Mission: Artefact’s mission is to use the power of design, technology and innovation to create experiences that have positive impact on progressive organizations and society.
I worked at Artefact Group full-time (More than 3 years)
I was at Artefact for 2.5 years, it was hands down the best place I've worked :)
Amazing people -- an intelligent, down-to-earth, diverse group of thinkers & doers. In terms of working environment, I've never had the pleasure of feeling so at home or respected. It's nice to see a place stand by its values and try everyday to improve processes and standards without the corporate rigidity.
Artefact trusts its employees and that is the key to any progressive workplace, it has served them well thus far and although the flat culture does have pitfalls for some, it's an extremely empowering environment. I found that I was given the opportunity to reach my full potential and supported through and through. In that way, I was able to grow on my own and gain loads of confidence and new strengths while honing my natural abilities.
The bar is high at Artefact but the quality of the people inspires everyone to meet & exceed expectations, what better way to produce amazing work than by hiring passionate, trustworthy people?
Lastly, what a fun place to be! So many dynamic personalities lend to an exciting & familial workplace.
The flat culture can be both empowering and challenging. People looking to grow can find themselves lost with no clear way to move up. For those junior to mid-level folks, it can especially sticky.
Artefact is no doubt in a place of organizational growth so there are natural adjustments going from 40 to 60 to 80 people. There is a delicate balance in keeping great people/great culture & maintaining profitability.
Sometimes not having a boss means people will try to boss you around (some people NEED to be bosses), so a thick skin and resilience is necessary dependent upon the position. If you're in a vulnerable or high profile position, you will be open to criticism from peers who have no real insight into your goals, daily workload, or evolution. Be confident and seek out advice, there are so many people at Artefact that want to help you.
Advice to Management
Stand by your values -- they are good ones! Keep trying to support ambition & grow your employees :)
Get a pool table or arcade game, LOL.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Artefact Group (Seattle, WA) in July 2016.
I was initially contacted by Artefact's recruiter via email. We scheduled a short 30 minute phone screening where they told me about Artefact as a company, what kind of work they do, and why they were interested in my design work. Two weeks later I came into the office for a small portfolio presentation to two senior designers. After that, I was invited in for a "full interview loop" - a 30-45 minute presentation in front of 7-8 people (including the company founders), a 45 minute 1 on 1 interview, and an hour-long design challenge, which was more of a brainstorming session about a vague topic with two other designers. The full interview loop took about half a day total, and I was contacted two days after that with an offer via phone call, and then email.
We joined the Pledge Parental Leave, the coalition of creative firms who are making a public commitment to improve parental leave benefits and redefine the standard for the industry.
We were named one of Washington State's best 100 companies to work for by Seattle Business Magazine!