Valassis Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
159 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Caring family style culture and good work life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Great people despite recent culture decline (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Takes pride in upper management seniority, though ideas are often stale and lackluster (in 9 reviews)

  • People who have worked at the company for years and long to advance themselves are often left behind because there is no room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Willing to develop you, if you're willing to put in the effort

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

    I have been working at Valassis full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture, huge focus on innovation

    Cons

    Working in remote offices, you don't get to experience the culture as much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Associate in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at Valassis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A company that rewards its employees, is growing and likes to promote from within. You will find good salaries, happy employees and lots of room for personal development and growth within the company. Many people spend their entire careers here, a rare thing at most companies.

    Cons

    Like any publicly traded company, layoffs happen. But this is a company that is solid, and poised for continued growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep taking good care of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Valassis is a company that cares about its employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Client Program Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Valassis

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great work life balance
    Yearly top 100 places to work in Houston
    Decent compensation

    Cons

    If the company meets goals there is a profit share into your 401k account at the end of the year, but it is lackluster. I would much prefer a 401k contribution match
    Not easy to promote quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the profit share and replace with 401k contribution match
    Don't be afraid to charge clients for above and beyond activity
    Don't give money away to clients when errors that occur are their faults

    Recommends
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  5.  

    You gotta love this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

    I have been working at Valassis

    Pros

    Great People and free coffee

    Cons

    They are undergoing some hard times right now and have frozen salaries, but it will get better in 2010

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing the direct mail segment and stop making the employees pay for your ineptitude with our salary increases (or lack thereof)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Valassis is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at Valassis

    Pros

    Valassis provides a tremendous work-life balance. The company is very pro-family and works hard to make sure that employees receive the needed amount of personal/family time. There is also a great group of people in the organization. Everyone is very professional and friendly. For a large company, there really is a feeling of family here. The opportunities for each person are tremendous as there is the ability to move between departments to increase skill sets and to advance into new roles and positions.

    Cons

    With the recent merger, doubling the size of the company, there are the pains that always occur when combining companies that operated on different systems. Additionally, with so many people that are unfamiliar with all of our products, systems and procedures, there is a learning curve that can get frustrating at times. Additionally, while the stability of the company is a positive, the company can also be slow to enact change. There can also be a bit too much "red tape" at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to move toward the future. Focus on finding a way to bring more content (especially coupon offers) to RedPlum.com. Content drives traffic and only through many more coupon offers, being refreshed on a regular basis, will we receive the traffic levels that we desire.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging Times but new opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    If you like change and challenge great place to work! You are expose to many different facets of the business and I have learned an enormous amount in the media space. Currently in integration from recent acquisition which I think will be a good move in the long term a chance to explore new business opportunities, products and services as part of a much larger organization. Some of the new benefits 401k match will be a welcome addition.

    Cons

    Communication of changes are a bit slow to trickle down to all associates which leads to a pretty active rumor mill, but to be expected in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your best employees motivated and engaged. Develop solid retention strategy and communicate the vision. Remember what makes a company great the people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    National Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - National Sales in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Work from home office, excellent culture, friendly work environment, realistic and reachable sales goals

    Cons

    Company is going through an acquisition and there is some uncertainty of what the future holds. The salary is low, but, the opportunity to make up for that in commission exists. Internally the company is an organizational nightmare, half of the employees are based on the east coast and close well before the West Coast is finishing their day. Overall, there is a need for a tighter knit structure that allows each department to communicate efficiently and effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher incentives for meeting and exceeding sales goals. Organizational restructuring. More competitive pricing. Investment in digital offering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a wonderful company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Windsor, CT

    I have been working at Valassis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company had many great leaders who providing the necessary coaching to achieve success in your role with the company. Strong company values that are easy to follow with the right work ethic. Work/Life balance is important. Current benefits package is respectable.

    Cons

    Company recently went from publicly traded to privately owned by a holding company. Benefits will be changing in 2015. Growth opportunities are available for those that work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the associate in mind when moving in this new direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Payables Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payables Representative in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Payables Representative in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at Valassis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great schedule/flexibility, work-life balance, love the people

    Cons

    Very topheavy Management, not much opportunity for advancement or bonuses

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Multiple Positions - Mid Management Level

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

    I have been working at Valassis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great People. Great products and services. Flexibility to move around. Work Life balance is great. Exposure to large and small companies.

    Cons

    sometimes working with internal departments can be hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find your stars and have plans for them, Some opportunities are missed because leadership does not offer positions, they are waiting for people to show interest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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