Flexible schedule, but demanding and somewhat political.
Pros: working alone, flexible schedule, trusted to manage self
Cons: top down management style, overly political, you have to watch your back
The graphic production job requires one to prioritize multiple daily, weekly and monthly deadlines and fulfill the requests of the sales staff in a timely fashion. This includes templated banner production, signs and pricing productions, as well as some design work.
Knowledge of printing processes is helpful, but everything I know about it I learned on the job.
Local management tends to be understanding and allows a flexible schedule, there are some political problems and issues with trust and accountability in the sales team, however.
Upper management is out of touch and focuses on nothing more than numbers and sales, pushing that attitude down the lines. This does hurt customer service quite a bit, as well as eroding employee trust.
Easily the most difficult part of the job is balancing the various needs of the sales staff with the time you have available to produce what is wanted. Often you will have to disappoint someone in order to keep the larger picture flowing smoothly. This can cause some problems with certain personalities.