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The smartest people you'll ever meet
Writer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 2, 2017
VSA Partners is an incredibly talented, hard-working group of people. It's a fast-paced, quick-witted environment, all about creative collaboration. VSA has a good reputation in Chicago and across the country, and it's an excellent place to gain a lot of experience right away when you're first starting out.
Pros
Free snacks, nice office, good vacation
Cons
Hard to advance, poor benefits, lower copensation
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Thinking about this place makes me feel sick
Director (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 23, 2017
Totally out of touch management with deep insecurities. Will marginalize or eliminate anyone they don't like for any reason (usually if they have talent and are therefore a threat). They play favorites and anyone else gets walked all over. Bullies and sociopaths do well here.
Pros
Snacks
Cons
Toxic Environment
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Great company with hard-working and passionate individuals
Intern (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 27, 2017
VSA is a great company with extremely talented and hard-working employees. Everyone there is what makes up the friendly and open work environment, and everyone works well with each other, giving good feedback and strengthening already good ideas.
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VSA is not what it used to be
Senior Designer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 10, 2014
They are trying to turn into a full-service agency and their structure is no longer effective as they do not include the creative teams in the client meetings or to get briefed with the entire account and strategy/dev team. There was a lot of disconnect, shoot from the hip direction from the top and an encouragement to take stabs in the dark to guess what the Creative Director wanted since he was never available and rarely responded to emails. Overall, frustrating to work so many frustrated people - however, inspiring to see so many talented people trying to do their best work despite the limitations. I just think their clients deserve better strategy behind the design thinking, but the Creative Directors have too much on their plate.
Pros
Lots of free snacks and food trucks
Cons
Lack of effective collaboration/creative direction to do best work
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Nice place overall
Employee (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 18, 2014
Great talent. Very competitive amongst co-workers in Chicago. Growing pains, but good future.
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Not so good
Jr Web Developer (Former Employee) –  ChicagoFebruary 22, 2014
These folks are a typical agency, everyone is super self obsessed.
Really a bunch on New York wana-bees.

THERE is no opportunity for full time, contract to contract.
They don't really understand technology!
Pros
Very flexible
Cons
No benefits, no structure and contract only
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Great, creative work environment
Former Employee (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 10, 2013
Pros:
Creative comes first, and it's top-notch.
Blue-chip clients: where else can you work on IBM, GE, Converse, Nike, Pepsi, McDonald's, Motorola, Harley-Davidson and Target in the course of a few years?
Talented, hard-working, professional people. You'll learn a lot from your colleagues.
Freedom to be yourself. Relaxed work environment. Personalities welcome.

Cons:
Work-life balance, though improved in the past few years, is still heavily tilted in favor of work.
There's not much of a career path or mentoring to speak of. You'll learn a lot from doing the work, and working with smart people, but you're making it up as you go along from a career development standpoint. (This is especially true if you're not a designer.)
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VSA’s work across brand, communications and marketing has produced results for some of the world’s most respected, forward-thinking businesses,
Senior Graphic Desiger (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 22, 2013
Balance my time between a variety of ongoing projects on a daily basis.
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