Looking to leave current job and get a couple of referrals (based in NYC)

New / Design AoT
Sep 25, 2018 9 Comments

Hey blinders!

I've started to look for a new job and have had phone interviews. My background has mostly been in startups as a Product Designer, so I've applied to startup companies. But I'm wondering how I stack up to bigger companies, their challenges, and really wanting to learn more from leading designers. I haven't had that mentorship and don't want to get stuck in the startup mentality of moving fast, wearing many hats, while still early in my career.

Basically, I started working at startups since in high school. The biggest creative/design team I've been a part of is 6 designers, including myself, at a small company that I shortly interned at. And the other times, over the last few years, it's me and one or two other "jack-of-all-trades" types. I'd be keen to joining a company with an established (or somewhat) design culture and could possibly offer mentorship.

Yes I can do: UI, UX, and visual design; and am proficient in front-end development (HTML/CSS and some JavaScript and React) - I can do some cool shit! I've worked on a broad number of design projects (from responsive web, product features, and Android app design).

Open to career advice here or off-blind, and any referrals to Google, Facebook or Netflix also welcome 🙏 Thanks y'all


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TOP 9 Comments
  • Palantir pokéball
    Or Palantir! (our design team uses sketch for mockups and react for front-end, and its pretty legit - we open-sourced blueprint)
    Sep 26, 2018 4
    • New / Design AoT
      Do you have referrals at Palantir? I have sent an application for a Design role in the past and didn't hear back :(
      Sep 26, 2018
    • Booking.com / Eng Lowtc4life
      Do you like the work you do? Or is it all creepy stuff?
      Sep 26, 2018
    • Palantir pokéball
      Haha to be honest, we are a very transparent company internally, and to the best of my knowledge, we don’t do any “creepy” stuff. we have a PCL - privacy & civil liberty - team dedicated to preventing us from crossing the ‘creepy’ line due to the nature of our work; also, since we don’t really have any PR team, lots of inaccurate/fake news on us remain undisputed, and we don’t really brand ourselves really well, hence our public image isn’t that great.
      Sep 26, 2018
    • Palantir pokéball
      AoT - feel free to send me a copy of your resume if you’d like, and I’ll pass it on :)
      Sep 26, 2018
  • New / Design AoT
    Question: what do people (other designers) tend to look to when it comes to determining your base TC or range?
    Sep 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft James Dean
      The larger tech companies treat the salaries for designers the same as the engineering discipine.
      Oct 1, 2018
  • Google


    Look at Asana! Their design team is pretty legit.
    Sep 25, 2018 1
    • New / Design AoT
      I'm not a huge fan of the Asana product, but will look. Thanks!
      Sep 28, 2018