At The VIA Agency, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 61 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.61. It was published on Oct 19, 2017. 423 Visitors

What Employees Say

People care about each other here.
98%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
97%
 
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
97%
 
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
97%
 
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
95%
 

What They Do

We asked The VIA Agency to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

For 20+ years as a brand, marketing and advertising agency, The VIA Agency has consistently delivered on one mission: to help clients grow through creativity. Our mission statement might not be unique or clever or pithy; it’s just true.

About this Company

Website: http://theviaagency.com/ Industry: Advertising & Marketing
US Headquarters: Portland, Maine, 04101 US Sites: 1
US Employees: 68 US Revenues: $20 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1993

VIA's Bowling Team

Perks and Programs

We asked The VIA Agency to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Hey YOU! Go.Do: At random, one employee (and guest) is selected to do something spontaneous involving travel and immersion and to report his/her experience back to the agency. A recent example is sending two employees to Burning Man in Nevada.
  • VIA Way Awards: Awards given at VIA's holiday party to the most under-recognized and most valued employees of the year. Nominated by their peers and selected by the executive team.
  • Holiday Books: Each year, the CEO gifts every employee a book selected specifically for that individual and personalized with an inscription. Every single employee receives a different book that aligns with her/her personal interests.
  • No Vacation policy policy: Employees may take as much personal and vacation time as they want as long as their work is complete and their team and managers are informed.
  • Health & Wellness Programs: These include free chair massages, a meditation room and on-site workshops given by experts on various wellness topics.
  • Sabbatical: After ten years of tenure VIA awards employees with the opportunity to apply for sabbatical leave (asking two questions - What and Why), which consists of six weeks off that can be supplemented with two additional weeks of vacation time.
  • Free Beer and Fiction: Each month three employees are selected to write a story (fiction) on a chosen prompt and read it to the agency. To date, over 70 employee have participated.
  • Employee Ownership: Annually, all employees are eligible to receive options when profitability and growth targets are met. The goal is that the founder transfers 90% ownership to employees over the next several years. This is not a traditional ESOP.
  • VIA sports teams: VIA sponsors organized team sports and activities throughout the year that include basketball, softball, bowling, bocce, kickball and soccer.
  • Go.Do's: Spontaneous agency-wide activities to inspire creativity. This has involved dance parties, snow sculpture contests, museum tours, improvisation workshops, etc., all designed to take employees out of their comfort zone and expose them to new things.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

$125,400 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Associate Creative Director 100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 3% of salary
85% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for 56) 64% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for 35)
85% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 24 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Senior Copywriter Steve Holt at Annual Chili Cook-Off

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 100 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 100 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
8 weeks Paid sabbatical after 10 year(s) of employment Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
100 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option (2% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Massages, health screenings, mindfulness and nutrition workshops, meditation room, bocce court and basketball hoop.)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*20 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
20 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*20 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Recycling program

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Accounts Payable & Expense Specialist Kim Croce Enjoys Sledding

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
VIA's Bocce League

How to Get Hired

We asked The VIA Agency for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Curiosity - Because our business is about  unearthing new deas and ways of thinking, we have to be open to that. A great mind is curious and fresh. Curious people do exceptionally well here. Ambition - Employees often need to create new pathways and to succeed for clients to do well. Empathy - Beyond just being kind, empathy helps us understand our clients business needs and challenges. Fun - We put a pemium on not taking ourselves too seriously. If you're not fun, we don't want to hang around you.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Share their work - real work for current employers, case studies and stories they have to tell. Unique approach - creative and unusual ways of showing interest in how they apply for positions.  

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We look to hire VIAns more than we look to fill positions, but we are always focused on creatives and strategists.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Research via's website, the press, and our work.

hiring Outlook

-6% Job Growth 46 Average applicants per opening
550 Total job applicants 25% New hires by employee referrals
25% Openings filled by current employees 25 Recent graduates hired
12% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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