I'm a college freshman and I've been lucky enough to be hired as a part-time UI/UX Designer (and the only designer) at a startup. I'm very new to being a designer at an organization as I've mainly worked for magazines in high school and did a lot of UI/UX work for myself. Couple of things that I noticed:
Everyone likes to give comments on the design, and I've always thought that every comment should be welcome and be addressed in designs but some goes against design principles and are purely aesthetic changes which may either look bad (IMHO) or worsen utility. This is worse when the person giving comments is the founder as I'm not sure I have enough clout to overrule his ideas.
Because of the fast-paced nature of startups, I'm forced to always rush when doing mockups: no needfinding, no iterations, no user studies. As a side-effect, I sometimes have to send over mockups which I'm not proud of simply because "the new release has to be out this Friday"
I'm very new to this and if anyone has any suggestions whatsoever based on their experience I'd really appreciate it.