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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Designer in Carlstadt, NJ
    Current Employee - Production Designer in Carlstadt, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Visual Graphic Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is no pros for this company.

    Cons

    The place is old, and dirty. Owners are cheap.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Left a lot to be desired..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlstadt, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlstadt, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Visual Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great if you're an clock watcher & like to leave on time as overtime appeared to be prohibited. Majority of the staff were friendly & easy To get along with.

    Cons

    Disorganized & unprofessional, lower end of salary spectrum. Not a particularly pleasant location, gas station right next door & motel across the street that seems to cater to the *hourly rate*... Not up to date with office technology. Very loud office, lots of yelling, everyone defers to the partners & CEO has attitude issues.


  3. "Good on paper"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kew Gardens, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kew Gardens, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Visual Graphic Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great co-workesr willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Unclear and unorganized system of client service. Infantile and self-absorbed partners who make business very difficult to conduct. Little concern for what the clients are looking for as opposed to what's best for VGS. Billing dept is unorganized and mistakes are commonplace. Attempts by clients to have issues and errors by VGS is painfully slow.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people with respect. Understand that you are not the only ones who should benefit from hard work. Too many cooks! Very little consistency...


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Graphic Systems in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Visual Graphic Systems in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Visual Graphic Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, highly dedicated team members, highly experienced team, high visibility client list and project portfolio. Excellent product output, when properly designed out of house.

    Cons

    Long hours, no training, it is a sink or swim environment. Excessively hostile work environment, executives should have mandatory anger management therapy to hold their positions on a continuous basis. Salaried employees are expected to work indefinitely to complete job duties without adequate resources at their disposal to be able to complete duties within an average work day. 12 hour work days should be expected upon occasion, but it is the norm for several strung out burnt out employees. Meanwhile junior designers are playing with paper airplanes when no one is watching and shopping in Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    Tone down the hostile environment, in a big way. Never have I worked at such a place with so much yelling between partners and chastising of staff, in front of peers and subordinates. Respect is a two way street. Your egos are so big you can't see the forest from the trees, and when problems arise, instead of taking a collaborative approach to resolving them, it is a constant blame game. Reactive sweeping policy changes without gathering all facts hurts the business and frustrates employees to the point that they do not know what the rules are on any given day. Implement a strategy for employee training in-house and out-of-house. PM job pool needs more relevant experience prior to hiring, not kids out of college. Ownership oversimplifies job duties and has led to unbalanced resources. There are six heads in design but only two heads in project management. Projects requiring management are left to community oversight in production, operation, and shipping/logistics. Often too much responsibility is assumed taken on by parties by executives without their explicit knowledge. Bring in an efficiency expert to evaluate job duties and responsibilities.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a professional environment, upper management is greedy!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlstadt, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlstadt, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Visual Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    After working here for quite some time, I can say that the cons out weight the pros. The only pro was flexibility with schedule.

    Cons

    not a professional environment, everyone is dressed casually, upper management sucks, people are rude and not nice at all


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing is Perfect"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    you will have some leverage to work in different assignments due to company's size and limited resources.
    Unique industry.
    Very good experience in the beginning of your career.(1-2) years

    Cons

    Place is not professional and doesn't have a solid structure,they are trying but it will take forever.
    Poor management and leadership.
    you need to focus with coworkers and make friends rather than focus on your work; if you want to stay with them.If you get along with them,you dont have to worry,you can stay their forever.
    Lack of communication and trust specially if you are new.
    Tribal knowledge is very normal there.

    Advice to Management

    A ship with 2 captains; will sink
    How about if they were 6!!! LOL
    Successful companies who strive for the best practices and not to be the best of the worst list.


  8. "Glad to be out of here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Visual Graphic Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn really fast and take on a lot of responsibility. Can easily access all levels of the company.

    Cons

    The management say its a family, but do not actually treat their employees that way. Resources available to you are limited, and you often feel exploited.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, treat them well, and they will take care of you. Everyone actually wants to perform well, but do not feel as if you actually care for them.


  9. "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Visual Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    VGS has fair creative capabilities

    Cons

    With 5 owners, there are no clear goals and cash flow always seems to be an issue

    Advice to Management

    Develop a business plan that makes short term and long term sense and staff accordingly. Times have changes and so have skills required to compete.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It's all about the partners"

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

    Pros

    Low to mid level employees can work there forever. Just keep your head down and don't expect too much along the lines of career or income growth.

    Cons

    Downright nasty and mean-spirited management team. You must justify your existence in terms of how you benefit the partners. They are the shareholders and you are simply viewed as a means to an end for them. This does not lead to fulfillment or a sense of job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    You have set up an organizational structure that is unhealthy and will not foster the growth you so desperately want. Treat your people well and they will go to the mat for you. Eliminate angry outbursts in the office environment - they hurt people deeply in ways that impact their performance. Show that you care about their personal success and you'll find that they will propel your business to greater heights (e.g. they will make you more money). You reap what you sow.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Potential... but unprofessional, & abhorrent favoritism"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Visual Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and friendly for the most part.. . Relaxed environment, creative and diverse.. . ok,for short term- quick raises if you're good . .. learn something new, meet new people etc. ... . IF you're IN, then good for you... but it doesn't seem to be about good work, loyalty, or likability.....

    Cons

    You're experience may be ruined by some people in certain positions, rules/common sense seem to apply to some employees, but not others, or only when it's convenient.....

    Advice to Management

    According to them they're geniuses. . . they wouldn't read this.


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