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"Great"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Great group of people to work with in a very fast paced and innovative and hadns off enviornment where everyone has a chnace to make a difference

Cons

workload can sometimes be challenging for those who are not ready to handle many different things at one time

Advice to Management

bring in some junior level people and start trainign them as early as possible so they are ready for next steps

Other Employee Reviews for Summer Infant

  1. "Great"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee
    Former Employee - Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is trying to be the best in the business

    Cons

    The company is losing the entrprenuerial spirit that made it great


  2. "While I was at Summer Infant I was a product designer. I worked there for 6 years."

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    Former Employee - Product Designer in Woonsocket, RI
    Former Employee - Product Designer in Woonsocket, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Summer Infant full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to design products and see them put into production. It's pretty amazing to see your work be designed and manufactured. The designers on the team have a great community and it feels like a family.

    Cons

    Summer is structured by business unit and the designers are aligned to specific business units. They lost their head of design about 4 years and have struggled to find a new person to stay in that role. The reporting structure doesn't enable designers to be heard and prevents them from doing good work. Each business unit has a marketing person and a business unit leader, unfortunately across all teams these individuals have very little design experience yet they lead the product design for their groups. This is extremely frustrating and causes you to design a lot of products that already exist. Business unit leaders govern product design based on price and competition more than user needs and wants. Summer lacks any sort of design research they only bring users in at the end of the process to validate things already in production or to seed reviews. Although I think this is a great place for marketing and business roles, designers have little power in this organization. Some business Unit leaders act as dictators rather than partners and the result is poorly designed products which only sell due to cost and product placement.

    Advice to Management

    Give the designers more of a voice. A strong leader who can advocate for good work or a seat at the senior table. They should be partners with business unit leaders and marketing not subordinates. Marketing should have a say in marketing and packaging but their place is not in product design.


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