SAS Consultant (Current Employee) – Chicago – April 19, 2016
I really enjoy working at VSA partners. Its a very collaborative environment and interesting work space. It seems like there are aggressive and tight deadlines and in the past 5 months that I have been here I have seen 3 contractors and 3 full time employees leave.
Writer (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 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.
Director (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 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.
Great company with hard-working and passionate individuals
Intern (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 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.
Senior Designer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – June 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.
Lots of free snacks and food trucks
Lack of effective collaboration/creative direction to do best work
Former Employee (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 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.)