Vistaprint Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Brilliant as a startup, had a rough transition, is now coming into it's own as a larger company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Quality Engineering in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Manager, Quality Engineering in Lexington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 Management

    Be 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.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Don't waste your time and talent here.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  3. Intern

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

    I worked at Vistaprint as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to leadership. Very open culture. Great work space.

    Cons

    Location.
    Sometimes bad work/life balance.

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  5. Helpful (12)

    Worst company I ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities to try different roles.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lexington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Great continuous improvement culture.

    Cons

    Lack of clear long term strategy but getting better.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus and make hard choices.

  7. Well run company

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

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well run company run by smart people. Company is growing slower than it once was, but won't settle for slower growth.

    Cons

    Executive team manages company out of Europe for some reason although most functions are run out of its Boston office.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Love this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career 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

    Cons

    Shifting 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 Management

    Continue to build and value internal talent

  9. Fun place to work at.. Decent perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Lexington, MA

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  10. Good

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

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are very very good.

    Cons

    Politics get in the way.

    Advice to Management

    Meritocracy

  11. Amazing Place for a Marketing Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Marketing Associate in Lexington, MA
    Former Intern - Marketing Associate in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Vistaprint as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    For Intern: Great visibility into the decision-making process, treated like a full employee rather than just a part-time intern, will give you the correct amount of real-world experience without overwhelming you with the workload, will not give you "busy-work" as some other internships do.

    In General: Awesome company culture - polo and jeans is acceptable attire and there are lot's of young, fun people who like to hang out with each other in and out of work; Also, most of the managers support a flexible schedule and allow you to come and go as you please without dealing with taking PTO hours unless you're taking a full day off

    Cons

    No full-time offer guarentee, unsure about the company's future as the world goes digital and print, specifically business cards, become less popular...

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