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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

141 Other Employee Reviews for Vistaprint (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    An incredible place to grow, learn and change the world!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Clear strategy, direction and guiding principles. Strong culture of performance in which people are measured and held accountable. As long as they execute, company is well positioned for success.

    Cons

    It's not as easy to move the company as it once was, nor are the mechanisms in place to stay small while the company gets big. Strong bias to action in culture is important -- don't let it get lost in decision paralysis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in people. Make sure that the culture doesn't change as the people do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    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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