Vitals
2.3 of 5 9 reviews
www.vitals.com Lyndhurst, NJ 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Mar 27, 2014

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Vitals Co-Founder & CEO Mitch Rothschild

Mitch Rothschild

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Amazing opportunity to be part of a great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Vitals full-time

ProsGreat industry truly at the crossroads of healthcare and technology
Employees are treated very well
Laid-back atmosphere
Collaborative environment
CEO is honest and transparent
Excellent place to build on your career and expertise
Awesome team of highly intelligent and focused people
Truly a great place to work, grow and be a part of something

ConsThe focus on selling challenges the ability to create better products
Technical & Product resources are spread very thin
Focuses shift often which can throw off progress

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more senior engineers, create more project management teams, hold people accountable for failures or delays

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

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Sketchy company.....avoid if possible.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Vitals full-time

ProsGood location if you live in NJ. Decent compensation. Fellow employees are friendly.

Cons"Management" truly lacks knowledge, leadership skills and vision; it's alarming. There's no structure in this place. There are so many red flags in the way the company is operated it's not even funny. There are no SOP's, no set protocols. "HR" is a mess. Any negative (truthful) reviews of Vitals are quickly followed up by positive (inaccurate and misleading) reviews. My advice - If you do end up working here stay a year, get some business experience, and move on to greener pastures.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A.

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 at first glance, but horribly managed and operated once you begin to work there

Data (Former Employee)
Lyndhurst, NJ

I worked at Vitals full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIntensely Casual Dress
Stock Options
Good Benefits

ConsHired employees from the bottom up instead of top down (senior management first then the rest of the teams)
No raises, ever.
Managers have no clue what they are doing- You ask a question and they just say figure it out
No value for employees
Watch out for the unlimited vacation policy, sounds good at first, but in reality if you have days left and get fired or laid off they do NOT have to pay you for any accrued days.
Human Resources is by far the worst department

Advice to Senior ManagementStop advancing towards corporate hierarchy culture and revert back to the start up culture that was there in the beginning. That was the main reason you lost the BEST talent!

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

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More deceptive than professional

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lyndhurst, NJ

I worked at Vitals full-time

ProsGood place to start your career
Good location if you live in or near Northern NJ

ConsOn-boarding process and interviews give the impression that Vitals' cares about its' employees, but once the work begins, you will realize this:

No formal training process in place, upper management's advice is to "figure it out."

High employee turnover which means LOW employee retention. This company isn't in the business of paying more to get quality talent, they'd prefer to hire either: a) green, fresh out of college kids as temps to avoid providing benefits or b) hire decent talent that doesn't realize they are being taken advantage of. When employees are consistently leaving, that says a lot.

It would be rare to find a definitive job spec pertaining to your position pre and post-hire. What they do supply is vague and when you start working you'll end up having work that has absolutely NOTHING to do with why you were hired.

CEO & Founders are primarily interested in turning profit hoping for the chance to be bought out by a larger company or issue an IPO then cash out. Their lack of interest in keeping talented employees not only expresses how cheap they are about paying for talent, but it also demonstrates that people are less important than the product that they are responsible for creating.

A great deal of the Senior Managers lack the education, experience, and knowledge to be in their current roles. They look to people paid awfully and treated horribly for the right answer, then when it backfires they can blame someone other than themselves.

Don't be confused by the offer of 'Unlimited Vacation', the notion sounds wonderful, but the HR department is barely qualified to read a resume, let alone make decisions on vacation and keeping track of the days. If it was truly unlimited, why would someone keep track? That said, the real reason any company (esp. Vitals) offers 'Unlimited Vacation' is so they don't have to pay you for time earned if you choose to leave the company or you get terminated.

Absolutely nothing is planned, designed, developed, tested, and produced in a reasonable time constraint. Mostly everything is a 'drop everything' scenario where you have less time than it would take an expert to complete the assigned task.

They also claim to offer a flexible schedule, but when employees happen to leave earlier than 5:00, regardless of start time, they are reprimanded via some immature game of telephone where everything gets confused and just causes more stress than anything.

Vitals also pretends that they value you and will evaluate your performance for salary purposes, but even IF those meetings occur, you won't see a dime.

Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps if any of the management moves to a new company, they would consider building the team from the top down, meaning hire the right senior executives first then let them choose who to hire, and so on. Unfortunately, because the CEO can't say no to any partnership or business deal that involves money, the company was built in a piecemeal fashion. Additionally, management needs to leave their 'I know it all' attitudes at home and be open to any employee's thoughts, ideas, or comments. Comments here could be endless, but I'm not going to waste my knowledge on a company that wasted my time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Chaotic vision, inexperienced management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Vitals full-time

Prossolid business idea and concept, potential to grow is strong. can expand into many areas,
good commute if you don't want to go into city.

Consno frills company.
high turnover of people,
poor vision from upper management, at times frenetic.
not a great place to grow professionally

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Management sucks false promises, high turn over, not a career job...

Programmer (Former Employee)
Lyndhurst, NJ

I worked at Vitals as a contractor for more than a year

ProsThere are a few good eggs that work there, does have a startup feel sometimes

ConsManagement especially CEO is full of false promises, business runs mainly on investor financing and is looking to cash out when the right buyer is found, business model skirts medical privacy issues and is always in legal turmoil. (physicians threaten to sue them all the time). They tend to higher lots of younger developers and burn through them, promising them great advancement, never happens. Steer clear of these guys

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest about your intentions, don't over promise and under deliver to employees, stop trying to exploit hard working folks.. be less shady and more realistic about your business model

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Dont waste your time

Sales (Former Employee)
Lyndhurst, NJ

I worked at Vitals

ProsRelaxed atmosphere
Everyone with the exception of the CEO are great people.
Good support when needed

ConsPay
Too many focuses
Lack of structure
Lack of communication
Benefits
Poor company moral.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet the people that bring in revenue make the decision. CEO is focused on too many things to make any singular company successful.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Vitals.com

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Lyndhurst, NJ

I have been working at Vitals

ProsGreat small company - start up atmosphere with a great work mentality. Room for advancement with this up and coming doctor review website.

ConsOutside of New York City so the reverse commute is rough. Offices are positioned in a commercial park in the Meadowlands.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to focus on too many projects/side companies and devote time and effort to seeing Vitals.com succeed. Great opportunity to grow!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people, but poor structure and disrespectful management.

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Vitals

ProsSocial atmosphere
Interesting culture
Decent website concept
Startup "feel"

ConsManagement hires young to take advantage of inexperience
Employees encouraged to believe they are going to get "rich" from M/A
Management is disrespectful and disgruntled
No clear business plan
Relies heavily on investment money and is controlled by an unseen board
Much of the talent has left for other opportunities
Poor morale

Advice to Senior ManagementDefine roles, up quality control - reduce number of staff
Weed out the bad management, keep and reward the good
Ask employees for opinion of each manager and structure accordingly
Acquire new talent and replace problem employees
Keep side work separate from the Vitals.com website

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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