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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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    Innovative and Creative Staffing Agency

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vitamin T full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Full Benefits
    -Great Clients
    -Annual tuition and conference reimbursement
    -Solid and comprehendible initial week-long training
    -All Apple/Mac everything, and every employee gets an apple laptop
    -Friendly Culture and less turnover than most other staffing agencies
    -Smart and approachable upper management
    -Genuinely understands the importance of the creative/digital space and succeeds in keeping up with current industry trends
    -Company beach houses in FL and HI available to employees
    -Good work/life balance
    -Unlimited PTO
    -Always opportunities for leadership and training
    -Entrepreneurial almost start-up mentality means things change more often than they might at other agencies - if you see this as a con, than it may not be the right place for you!

    Cons

    -The base salary is higher than average, but the commission structure is lower and it can be difficult to make the substantial amount you might working for a competitor

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Over-promised; Under-delivered

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Talent Agent
    Former Employee - Talent Agent

    I worked at Vitamin T full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vitamin T affords its employees the opportunity to feel free to manage your own business, establish full responsibility of your clients, talent, and book of business. The environment warrants fun, creativity, spontaneity, and relaxed vacation plan and attire.

    Cons

    Working at Vitamin T unfortunately comes at a cost to those that are junior in their careers, eager for corporate advancement, hardworking, those that deeply care about their career outlook, development, and sense of business acumen. In order to fully understand and feel the ways of operation, one must be there for a sufficient amount of time. Only then, one can see/witness the lack of quality employed with internal hiring, destitute training for new employees, standards of appropriate business practices, individual and team value of its current employees, management competency and retention, lackluster pay and bonus structure, biased praise for markets that have more than several month's worth of investment and connection, and who can forget the meager amount of clients constantly being poached for business.

    The unfortunate effects of working for this start-up is that as a Recruiter/Talent Agent, the amount of business required of you vs. your sales counterpart, teeters on a vague line of responsibility and threatens the appropriateness of quality vs. quantity, right vs. wrong, risk vs. opportunity, competency vs. incompetency, qualified vs. inexperienced, and the list goes on. For instance, witnessing the appointment of 3 insufficient market managers all lacking the skills to lead, direct, mentor, and train was an act within itself that proved FAIL, not one, not two, but three separate times, as well as the lost of several good, yet frustrated employees.

    I will say, Vitamin T has mastered the facade and outward appearance of being young, hip, super-creative, trendy, and full of opportunity and new, innovative ways of doing business - in addition to knowing exactly what the clients want, need, and what they can provide. Alas, the perfect remedy to success!! Wrong!!! It's unfortunate that this mindset is blinding to the executives in LA and Boston as so many have succumbed to being drained by their sincere efforts to carry their markets with minimal and faux support from regional management and only to be let down by the company on the back end, in the end - and that's what counts and matters to employees is to have support. This is lacking tremendously, and something I truly felt week-to-week until I made the decision to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul your ways of currently doing business. Invest in those markets that have been crying for help. Re-structure management. Take into account those messages and ideas that so many have left behind for you upon departing for other opportunities. Listen to those that are working tirelessly and relentlessly to build up their struggling markets. Figure out a SUFFICIENT and qualified way of hiring and retaining internal employees and only employ hiring recruiters that are trained, knowledgable, and has a strong core to follow through on efforts to make sure each hire is continuously meeting and exceeding their needs and expectations of the company throughout their months working at Vitamin T. The most effective management teams are those that are humans with hearts and minds, not machines made of gears and coils.

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