I worked at Mckenna Ryan Designs full-time (Less than a year)
Some beautiful work comes out of this company. If you are a fan of the fiber arts, then this is a haven for you. The work space is amazing too. The loft setting is in one of the best areas in Portland to work. The people in the building were amazing. I got to know many people from other businesses.
And, as always, it is really nice to talk to fans of the artwork across the globe. You can hear their excitement when a new product comes out.
Random pizza parties were pretty cool on the occasion.
There is a lot of yelling that goes on in that place. With wall to wall cement surrounding you, the sound carries and echos in your ears until you get home.
In art fields, people get frustrated a lot. Sometimes, people find it necessary to take that frustration and aggression out on those who are the easiest targets who are undeserving, via yelling. Unfortunately, it happens to the best of us.
Overtime pay is not actually paid by the company. You will be asked to work "without pay" or volunteer your time when you are over 40 hours per week, which is a lot of the time.
There is a lot of hand holding with operations. With this being a newly relocated company, with little to no resources to learn from, it was a lot of baby steps to get the company back on it's feet in the new home.
Advice to Management
Calm down. There is no need to yell. Take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Mckenna Ryan Designs (Portland, OR).
Talked on the phone at first. Came in for a formal interview and then a strange informal 2 nd interview over champagne. The first was Very brief and straight forward, albeit a few awkward and personal questions that should have been left out. Arrived early but had to wait an extra 30 mins because the boss was having a meltdown that I could hear across the office.
Second interview was long and celebratory as the boss extended her offer to me over champagne and an audience of future coworkers. I got my first dose of strangeness in conversation choice on the boss' behalf when she brought up her medicl issues right then and there. I didn't know how to respond so thankfully someone changed the subject and asked me about what I will contribute to the team.I was uncomfortable but took the job
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