I am relatively junior UX designer, with barely 3 years experience. I started working for this company in Aril 2018, brimming with enthusiasm to take on the challenge of carving out a spot for UX in this company.
I was interviewed by the owner and CEO of the company himself, since we don’t have any HR professionals.
It all seemed great, he asked good questions, and I was confident in my answers, and the design challenges also seemed to me to signal that this company understands that they need UX to move forward.
This is an IT company that does hosting, emails, web-applications, high-compliance medical projects, etc etc. A lot of everything.
I am now 8 months in, and very frustrated. Not a single usability test has been done, I feel like a wireframe factory. Developers openly say that my “wireframes were shit” during project evaluation meetings.
Worst part is, I agree- the wireframes are indeed shit. Crap in, crap out. Trying to crank out screen after screen with no real data but general heuristics to base it on, I don’t even want to call myself a UX designer anymore.
Today was the first time I got some screen recordings from HotJar for a project that is already built and we just need the customers acceptance to launch it. So- wayyy too late.
I read today that no sane person would recommend a junior UX designer to take up such a challenge. And I still haven’t given up completely.
If anyone has suggestions on how I could improve the relationship and collaboration with backend developers, and how to go about making a systematic design process, that would be greatly appreciated.