Vitamin T

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Sad to say an overall Terrible Experience

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Recruiter/Agent
Current Employee - Recruiter/Agent

I have been working at Vitamin T

Pros

I wish I had more positive things to say, since I went in with high hopes after their sales pitch-like interview process. One thing to mention is that no matter how they spin it, Vitamin T is a Division within Aquent. Vitamin T is NOT a standalone company or even a spin. All Aquent corporate policies, rules, guidelines and paperwork are a part of Vitamin T. There are no Vitamin T offices...you work in an Aquent office. This is a positive thing, since Aquent seems more stable and filled with better people. Generally GOOD people. The same can't be said for Vitamin T.

One plus to note is that your base salary will be higher than a lot of staffing firms out there. This is because despite what you are told in the interview process, your bonuses will be next to nothing. You may never have to work late at Vitamin T, but on the times that you do, it literally has no affect on your commission. Commission-wise you'll make more with one direct hire fill at another staffing firm then you will here in 6 months and that is NOT an exaggeration.

Cons

This review is more of a TAKE CAUTION notice. If you are put on a certain "team" (based on location) within Vitamin T, your experience will be a nightmare. Easily the worst managment I've ever seen. You will receive almost zero supervision, support, coaching and even direct contact with this manager. You will be forced to learn on your own and then two months later will be told that everything you've learned on your own, is wrong. The worst part then is that you won't be told or supported in how to fix this, you'll just continue to be told that it's wrong. The turnover rate on this team alone is 50% and climbing. Take great caution...I wouldn't wish my experiences as part of this "team" on anyone.

Vitamin T has gone to great lengths to brand themselves with an "agency" feel and look. But that is exactly what it is...a look. No matter what they say, Vitamin T is a division within a very large corporation (Aquent). And with that come all the normal policies and procedures that go along with working for a large corporation.

The unlimited vacation policy looks great on paper, but is worthless if you're afraid to use it. Overall, hands down the most unprofessional experience I've ever encountered in far too many ways to list here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The FTE system doesn't not work. It's great for Aquent employees that have been with the company for ten years and have long standing relationships with clients who always require freelance talent. But for the Vitamin T side it's a joke. In this economic climate, creatives DO NOT want constant freelance work. They want the stability that comes with a full time job. To not offer direct hire is a complete and utter disservice to your creative talent, clients, and employees as a commission bonus. Without direct hire, Vitamin T will continue to be run over by staffing firms that do offer it. Ask yourself as a job seeker, are you using a firm that requires you to go temp to perm or one that has a "direct hire" option?

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Vitamin T full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great training, processes, unlimited vacation/sick time, and $ every year for extended learning.

    Cons

    Too many documents, and meetings, but not a big deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    No support for consultants / contractors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor/Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor/Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Vitamin T as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free swag when you start your first assignment.

    A little more human feeling than other agencies, but be warned, see cons below

    Cons

    Poor compensation as a consultant. Agents will try and lock you in as low a rate as possible. Even when better assignments come along, agents will try and lowball you into a lower bracket.

    Hint: highball your pay range on the first opportunity it comes up, or forever be lowballed.

    Poor communication.

    Lack of professionalism.

    No support from agents against clients. They will not play in your best interest if client wishes to end your contract for any reason, or for no reason at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where your money is coming from. The hard working consultants and contractors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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