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VSA Partners Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Poor work-life balance for many full-timers (in 4 reviews)

  • Very top heavy (their words, not mine) They also do not know how to manage (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good company, might be losing it's way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VSA Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great clientele; strong work; great talent. Decent culture.

    Cons

    Different focus, attention and work style for 2 different sides to the business led to internal conflict and certain teams feeling left by the wayside.

    Advice to Management

    Rediscover the true VSA and what made it so great for the last 25+ years. Bring everyone together with a similar goal to strive for and break down the barriers between groups.


  2. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VSA Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very likable people, easy to make friends, lots of opportunity to learn and grow. Some of the Creative Directors were really really incredible and memorable.

    Cons

    Promotions, raises and all of that seemed inconsistent and unfair, some of the creative directors seemed completely checked out and only there for the paycheck. There wasn't a lot of moving around once on a team which could stunt growth.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the people that are put in the position of Creative Director are not just good designers, but good leaders, mentors....especially for the young designers just getting started. Micromanaging is good for nobody.

  3. "Well run organization filled with talented, humble people"

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

    I worked at VSA Partners full-time

    Pros

    - Great place to work without typical advertising egos.
    - Variety of challenging and inspiring creative projects on highly sought after brands
    -Endless resources to tap into from extremely knowledgeable and talented folks
    -Nice work life balance considering the industry standard
    -Long timelines to dedicate to larger projects
    -Well respected CEO
    -Endless supply of Lacroix and snacks (yes!)

    Cons

    - Organizational structuring within departments. There's a need to define specific mentors and management for employees, which is something that's in the works.


  4. "Close knit group of people!"

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

    Pros

    Great views at the office, great snacks, incredible people, non pretentious, incredible clients.

    Cons

    Very senior driven. I think this is okay for some people because they get a lot of contact with the top dogs but sometimes difficult for others because they don't get as much input. Depends on role.

    Advice to Management

    Improve contact/respect between disciplines


  5. "Project Management`"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSA Partners (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly friendly, collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    There isn't much room for upward mobility.


  6. "Smart, driven, and motivated. Built like an hour-glass."

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    Current Employee - Strategy in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategy in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSA Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity is bountiful, the work is varied, and the drive that fuels the desks at VSA Partners is endless. This is a smart, well built independent company that is capable of shaking up an industry when they put the right minds together. If you want to learn how to do good work on big clients, and if you want to take unmitigated risks, then this is the agency for you. A perfectionist culture drives great work, competitive business, and an environment that fosters significant individual, team, and agency growth.

    Cons

    VSA Partners is built like an hour glass. There are lots of talented, battle-tested veteran executives and junior level "all-stars" running entire accounts, but not much in-between. Executives are often tasked with managing too much of the day-to-day while juniors are over-burden with responsibility. If you want experience, learn from the best, and lose a lot of sleep doing it, then this is the place for you. Don't expect anyone to hold your hand.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Stop trying to be the best at everything. Appreciate what you already have in client-roster and talent.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "One of the worst agencies I've worked for (1 of 3)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VSA Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are great at branding. The new CEO is more personable than the last, and that's about it. Free snacks! Creates great work for clients (at the cost of their people's creativity)

    Cons

    They are getting rid of their branding offering/their most interesting work. Very top heavy (their words, not mine) They also do not know how to manage. The culture is terrible, everyone is afraid of not being billable. They treat their employees like trash and don't care or change when it is brought to their attention. Benefits package is abominable. People spend most days complaining but never actually quit like they say they will.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more junior talent to your roles and leave. Maybe sell the business to a larger company capable of creating a happy work environment.

  8. "Demanding, satisfying, challenging, at times exciting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at VSA Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You'll never work with smarter people. The entrepreneurial environment allows ambitious people to thrive.

    Cons

    Internal communications are often an after thought, creating confusion and churn. Ambition can become competitiveness and, at times, "clickishness."

    Advice to Management

    Communication your ops decisions clearly.


  9. "Great mix of people and experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSA Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great mix of people and personalities. Many opportunities and freedom to work on a variety of projects and clients. Learn from experienced and knowledgeable people. Transparency with upper management.

    Cons

    Idea sharing can be a challenge with too many people involved in meetings. Retaining talented people is difficult, but common to the industry.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSA Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great place to start your career, as there is a lot of trust in lower-level employees and they have some of the best in the business to learn from.

    People are always willing to help you understand and learn new things

    Transparency with new CEO William Rosen and other C-Suite

    No busy work

    They make sure no matter how small your role in a project is, that you know it's important to the bigger picture.

    Significantly more PTO than other companies (esp. at the lower level)

    Lively office setting

    Cons

    Very heads-down, people don't really get excited for cultural events

    Sick days count against your PTO

    Growth system is weird... As people's titles don't truly align with their roles and experiences.

    No 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate how you give titles out... Someone isn't a "manager" if they don't manage people, and makes it seem like there is little room to move up in the company when an entry-level position is titled as something higher up.


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