Vitacost

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Promotions, Commotions, and Incestious Hirings

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Vitacost full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- Each employee gets a chair and two monitors to work on
- A filtered water system for employees
- Company recycles paper from wasted print jobs from the copy machines and converted to "notepads" for employees to use
- Company tends to hire employees that were under performers from other local companies so that they can implement those failing philosophies
- Company Handbook has no meaning, so you don't have to worry about following any of those rules & regulations
 - If you know someone already working for Vitacost, you're a "shoe-in" to working for Vitacost - apply now since there are plenty of openings, but don't think the grass is greener here
 - You're able to purchase your own pens, notepads, post-its, and any other office supplies (but definitely not from Office Depot because half of the staff at Vitacost are former employees from there) with your own earned wages as you are not allowed to order these essential supplies to work due to frugal CEO
 - You'll get promoted if you're able to use pivot tables and Excel formulas, but not based on your industry knowledge
- You get to spend lots of time away from your desk due to meetings with "executives" who delegate but really are just "YES" people and cover up mistakes and get recognized by projects actually executed by their subordinates
 - Bathrooms have toilet tissues and paper towels for drying off hands
- HR stands for Horrible Reception to employees concerns and will not dare go against an Executive although HR ethics dictate otherwise

Cons

I haven't been able to tell you everything you really need to know about this company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Enjoy your base salaries of $250K plus and your annual bonuses of 50% of your base pay while enjoying your PTO hours, but complain when your employees take PTO.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ready, fire, aim!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitacost

    Pros

    The meager 10% employee discount...which is actually less than some monthly sales.

    Cons

    When asked about all of his failed experiments while inventing the light bulb Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Working at Vitacost's Las Vegas distribution center will be a lot like that. Processes will be introduced, changed, changed again then forgotten when something else becomes more important. Then you will be reprimanded for not taking care of all of the things that have gone wrong while you were trying to take care of the newest "important" problem. You will certainly gain an education in futility.

    Every day will be a battle. "Improvements" will be made (with very little collaborative effort) and will only serve to move the problem to another area. Only after the "better method" fails will the people who do the day-to-day work be asked for their input. At no time will failures be acknowledged.

    The word "unacceptable" will be thrown around daily. Ignorant faith will be put in the newest "this is going to double our productivity" re-design. Meanwhile you won't know who works where because of the constant movement of personnel from "this is out of control" area to "this CANNOT continue" pile of problems.

    If you want to spend 60 hours a week (getting paid for 40) beating yourself up...this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit that you don't have enough people to do the work then hire more people instead of working extra hours and days week after week. Treat your employees like people rather than automaton beasts of burden and SHOW them that you appreciate them rather than just talk about it. Figure out what you're doing (as a TEAM) and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Think carefully before joining Vitacost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Vitacost full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Close to top to executives. Current CEO is a legend in this industry and very easy-going and hard-working;current CMO and CFO are very knowledgeable, too;

    2. Headquarter in Boca Raton is only one-story and easy to evaculate during emergency;

    3. It has a self-service store selling its products, which is very convenient for employees to buy snacks;

    4. Some employees are very very talented even the company itself is small;

    5. There is a small gym for people to work out. Employees can take shower in the building too.

    6. There is 10% discount for employees to order from the website.

    Cons

    1. There is no cubles and open working environment is very noisy. It is difficult for people to concentrate on working. Particularly difficult for technical people to write code and have deep thinking. You have to put headset to be focused on your job, which is very annoying.

    2. High executive turnover rate and high employee turnover rate. For example, for IT department, it had 6 CIO/CTO in the past five years. Majority of new employees stays about 5 or 6 months with IT department and will find better job very quickly. Those people who choose to stay are either not competitive or at the end of their career. So the system constantly has issues. IT people like to excuse themselves by blaming marketing or top executive not investing enough in IT. Company is outsourcing IT jobs to India too because of this problem.

    3. It lacks coordination among each department. Particuarly there is strong conflict between IT and Marketing, who always blames each other. Marketing people like to say "It is all IT's fault" and IT people like to say "What is going on with marketing, company is losing money thanks to Marketing's smart spending".

    4. Company fires people without giving any explanation.Normally every Friday morning somebody will be fired in front of all the employees, which makes a lot of people unconfortable. Because of that, more and more people left the company without giving two-week advanced notice and those people are actually very good employees.

    5. There is a paradox in this company. Really good people do not want to stay with the company and they are actully the type of employees company needs.In the same time bad employees are good at flattering the top executives to keep their job, because they are not competitive in the job market.

    6.Company is consistenly losing money, averaging $5million per quarter in the past one and half year. Company is cutting employee's benefits. A lot of peole are working under stress.Some emplyees have to constantly visit doctors and take certain medicine to work in this company.

    7.Several people in marketing lack the basic ethics and professionism. The only thing they are good at is blaming other people and hiding their own mistakes. They only report good numbers to executives and hide the bad numbers. People with ethics find it extrme difficult to work with those people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to create a comfortable enviroment for employees to be productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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