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Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
21 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place does it right.

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    • 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to work

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    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Anonymous Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Growing pains...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Watch who you promote and hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I feel lucky to work at VSCO.

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    I genuinely like my team and everyone in the company with few exceptions are amazing. The engineers are pretty big bad-asses, and we have very high ambitions, and super high standards for our work.

    The food is pretty great. I almost only eat at work.

    Cons

    The issues that insanely fast growing companies have like scaling the engineering work flow and methodology when the team doubles in size every 4 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Keep sticking to your principles. It keeps us different and makes all the hard work worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast-moving, enthusiastic group with an incredible mission.

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Above all, the people here make VSCO what it is. The team has been carefully considered and everybody is a joy to work with. We're a group that loves what we do and have a blast doing it. On top of that, we're building products that are legitimately changing the way everyday people create beautiful work, and that's incredible. All of the teams respect one another and the Executive team encourages you to speak up if something feels off. Other pros are definitely going to be the office space (once it's complete) as well as the incredible food that we have on a daily basis (healthy and accommodating).

    Cons

    Seriously not much comes to mind! We're in a crazy growth phase right now, and so we're all in that together. Obviously there are some growing pains with plenty of new people and roles, but it's an encouraging process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and make sure that all teams are equally managed and that structure is put in place when needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not just talking about creativity - fostering it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    VSCO is a company that puts their money where there mouth is.

    - $1M 'artist initiative' fund
    - A daily updated journal which is almost entirely about members of the community
    - A social photo sharing platform where interesting creative photography is always featured, regardless of the social status of who took the photo

    Having worked here for over two years I can say that everyone here believes in what they are doing and there is no sense of appealing to the creative market. VSCO literally are a member of the creative community.

    Working on the products and platform that VSCO are building is a great experience. Employees are expected to take ownership of their work and show initiative when they see things that need doing. There is a genuine camaraderie and it's nice to come and work with others of like mind.

    The working environment is great, especially for those with families (no rigid hours or long days, health care for family members) and actually, feels like something of a family in itself (shared meals, lots of friends working together and an express concern for each other).

    The actual work is often challenging and I have been and seen others stretched technically on projects. Thankfully there is usually someone who can help.

    Compensation and benefits are very good, but really it's the people that make me want to stay here.

    Cons

    There is sometimes a lack of direction that requires figuring out things and more cross communications than you might typically expect. Also as the size of the team grows there is the inevitable figuring out of 'process' and it is not yet all there yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic with project scope / time estimation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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