Vinfolio Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very nice place to work, fun challenges, amazing customers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    It's hard to beat working on the things you love: wine and technology are a great match and Vinfolio is a courageous Company that is breaking new ground. Jim Safka was a very solid CEO and he is missed, but the team he installed is strong, particularly in product and technology so the mission continues. Another huge Pro is the amazing customers, they appreciate everything we do.

    Cons

    Biggest challenge is the legacy technology platform. The customers want (and deserve) real time information and it is very hard to serve them while juggling multiple systems with sporadic access. It's being addressed every day, but wish it was faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend telling the PR story of Vinfolio. The company is doing some very cool things, but it feels like the world doesn't know about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great team, convoluted strategy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful. Everyone enjoys hanging out with one another both in the office and out.

    Cons

    Weird politics, lack of transparency, difficulty in making important changes quickly and efficiently. Ambiguity in expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider the opinions of those who come to you with ideas. ORGANIZE the company in a way that is understandable to everyone who works there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vinfolio full-time

    Pros

    A handful of quality people with ethics and knowledge.

    Coffee Bar, downstairs.

    Cons

    Where to start?

    Self-important CEO knows nothing about wine/wine industry. Decisions made on a whim (and change week to week) without regard for employees or customers. Plays favorites in the extreme. Nauseating and creepy.

    Culture of backstabbing, gossip, and pettiness.

    Low compensation and very few opportunities to advance. No clear job descriptions or benchmarks for measuring success.

    Massive employee turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company is a joke.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vinfolio full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most senior employees that have been there through the tumultuous changes are very dedicated and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    The newest CEO, Jim Safka, is a complete megalomaniac and is driving the business into the ground. Does not care about customers, spends company funds on ridiculous things, disrespects customer's property, promotes a very cutthroat work culture, and likes to point fingers at scapegoats instead of addressing the true causes of the problems within the company. Their customer-facing "wine experts" are hardly experts at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Vinfolio was a poorly managed company

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Vinfolio

    Pros

    Vinfolio is a great place for individuals passionate about upscale wine.

    Cons

    Vinfolio's pay is marginally adequate for hourly staff and benefits are completely inadequate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to invest time and money on its current processes and people instead of constantly wasting revenue on projects that the company is ill prepared to support.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Engineering at Vinfolio is not fun.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Vinfolio

    Pros

    You get to taste wine on Fridays. The new CEO is a decent person. The outgoing CFO is very smart and wonderful to chat with.

    Cons

    The system is badly in need of revised architecture. The cancerous growths and a variety of bad smells are everywhere.

    There are horrible cyclic dependencies among the services. The services, bloated by way too many methods, lack cohesion. The transaction design allows the system to arrive in an inconsistent state; fixes are applied by manually performing compensating transactions. The integration architecture is poor; again, a great deal of manual effort is required to bring the system back into a state consistency. The Director of Engineering is not an architect and he refuses to undertake any major refactoring effort. There is only enough money to have one other software engineer, so that person gets stuck with the prospect of lots of bug fixes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice; this must be what senior management wants. Enjoy!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    New version of company - will they survive?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Vinfolio

    Pros

    Access to some of the world's finest wines (at least you can touch the bottles).
    Employee discounts.
    Air conditioned comfort (in the warehouse).
    New CEO seems to care about people.

    Cons

    Constant turmoil.
    Grind grind grind during shipping season.
    Lots of drama queens (employees and customers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a path and follow it.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    "New" Vinfolio won't be the same without former CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Vinfolio

    Pros

    The founder and prior CEO, Steve Bachmann (who was let go by new owners in 3/10), really made the company what it is and was the driving force behind the business. The overall management team also were quite strong. The strategy was transformational for the industry.

    Cons

    Company had limited funding which meant salaries were frozen for a while. My bet is the new owners who took over the business in March 2010 will kill the business over time as most key staff have already left, or are in the process of looking to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to NEW management: Recognize the value of the employees you already have and the infrastructure which was built by your predecessors. Both need care and feeding for the business to survive.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    High pressure for results Very 'blame' oriented environment.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vinfolio

    Pros

    Wine knowledge amongst worker bees is exceptional

    Cons

    Outdated software
    Old managers were always right.

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