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Vokal Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2019

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Vokal CEO Reid Lappin
Reid Lappin
16 Ratings
  1. "Smart and talented group of people that are a pleasure to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vokal full-time

    Pros

    Great developers Great designers A few new directors bringing a new and exciting mentality to Vokal Great benefits Opportunity to immediately contribute Great mentorship opportunities Ability to own your work Ability to create something with incredibly bright, kind, and talented people

    Cons

    Fast paced agency life can be demanding at times Scrappy at times

    Vokal2019-03-11
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, no direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Vokal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You'll work with very talented and helpful people. If you listen and contribute you'll get something out of the experience

    Cons

    Leadership swings between no direction and pulling in all directions. No real plan, process or identity. Don't listen enough to people who have more experience. Salaries are under market.

    Vokal2019-06-05
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Inexperienced Leadership - I'd look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vokal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool office and some great people to work with

    Cons

    No one on the leadership team has ever worked in a digital agency before. They were all born into their role.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to everyone in the organization. Take ownership in failures instead of pointing fingers.

    Vokal2019-04-10
  4. Helpful (2)

    "I rejoined the team after big improvements to the company"

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

    I have been working at Vokal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I worked full-time at Vokal a number of years ago during a high growth phase. Frankly, the company grew too fast and company culture suffered. The management team has since made important changes to the team, process, and culture. Vokal is leaner now and well positioned to grow again - but in a smarter way. After becoming convinced that Vokal made the changes I thought were needed, I took a position on the leadership...

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    Cons

    We're still a scrappy startup - one with a proven business model. If you're interested in the trappings of a massive company, you may want to look elsewhere. Our work environment is very fast paced and can be demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the agile principles we value - keep iteratively improving

    Vokal2019-03-08
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Be Wary of Job Security"

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

    I worked at Vokal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Swanky office with video games and vr headset - lots of boozy events and free food - above-average salary and benefits package

    Cons

    - over half of their workforce work in embedded teams so day-to-day the office is almost empty - engineers are sometimes asked to take on multiple projects, even if it sometimes means being in two places at once. - at least twice on 18-month intervals, Vokal has staffed-up and then let go a sizable portion of people in their employ, especially folks in non-technical roles - While I worked there in a single day 8 people...

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    Advice to Management

    - listen to your employees and play to their strengths - hire people for the long term

    Vokal2019-01-31

    Vokal Response

    March 8, 2019CEO

    First off, thank you for your time at Vokal. Everyone that has worked here has contributed towards building a business to employ great people. Like any company we have made mistakes but we have always stayed committed to the long term picture and investing in smart and genuine team ...

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away"

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

    I worked at Vokal full-time

    Pros

    Illusion of culture; belief that my salary wouldn't put me at the top of the list to be laid off

    Cons

    Revolving door for contractors. CEO has a silver tongue for convincing full time folks to stay. Culture within the company is just plain weird. Other agencies in the Chicago area will openly refer competing firms. None will refer Vokal. Expect that you are sold with a skillset you don't have. You will be setup for failure.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up.

    Vokal2018-12-31

    Vokal Response

    March 8, 2019CEO

    I am sorry for your negative outlook and overall negative position on an extremely talented team. Our team has created a family like culture and we are dedicated to building something great together. I can certainly take the criticism if you did not agree with where we are trying ...

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  7. "Love working at Vokal"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vokal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Competitive compensation including benefits - Collaborative and open environment - Promotes and rewards self growth - People are like family to me

    Cons

    - Working for clients, so there are rare occasions where the work or people aren't ideal

    Vokal2018-04-24
  8. "Pretty Decent Digital Agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vokal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and culture! Lots of booze in the break room

    Cons

    Like a lot of start ups, there can be a high degree of turbulence and turnover. I don't think the work was all that great.

    Vokal2017-03-15
  9. "Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Vokal full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great work place

    Cons

    Growing pains and difficulty adjusting to a continually shifting market

    Vokal2017-02-24
  10. "I love it here!"

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

    I have been working at Vokal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great freedom to accomplish task in your own way. Work life balance is amazing and the people are some of the best I have worked with.

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons

    Vokal2017-01-02
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