Mission: We believe in the power of leisure and travel experiences to enrich lives, enhance communities, and celebrate culture, nature, and heritage. That’s why our staff of more than 100 full-time artists¸ architects, storytellers, business strategists, designers ...
Everyone in the company is welcoming, friendly, and vibrantly creative! Great studio culture, easy to make friends. Good transparency, from what I could tell. I was only there for a summer, but the partner in the St. Louis office made a point to reach out to the interns and ask about their experience.
Overtime is kind of expected. Not all of the time, but there are definitely intense periods I noticed while in the office where people were having to come in over the weekends before a big deadline or stay pretty late during the week. I was not on a project that required much overtime, so I guess it just depends on the project, project manager, and client.
Advice to Management
Open an office in Chicago! I'm only half kidding. I love St. Louis, but I do wish that PGAV was located in a bigger city, but that could just be me.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at PGAV Destinations (Saint Louis, MO) in April 2012.
I had been finishing up my two-year MBA program at the Kelley School of Business, and was looking to combine my undergraduate and real-world tourism experience with my marketing MBA. PGAV Destinations was currently working with a former employer of mine, and my past supervisor connected us. Over the next four months of courtship, monthly phone calls were held with the CEO of the firm, who also sent me extensive information about the company to guage if it was the correct fit.
All of this culminated in the firm flying me to St. Louis for an interview day in Spring 2012. The day involved a sit-down interview with the two principals of the company, an office tour where I was introduced to numerous staff members in the bright/open space, and lunch with the principals and a couple of the vice presidents of the firm - which resulted in a team interview.
Orientation involved very typical paperwork and handbook review. What was extremely unique though was that on my first day in the office I was led around and introduced personally face-to-face with every member in the office; and as the world's largest independent destination design firm, that was a long process but showed the true humanity of this large organization.
I received the offer in the early summer, and the principal was open to negotiations on numerous fronts regarding start date, compensation, title, and responsibilities. I accepted in June and began in August 2012. Throughout the entire process I was treated professionally, attentively, with sincere curiosity, and understandable caution - as I would be the company's first full-time marketing/communications hire. The leaders made absolutely sure that I would make a valuable asset to the team.