Vision Critical

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Vision Critical Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
60 Reviews
3.5
60 Reviews
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Scott Miller
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They lose a lot of great people just because they dont want to pay a fare wage (in 9 reviews)

  • The office location is really great being close to major transit lines like the west coast express and the skytrain and canada lines (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance was difficult, late hour or weekend expectations (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management discourages career development (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Opportunities and Challenges of Being a Market Leader in a Dynamic Space

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vision Critical

    Pros

    Rapidly changing sector and a business that is passionate about influencing that change. Customer-focused. International company with opportunity to work abroad and / or work with colleagues from around the world.

    Cons

    Pace of change can be challenging. Pace of growth forcing business and many positions to become more corporate wrt performance reviews, data management, administration, etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the value proposition and commit to being the world class provider of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Enjoying the ride and career growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great career growth opportunities, invests in training programs, innovative and fast-moving, great culture across the offices I have worked in, high performance business and growth momentum

    Cons

    Executive management delivering on strategy, been anticipating new product development for a while now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your employees, stay on strategy, and continue to develop new products and modules

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Floundering Leadership; Atmosphere of Fear

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vision Critical

    Pros

    Some really nice people as co-workers

    Cons

    Senior management flip-flopping constantly on priorities and direction - poor communication from the top down. When directives change (which is constant), people are so brainwashed that it no longer phases anyone that the goals have just reversed - it's just business as usual.

    Culture of fear is persuasive - everyone is afraid for their jobs. I quote "When you are having a conversation with anyone up the food chain, you should behave like you are interviewing for your job" - nice! Have heard from current employees that they are jealous of those laid off because they have been able to put it behind and move on - double nice!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become human and discover compassion

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vision Critical

    Pros

    A few very bright people with research experience who are unnecessarily undervalued to protect the ego of those in senior positions who lack research and/or math experience or ability.

    Cons

    For young professionals looking for a career in research, this may not be the best environment. More of a boiler room mentality to churn out rudimentary analyses to hasten the booking of revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the customer and less on cashing out through a "liquidity event".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic change

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vision Critical

    Pros

    Company with high growth potential.
    Some departments reward employees with impressive job titles which can be used as a springboard to higher level roles elsewhere.

    Cons

    The organization changes are incredibly frequent and poorly communicated.
    Nepotism is rather obvious.
    Using job titles rather than salary or performance bonuses or employee equity to retain people results in a company with an incredible number of VP's and Directors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communicate the strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stayed there too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vision Critical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a good place to build up entry-level research skills. People are generally friendly, and good to work with.

    Cons

    The work gets repetitive fast. The firm's bread and butter is in attitudes and usage studies, and the average project timeline is around 2 weeks. No analytics and almost no qualitative studies. If you want to do a variety of research work, you won't find it here.
    We worked almost exclusively around the proprietary software, which wasn't that great when I was there. I hope they've started using something else. I found I used mostly SPSS and Excel when I was there.

    This firm is a market research technology firm...I don't think it's that invested in its market research consultancy arm however. Good for software engineers, not so great for market researchers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your market researchers when building out your software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exhausting... Assembly Line Mentality

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.
    Working from home allowed.
    Decent pay...

    Cons

    Management changes its mind on things on a weekly basis
    Room for growth is dubious
    Quite a few layoffs because they haven't a clue the direction they want from week to week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your heads out of your a--

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Little work/life balance, but potential for growth

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    Former Employee - Researcher
    Former Employee - Researcher

    I worked at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    Advancement and training opportunities, some flexibility with being able to work on projects you're most interested in. For US employees, health, dental, and vision insurance 100% covered.

    Cons

    Little work/life balance, often necessitating work during after hours, weekends, and holidays. Pay seems to be a little below the market. Also little job security--turnover rate was quite high, both due to layoffs/firings as well as voluntary resignations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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

    I worked at Vision Critical full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good office location
    Some talented peers
    Other offices (outside of San Francisco) seemed more organized; sane
    Ability to work with big-brand clients

    Cons

    Senior management micromanages
    Unnecessarily chaotic atmosphere
    Frequent one-off layoffs
    Extremely bureaucratic
    Senior management discourages career development
    Vacation time discouraged
    Individuality discouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value your employees; be open to new perspectives and ideas; respect work/life balance; realize that unless changes are made, employees won't be happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company for your future growth

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

    I worked at Vision Critical

    Pros

    - Technology related
    - Easy Environment
    - Flexible Timings

    Cons

    - Manager expects a whole lot of things from you
    - Centralized decision making
    - Lofty titles given to employees who have no experience
    - Management is extremely stubborn and gives you no chance to express yourself
    - Not at all a good place to work for if you're looking for a growth
    - Your work is never measured but just disrespected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat your employees like an asset. Make sure that the managers you are hiring actually have an experience and have management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend

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