I have been working at August Accessories full-time (More than a year)
Small and growing company in an innovative field. Creativity is welcomed and encouraged. True talent is recognized, cultivated, appreciated and rewarded. Ability to voice an idea and have your opinion be heard, then ultimately followed through with and have your projects carried out. On the cutting edge of design and style regarding "accessories" product category and no day is ever really the "same old thing" at the office making your job fun. Sink or swim atmosphere where you don't have to worry too much about being micro-managed, but you do have to know what you are doing and stick to your guns-confidence and experience is a must with limited hand holding. Casual and friendly work environment promoting a family operated feel. Prove yourself and you will gain/earn trust.
Speak up or you may run the risk of never being heard-management does not have the time to checkup on everybody...nor should they truthfully. Sometimes the small startup feel is a little tough to deal with if you're accustomed to working at a large corporate level with multiple departments/people contributing to direction and strategies-so beware-but this could be why they hired you in the first place and if you're smart you should work it to your advantage. I honestly don't know if all the above can actually really be considered cons and for this employee (me) personally they are pros and a large part of what drew me to AA to begin with; as it allows the strong to shine and be more readily considered for advancement. However, like I said above, be prepared to take the ball and run with it always trusting in your instincts. This is not a place for passive personalities or self-doubting people who think an "idea" or "fulfilling daily job duties" is enough...you must know how to execute and be willing to put in the extra work where your innovations and effort will definitely be noticed.
Advice to Management
Internal communication and planning could be a little bit better in regards to product releases and general overall company initiatives. Growing pains are not always easy to deal with so be flexible and willing to learn from, communicate, recognize and share past mistakes with your most trusted and valued workers. A company is only as good as its employees and sometimes you have to realize that not only are you viewed as "the boss" but also a mentor-if people are eager to learn from you then feed that desire as that's what will keep you around for years to come and build the most important trait of all...loyalty. We believe in AA and wouldn't be here if we didn't or see a solid chance for opportunity and career potential.
I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at August Accessories (Oxnard, CA) in June 2011.
Straightforward, laid back and to the point. I came in with a plan of attack and how I felt the job needed to be performed.
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