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What do staff want and what would make them happy? This is a serious question. I have been in public for 25 years. I swear I feel like a mom and therapist as much as a professional. I truly care about my staff. Treat then well, fight for them, invest in their futures. But the last few years it seems like nothing is enough. I am seriously considering early retirement because it is so emotionally draining on me. So many younger staff in here and all I see is complaints. Am I alone?
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- 5.0Jan 1, 2012DesignerCurrent EmployeeJackson Hole, WY
Small office, great interaction with the owners, many opportunities to do all kinds or things related to design as well as general business management. Beautiful location. High end and very discerning clientele, great exposure to very interesting people. The owners are fantastic designers and are willing to share their expertise and skill. They are also very respectful and accommodating people. Hence, the environment is conducive to personal and professional growth and mentoring.
The size of the company means that along with the interesting things, you get to do the crappy jobs as well. It is part of the deal, if you can consider that a negative. It is a also a newer company so pay structures, benefits etc are not set in stone yet, again, which, again, may be negative for some.4
- 2.0Aug 8, 2022Senior DesignerFormer Employee, more than 1 yearJackson Hole, WY
You learn a lot about the business. It is a small firm so you get to do various tasks. You get to travel and go to sourcing trip and furniture shows, nationally and internationally.
Not a great environment to work. Vacation time is a touchy subject for the owners, who never seem to take one. You are expected to work overtime, weekends and holidays. There is no flexibility with working hours/ days… This is a very NYC mentality firm, in Jackson Hole WY, which creates a lot of friction between the owners and the employees.
- 3.0Aug 3, 2022Senior Interior DesignerCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearJackson, WY
Lots of great Design opportunities, travel. Great staff.
Training was rushed, multiple systems for the same task. To be fair, they were working at refining and eliminating systems. High sales performance required.
- 1.0Jul 12, 2019DesignerFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsJackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole is a cute town with SOME nice people and if you stay at the company long enough you can buy product with the company discount.
Staff is clique, picture 'Mean Girls' movie x 1000! Ironically, with no design skills to back it up! Most, if not all of the girls working there have ONLY worked at that job, not at other true design firms, so they have no clue of how professional companies work. Nor do they do true interior design, they pick fabric and wall covering, carpet and furniture that ONLY THE OWNER APPROVES OF, not the client, because they don't design for their clients, they design for the 'WRJ design aesthetic', which in plain English, is they select the same materials, lighting and furniture for EVERY project, over and over and over again. There is no thought process for originality or creativity to give your client the individual design for them, it's about what the owner wants in the house, that is the most expensive to the client so the owners make the most money for THEM!!! They don't pass the 'designer discount' price on to the client and they have had clients call them out on that as well and then black ball them for complaining. Arrogant, uneducated, keep up with the Jones' attitude from the owners who are only in it to prop themselves up, try to mingle with the really rich people in JH and treat their staff like dirt. They personally take credit when projects are photographed, never acknowledge any of the designers who work on the projects, tell them they can't take vacation time until a project is complete, complain and moan when someone shows up 2 minutes after 8:00 for the Monday meeting but it's TOTALLY NORMAL, for the owners to never show up for a meeting or show up 30-45 minutes late for every meeting, and no one calls them out. Do yourself a favor and find any other decorating company to work for if that is what you want to do. If you want to 'design' go to an architecture or design firm, not here!!!!3