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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

I worked at Vistaprint full-time (more than an year)

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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Vistaprint is a high growth company with lots of potential, but severe leadership challenges

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many very, very smart people to work with. Lots of innovative work to do. Huge market potential. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization (every couple of months) results in chaos and low morale. People don't know what their job will be next month, or in some cases, whether it will even still be there after the next reorg.

    Lack of strategic focus causes too much turmoil. No sooner does the executive team finally announce a 3-5 year strategy than it goes out the window so we can work on short-term revenue initiatives.

    The board needs to spin off a startup to give to the current CEO, who is a startup CEO (he founded the company). Great guy, great startup CEO, but he is not capable of running a multi-billion dollar company -- his attention span is too short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus, focus, focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (more than an year)

    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
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