Enjoy client interaction - and strong team structure at AGSG
Director of Center Operations (Current Employee), Gaithersburg, MD 20877 – February 22, 2014
Pros: open atmosphere - no one looking over my shoulder
Cons: no healthcare, no real perks
I enjoy the open environment and the team structure/balance that is a must in this job -- the project challenges of hitting extremely tight deadlines and the design/creative part of the projects. Each day proposes a new challenge and requires forethought and creativity. That keeps the day moving and the creative juices going.
I enjoy planning the projects – more... and setting timelines, but the delays by clients that cause deadlines to become even more critical cause high stress and do not allow for any "hiccups" along the way. Developing a strong relationship with local small businesses and vendors for support has been a true asset in consistently maintaining a high level of service to the clients.
I thoroughly enjoy successfully fulfilling the expectations of the clients if not exceeding them--icing on the cake. – less
Graphic Designer (Former Employee), Hillsborough, NJ – November 25, 2014
I loved the environment in which I worked. The leadership was supportive and imaginative. A typical day would invlove going through potential clients and sending art to current clients for approval. Often ou would meet face to face with clients to discuss art ideas and printing needs. Hardest part of the job was the work load. You could be working on – more... 5 to 8 different clients at a time, some large jobs and other small quick ones. – less
AlphaGraphics was a great place for me to learn how to be a graphic designer. I learned how to work with clients and how to sell my skills as a graphic designer. Before it went out of business it was a great place to work.
Customer Service and Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee), West Valley City, UT – October 25, 2014
Pros: experiences to grow
Cons: high demand from customers can be stressfull
Fun atmosphere, and a great place if you like to watch an idea turn into an actual product. Unfortunately, it felt we were understaffed and there wasn't enough labor to get the work done efficiently and in good quality. Customers were great to work with and helping their business grow was most satisfying. Co-workers became like family, and the owner – more... as well as was friendly. Great place for sales opportunity, there is an awesome sales support team and the corporation provides many resource for those who are looking to further their sales career. – less
Bindery & Fulfillment Assistant (Former Employee), Tempe, AZ – October 23, 2014
Pros: friendly work place, works as a team, a fun place to work.
I was able to increase my work abilities, and learn new skills that I can use in the future. I worked in the backroom in the production department. The co-workers were friendly, as was the management at the location I worked at.
The hardest part of the job was probably if a piece of equipment broke down or peeling some small lettering off a wrap for – more... a vehicle.
The most enjoyable part was probably being able to focus on the task at hand and being able to efficiently accomplish it; specifically when I was able to use more of my skills. – less
Graphic Designer (Current Employee), El Paso, TX – September 3, 2014
Pros: four day work week (contracted to work city government schedule); hour-long lunch; dynamic work
Cons: location, low pay, no benefits, little job security
The work is great. Dealing with customers is fun and generally a satisfying facet of the job. Working with strict deadlines forces employees to be organized and on top of their workloads. The main problems are around job security and management. While there has always been a steady workflow, it's difficult to work with other vendors and partners when – more... they haven't been paid for their work. That makes us wonder about the cash flow and whether our own jobs may potentially be at risk. As it is, the pay for the full-time employees (there are only four of them, not including the owner) is not sufficient and benefits like health care were taken away right after I was hired, before I was eligible to receive them. Also, the office in which I work is located in a basement, so there are no windows and customers complain about the difficulty in finding us.
But everyone that works at this Alphagraphics is pleasant to work with, there is very little friction within the staff, and there is seldom a dull day. – less
Great local business that helps other businesses grow.
Sales Manager (Current Employee), Mesa, AZ – July 10, 2014
This company brings fresh new marketing ideas to its clients to help them grow their businesses with their customers. They continually make significant investments to stay ahead of the technology curve.
communicated with clients, designed creatively, good equipment, friendly staff
DESIGN SPECIALIST (Former Employee), Vienna, VA – March 27, 2014
Pros: enjoyed the communication with clients and the freedom to design as appropriate.
Cons: low wages and few benefits
Since AlphaGraphics was primarily a print shop, I output most of my jobs for the printer. I used the Fiery and the color Canon printer as output devices. I communicated with the CSRs concerning the graphic requests and deadlines. When a client wanted a particular design, I would sit down with them to learn their requests and advise them to the best – more... design and print options for their needs. – less
Cons: better know all the software, deal with distractions and be super fast.
The shop is owned and managed by individual not the franchise. The franchise offers advice, structure and direction. This was a start up with a person new to managing when I was employed. They had typical growing pains. Only 2-employees. As the only graphic designer I was expected to do everything, answer phones, customer service, read all company emails, – more... respond to customers, vendors, handle issues with sublet printers and more. This is extremely fast paced work with many of interruptions and distractions. You will be working mostly with Adobe CS programs. It would benefit you to know Satori Bulk Mailing software, Excel, Word, Fusion Pro, Imposition and PitStop. I was overwhelmed because I did not know theses printing programs and struggled to learn them on the job which slowed me down. My attempts to get help to resolve issues took too much time and their was no real support to help me. There was no plan in place for workload over flows. I believe they had unreal expectations at the time. They probably were not in a position at the time to invest in employees.
Best part is I did a great job at winning customers and loved design and producing my work. I learned a lot (self taught)! I got into challenging projects and used expert skills to handle them. I made myself proud. Hardest part was frustration, troubleshooting and managing workflow with all the other aspects. In time things may have been resolved. I left and offered my services as a freelancer. This idea worked for awhile but have not heard from them in over a year. Maybe all is well now. – less
Production Artist - Graphic Artist (Former Employee), New Brunswick, NJ – December 10, 2013
Pros: positive and creative work evironment
Cons: business closed
From business cards and menus to full color newsletters and promotional items... I enjoyed a great variety of design projects for local small businesses. Every day was fun, interesting and opportunities to learn new processes were made readily available by the owner.
Bindery/Driver (Former Employee), Alexandria, VA – July 20, 2013
Pros: good people
Cons: hours being cut
Was a Good Job People were Nice I Would Come in at 8:30 take out All Trash Then Work On Any Job Available!! Bindery Putting Jobs Together Finishing any Jobs/Bindery Cleaning Up I Had Great and Helpful Co-Workers The Hardest Part of the Job Was Dealing With Problems With the Copiers!! Always Breaking Down for Some Reason!! Did Not Like That!! I Enjoyed – more... The People I Worked With Very Pleasant and Helpful!! Good Team – less