Since this is Valentine’s Day week and love is in the air, I asked some of my peers what they love about being a corporate creative.
I Love Being an In-House Designer Because…
- I have access to so many resources all under one roof.
- I believe colleagues truly respect the value I bring to the organization.
- There are onsite amenities including a health and fitness center, a child development center, company store, cafe, credit union, Starbucks and ATM.
- I have direct access to decision-makers.
- I get a steady paycheck.
- I have the opportunity to build partnerships with internal clients to better understand their business needs and help them meet their objectives on time and within budget.
- We’re all on the same team, have shared values and common goals.
- Spontaneous intersections and encounters with colleagues in hallways, coffee rooms and cafeterias can lead to the beginnings of some good ideas.
- The hours are somewhat regular.
- My clients are an elevator ride (and sometimes a cubicle) away, which makes them easily accessible.
- We have underground parking (great in the winter!).
- There are perks like bonuses, 401K, performance incentive programs, stock options, long-term incentive awards and product discounts.
- I believe my work is making a positive impact on our business.
- Summer hours are coming soon!
- I have the latest and greatest tools available.
- The structure and routine provide a certain level of security and comfort.
- Programs such as flexible working hours, relocation assistance, lactation program, adoption assistance, matching grants, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, scholarship and student loan programs, employee development and mortgage programs help me maintain a healthy work/life balance.
- I get to work alongside a bunch of really talented people every day!
Glenn John Arnowitz is Director of Global Creative Services for Pfizer and co-founder of InSource. He is a designer, musician, composer, writer, actor and speaker, always looking for new ways to scratch that insatiable creative itch.