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  1. Helpful (3)

    "What's behind the curtain?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to build experience.

    Cons

    Low pay for high amount of work.
    Low pay by industry standards.
    Terrible work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Distribute profits accordingly
    Pay bills on time


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Why be creative when you can just look like you're creative?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you're young and looking to build experience, survive as long as you can and you'll be well equipped for what lies ahed in your career. They have a dog in the office, which means they have to be creative right? A dog? In the office? That's crazy!! (Sarcasm)

    Cons

    As many have said before, if you have experience there really is no reason to work here. It's setup to exploit the youth and naivete of those trying to break into the advertising industry. Long hours, no support, low wages. The turn over rate is staggering, which is very telling of the environment. They are very fixated on presenting a creative and free-thinking image (polished concrete floors, ceiling vents, designer furniture, faux brick walls, office dog) but the work they produce is incredibly dated and conservative. You'll have much more creative freedom working in an house environment, with far less drama.

    Advice to Management

    It's not enough to just look creative. Your work has to be creative as well.

  3. "Only work here if you need to get some agency experience. If you're experienced there is no reason to work here."

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The interview process was very easy, almost nonexistent (which should have been my first warning about the quality of the agency). I was able to get some agency experience and then move on.

    Cons

    There is a sort of cult around the owners. An in-group clique at the agency relentlessly brown noses the owners in spite of the low pay and the fact that one of the owners has a terrible temper and will yell terrible things at employees. There are double standards with respect to the in-group and others.

    The agency is stuck in the year 2003. They have very little understanding of what is going on in the industry. This doesn't actually hurt them as much as it should because all of the agency's clients are even more clueless. The blind leading the blind.

    I wouldn't describe the work done here as "advertising." You'll be making menus and other in-house materials.

    You will be paid below market standards.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better, end the creepy "owner worship" culture and don't degrade people....ah nevermind. They won't change these things. The place is a cancer. Shut it down.


  4. "Avoid this ad agency like the plague!!!"

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    Former Employee - Artist in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Artist in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros whatsoever. I really can not think of one good thing about Virgen Advertising.

    Cons

    This place is an absolute nightmare filled with tons humiliation and degradation. The owner has an extremely volatile temper and will have no hesitation to scream the most degrading words at any specific individual in front of the whole staff. No one sticks around very long. Most leave on their own, others are fired. Those who stay survive only by brown-nosing the owner (which the owner loves). Do yourself a HUGE favor and work cleaning toilets instead of anything at this place.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the industry altogether. You do not deserve to be anyone's supervisor anywhere.


  5. "Had a great experience and learned a lot before moving away"

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

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You learn a lot, you get to do things you might never get to do, everyone is like family.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, you have to figure out a lot on your own

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the opportunity!


  6. "DO NOT ACCEPT A POSITION HERE!"

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

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only legitimate pros I can think of are the two private bathrooms and the occasional complimentary morning donuts. Birthdays are celebrated with a cake once a month, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Cons

    With the exception of recent college grads (you guys are allowed to suffer), nobody with any real talent or experience should waste their time here. To start, there is no leadership whatsoever. The "leaders" consist of a few lifers with no actual skills other than lasting for as long as they have at Virgen. You will not learn or grow from anyone here - quite the opposite, as this group is a terrible example of what a professional establishment should resemble. This agency struggles daily to pull the wool over their dwindling client's eyes. Lots of smoke and mirrors to appear legitimate. For example, promoting a multiple location business with Miami as a second location. The biggest presence they have ever had in Miami is a freelancer who just so happened to live there. This agency is a mess, and I hope by writing a review I can save someone with actual talent from accepting a position here like I did. After awhile, you'll start to question your own intelligence and value due to the caliber of employees you're surrounded by. It's a terrible feeling.

    Clients and potential employees alike - you are better than this. Look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Your reputation is irreparable in Las Vegas so hold on tight to the few clients you have left. Also, have some respect for the poor kids who work 16 hour days to keep YOUR business afloat, while struggling to pay their own bills.


  7. "Run While You Can!!"

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    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time

    Pros

    Company birthday party once a month.

    Cons

    Management is horrible, but yet.....there isn't any. Most people last about half a year there. If you're not completely brown nosing the two owners, you might as well quit while your ahead. Expect to work very long hours without any type of compensation. Also be expected to be forced not to go on lunches due to the amount of work that they take in without such little employees. Absolutely do not expect to go up in this agency, you will alway remain the position that you came in with. The main reason while this agency does somewhat well (client-wise) is because they have such quick turn around on there projects, which is why employees are asked to stay well into the night. Honestly, if you can read the other peoples reviews on this agency, than you will understand exactly what I'm talking about.

    Advice to Management

    Get some.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Would rather work at Subway as a sandwich artist!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Virgen Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Popcorn!??! No Pros, all amateurs here. Leaving, after working there for nearly two years was the biggest Pro!

    Cons

    Cult like environment. Not much advertising going on, mostly making pictures and wasting creatives time. Turnover rate is 70% or higher. Real abusive ownership. Felt like i was being watched all the time. More value is placed on your wardrobe and hair style then on your professional ability. There are no real creative directors or art directors to help bring up the young talent.
    Don't plan on taking a vacation or sick day without being cut out of the circle of trust... or being fired. Your low salary is based on a 60+ hr work week!!!

    Anyone looking to get into advertising or trying to hire an agency should stay away from this train wreck!

    Advice to Management

    Take more pictures and write more screenplays! Leave advertising to the professionals.


  9. "Rack up "experience" and get out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Virgen is a good place to get the necessary entry level advertising experience. You will learn on the fly because there is nobody there to actually teach you. If you have no other options or are brand new to advertising Virgen is a decent choice. The surrounding staff are very nice, talented young professionals. The 401K match was great.

    Cons

    Management is broken. They are all talented people in their own rights but as leaders and teachers all fall short. Expect to get paid well below Las Vegas market values and in return expect long hours with little flexibility on time off. Expect to be yelled at for no rational reason by the owner. Every day will be a pressure cooker of anxiety and feelings of regret for taking the job. But the owners will cling to the 2003 award of "Best Places to Work." Virgen is not a place for a career, if you are a seasoned advertising professional avoid at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Step back and let someone else lead, stay on as advisors with little to no controlling power.