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Glad to have worked there, but also glad to leave

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lexington, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

I worked at Vistaprint

Pros

There is still plenty of opportunity to learn on the job how a .com is run successfully and how it can be transformed into a $1B business.

The opportunity is especially great for software engineers coming out of college and for experienced project/program managers that can deal with constant friction and uncertainty that comes with such a dynamic environment.

In general, if you want to work in a place that culturally believes in data-driven decision making, focus on business results, while maintaining a very fast pace of growth, this is probably one of the best companies to work for in the Boston area.

Compensation is also fairly good, especially if you are perceived as a high performer.

Cons

Vistaprint used to feature the best aspects of a small company, but with the advantages of a big company. Unfortunately, at this point of its lifecycle, this has reversed: Vistaprint is now featuring many negative aspects of a small company, with the disadvantages of a larger company.

Overall, the company is being transformed from a low-politics/results focused innovation engine to a high-politics/bureaucratic-driven organization.

In my opinion, this is best suited as a transition-job company for one's career, i.e. work and learn (or build your resume) there for a few years and then move on. The opportunities for medium-long term growth is limited.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Try to maintain the positive aspects of the company culture as the company grows.
- Find ways to grow people within the organization, otherwise you will start losing talent (something that has already started to happen).
- While growing the organization to support an $x billion/year company is a very important task, Vistaprint is still not a large company.

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    Great company, very good and bright people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Winterthur (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winterthur (Switzerland)

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    exciting, young company with huge potential
    good and bright young people

    Cons

    Far too many unproductive meetings, vision is not really clear to all employees, too many strategy changes

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Youthful illusion for a corrupted maturity

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Barcelona (Spain)

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High salaries and tons of extra benefits (ticket restaurant, health plan, pension scheme, transport tickets, etc.) with flexible working hours; international and multicultural environment; brilliant people to work with at mid-management and below level; no comparison to a Spanish company by much far.

    Cons

    Expect to make the most of a professional career only if you come in as a graduate since you will learn a lot; at any other level, despite fictional changes in your title (and maybe in salary), there is no career path one can construe, even more so one HR can draw for you; there is no real concept/action on talent management (the needed one is insistently brought in from the outside to the expense of the internal one), although the catchphrase is abused widely by HR and senior management; career changes are based on personal connections and not on actual performance and skills set, especially the higher the level in question (having a bi-annual performance review cycle is pointless under the circumstances of such a political circus); it might be a common fault of big organizations but it resonates stronger when lived amidst much hypocrisy about career progression and wonderful professional opportunities; so your talent dilutes and stagnates (it is surprising to realize among colleagues how many have little or nothing to do after one or two years in the company) until it has to search for a new home.
    Political-correctness is taken to the exasperation and you will be obliged into being complulsorily cheerful and charitable. Lack of humanity is reserved to dismissing valuable people by highly presumptuous VPs whose dignity is questionable and power hunger unlimited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite claims of being a transformational company, beneath the youthful face of a perennial start-up, there is a bureaucratic, slow and myopic behemoth. And with performance slowing down recently there is risk some blocks might crumble (the inwards look for self-crucification helps to be autocritical but normal people strive to make a living: wake up to reality and consider macro-economic variables when reviewing and planning).

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