15 April 2021
Ever wondered what it's like working at Brandon?
Last month, Kris and Joe were the latest team members to join us in lockdown.
Obviously we do our utmost to make sure they feel part of the team from the off, and organise onboarding sessions with everyone, but when we can’t be in the studio we need to be a bit more creative in how we do that. This time round, we kicked it all off by sending them a welcome pack that would (hopefully) raise a smile.
We spoke to both Joe Hall (Senior Designer) and Kristina Drozdova (Account Executive) about why they wanted to join Brandon and how they’ve found their first few weeks.
Why did you join Brandon?
Joe: For a number of reasons really. Firstly the work and type of clients that Brandon has show real potential for creative opportunities that, as a packaging designer with a love for FMCG brands, had me rubbing my hands.
Secondly, not only did I sense that I could learn a lot from the talented team here, but I felt that I could add value and would be given full support to implement anything that could improve the company’s creative output.
Kris: After seeing the range of clients and the amazing work that has been produced (some of which I am very familiar with), I knew that I wanted to be a part of helping brands win their fight for relevance.
Brandon has a fresh team of people and the business is constantly thriving. As an agency, no two days are the same and there is always room to be challenged and to learn new things, with opportunities to be mentored. That stood out to me as I believe it‘s very important that you‘re challenged as an individual and have the chance to identify opportunities for both personal and professional development, particularly within such an established business.
What are you most excited about doing now you're here?
Kris: I‘m excited to be coming along on this exciting journey and growing within the agency, both as an individual and a collective. There are a lot of exciting projects happening and as every day passes, it makes me excited to be part of such an amazing family and to see what I can bring and how I can do my bit to help.
Joe: The team has a real family feel to it so I’m looking forward to getting to know them better and creating some exciting work together. It feels like an ideal time to be joining as there’s a real ambition to continue the great momentum that has already been built. So watch this space…
How have the team have done to make you feel welcome?
Joe: Starting a new job is daunting enough, let alone when it’s via Zoom but I’ve been made to feel so welcome! I received an amazing hamper full of goodies and things to get me started. I had ‘coffee breaks’ put in my diary to meet the whole team via Zoom and so have managed to talk to everyone on a one-to-one basis.
Kris: The team have been really welcoming. Initially, I received a box of goodies related to my role as an account executive, and there were lots of sessions and coffee breaks which helped me to get to know the team better. Starting a new job and not seeing the team face-to-face has been difficult, and it’s quite hard to adapt to this way of working, but everyone is super helpful. And I know they’re only a phone call away if I need them! The SLT appreciates the difficulties we face and have introduced many ways of keeping everyone connected while working from home, from weekly Friday drinks on Zoom, to events such as drag bingo, which is a fun way to relax and catch up with one another!
Joe joined us from jkr where he worked on the likes of Mars, Heinz, Leffe and The National Lottery. And this is Kris’ first job since graduating in TESOL and Linguistics, last September!
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