VSCO Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    I've worked at a lot of startups and VSCO is by far the best experience of them all

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at VSCO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent balance for creative and technical work
    - Build something that people truly love
    - Company treats you like family

    Cons

    VSCO is growing fast so people who don't enjoy an environment that rapidly changing may not enjoy it here

    Advice to Management

    - Keep valuing your employees
    - Keep making sure that employees have a sense of ownership so that they take pride in their work
    - Keep allowing employees to have a voice and cater to the different ways each employee is comfortable in expressing that voice

  2. Meaningful mission, great balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flat Hierarchy, everybody is on the same level including the executives.
    - Employees are highly valued, you will be treated great. Great food.
    - Fun and creative, but never selling out on principles
    - Quickly growing user base

    Cons

    Somewhat chaotic because of the lack of strong hierarchy. You need to have some level of initiative to get things done. This can make things stressful if you don't like juggling multiple projects.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more resources on making the engineering process more streamlined.

  3. I could not image working anywhere else and enjoying my day to day nearly as much as I love working at VSCO.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Support Specialist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Community Support Specialist in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at VSCO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    From the benefits, to the meals, to the location and facilities available - I can go on and on about how fantastic everything about VSCO is. But the most amazing part is truly the family at VSCO. Since the beginning VSCO has focused on creating a trusted group of individuals who each bring a unique quality to the table. We're not just friends at VSCO - we are 100% a family.

    Cons

    At first I was nervous to work in the ever changing Downtown/Uptown Oakland area, but after a couple of days of walking to Lake Merritt on my lunch - I quickly came around. The worst part of working at VSCO is the food is too good so gaining weight will probably happen, there are too many options of delicious beverages in the fridges, and everyone is unbelievably supportive. So no, I have nothing bad to say about working at VSCO.

    Advice to Management

    A majority of companies I've worked with believe in a level of transparency but none compare to VSCO. During our scrums the management team will share awesome advances, set backs, and blockers. The VSCO Family shares almost everything that's happening. The management team is not on a pedestal and no one is out of reach. If an employee needs to talk to management it's rarely an issue grabbing a someone for a few minutes.

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  5. Fee blessed to be a part of the VSCO family.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't imagine working anywhere else. I'm constantly inspired by the other employees and Execs and genuinely feel blessed to be a part of VSCO -- I constantly wonder how I landed a job here! We are now 100+ people split between three offices but somehow still maintain a small 'family' business vibe, plus the benefits and work / life balance are second to none.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind! We went through a large growth spurt so there are small teething pains that come with that but nothing major.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  6. A Job with Purpose

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

    I have been working at VSCO full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working at VSCO, I feel elevated on so many levels, both professionally and personally. It simply feels great to be inspired in the workplace. I'm fortunate to have a job with a mission and purpose I truly believe in and to be part of a work family that really cares.

    Cons

    It's a start-up environment so if you come from the corporate side, it can be a bit of an adjustment. However, the start-up environment is exciting and it's quite impressive how VSCO is handling it's rapid growth.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to the awesome culture and values you have established and continue to make good communication a top priority as we grow

  7. Helpful (1)

    Collaborative environment, great company culture, very creative & talented group of people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's inspiring and motivating to work with so many talented, hardworking individuals who care so deeply about their work and moving the company vision forward. Great work hard, play hard company culture. Fun happy hours to celebrate new team members joining. Strong yet very approachable management team who constantly share how much they value employees. Tasty free food & drinks and excellent benefits' package!

    Cons

    Things move quickly and as expected with any fast growing company, there's lots to do and plates are full. Important to have good time management and prioritization skills.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people make up the amazing culture here.
    People are really passionate about company and product and what they do.
    Lots of transparency from CEO and execs
    Autonomy - no micromanaging
    Really good benefits + PTO policy
    Commuter friendly

    Cons

    VSCO is undergoing exponential growth over several offices - sometimes makes things run not as efficiently as they could.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Anonymous Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off policies, Benefits, incredible team to work with.

    Cons

    Training could be smoother as well as the ability to grow within the company.

  10. Helpful (1)

    This place does it right.

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

    I have been working at VSCO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate leadership; talented coworkers; inspiring and friendly environment; good compensation; incredible benefits related to medical, vacation, and wellness; beautiful office with plenty of light and space; free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    Employees are expected to perform well and continue to evolve with the company - could be overwhelming for some people.

  11. Growing pains...

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

    I worked at VSCO full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are none. Management is clueless. They will pull the bait-and-switch from interview to reality.

    Cons

    Simply growing too fast. Hired bad people and promoted the clueless. They will tell you about "flexible hours" then expect you to be chained to your desk from 9-5.

    Advice to Management

    Watch who you promote and hire.

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