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"I love making games. My passion and dream is to be an Art Director for a game company and I can't imagine doing anything else. I love working with a group of talented artist on a creative project that millions of people can play with."
Posted 5 years ago in San Francisco, CA
Art Director at Limited Brands
in Columbus, OH

What do you like about working at Limited Brands?

"My boss is great. My work schedule very flexible. Pay is good."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Learn and move on they never promote from inside of the organization"

What don't you like about working at Limited Brands?

"The left-brain egotistical losers thwarting the collaborative processes at all turns. The lack of creativity. Too much fear to lose the job. Boring. No travel or exploration except the boss."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Exposé people to more interesting technologies and materials. Less meetings. More creative support. Remove IT department from controlling creative processes. Get rid of the many chiefs"

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at Heavy Metal Magazine
in New York City, NY

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"My first job out of art school and my favorite magazine at the time."

What do you like about working at Heavy Metal Magazine?

"The magazine was instrumental in helping me become an artist and working there was a dream come true."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Only to come in with a passion for furthering the development of the brand,"

What don't you like about working at Heavy Metal Magazine?

"Only that it was in New York City; that was a tough commute at the time and unthinkable now."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Many suggestions as to how to resurrect the brand and increase the profile of the brand identity."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at The Upper Deck Co.
in Carlsbad, CA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"I worked on some of the largest entertainment properties in the world."

What do you like about working at The Upper Deck Co.?

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with large entertainment brands, come up with new concepts and help develop products from start to finish."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be prepared to work hard and try to rehabilitate Upper Deck's reputation."

What don't you like about working at The Upper Deck Co.?

"Too often, products were marginalized and not sold properly; this ended up costing the company to the point that 2/3rd's of the company was laid off."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"To work with integrity and a sense of getting the job done right the first time."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Art Director at Voice of America
in Washington, DC

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Great work experience"

What do you like about working at Voice of America?

"The vast range of people representing over 44 different cultures. These people are deeply appreciative of the opportunity they have had to come to the US and find meaningful and significant work."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be clear in your objectives, what you'd like to do and how you will realistically attain those goals."

What don't you like about working at Voice of America?

"For me, I have probably reached the height of what I can accomplish. I am looking for additional challenging opportunities."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Reduce the number of managers and increase the numbers of reporters / producers."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at VivaTysons Magazine
in McLean, VA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"A big publication that has exploded since my time with the company"

What do you like about working at VivaTysons Magazine?

"Very relaxed atmosphere, and fun. A lot of creative freedom."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be yourself, and take in everything the company has to offer you and your growth as a professional."

What don't you like about working at VivaTysons Magazine?

"Working in a basement office that can be messy at times. Would like some more organization from the publisher."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Communication is vital to any operation. Always keep employees informed and make sure they feel understood."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at Darren Ortiz Design
in Seal Beach, CA

What do you like about working at Darren Ortiz Design?

"Exciting opportunities, new and interesting clients, variety of work, challenges and solutions."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be professional, reliable and ready to hit the ground running."

What don't you like about working at Darren Ortiz Design?

"Down time. Small business means that it's possible work can be sporadic."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Get out there and sell! Marketing is king. Beat last quarter."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at C designs
in Long Beach, CA

What do you like about working at C designs?

"I love the freedom that comes with working for myself."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"yes I do have some tips about owning my own studio having my own design studio since 2002 made me extremely well versed in a variety of graphic design duties."

What don't you like about working at C designs?

"the part I don't like about having my own freelance company is the ups and downs of the economy effects my business tremendously."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"the suggestions I have for management, which is me is market the company more."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at Anthology
in Honolulu, HI

What do you like about working at Anthology?

"Having the opportunity to come up with creative solutions with a great team."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"The people who run this company are smart, funny, down to earth and creative. I would suggest being yourself."

What don't you like about working at Anthology?

"What's not to like about time sheets Especially when you have to get them done everyday!"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"I would suggest less meetings or more structured meetings so that there doesn't have to be too many follow up meetings."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at Wideload Games
in Chicago, IL

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Not what I expected."

What do you like about working at Wideload Games?

"Working for Disney was awesome. But the studio I worked at was not as cool."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"If you like working for typical game company where you work long hours on average games you'll like it here."

What don't you like about working at Wideload Games?

"The studio I worked at wasn't managed properly.After a while we stopped focusing on creativity and more on money."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"The managers there ha no idea how to manage creative projects. They treated everything like we were building cars."

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Art Director at Skechers
in Manhattan Beach, CA

What do you like about working at Skechers?

"What I like about working at the company are the projects that I work on."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"For those interviewing, be prepared. Bring a printed portfolio and resume."

What don't you like about working at Skechers?

"What I don't link is the way the company and the procedures."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"A suggestion for management be more consistent and organized. And, appreciate the employees."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Art Director at Advanstar Communications
in Santa Monica, CA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Outstanding opportunities to develop creative skills"

What do you like about working at Advanstar Communications?

"I enjoyed being in the fashion industry, taking charge of projects, assuming responsibility for success of events"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Identify your career goals and determine whether this company will facilitate your realization of them."

What don't you like about working at Advanstar Communications?

"I liked everything and want a permanent position with a company. Contract-to-hire is acceptable."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Art Director at Words Beats & Life
in Washington, DC

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"I was energized to work."

What do you like about working at Words Beats & Life?

"The work and programming that we did with-in the community."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Always be aware of what you are willing to give."

What don't you like about working at Words Beats & Life?

"The general lack of group input toward the organizations direction."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Please allow your team the opportunity to impliment positive change."

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Art Director at Reliance Insurance
in Philadelphia, PA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"I had a great position which let me do a variety of tasks."

What do you like about working at Reliance Insurance?

"I was hired part time and then offered a full time position. The job allowed me to explore every facet of graphic design, art direction and production. Got to know a lot about insurance."

What don't you like about working at Reliance Insurance?

"I have nothing to complain about this company since it no longer exists."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at Tribal DDB

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Part time Freelance work. Conceptual TV work. Enjoyable."

What do you like about working at Tribal DDB?

"I liked my partner / copywriter and my creative director."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Good company that pays relatively well. But they are a little unorganized and in a transition period."

What don't you like about working at Tribal DDB?

"Amount of work: Freelance job cut short due to budget"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Have a better idea of how much time the freelance job will be for"

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Art Director at ConWest Resources
in San Francisco, CA

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"The experience was a job, not a fulfilling one but a job."

What do you like about working at ConWest Resources?

"The company was a porn company, I didn't like it. It was a job and I needed work. I did my job well and the best I could but never enjoyed it."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"no, Con-west was not my dream job, if you are into porn then it may fit your needs but I am an artist, I need to be creative and there are limits to this position I had in that industry."

What don't you like about working at ConWest Resources?

"That it was in a field that didn't suit me or my hopes and dreams"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"To listen to their employees needs and have compassion for the stress levels and be clear"

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
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