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Vistaprint Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.5 58 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Vistaprint Chairman, President, and CEO Robert S. Keane

Robert S. Keane

(49 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pretty reasonable work-life balance compared to other companies(in 11 reviews)

  • Very smart people, lots of young talent, you can learn a lot from everyone - in your function or elsewhere(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Work is at a frantic 24 hour pace with no regard for work/life balance or vacation time(in 7 reviews)

  • Archaic code base and software development practices(in 5 reviews)

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    Great atmosphere and people

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsThe people there were great - still keep in touch with a bunch, including my old boss. Beer on Friday's a great place to talk to people and get good opinions

    ConsTough to move up, which is one of the reasons that I left. There were definitely some people that had been there for a long time, doing the same job, which is one thing I did not want to look back upon in 8 - 10 years.

    My one concern is that I have heard through my friends that still work there that they are going through some middle - management layoffs. This is the kind of thing that was absolutely out of the question while I was there - everybody happy, needed, and secure in their roles. It seems that going public might have pushed the company into "how can we improve short term bottom line" mode...

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a culture where advancement and career track is clear and visible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to learn e-commerce

    Creative (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsVistaprint offers a great environment for entry level or younger workers. Weekly happy hours with free food are a great draw for those in their 20s. I've also never worked in such a large company where the young co-workers are so tight. Many of them vacation together, live together, and go through all of their career and major life events together. In that way, this is an excellent company for those who want to come in young and build roots that will last for a lifetime.

    ConsFrequently changing leadership was a disappointment for me. We would form a group, gel, build momentum...and then things would change again. After doing it a few times, it got very old and prevented us from moving forward.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an eye on those who manage people to make sure they are managing down -- as well as "managing up."

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great fun company with plenty of challenging jobs

    Marketing Analytics (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsGreat work atmosphere, smart colleagues, benefits. The culture is great. The company also provides free weekly breakfast and a bi weekly food trucks lunch.

    ConsThere have been a number of re-orgs and the company is still trying to find the right org structure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Join the circus, then leave as soon as possible.

    Developer (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    Pros- free coffee and soda
    - food trucks every other week
    - beer on Friday

    ConsWhere to begin? This place is an absolute circus. They go through company-wide reorganizations every 6 to 8 months because they can't find a successful formula. Most recently they axed the majority of their QA and Ops department so they could free up funds to hire more developers -- except any developer worth their salt wouldn't want to work in this environment. As a developer, do you enjoy working on new, cutting edge things? Too bad, at Vistaprint you'll spend the majority of your time working on legacy systems that has little to no documentation. Hope you like technology refreshes, aren't they fun and challenging?!

    The executives are inept and ill-equipped to do their jobs, and the middle and upper management are largely composed of sycophants. The CEO is a non-entity, descending once a year from his luxury office in Paris to parade in front of the various offices, patting himself on the back self-congratulatorily, only to vanish for another year with nary a sight nor sound. He has no interest in the floundering core business -- only new ideas.

    Touching on company performance and environment, it's a morose place at the moment. Ever since their mind-boggling pricing changes, they've been hemorrhaging, and it's plainly evident in the atmosphere. The employees know that something is seriously wrong, and only the most ardent Kool-aid drinkers are oblivious. Does a healthy company eliminate 90% of their QA staff?

    To the more practical -- the office is an overcrowded dump, but that should change upon completion of their multi-million dollar new office down the street -- which I'm sure they couldn't afford, but are doing anyway. Parking is a problem, so if you don't want to show up an hour early, be prepared to drop your car off with a valet and wait 30 minutes to get it when you're ready to leave. Though maybe with all the layoffs, there's now more parking space available?

    If you absolutely must work here, put in your two years, get it on your resume while the company still has any semblance of name power, and then get the hell out. Vistaprint gets poached aggressively by other, better companies, because those companies know that many Vistaprint employees are miserable and desperate to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump the inept management. Identify and eliminate the sycophants. Encourage the CEO to give a damn about his company instead of his next big idea.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Brilliant as a startup, had a rough transition, is now coming into it's own as a larger company.

    Manager, Quality Engineering (Current Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsWorld class engineering - work with the best.
    Great benefits - free lunches, work from home, etc. All the standards for a top-flight software company.
    Willing to take risks and change when needed.

    ConsSometimes it feels like the organization can't get out of it's own way. I attribute this to the fact that the company is learning how to be a big company. So many of the processes and cultural aspects are leftover from when the company was ~100 developers. Those processes have not scaled well, which means sometimes little things are big headaches. The most frustrating thing is when small decisions have 5+ decision makers who all disagree and nobody has decision rights. That said - the company is aware of the issue and is actively working to fix it. Some things just take time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe bold. Don't be afraid to be extreme. The business value is compelling, and the engineering talent is present. Just get out of the way and let teams be teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst company I ever worked for

    Manager (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsGood pay and bonuses. Some very smart people. Nice-looking building and free drinks in the kitchens.

    ConsPolitical nightmare. You need to mimic what management says or you are viewed and treated like a black sheep. They are not open to new ideas. No respect for people's experience. They love to take newly minted graduates out of school and mold them ("brainwash" them) to their views. Inexperienced people are made managers of departments and people three years into their careers. Spent the worst two years of my career there. Meetings all day long then you need to work eight hours at night to do "real work."

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of crazy performance review process. Quit encouraging employees to tattle on each other. Get rid of the political BS and focus on the business. Quit changing direction every three months. Stop with the constant reorgs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great opportunities to try different roles.

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsSmart people. Great continuous improvement culture.

    ConsLack of clear long term strategy but getting better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus and make hard choices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Formerly a great environment, now a political circus

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsVery smart people, lots of young talent, you can learn a lot from everyone - in your function or elsewhere

    ConsPolitics and reorgs destabilize the company more than management will ever understand. They eat away the core of Vistaprint business - the values it's been founded on. by now The Values are a laughing stock to anyone who's not a brand new employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBad decisions have to be recognized faster and better be undone than stuck to. Curtail the parachuting of Staples execs, or pretty soon they will turn Vistaprint into another Staples.

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    Love this place

    Human Resources (Current Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsCareer development

    Lateral and vertical opportunities for growth - great people managers and mentors throughout the middle management and leadership team

    Amazing culture- energetic colleagues, we all learn from each other. I've never worked with such intelligent coworkers who are open to sharing their knowledge and developing others

    ConsShifting priorities / strategy, however if you are building your career and love a dynamic environment, the changes create opportunities for you to grow and challenge yourself

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to build and value internal talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun place to work at.. Decent perks

    Senior Quality Engineer (Current Employee) Lexington, MA

    ProsSmart people to work with, Mid Management gives a lot of support to initiatives

    ConsProjects are getting shelved. Too many re-organizations in Marketing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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