Vistaprint Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Vistaprint Chairman, President, and CEO Robert S. Keane
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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance depending on org (in 15 reviews)

  • Smart people to work with, Mid Management gives a lot of support to initiatives (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • No work-life balance for working parents (in 8 reviews)

  • Middle management didn't care much about problems within the team (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    No Clear vision No transparency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefit. Nice perks. Smart people some of which has no work ethics and hard to deal with.

    Cons

    There are too many changes in a short period of time. people lose their jobs due to rapid and continuous changes. too much hypocrisy. No transparency. Lay off of considerate number of people few times a year. Employees among some teams bully each other in order to climb the ladder faster. No privacy in the office space. If you stay there just to get stabbed in the back.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to what is going on in this daycare.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Recruiting video is ironic - most people featured were laid off or left

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    it was a great fun company with AMAZING culture

    Cons

    the great Vistaprint culture is largely gone by now, the audacity has been replaced with fear and unhealthy competition

    Advice to Management

    time to update that recruiting video - most of our colleagues from the happy party scenes (including the Canada Day one) are GONE, restructured, laid off, gone to find better places.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Perfect company for corporate drones

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Recognizable company name, steady employment, great if you "need a job",

    Cons

    Slow to change, old company, awkward management, hard to access from Boston, below market pay

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting mediocre managers, acclimatize to be appealing to younger people, add more benefits


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  5. Helpful (11)

    The world's worst place to work, I wish zero start were an option to rate this place

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    Former Employee - Director in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free beer. Can negotiate high compensation (just threaten to leave). If you can stick around long enough you will be promoted every 2 years...not a bad way to go from Manager to Director in 4 years. Not much else to throw in here.

    Cons

    Massive culture problems, which cause rampant attrition or worse random layoffs (of which there have been many). The Company hires too fast in one area and then lays you off. Lack of a cohesive strategy. Executive management is nonexistent. Issues with sexual harrassment, bullying managers forcing people to work till midnight every night, etc. Truly horrible, horrible place. Do yourself a favor and never look at this Company, unless you know you can endure the pain for 2 years, but make sure you get paid a large compensation package.

    Advice to Management

    Go private...this isn't a Company that can handle being publically traded. Someone needs to have the guts to clean house and make this a functional place to work.


  6. Helpful (17)

    Join the circus, then leave as soon as possible.

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    Former Employee - Developer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Developer in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Where 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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (5)

    Don't waste your time and talent here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *Competitive pay *Quarterly bonuses *Vistabreak *Benefits *Will work with some of the best and brightest

    Cons

    *Engineering review cycle is a nightmare. Promotions are not based on work/goals. You can skip meetings and work and let the most bugs into production, but if your manager is a convincing enough speaker you'll be a senior manager in no time! Work hard and meat your goals, but have an ineffective manager and you're left behind. *Too many high level managers providing very little value. *SDLC is a nightmare. Project requirements never fully vetted. Decisions being made well into the QA cycle. *Expectation that you be available 24/7. *Layoffs happening. *Employees promised better opportunities for growth if they sign up for an expat contract, but then hung out to dry with very little guidance or opportunity. Move process is a nightmare. HR representative in change of the process is clueless and ineffective. Highly stressful situation all for naught. There will be no role for you to return to on repat regardless of what is promised at time of contract signing.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for management. It's clear that they don't listen to it anyway.


  8. Helpful (12)

    Worst company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Political 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 Management

    Get 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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Vistaprint was great, back in 2008-2010, now remarkably average

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great innovative printing solutions, some great ideas, big picture thinkers on every floor of the building. Great place to start your career, then move on like so many have.

    Cons

    Company grew too quickly, a lot of individual contributors were thrust into Management with no experience and as a result, high turnover of direct reports. Very high turnover, people are leaving in high numbers. Promotions are based on who you know in the senior management ranks, the performance review process is the worst process I have ever experienced. Star performers get pushed out if they offer alternative viewpoints from senior mgt.

    Advice to Management

    Get acquired by a real company.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Too political

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time

    Pros

    There's free beers on Fridays

    Cons

    Too political. No appreciation for technical talent. Project managers gets all the credit.

    Advice to Management

    Project managers don't produce any work. They just coordinate.


  11. Helpful (3)

    company is going down hill

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    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    solid pay, easy to get promoted if you are politically savvy, tough to get fired as they hold on to dead wood employees for a long time

    Cons

    Company is going down hill. Growth rate is declining, costs are increasing, and attrition is picking up in a big way. I suspect upper management is trying to sell the company.



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