I worked at Rayhawk as a contractor (More than 8 years)
Rayhawk is a highly professional and generous company to work for, which shares the same values as its founder, Dr. Raihan Haque. I was one of the first graphic design contractors to work for Rayhawk starting in 2001. Since then, we have worked on numerous projects together such as websites, flash animations, packaging design, and print promotional pieces.
I have had an exceptional working relationship with the company, its founder, and its employees. They encouraged and provided me with the freedom to be creative and to push the envelope in designs that created both value and distinction for our clients. Suggestions for improvements and critiques were not only welcomed but expected in all the work we do from concepts, to design, and execution. The Founder and President, Dr. Haque, has a very enthusiastic personality and is very encouraging of others. He motivates us to produce the best work we can and rewards us with bonuses when we over deliver.
None that I can think of.
I worked at Rayhawk as a contractor
1. Flexible Schedule (Because you get paid like a slave)
I do not understand how did this company get such a high review........only the negative review here seems true to me
1. Slavery type of compensation
2. Lack of management
3. Lack of training/learning
4. Owner assumes you coming from a rich family that does not need money to survive
5. Project moves forward very very slowly
Advice to Management
Advises to future candidates:
You can work here if:
1. You don't need to pay bills, or need money to survive
2. If you don't mind learning everything yourself, or from another intern.
3. You don't mind working in a slow-paced environment
There is no management here, if you are applying for web designer/developer type of position, you won't get paid hourly. Therefore, the owner doesn't care how slow the project is moving froward, because he assumes that you do not need money to survive. He will try to convince you that you are not good enough, so that he can keep your rate down as much as possible. The project typically takes 2 months or more to complete here, so you are looking to get paid around $800 for 2 months of work.
Advice to Management:
Please treat your artist/developer as a human being, they need at least minimum wage to survive.
I worked at Rayhawk as a contractor (More than a year)
Rayhawk has a fun fast paced work environment in which teamwork is highly promoted. I was nervous when i first started as a Copywriting Intern however I was immediately welcomed into the Rayhawk family. The whole team was more then happy to help me get accustom to the type of clients we serve and the product we produced for them. The CEO and all of my colleagues were always available to help, and encourage me in my work. Additionally there are many team bonding activities outside of the office which showed that management really cared for the employees and wanted to establish that trust and unity that so many businesses lack today.
I started with Rayhawk as a Copywriting Intern and was also able to learn and grow tremendously in my writing and editing abilities. After my internship I got offered a position as an Executive Assistant to the CEO a position in which I got to wear many hats, hone my organizational skills, and learn how a small business runs. This is an awesome place to start your career either fresh out of school or still in school as an intern.
At the time i was employed here there was not a lot of opportunity for a writer or assistant to move up or get full time employment. However there is always a need for more web developers and graphic designers.
Advice to Management
My advice to management would be to keep encouraging teamwork and continue to trust in your employees. When a team is close knit and can work together like this, truly the best possible work gets done. I have yet to see a company be so united in my career since.
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I have been working at Rayhawk as a contractor (More than 5 years)
Working as a medical content developer I was given the rare opportunity to fuse two very different, yet important, passions of mine into what has been an extremely rewarding work experience. As a doctor and English major, my position here allows me to make use of my love of medicine as well as my skill in written communication. While my focus will always remain hands-on patient care, I treasure the time I spend working with Rayhawk because it keeps me immersed in relevant healthcare issues. I only have positive feelings about this firm. My time here continues to refine my talents and has ultimately made me a better physician.
The only thing that I can think of is the stress that sometimes comes with deadlines. However, I found this to be motivating more than stressful. And the collaborative spirit of the creative team is always a buffer against the pressures of this position.
Advice to Management
The freedom and encouragement to explore new ideas while finding your voice, I feel, is the backbone of this company’s content development strategy. I would implore you to continue providing this sort of environment for your all of your content team members. It can only lead to continued success in the future.
I have been working at Rayhawk as a contractor (Less than a year)
I began with Rayhawk as a graphic design intern in August 2012. Now I am a contractor with the firm and I love this work environment – it is friendly, competitive, and exciting. Rayhawk utilizes the latest technology and maintains some of the highest quality standards in the industry. It is a true creative agency, building dynamic campaigns for all our clients. Even as an intern I was able to work with some confidential and important clients. The average client with Rayhawk seems to have been with the firm for many years and they always seem excited to hear from us.
In addition, I have the pleasure of working with a tight knit group of talented individuals, who always put their important tasks aside to assist me in anything I need. The owner is a caring and endearing man, who always makes things exciting at the office. It is truly a task to find employers with as much compassion and selflessness when it comes to how they treat their employees. I lucked out big time.
Rayhawk is a relatively small company and their model is to work with experts on a contract basis. So while I might keep doing periodic projects for the firm, the opportunity for full-time employment is limited, also their asset management protocols are very strict and there is NO room for error.
Advice to Management
Advice to Senior Management – My suggestions to Rayhawk would be to give the appropriate amount of attention to larger clients while maintaining a smaller but fulfilling amount of attention to the other clients. Also, be a little flexible with your “Asset Management Protocols”.
I have been working at Rayhawk part-time (More than a year)
I was given unprecedented freedom to work whatever hours I deemed necessary to complete my duties. I was allowed to handle many tasks remotely, even when I moved to Oregon (Rayhawk’s West Coast offices are located in Southern California). The entire team operates more like a close knit family. Each member of the team is incredibly unique and talented. This collection of web developers and graphic designers created some of the most stunning work I have ever seen. The ingenuity of the CEO and his tech team never failed to impress me.
This is a tech heavy environment. If you are not a techie you will feel out of place initially. Although there is an underlying philosophy of helping and teaching, the rapid pace often creates a sink or swim environment.
Advice to Management
The only thing I would say is things are definitely on the right track.
I worked at Rayhawk as a contractor (Less than a year)
As an independent contractor, I was given the freedom to be creative in the way I engineered my assigned project. What this means is that senior management placed the confidence in me to decide for myself what technologies and organizational patterns were appropriate for a project that was significant in terms of the company’s future financial gains. This workflow was especially beneficial to me, as it not only provided me with the opportunity to develop more specialized technical skills in a self-supervised setting, but it gave me experience with the business side of project management, as I was responsible for convincing my superiors that my decisions were beneficial to the company.
The company’s owner, Dr. Raihan Haque, has always strived toward creating a sense of belonging to a family, which he accomplished in many ways. Many times in the morning, Dr. Haque would surprise the team with breakfast, which can be a big plus for a hungry intern. At lunchtime, the entire office would usually go out and eat together, and if we had achieved a milestone ahead of schedule Dr. Haque would spring for the bill. After project launches or signing new clients, we would celebrate with having gaming night socials in the office, whereby we would all bring food and drinks and hang out, either playing games or watching movies.
Aside from the perks of group activities at Rayhawk, Dr. Haque was a mentor to me both in business and personal matters. If you had some kind of difficulty in your life, Dr. Haque was always the first in line to volunteer some advice or comforting words to help you get through it. It became clear within a short time that Rayhawk was more than just a business to him; it was a place where people could come together and work towards the common goal of building Rayhawk into something better. He saw us as more than interns or contractors – he treated us like we were part of his family. One thing that I’ll never forget was when it was close to Christmas – money was tight for everyone, and I had been talking to Dr. Haque about how I was concerned that I was not going to be able to buy the right present for my son. He went into his office and brought back a box containing a Nintendo DS, which his wife had given him as a gift. He handed me the box and said “now you have something to give your son for Christmas.”
I’ve since moved on from Rayhawk, both to work on my own business and a computer science degree. But I wouldn’t have been able to do either of those things if I hadn’t spent the time at Rayhawk, nor would I have the fond memories and friends that I have today.
Rayhawk is a business consultancy. So as a contractor I had bid on each project even though I had a pre-existing relationship with the company. The pace of development and volume of work tends to vary drastically to meet client needs and project demands. This can lead to a volatile environment that is often stressful. Project specs can also change dramatically. Sometimes these changes can seem whimsical because the boss does not always adequately explain or defend his decision-making.
Advice to Management
Although this is not a large company, what makes it worthwhile (despite a lack of full time employment or benefits), is the sense of belonging to a family. Never lose that personal touch and never lose sight of investing in people’s professional growth. Rayhawk has helped launch many careers and because of that Rayhawk has a loyal following. Try to limit changes to projects, especially after work has started. I know that changes are sometimes necessary, but sticking to a plan is always a good idea.
Manager doesn't micromanage you and a lot of room for growth and experience.
The company isn't organized, you have to take initiative on projects.
Hardworking, personable staff with a casual startup atmosphere
Upper management has enormous difficulty articulating clear expectations around work--frequently insulting, confusing, and humiliating employees. It's clear that from the top down, nobody was satisfied with his performance and had issues with how the company was run, and that the people who DID stick around were either young interns trying to gain experience or employees who were waiting for a good opportunity to get out. The one questionable positive review on this site only serves to reinforce the fact that management is unable to take constructive criticism, though certainly willing to dish on anybody but himself.
Advice to Management
The criticism isn't confined to a few "disloyal" employees/contractors - I'd gather most of them would have constructive feedback for this company moving forward. Any sound businessman would take a long hard look at the track record and take responsibility for their part in the negative feedback instead of trying to shove all the blame on other people. Think about it: your linkedin profile is empty of recommendations. Why is that?
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