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VML CEO Jon Cook
Jon Cook
183 Ratings
Pros
  • "They have amazing benefits, a great work/life balance and is growing like crazy -while still doing some of the best work on the globe(in 16 reviews)

  • "Lots of great people doing great work(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is trying sometimes, but I feel like I have permission to recharge once the heavy lifting is over(in 19 reviews)

  • "Be expected too work long hours(in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, great people"

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VML full-time

    Pros

    Great people - kind-hearted and smart. Great leadership. Best benefits I have ever seen.

    Cons

    Projects tight on timeline sometimes

  2. Helpful (1)

    "ant colony"

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VML full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    they attract big clients & good talent

    Cons

    they burn their employees out

    Advice to Management

    respect people

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Soulless, Corporate and Bland"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VML full-time

    Pros

    I worked at VML as a creative on a few of their "decent" accounts. Everyone I worked with was nice.

    Cons

    There was never a push to do anything original and great, but rather to do things that reminded everybody of great things they'd already seen. And as an office, it had the feeling of being an anonymous, bland corporation. There was no character, no personality, no culture. VML was housed in the offices of Y&R which made it feel even more bland as it felt like they were leasing floor space from a company with an actual...

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Its the advertising churn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VML full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Exposure to large vendors and clients.

    Cons

    In a world of start-ups and talent needs, this is an arm of the Walmart of the advertising world. Find a local shop.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better long-term solution to employee development .

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Network is full of terrific people, but each office has different strengths"

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    Current Employee - Group Director in Kansas City, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VML full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    VML is one of the best agency networks- truly encouraging cross-office collaboration. There are amazing people in each office- experts in their fields and just great individuals. Parental leave is great, and overall benefits are strong.

    Cons

    Offices outside of Kansas City or NYC are often less successful. There is definitely a culture of insiders- those who have been at VML for a long time. Often times, this makes it feel like there isn't a real opportunity to make an impact and move up. However, it does mean that the executives can move quickly and know each other's strengths. Not all offices have healthy diversity (gender, age, culture), so be sure to...

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Director of Operations"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at VML

      Pros

      Great work environment with some amazingly talented people. You will learn quickly in the competitive agency environment.

      Cons

      You are often not compensated for the role you believe you play inside the company. To get things accomplished, you will need to embrace navigating a politically driven organization. Over time, it can become exhausting.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Company is mostly awesome."

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      Current Employee - Technology Specialist in Kansas City, MO
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at VML full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Awesome place to grow and learn and try new things.

      Cons

      A lot of times they won't promote from within, but rather hire someone into a job above you.

    • Helpful (10)

      "Bad Apples in Upper Management"

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      Former Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at VML full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Fun events throughout the year, some good clients

      Cons

      Some bad apples who are toxic for the work environment, many of whom are in management, though not all. (Unapproachable and extremely rude senior women in management who want to appear as if they are pro women in leadership, yet stomp on younger women - junior women beware.) Lack of transparency and politics in upper management. Managers and directors keep getting promotions and raises, whereas lower or junior staff members...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop giving promotions to manager level individuals who essentially do little of the grunt work or know little about what is going on on projects. Value high performing individuals on all levels through raises and promotions.

    • Helpful (8)

      "Growing agency, but not a great place to stay in the long-term"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at VML full-time

      Pros

      VML is a great place to learn a lot about the industry and work on big-name clients

      Cons

      Promotions aren't always merit-based but more about how political you can be with upper management and if you supervisor is willing to support you

    • Helpful (4)

      "Manager"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at VML full-time

      Pros

      Benefits, holidays, fun environment for employees

      Cons

      Nepotism and don't know what they don't know

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