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VML Overview

Kansas City, MO
1001 to 5000 employees
1992
Company - Public
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
R/GA, SapientNitro, Razorfish

Working at VML

VML is a contemporary marketing agency that moves brands forward by inspiring a human connection. VML’s clients include Bridgestone, Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Electrolux, Gatorade, the Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft, NAPA AUTO PARTS, New Balance, PepsiCo ... Read more

VML Reviews

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  • "a solid, friendly agency with an increasingly prominent profile"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Pros

    VML is a great creative agency with a strong digital focus and a friendly, collaborative culture. They've really made great strides in recent years in raising their profile in the industry, and I found that work/life balance was better at VML than many other agencies as well. They've also got a really solid benefits package.

    Cons

    There's was a bit of a clique-y Kansas City thing going on in the NYC office, where a high percentage of senior leadership had KC roots.

    I also saw the culture change from one that was relatively indifferent to awards, to one that was utterly obsessed with them. I understand that winning awards is great for new business and recruiting, but the single-minded focus became overbearing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on doing great work that impacts clients' business - awards aren't the be-all and end-all.

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VML Photos

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VML Interviews

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    Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at VML (Kansas City, MO) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Was long but fun. The interviewers were friendly and asked relevant questions. I appreciated that the interviewers were both developers so they knew what they were asking. I was ready for a white-boarding session but I was not asked to do live coding in front of them.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you worked on any projects that demonstrate you abilities?   1 Answer
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Company Updates

  • VML named no. 5 to @adage Agency A-List! Here's to continuing the momentum.

    VML Is No. 5 on Ad Age's 2017 Agency A-List

    2017 AGENCY A-LIST NO.5 VML has long been known for its digital heritage. But after picking up lead creative accounts for big-name brands in 2015, followed by even more last year, the Kansas City, Mo.-based shop is proving how well it can adapt to a broader and increasingly competitive marketplace.

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VML Awards & Accolades

  • Ad Age Agency A-List (#5), Advertising Age, 2017
  • Ad Age Agency A-List(#9), Advertising Age, 2016
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