Vitacost

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Low Morale Makes Everyone Fail

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Vitacost full-time (more than a year)

Pros

The company will let you work your entire shift before letting you know you have been fired so you get those last 8 hours of work. Because their are no cubicle walls, you could possibly see your replacement being interviewed in the "former executive offices". Like someone said in another post, the company offers filtered-water for it's employees

Cons

There is always a breeze from the revolving doors from employees being fired or having quit due to low morale. Executives continue to get raises and bonuses while employee benefits continue to be curtailed due to "budget" issues. Employees have to buy it's own office supplies due to frugal CEO. CEO "puppets" get preferrable treatment, you can tell who they are by where they are situated around him. The company will use you until they have squeezed every last ounce of knowledge out of you. They won't tell you that you're doing something wrong, they will just use their "recruiter" to find a replacement. Trust Me.. Do not accept that call. I got hired by the former recruiter and that person has already left this god-aweful company. This company is an industry leader in turnovers. HR always looks the other way and sides with the Executive team because they are scared themselves. HR at Vitacost.com is not trustworthy and they cannot be trusted. IT is clueless. All of their jobs will be outsourced to India pretty soon. Someone had mentioned in another post that most of the employees are all ex-Office Depot employees. The place is full of former Office Depot employees who are just drones and do not have any industry knowledge. Pivot tables and excel spreadsheets do not give insight to the what this company needs. The CEO needs to wake up. FInd some qualified industry experts or keep the employees who have been there an opportunity to shine. 6 months is pretty much seniority at this company. The CEO micro-manages every department.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Vitcost has no solid foundation. It's the "little people" who make the company run. I wonder how the founder of VitaminShoppe forgot about his own humble beginnings. Has he been blinded by greed? What happened to the days of building a staff of industry employees?

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Same as most reviews here. Company was promising at one time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at Vitacost full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many pros made me join the company a few years back. These included:

    1. Company provided lunch on Fridays - now gone
    2. Monthly birthday and employee SPOT/recognition awards - now gone
    3. Work from home option - now gone
    4. Company supplied pens and notebooks - now gone; employees encouraged to pilfer pens from doctors offices, etc. so provide their own.
    5. Stable and fun landscape of the company
    6. Company monthly allowance for free products - $100 to $50 to zero - i.e. now gone
    7. Sporadic 'fun' activities like cakes, treats, free products - now gone as well

    Cons

    The CEO micro manages most departments based on his perceived intuition. I genuinely like the man; he is a generous person and has done great things, but his approach has rubbed me and other employees the wrong way over the past year. He complains a lot about people behind their back while talking sweetly to their face. Very vocal man; not strategic or appropriate.

    Many of the original perks are gone, if not all. The company has been watching their purse strings through 2 CFOs, 4 or 5 CIOs and countless managers. The company has a noticeable 'sadness' among employees with a very apparent negative morale. I left on my own after realizing that eventually, my career would be a dead end there. There was constant reminders of saving money and not providing the same old fun type things of yesteryear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate your approach to strategic growth. The company grew from about 40 employees to over 200 in about a year. The cubicles were taken down and there was an obvious tone of negativity among many areas of the company. You're growing too fast and have lost a lot of good talent; some by their own decision and some by your own poor choice of layoffs/firings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Promotions, Commotions, and Incestious Hirings

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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