs a standard bonus structure. Currently a yearly bonus is promised. However, these yearly bonuses vary from employee to employee and are subject to change depending on the companies financial situation at the time (despite the fact employees are told they are based on merit). - Breaks for holidays are small, it is impossible to travel anywhere within them. Additionally everyone fights for the vacation days surrounding the holidays, good luck. - Since most hires are straight out of college and young Illustria has gotten away with offering no 401k. If this and/or job security is important to you, look elsewhere.
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.