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Great opportunity for skills and awesome coworkers but longer term strategy is lacking

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Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Lexington, MA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lexington, MA

Pros

It is impossible not to learn voraciously in the first six months
The work culture emphasizes speaking your mind and disagreeing using data
Work like balance is ridiculously good (approximately 8 - 5)
Management is incredibly flexible and advocates for career development
The talent is very impressive and everyone is willing to take a meeting
Analytics is a really nice community of friends that hang out outside of work all the time

Cons

Innovation is limited due to poor structure and an overemphasis on optimizing existing business practices
Upper management talent is limited and Robert's absence from the headquarters is noticeable
Marketing is the lowest in terms of talent but largest in role and analytics and capabilities are largely support
Overall, talent is steadily decreasing as the best are continuing to leave

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reallocate resources to ensure better innovation and take an honest look at what kind or real risks the company is taking
Reduce the number of marketing positions and increase the talent bar

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for Vistaprint

  1.  

    Great opportunity to learn and be part of a great community.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Lexington, MA

    Pros

    Learn the industry - Project span a large variety of areas. This exposure sets you up for success at other companies. But it also exposes you to many different skill sets and allows you to select which area you want to focus on.

    Open environment - At any level, you are able to share your opinions in any meeting and ask any questions. It is really nice to be able to just ask the CMO or a VP a question.

    Smart people - Analysts at vistaprint come from top schools and are very smart, ambitious and being promoted quickly. It is great to be challenged by your peers and learn from them everyday. The analysts also have a great community.

    Work/Life Balance - While there will be days you need to stay late for a deadline, for the most part you are able to set your own schedule as long as you get your work done.

    What's next - While obviously a sensitive area, the outside respect for Vistaprint analysts really validates your decision to work here.

    Cons

    Change- Since we have grown so fast, we seem to just be adding more products and features to the site without a real structure. The website needs a serious revamp and modernization in order to compete moving forward and change seems to happen slowly.

    Growth - The growth the company has been able to achieve is slowing and as the company expands it adds more process and slows change. It also means that there is more separation between you and the leadership.

    Talent- While I think there is still very good talent within analytics, vistaprint definitely focuses on making sure they have the best talent for some areas and not others. And I worry that as the company grows, it will be harder to attract and maintain entrepreneurial talent which it has had success with in the past. There are also too many marketers for how much work can be done by the development team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    A truly terrible place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free beer on Friday at 4:00

    Cons

    You will be unhappy. If you were always considered an All-Star player at your former or present company, don't consider Vistaprint - you won't matter here if your not in the good ole' boys club (aka a group of young managers who came up in the company and have too much influence without nearly enough know how or real industry experience). In my 23 months with the company, I have found it to be a strictly heirarchial company, exceptionally political, negative environment that clearly brings out the worst in people. The company is dog-eat-dog. For each person who gets a "good" performance review, an equal number of people must recieve a "bad" performance review. This leads to cut-throat internal competition, a lack of empathy or friendship in the office, and generally an unfriendly environment.

    You will burn out fast. The pace is very charged, leaving little or no time for personal or family affairs. It is very hard to balance your work and home life. The work just takes over - nights, weekend assignments. You are expected to be constantly connected. The company has grown too fast and become way to diverse. It's unrealistic for employees to stay connected real-time with counterparts 6, 12, and 16 hours apart in time zones. The travel spend is out of control, yet they've made decisions to cut hiring, which means working more often with counterparts half way around the world, which means less and less productivity given time zone challenges.

    You will look for another job. I have been waiting to hit my two year mark to leave this place. It's good timing - the company grew too fast and is about to undertake a huge reduction in workforce. With faltering profit margins, quality issues in manufacturing, and horrible customer reviews throughout the world, Vistaprint has only a little life left in itself - and like it's people - is burning out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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