Vitacost

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A Permanent Dark Cloud In Sunny Florida

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

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

Pros

The building is located in a comfortable, corporate suite with lots of room and the facilities are in okay shape, although quite boring. There is a small gym and two showers on site for employees who get the fit bug. Most employees have a larger desk with dual monitors in many situations. One break room will occasionally have expired products from the Vitacost supplement line available for free to those who are willing to risk using oudated products. The breakrooms have filtered water and multiple, single cup espresso and coffee makers, which aren't bad. There is also an office store that stocks various health foods and drinks that can be purchased at an extremely reasonable rate throughout the day. The list of pros is much smaller than the cons sadly.

Cons

The majority of the staff act like they have had their life drained out and are scared about being beaten up by senior or middle management. At first glance, you might consider the morale a fluke but it's very common. There are no cubicles, only open desks which deliver an open and extremely slice of the office which makes it hard to concentrate sometimes.

The company itself has an overwhelming bureaucracy to work through. Previous bad choices have forced the company to over regulate procedures and pinch internal budgets to nothing. During an introduction to the company, HR will even openly discuss the CEO's new office supply initiative that encourages employees to swipe pens, paper, and other office supplies from other businesses or hotels they may visit as a cost saving mechanism to Vitacost.

Much of the 70s style management in play appears to come downwind of the CEO himself. A veteran of the industry whose experience and resume are long and solid, but also belong in the past, where the name of the company did not have a .com after it. The yesteryear leadership approach is stifling and backwards for an internet company.

This man loves to spend his day on his feet, wandering around the office badgering people with the gut feeling ideas and errant thoughts he had while sitting at his desk. The ideas are mostly bad and do a great disservice to what could be a thriving online retail outfit. Occasionally, the CEO will openly criticize an individual in front of their colleagues for something both sensitive enough to embarrass and offend.

HR appears to be either immune to this treatment of employees or disregard it completely. This group care more about pampering the executives and bringing in warm bodies to correct for their extremely high turnover than they do about supporting a positive working environment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look at what industry leading companies like Google and other tech giants do to drive employees and the company to mutual success.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Trust In Leadership. It is like quicksand.

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Boca Raton, FL

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

    Pros

    I do not have anything good to say about this company.

    Cons

    There systems are ancient. NO work and family separating. To concerned about money and not innovation. Any innovation they did do was not innovative. No growth potential and low salaries. The CMO is not savvy and caused a lot of issues with initiatives that failed and cost the company. Let me be clear, his idea. Not a friendly work environment and to many people in Leadership working hard and not smart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real educated leaders in eCommerce and do not lose them. Treat people with the respect they deserve.

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

    Low Morale Makes Everyone Fail

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vitacost full-time (more than an 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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