Pros: fun, supportive coworkers
Cons: not allowed to eat at desk, short breaks, no healthcare or benefits, overbearing management, distrustful environment
A typical day at work is very routine-based — lunch schedules and breaks are rigidly set in stone, and being away from one's desk to socialize or eat between breaks is very highly frowned upon.
The office is run by a single manager, although I rarely interact directly with her — I report to two other coworkers who are not specifically "middle management" – more... but who meet with the manager on a daily basis. One of these coworkers is the brand manager with whom I work closely, and who supervises our small design team of four. I very much enjoy working with the three other designers — they are extremely talented and creative individuals. They're supportive, and always willing to offer advice or assist with challenging or confusing projects.
Most other coworkers in the office are equally friendly and supportive, and I rarely feel uncomfortable around anyone save the manager and brand manager. They micromanage to the extreme, and can be exceptionally harsh, critical, and difficult to interact with, often placing blame on issues where blame is not due. The hardest part of my job is keeping up with the constant policy and branding changes in the office — knowing what I can or cannot do design-wise, and how much creativity is acceptable at any given time in the advertising and print publications we produce.
The most enjoyable part of my job is taking on creative assignments such as photo composites, and utilizing my Photoshop skills as I collage together seamless, visually exciting pieces. I am rarely assigned creative projects such as these, and think my skills would be better implemented if I were given the opportunity to take on more design-heavy projects.
I have learned a great deal about HTML during my 12 months in this position. I completed an online tutorial "class" through the website Aquent, and learned much about web design and how to properly use HTML and CSS to create functioning web pages. Before completing the class I only knew the basics of HTML and CSS, but I can now use code properly and effectively to create web pages I am proud of. – less