I’m creating this thread today to ask for your opinions and maybe your advice on what I should improve.
A little bit about my situation:
I graduated from university (majored in Engineering, graduated top of the class) in March 2021, and after that, I received an offer and started working at a certain agency in Tokyo, Japan. It was a newly (?) established creative agency, and after joining, my first job was to redesign and recode the agency’s website (the old website was created in Wix in… 2008 with no SEO, no proper sitemap (and the homepage was named untitled4314.html)). At the time of my employment, I was the only designer, and also the only programmer at this agency. Despite having been in business for over a decade, this agency works more like a hub to outsource work from clients to other agencies. Most of the jobs it has been receiving are odd jobs like designing a pamphlet or tracing a premium template (yes, creating the exact same design as the given template/image) for other agencies. Despite all of this, I wasn’t discontent as the agency’s owner promised me to start steering this agency into a proper place with proper projects, and towards this goal, he decided to hire me.
The weird situation starts after I completed the rebranding project for the agency. Despite me being the only designer and programmer, the manager suddenly came to me one day and say we are going to start providing web development services, against which I stated our difficulties (with facts, I explained the development flow, the importance of proper coding and quality control and how our agency lacks the manpower to keep up with all of these processes). However, he said that he’s going to ask for help from a web director who’s also his friend. It’s important to note here that this director is not an employee at our agency, but strangely enough, the manager has been asking and taking advice from the guy without listening to his employees’ words. By employees, I mean to include all of the employees working at the agency.
Things got a worse turn as we started a new project, which is to create a website for a certain event. Despite being the only designer, I received no brief about the project including information about the event and the client, as well as the website’s specification. For some reason, our manager passed the information to this external director, and the only thing I received from this director was … a pdf created using PowerPoint. The director called it an “image proposal,” which, for me, was a foreign term. Based on this proposal, I created a prototype for the website, which was then declined by the director, stating that I didn’t follow his instruction. I contacted him saying that I followed the proposal he sent, against which he started accusing me of being uncooperative before belittling my value as a designer. I asked him, with sincerity, about what I did wrong to make him accuse me like that, but instead of reasons, he kept on belittling me. I asked our manager to step in, but this manager also started accusing me, stating that it’s my fault for failing to communicate.
Due to the stress and the difference in vision, I decided to leave the company after only 3 months of employment and my contract with them ended today (making it 4 working months in total). I’m writing this post here hoping to ask for your opinion if it was my fault, or the agency’s fault, or this director’s fault, and if there is anything I could improve on to prevent such a situation from arising again.
Thank you in advance.