- T Shirt Center, Inc.20.Jan 2016
Support from management
Not very strong for the individual designer, but effective for the company overall. There were a few controversial moments with current leadership. There is no one checking Art Direction, but overall it doesn't affect the company so there is no need to develop that aspect of the company.
Super strong teamwork! Strong company culture and friendship amongst everyone. Everyone works hard and together, extremely tight-knit.
It depends. Sometimes there was no real direction given and designer has to resort to looking at what other people do in order to understand what direction they need to move towards. Aside from that, however, you are showed which pieces were chosen by buyer and which pieces were consider, but not chosen. This helps immensly in developing the style, humor and verbiage they're looking for.
Definitely! Though initially the environment seemed male-dominated, after a while there were 4 women on the design team. The Art Director is also female. I loved working with this many creative women!
Attitude towards older colleagues
The team was primarily under 30, with only one member being 35+. It did not reflect negatively on him at all though.
Very little. There is only one position for Art Direction and that's it. No career growth or ability to move up in title.
Overall compensation for your work
Sincerely underpaid compared to market and absolutely no healthcare or 401k benefits. Their idea of a massive raise is STARTING someone at what is usually entry level pay for a position that often requires speed, knowledge, strong design skills, strong typography skills, verbiage development, illustration and trend forecasting. My biggest gripe would be the lack of healthcare - the employees who help sustain your relationship with your biggest buyer deserve a visit to the doctor.
Office / Work Environment
I'm allergic to animals. Having a dog being brought daily (2 years into my working there, no dogs were present before that) caused legitimate health problems for me. There was absolutely no intention of stopping this dog's attendance despite the fact I was racking up medical bills with severe sinus infections due to it. It was obvious I was being affected medically. This definitely contributed to my quitting. It also took approximately one year for my broken computer to get addressed. The CFO of the company had to see this himself before the person in charge was motivated to make changes.
Very good. Hours are reasonable and even when overtime is required, it is only an hour and possibly a Saturday. This is a salaried position, however, so the only thing that became a problem was when an extreme amount of extra hours was being demanded due to being understaffed - no overtime seen for this kind of work became a hassle but the problem was fixed. The hours definitely allow for pursued interests.
Employees who work there love it. It is a laid back and fun environment. It's a "cool" job. It definitely helped the company culture.
It was definitely a stable position. You'd get fired if you weren't producing or if your work wasn't chosen, but that is with any company that works with buyers.
We worked with computers. There was no hazardous environment.
Yes! You had to be very creative with your verbiage and design ability. I was able to become very skilled in design and illustration. The only thing I did not like was that there was absolutely no stock images available for design work, so some of the more tedious designs had to be designed from scratch which could prove very time consuming with no guarantee of being chosen.
Inclusive / Diverse
Not really. You are given directions and approach, suggesting new things was sometimes laughed at. Until management decided to have the same idea a few weeks later, then it was genius. That is typical of the work place, however and not a reflection of them as a company.
Suggestions for improvement
- Hire someone with actual industry experience (aside from TSC) to help with directing the design material. It is really, really, really behind in terms of approach. Also, give your employees some stock options and font choices! Buy a font bundle or two! Some of the higher ups are in the position they are in due to seniority within the company (and not having worked/experienced elsewhere). Being able to work in other companies has shown me that many oversights and mistakes were made due to a lack of experience outside of TSC. They have an extremely talented team of designers that could very well be maximized and utilized to their max potential to attract other buyers. Offer a more competitive incentive package as well - your employees deserve a trip to the doctor and a safe retirement.
What I like about the company
The environment was so much fun! Everyone was friends with each other and certain things, such as lunch breaks, were highly respected. The work was fun, hours were extremely reasonable and we were definitely not understaffed. It is an excellent stepping stone that has helped me tremendously in cultivating the skills I have now,
What I dislike about the company
There was, I felt, a big problem with some of the higher ups in that there was no one to question, challenge or review their actions and decisions. There was absolutely no real chance of career growth so it made me feel stuck in the mud. There came a point where I felt the need for more and the tasks assigned weren't satiating my desire to be more intellectually involved and motivated. It was extremely repetitive as there wasn't a diversity in buyers. It is not an environment that truly maximizes the potential of every designer there. I definitely did not like the fact that a dog was allowed to come in daily despite the fact that I was missing days due to severe sinus and tonsillitis related to my allergies to it. Due to the lack of health insurance provided by the company, all of those expenses came out of pocket for me. I later learned that Health Insurance was in fact offered to the older employees with seniority. I feel like they don't care about their employees as individuals unless they achieve a management position, which was ultimately the biggest deciding factor in leaving. I would like for them to make changes in that respect, people there work hard and love working for them.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyT Shirt Center, Inc.
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2012