VOA Associates Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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  1. Excellent

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at VOA Associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-pace, collaborative, friendly, hard-working environment

    Cons

    no cons that were evident

  2. Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at VOA Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cool projects in a great office

    Cons

    Low fees which result in excessive overtime

  3. Revolving door

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at VOA Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great building and great views!

    Cons

    No ethics, terrible management no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management consultants. Try a survey, you will discover much about your organization.

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  5. Design minded, mid size corporate firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Designer
    Former Employee - Senior Designer

    I worked at VOA Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General staff is pleasant, professional and talented
    Office is beautiful and in a great location
    Good benefits and fair pay
    Hours: flexible schedules. People worked overtime when deadlines loomed but it was not the norm.
    Design: a fairly high level of design considering this office focused on more corporate work

    Cons

    -Seemed like there was not a great deal of upward mobility in the company unless someone left. Lots of titles but that did not necessarily translate to additional design experience or responsibilities
    - not a lot of transparency as far as how the business was run or project profitability
    -reviews were sporadic

    Advice to Management

    - provide more opportunities for staff more feedback and the opportunity to move up and develop their career

  6. Lack of Design Process and Management By Fear

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at VOA Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible hours.
    -Large wealth of resources.

    Cons

    -Lacks of collaborative and open communication between departments which have been based on lack of positive management skills.
    -Lacks of design process.
    -Office cultural is run by fear.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training process for leadership levels on People/Projects management skills.

  7. Passionate designers - need to provide more support to service group staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL

    I worked at VOA Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative environment, passionate people, very aggressive at attempting to group both geographically and lines of work. Compensation on the low side compared to other employers.

    Cons

    As someone that worked in the Business Development side of things, I feel that senior staff did not fully appreciate our understand our role.

    Advice to Management

    Employees might stay longer if their personal growth was a higher priority

  8. great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at VOA Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dream building to work in, amazing views and a few good people. Atmosphere is corporate, but easy going after work. Midwestern type of friendly people in different age groups. Its a good place to be once you find a good mentor within the group.

    Cons

    Reviews seem to have a pattern of being delayed and/or canceled. Design work seems to have a good direction, but not really testing the limits with creativity. Also, no revit.. so that is a huge setback for them.

    Advice to Management

    nada

  9. Very good mid to low level staff to learn and grow with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at VOA Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is good to work with very kind, instructive staff (low to mid level)

    It is good to see the firm exploring more and more project opportunities overseas (mainly on China and South America Region).

    Nice working environment and fantastic views to the lake

    Cons

    Have little transparency toward manager level. (basically politic issue)
    Minimum salary rises recently. (yeah I know it has being bad recession but the pay could just be a little bit better)

    Advice to Management

    talk more to the mid-level guys
    open-mind to constructive solutions
    be careful with hiring, in order to avoid high credit takers..

  10. Great talent held back by internal conflict.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at VOA Associates full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Most of the people you work with on a daily basis are very talented and are willing to work hard to get the job done.

    Cons

    Middle/upper management has difficulties. Central office policies conflict with outlying offices.

    Advice to Management

    Examine people in mid/upper management positions-find the ones that don't know what they are doing, get rid of them.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good experience but no long term growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at VOA Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good starting place for a career out of school

    Cons

    No defined growth paths for anyone. Evident nepotism, as Partners hire their own unqualified family members for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Loosing great talent is not the best way to foster a competitive firm.

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