I worked at Design Army full-time (More than a year)
Amazing recognition. Intense training. Great people.
Design Army is tough. It's will drain you. At times it can be really difficult to maintain a positive attitude... My advice for incoming employees: Don't go into Design Army without a solid game plan. The negativity can be toxic. Have a plan and STAY POSITIVE. The most negative people at DA are the ones who feel stuck and don't have a clear direction in their own careers... Pum is a diva who loves glamor and fashion. If this isn't what you're into, then DA probably isn't for you. Design Awards are fun, exciting and can become a valuable asset to your career. Trophies=industry recognition. Buy into it, and it'll pay you back. If you agree, then DA is a great place to learn. Of course there are 10,000 different ways to take your creative career. Trophies and fame is just ONE of the very smart ways to go about it... Expect long hours and a difficult work environment. DA can be a powerful chess piece in your game if life. Don't waste it. Be very smart.
Advice to Management
Simple modern tools will stream line the work flow and make everyone's lives easier and save countless wasted hours. Investing in tools like Slack and replacing the server with Dropbox would be beneficial for everyone.
Pum: Follow your schedule. Your employees work really hard for you. Respect their time and personal lives. No meetings past 5. Those two things alone would do wonders for the studio culture.
Sucha: Have a little fun. Drinks at 6 on a Friday are good for the soul. Respect people's time. You are intense but your training is amazing. Keep doing what you're doing.
Jake: Your employees need your level head. Keep pushing for a better work environment. You do a lot, but please don't give up.
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