I have been working at Pottery Barn full-time (More than a year)
It is awesome! Great people!
The pay is low and discounts minimal.
Advice to Management
Raise pay to keep excellent staff, allow the associate discount
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Pottery Barn.
There were two phone interviews before the in-person: one with human resources and one with the hiring manager.
All was going well until I was asked to do a design test. I was sent professional photography, copy on sales for the current season, an email template and a homepage template. The team seemed a little too anxious to get my layered files before my in-person interview . This sent up a huge red flag for me.
I was being asked to do free work. I found this unethical as a company of this size should have no problem bringing talent on-site for a trial period –PAID– rather than asking for free layered work that could possibly be used without paying the candidate.
I stopped the interview process abruptly when I realized the full weight of the situation. If you're assessing a candidate's ability to design, you shouldn't need layered files. A jpg reviewed during the in-person interview should be just fine.
Let us know if we're missing any workplace or industry recognition –