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Startups in particular need the ability to pivot rapidly, and tend to work on very tight budgets, so can't guarantee you'll get training in anything specific or at any specific time. To be successful in a startup you need to be able to pick up technologies on your own initiative, and regularly get out of your comfort zone. "Since there was lot of work ...


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So the team lead in the USA (who apparently calls the shots) didn't like your work. What didn't he like? Do you see a way of improving yourself, based on his feedback? It's not easy to deal with negative feedback. It's something you need to learn when working in a team, and your company's goals don't always align very well with your own, personal goals. ...


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Both sides made mistakes, but it won't help you that your employer made mistakes. Often small or young companies are not good at training new hires. You should have learned during your free time in the office. You joined in January and you are stating yourself that you didn't have much to do, then why didn't you start looking at documentation and ...


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It sounds like your complaint is that you're doing a lot of work solo, without your colleagues actively contributing. A lack of collaboration is likely driven by combination of (a) your own behavior, (b) the processes of your team and (c) the attitudes of your colleagues. Put the greatest effort into what you directly control - your behavior. (a) Your own ...


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I hate to say this, but I have to: Your question is off. If your company were a big company, like Amazon, Apple or Facebook, yes, the question makes perfect sense. You want to have a clear definition of your job role, you want to have some artists working with you so you can come up with better products. Unfortunately, you work for a start-up. Every start-...


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As the project is getting bigger, and there is more people on board, now is the time to start considering if you need to formalise your support process a little better. First of all, for low priority support, see if this can be handled by some form of written communication. Yes, this will slow down the processing time, but there are many benefits. The main ...


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tl;dr Handle this as a business problem as well as a personal problem. Like many workplace issues, this calls for communication. It seems you work for a vendor company. Can you approach your boss at your own company and ask for advice on this? If management in the customer company despises your company, that's a business problem as well as a personal ...


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This type of attitude appears sometimes in (big) corporations where the flow of information is slow and poor. In other words, as organizations get bigger, the management can sometimes lose track of the impact that each specific project has. It also happens that the people responsible for a project don't really understand it themselves and make unrealistic ...


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Firstly, stop working extra hours! If you aren't getting paid for them and your work isn't appreciated don't run yourself into the ground for them. Take that extra time you have now to polish your CV and look for something where you will be a valued asset rather than a code monkey chained to their machine


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They are using me as Art Director + Graphic Designer Absolutely this. No one is in charge of direction and you lead the creative effort. They are expecting you to deal with things to the best of your ability, which means taking more creative direction and owning your results. This is par for the course for young startups-- people often wear many hats, ...


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From a graphic designer with similar experience. A sole GD cannot be expected to produce a fresh/unique/outstanding project. You might get the odd idea here and there but the job burden is just to much to execute them. I would advise to look for, what I consider, red flags: are they giving you any feedback (and "fix it" "not like that" "something different" ...


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Does your boss give you any feedback? If he did and you didn't follow the advice then it's kind of your fault but if he just said "No, its crap do it again" then you should probably find a new job. Also by what you have written it seems that your boss okays the concept but then rejects the final product, maybe try working on the concept a little longer ...


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I do not know the design world so I will try to see this more as a project management situation. As a Graphic Designer in a digital marketing and design agency, do I have to deal with it, doesn't matter it's too bad for you and your self esteem? You will always deal with undecided people, your goal is to understand the need and find a work-around the ...


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You did not mention the country. In France (and in all the EU countries I discussed about) the law is that once your vacation are approved, any change which involves costs must be covered by the company in full. I leave aside the rest of your questions since they have been amply covered in the other answers.


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tl;dr: Never protect people from the consequences of their incompetence (or dishonesty) - no matter what their power relationship to you, or whatever their implied threats. Your well-meaning gestures will only make things worse, burn you out, lower your productivity, and cause them to further lose respect for you, exacerbate their dysfunction, and condition ...


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One way to avoid situations like that (or at least greatly reduce their probability and adverse effects) is as follows: always get your vacation approved officially. don't follow the HR advice about booking fully refundable vacation, unless you want to be used as the plug to every hole. If anything, booking a non-refundable trip will make you less likely to ...


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Your mistake was to be too accommodating. Your vacation time is legally yours and unless your employer is willing to refund you in full for your vacation fees, as well as pay you extra for the hassle, there is no good reason for you to allow them to disrupt your plans. At the end of the day it is their responsibility to manage deadlines and the potential ...


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I think there are a few things you should do to take the situation forwards. Now I feel betrayed...that I have disappointed my partner (who thought we should push back against my company not cancel the trip, which resulted in quite an argument which I 'won' in the end, but it was a pyrrhic victory!) I would advise you to wholeheartedly apologise to your ...


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Your company has handled the matter in an acceptable although not spectacular manner. It was reasonable to ask you to postpone as long as they made up any financial loss and they apparently did. From a strategic view, what you need to learn from this is that it is better to book a vacation before a project deadline instead of after. The other thing you ...


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•Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? Yes, when you re-book your holiday, explicitly mention that the project is currently missing a vital role after Beth left and that during this time there will be no back-up for you until this role is filled. State something like "I hope this role will ...


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A couple of bonus days off were given as well as vaguely making us whole financially (we could get some, but not all of the money back for the cancelled trip). If they wanted to cancel a pre-arranged holiday, they should have paid you the whole amount (days off are not the same). If you had the money, you could now re-book it and you'd be fine barring ...


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As others pointed out already, it makes no sense to push this further with management, since you have no uncovered expenses except the emotional regarding your partners disappointment. One could say you even gained the extra days off. So thats a good thing. I understand your anger, but following your description this is a unique situation that arises ...


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Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? Why would you? From due date of your birth to how many weeks the doctor tells you that you have left at the end of life NO date is a guarantee until after it occurs. Yes, some are far more likely than others but projects are subject to change. The ...


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While you're reluctant to reschedule at this time that is exactly what you should do. Talk to your boss and your partner and then schedule the trip so that it is only a few weeks or a month later than originally planned. You will be clearing it ahead of time with management, it will be before the estimated time for the Smith delivery, and it will still ...


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Now I would like to know how to address the current situation (if I should) with management/PM, and how to tackle it in the future. There is not much to address the current situation. You yourself knew that it wasn't likely that the project would have been completed on the original date. You even booked your trip a few months after the original date ...


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Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? They've already paid you in terms of your "expenses" and given you extra time off, so I'd think there's no point other than to vent anger (which is a bad idea). How can I approach booking any future time off given that this could happen again? ...


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