VGM Group Reviews

Updated May 10, 2020

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3.3
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VGM Group CEO Mike Mallaro
Mike Mallaro
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "CE Solutions"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at VGM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ESOP, COMP Time, Company Events, Relaxed atmosphere, fun coworkers

    Cons

    Mundane, not very challenging, boring

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    VGM Group2019-05-09
  2. "Frustrating"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VGM Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, nice offices, on-site fitness center

    Cons

    VGM is a company full of irony and mixed messages. There are lots of really great people working at VGM- some of the nicest, hardest-working people. There are also a lot of middle/upper managers that should not be managing people. Most have moved into those positions simply because they have been there a long time, even if they don't have the soft skills needed for management. Some of these middle/upper managers don't have a handle on the day-to-day activities of their team, and worry more about saying/doing the right things to make the C-Suite happy. With everyone "managing" their own group/division, there seems to be little interest in working with other groups/divisions, creating an obvious undercurrent of competition between business units. This also makes overall company communications chaotic since nobody really knows what other groups/divisions are doing. It creates wasted time and duplicate work for departments that provide shared services. Ironically, the company has a long history of having a positive culture, but they've recently created a major culture "campaign" and now cram the the culture "principles" down everyone's throat- all company communication is oddly sprinkled with these references. Nothing kills a company like a forced culture. Even with this forced language to live the VGM principles, if you ask/talk too much about the company's proud past, you'll be labeled "too nostalgic" by the CEO and not forward-looking enough. Yet ironically, for a company constantly proclaiming that employees need to look forward and not dwell on the past, if you have any suggestions for new processes, methods, etc., you'll likely be told to forget it because: that's not how they've always done it/it will make someone mad/it could cause some political waves with another division... or some other similar excuse. Unfortunately, VGM was one of the most frustrating places I have ever worked because there is so much opportunity that is being wasted. Hopefully they can turn it around before the slippery slope becomes too difficult to overcome.

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    VGM Group2020-05-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very High Stress Environment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VGM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great Retirement package -Ability to Work from Home -Flexible Hours

    Cons

    -Very understaffed -Being in Leadership is extremely stressful with few rewards -Low income and caps placed on earnings -Pretty middle of the road health insurance packages

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    VGM Group2020-01-29
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Favoritism City"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Transportation Coordinator in Waterloo, IA

    I worked at VGM Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of curricular activities in the workplace. Pto accrues every period. Lots of room for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    Major favoritism in the transportation/translation dept. Direct management is very cliquey. Work load is divided up according to popularity. Pay is minimal for the level of work.

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    VGM Group2019-12-08
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at VGM Group full-time

    Pros

    Can make good money if you reach the elite levels. There is an employee gym.

    Cons

    If you don't bring in money you will be gone. Doesn't matter how you get the money, even if it means being dishonest with members. Employee ownership sounds great on the surface, but the board self elects members, all of who are paid exceptionally well, though that doesn't trickle down to front line employees. Basically, as an owner you have no say in how the company operates.

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    VGM Group2019-06-26
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of Homelink"

    1.0
     

    I worked at VGM Group

    Pros

    There are many great co-workers there.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Management is a joke. If you are in the “cool group” you are untouchable, if you are not you are expendable. Be ready for unclear work objectives, lack of communication, and micromanagers!

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    VGM Group2019-04-10
  7. "Tough Job"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at VGM Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    workplace is very friendly

    Cons

    Training is not extensive and you get thrown into the job with the expectation to figure it out as you go. It is a highly stressful and demanding job.

    VGM Group2018-12-13
  8. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at VGM Group full-time

    Pros

    Large company, small feel; employee owned; positive energy

    Cons

    Communication from top down; success is based off friendships not work ethic; salary/wage is lower than industry avg b/c it's an esop

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    VGM Group2018-11-16
  9. "Marketing Coordinator"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at VGM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work, benefits are fantastic.

    Cons

    No real cons to speak of.

    VGM Group2018-10-24
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at VGM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    VGM is a unique company which is full of opportunities for long term growth. The employee environment is overall an experience which motivates associates to show up and deliver their best everyday. As an ESOP, the long term financial opportunity is a huge bonus as there are few within the Cedar Valley. VGM is looked at as a thought leader in the industries they serve and the management acts as such. If an associate has a new idea and is willing to put the effort in to benefit its membership they will generally support it. As in any job, in order to be successful you have to be self-motivated and driven. Both of which are rewarded at VGM. They invest in you as an individual with training opportunities, field experience alongside of the sales team, and attending a conference if you make. There is always something going on which employees can engage in whether it be the Christmas party, random "fun" days, a 5k and more. The fitness and locker facility for employees and spouses is first class and open 24 hours a day. VGM places a high standard on its senior management and hires some of the best in the industries that it serves. Technologically, the IT support is quick and helpful and I have never gone without a piece of technology that I needed to support my responsibilities.

    Cons

    When you remove the ESOP, at the lower levels of the job ladder, the annual compensation seems to lag behind other comparable positions in major companies such as VGM.

    VGM Group2018-10-12
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