I recently obtained my 1st ever graphic design “job” for a start-up e-commerce company in Canada. The job posting online pays between a rate of $16 – $21. However, when I invited for the job, my interview was barely 2 minutes (they didn’t even ask for my portfolio), and they said that they were gonna put mutvggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggge through a trial period where they gauge my abilities (and I’m getting paid $15 per hour right now). However, it’s been 2 days & I haven’t been given an official job offer from them.
They were some other red-flags that I’ve noticed during the my 2 days:
- Nearly 1/2 of the workers bring their own laptops to work.
- Many of my coworkers ask what software I use. As such, I might be the only guy in the office that knows how to use Photoshop & Illustrator, let alone have it on my computer.
- My supervisor doesn’t know the difference between a brochure & a flyer. As such, he wanted me to change the design in a few hours…on the day that it was due.
- Office communication is extremely poor, and regarding what info is being advertised is constantly changing.
I’m just wondering…am I getting screwed? He said that there’s going to be a job offer next week, but I get the sneaking suspicion that he’s going to extend this “trial” period for several weeks. THEN, he’s going to change it to a probation period. THEN, he’ll offer me the full-time position.
I’m at a lost on what to do next. Should I approach him & ask him politely for the full-time position? I originally asked for $18 per hour, but I’m wondering if there’s a way on how to politely bump it to $21. Bear in mind that I’ve 9 years of freelance graphic designing on the side.