Vitro Agency Reviews

Updated 22 May 2020

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3.6
66%
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78%
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Vitro Agency Principal & ECD John Vitro (no image)
John Vitro
46 Ratings
Pros
  • "It is located in a great area in San Diego and the office space is very cool(in 14 reviews)

  • "Dog-friendly and plant-full office adds to the feeling of well-being(in 7 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19

    "don't listen to the haters, it's not all bad"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nice perks, good benefits, fun environment, great colleagues, senior management is very fair. all the new business work can be tough but having jobs during the recent pandemic is rare and a lot of people in the industry are struggling, this agency is doing better than most.

    Cons

    fairly typical stuff really; interoffice gossip, some managers are not good at managing people, efficiency of meetings could be improved.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "A place to call home"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vitro Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Family attitude, culture-forward environment, positive steps towards fostering an inclusive and collaborative team. Dog-friendly and plant-full office adds to the feeling of well-being. Real creative services, proper marketing, clever people. John is truly brilliant, Tom is the secret sauce.

    Cons

    Working in advertising isn't always easy. Long hours and thick skins prevail. If you don't get VITRO, VITRO won't get you. But it you want to make it work, and you work at it, this is the top place in the industry, in the county.

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  3. "The work you want to do"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Planner in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A diverse collection of brands (something new) Exciting projects (even for juniors) Aggressive leadership (you want to grow, don't you?) Knows when to have fun (swipe right)

    Cons

    Sometimes a stressful environment (happens when you're hustling) Longer hours (but that's just part of the gig) San Diego is not an ad market (nowhere to go but VITRO)

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  4. "Great Place to Build a Foundation"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is located in a great area in San Diego and the office space is very cool. It is also dog friendly which is wonderful. The culture here is amazing. The people who work there are extremely smart, talented, and fun individuals. There are many all agency events put on throughout the year. I have had amazing mentors and everyone is willing to help each other. We do some very impressive work being a smaller agency in an even smaller market and really live up to our name as a challenger agency for challenger brands. You often find yourself wearing a lot of hats and doing things that may not be part of your job description, but it is rewarding to get to help out with many different things. It ultimately helps build skills and give you experience that will be helpful in future endeavors.

    Cons

    The agency runs lean so you are finding yourself working on many different accounts which can be challenging.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Your experience really depends on your team and your managers"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Strong list of clients for an agency in San Diego - Fun company events and activities ... that's about it

    Cons

    - Lack of clear leadership/direction - Low pay compared to other agencies - Slow career growth even though you show promising results - Long hours / lots of busy work tasks - Cliquey - Obvious favorship from leadership and management teams

  6. "Great work, awesome office."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Art Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Inspiring leadership. Extremely high standards. High level of creativity. Fun culture. Incredible location.

    Cons

    Nothing bad about this place if you like to work hard and have opportunities to do great work.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Productive Change Requires One to be Receptive and not Stubborn to Fix it."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time

    Pros

    Nationally recognized agency, great resume building, you will gain design and writing skills fast. You will learn how to manage your time. San Diego is a beautiful city. Dog's at work are awesome.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is nonexistent. If you have finished your projects on time and leave work on time, you must have rushed or done something wrong is a common judgmental assumption made by management or project managers. Multiple managers on a project frequently have conflicting views resulting in poor workflow and multiple "redo's" of the same project. This leads to more hours spent at the expense of the client. These "redo's" do not result in better work, but only appease management that need to flex their ego. Management oversight is nonexistent. More than once, Senior Management would be unexpectedly out of the office with MAJOR deadlines or late night projects on the line. Project managers and Accounts personnel would be left out of the loop when this would happen and project deadlines would have to be unexpectedly pushed back at the expense of the client. On the flip-side, you will be expected to report your every absence to your supervisor and HR. Upper and senior management scoff at newer methods of advertising that revolve around digital experiences and social media due to their love for the traditional but dying mediums of print and long copy ads. You will not gain any client facing or presentation experience that is needed to progress your career to be a valuable candidate in the future. You will frequently be treated below the job title you are given but told to get work done well above your pay grade. You will not be rewarded or recognized for taking on responsibilities that are meant for more senior level creatives to solve. Instead, you will be told you're not working hard enough even after another 80+ hour work week. Very few of the upper management give positive feedback.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Subpar Agency that values company sponsored drinking parties rather than actual investment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location and smart employees.

    Cons

    The agency's directors seem more concerned with throwing parties for employees than actually investing in tools, resources, adequate staffing to manage accounts, promotions and raises. Most employees end up having to work as their own job title, a job title below and even a job title above them without proper compensation. The agency also sells itself as innovative but lacks significant leadership and experience in ever changing advertising mediums. Many in leadership position did not have adequate experience in the departments they lead and could not provide support for their department when it came to staffing and resource issues.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Creative Potential Trapped by Weak Brands"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture in the VITRO Austin office. Creativity is championed.

    Cons

    Not a lot of great brands/clients. Long hours. Unfulfilling work.

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Worst company ever, stay clear"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Media Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vitro Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location, dog friendly office, some ok people

    Cons

    worst experience of my life, mismanaged, projects were horrible, no creativity, horrible people, really just overall a bad time

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