I worked at Misaine Trade full-time (More than a year)
I worked as a Graphic Designer for Misaine for two full years, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a team-oriented, positive, fast-paced work environment. I would have continued to work on their team for much longer, but I left a few months ago when I married and moved away from the LA area.
I don't often write reviews online, but when I read the one titled "Designer," posted in May of 2016, I decided to describe my own VASTLY different experience. Anyone who turns away from Misaine because of that review is really missing out.
Some (but not all) positive aspects of Misaine:
I learned and grew a lot during my two years with Misaine. All of the authority figures, including the CEO and the Creative Director, actively encourage both individual and team growth in the design field. As a team, we attended numerous art fairs and speaking events, and we were flown all over the world to study new trends and to inspire new concepts and designs in our own work. As an individual, I always felt comfortable suggesting locations or events to visit that would benefit the team, and I was encouraged to study tutorials and practice my skills during any free time we may have had between projects. We had a very fast-paced turnover rate for projects, so I was never bored, and I was able to expand my knowledge and skills in a variety of ways for different projects.
When I became the most senior designer on the team, I began to learn a lot more about being a selfless teammate, and how to handle the added responsibilities of my position. While I was often challenged by my new position in the team dynamic, I never found myself struggling. That experience has already been beneficial to my own career as a designer since leaving Misaine.
The design team is very small, and the Creative Director understands how important it is to cultivate an atmosphere that encourages creative exploration and rewards each individual’s unique contributions to the team. I never felt stifled or brought down in any way while I was working there, and each of us felt comfortable making and taking suggestions and critiques to/from each of our fellow designers. The result was a team that worked well together to create some really impressive work, and had fun doing it.
Also, plagiarism is NOT allowed, contrary to what the negative review claims.
These things were never an issue for me, but in the spirit of leaving a complete review, I’ll mention them:
Misaine is a small company with an effective, positive management team and a low turnover rate in those positions, so if you’re looking for a job that will lead to a management role in the company, you’re probably looking in the wrong place. That being said, I became the most senior designer in the team within a year and a half of working there, which included both an increase in responsibilities, and a pay raise to go with it.
According to my own research, my initial salary was a bit lower than the average salaries in the area for a junior- to mid-level designer position. However, I believe that the health benefits along with the travel opportunities more than made up for the difference. I also was given a pay raise twice in my two years of working with Misaine, and if I had felt my salary was unfair, or if I needed to ask for a raise in order to pay my expenses, I would have felt comfortable talking to my higher-ups.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Misaine Trade (Torrance, CA) in July 2014.
After I applied for the job online, I was contacted by the Creative Director via email, and was asked to complete a test project to show my design process and the quality of work I could produce within specific parameters. My project showed potential, so I was asked to come in to the office for an in-person interview. I met with the Creative Director and CEO of the company, and we discussed several things: my test project and my processes and reasoning behind design decisions, my work portfolio that I brought with me, the company itself, and the graphic design job. Questions were asked, questions were answered, and it was a very positive experience.
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