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I worked at Peking Handicraft full-time (More than a year)
There is a large and supportive group of fellow designers. A great group of talented and lovely people who help make up for the shortcomings of the company as a whole.
There is no internal structure set up for advancement. Accolades and rewards are rarely and arbitrarily doled out and there is a culture of secrecy about advancement opportunities when they do arise. The design process is disrupted; in two years, I rarely saw more than a photo of any design I worked on. This makes it difficult to measure growth as you rarely know how something turned out and therefore cannot really assess potential improvement. Also, work distribution is seemingly arbitrary, and salaries do not reflect your status in the company other than in terms of longevity. Salaries are not competitive with other major cities and especially low when dealing with San Francisco housing rates. My rent was 50% of my pay.
Advice to Management
Allow designers more ownership in all areas of the design process. An extreme need for time management and editorial skills so that focus shifts from quantity to quality. Also, this is one of the only companies I've worked for where the designers are forever sitting behind their desks.