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VOA Associates Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Great before Stantec"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, Design, Colaboration, Exciting Projects

    Cons

    Some BD principals were fiscally irresponsible

    Advice to Management

    You don't know what you've got until it's gone


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great studio work + culture

    Cons

    Work Life balance could be improved

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Hard to advance."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VOA Associates (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation for hours work/effort provided.
    Lack of leadership and follow-through on initiatives by upper management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place for entry level

    Cons

    Hard to advance in the firm

    Advice to Management

    Utilize Practice Groups


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative and friendly environment. Everyone participates in the design process. Hands on leadership. Great project opportunities. Flexible hours. Talented staff.

    Cons

    Offices are individually managed and there is not much corporate crossover which can limit growth opportunities. Benefits and IT are average. Could improve communication from sr management.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for staff to interact across each office to share ideas and processes. Provide a clearer vision about the future direction of the company.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Bullying Leaders Would Lead to Bully Culture"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Flexible hours.
    -Nice facility with lot of windows (the lease is up soon!)
    -Plenty parkings
    -Reasonable interior library
    -Good place to learn office-gossips.

    Cons

    When people in charge of the company lack integrity:
    -Allow bully culture to grow
    -Lead without clear vision
    -Decline quality in CD production as well as design process

    Advice to Management

    Stantec will have to overhaul the current VOA-management level at the Orlando office.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not Good for Career Development"

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    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VOA Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The hours are fairly flexible, like most other design firms. Most people are friendly.

    Cons

    - The company has really been going downhill in the past few years. The management is top heavy. There is not a lot of transparency, but some studios have a very strong hierarchy for a company this size.
    - There are also a lot of politics, which often result in tons of miscommunication.
    - The benefit is not great either. Once in a few years you might get a bonus, but the company is barely afloat most of the time that bonus is rare.
    - Overtime is often expected, but not compensated.
    - Titles are very confusing and promotion often means nothing.
    - Worst of all, there's not a lot of room for growth. The turnover rate is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do a better job on keeping your talented employees. Provide better mentorship. Give people more responsibilities. Trim the management down.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Principal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on exciting design projects. If you have great ideas or want to learn how to think creatively this is a great place. They care about their people, and want to make their clients successful.

    Cons

    This is a place for passionate designers and recognizes them first. If you are not interested in design seek other options. Need to be larger to continue to secure best commissions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow to enable the firm to build a talent pool of experts, and provide financial stability to make the right investments to sustain the firm into the future.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Intern Landscape Architect
    Current Employee - Intern Landscape Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, working schedule. Projects are good and interesting

    Cons

    lack of management, not a determined group on each project that cause everyone always jump from one project to another when busy, but nothing to do when waiting for client responses.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Sr Interior Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flex hours, nice office support staff.

    Cons

    no structure, principals are non-progressive, drunk at the office

    Advice to Management

    advancement should be based on merit not on favoritism. Alcohol and unprofessional behavior should not be tolerated at any point. Address issues seriously instead of dodging the hard issues.


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