Viz Media
3.3 of 5 10 reviews
www.viz.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Viz Media – San Francisco – “VIZ Media”

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67% Approve of the CEO

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Ken Sasaki

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fun company, great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsComfortable work environment, good teamwork amongst the staff, CEO is sharp and skilled.

    ConsIndustry growth, is a major challenge. Salary freeze sucks. Location (downtown SF) is a daily traffic nightmare.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many employees, too many senior managers and directors (middle management). a smaller (overhead), more efficient business model could be immediately profitable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, strong management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat group of people. Millions of fans of the content around the world.

    ConsBusiness has not been growing for some time.

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

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    Good Bye Manga Publisher, Hello Silicon Valley Wannabe

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    ProsHonest working people who delivers some of the great entertainment from Japan like Manga and Anime, because they love the content, creators, and the fans who also love it.

    ConsUnfortunately the core value mentioned in the Pros were destroyed when the new powers recently stepped in. Due to being so out of touch from the market, their "new direction" has no direction. To cover up this truth, they have decided to run the company with fear.

    Meanwhile, every penny that your beloved popular characters like Pikachu and Naruto brought into the company during 2000's is aimlessly spent on fronting as some kind of Silicon Valley hot shot. In reality, how good is making a lab team and hiring lots of engineers when there's only one app product and a handful of poorly developed websites with no sense of user experience considered?

    And don't just blame the Japanese stakeholders for "not being able to do things right"; they just as frustrated about not seeing directions from the upper management, and no progress in this company. Only their stress are handed down to the rest of the staff.

    Now that Anime and Manga audience and sales are in decline, even a monkey could figure out how much damage it's doing to once a honest small time publishing company. Maybe we had a future if you really knew your own place.

    Career Advice to Engineers: This is the Bay Area. If you want a real career, there's lots of other better places to work for. Don't just take a job here because the interviewer made it sound glamorous, or it was the first job offer you've got.

    Career Advice to Otaku: Please know that working for Viz is not like working for Disney. No one draws comics or maning animation. If you want to continue to love Anime and Manga, or want a career as an artist, it's highly recommended to look for a job elsewhere. Knowing this is half of the battle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck with your move to the new fancy techy office while you are still figure out what to do with the old building that went through flood and fire in the recent years.

    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 people, so-so direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
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    ProsThe people are amazing, hard working and genuine. Workplace is colorful and lively and you get to work with comics!

    ConsThere are a couple of bad apples. As long as you stay polite and flexible it will be easy to see who to steer away from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow what your subordinates do before firing them. There are many unexpected consequences.

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

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    Much Potential, Little Process. Great People.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
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    ProsThe company is full of hard-working, intelligent people with a great sense of camaraderie. In general, people will pull together as a team to get something done, regardless of title or rank. With a start-up atmosphere, there is the flexibility and opportunity to create your own processes and define your position. If the work is there, you're welcome to speak up and pitch in to get the experience.

    Social atmosphere is very strong with many people grabbing drinks, traveling, and becoming friends outside of work.

    ConsBecause of the start-up atmosphere, there is very little to know process - when there is, it's created by individuals in the respective position and difficult to implement company-wide, and open to changes should someone leave, get promoted, change positions, etc. There is also no official training period or method; being taught about the company and your job is at your manager's or your individual discretion. Basically, sink or swim.

    While great ideas are proposed, they are extremely difficult to execute due to the licensing and approval structure. Approval time far exceeds production time, resulting in very short turnaround for projects. Additionally, most people do not plan ahead or consider how last-minute requests impact other departments, work quality, or budgets.

    Advice to Senior Management- Don't make arbitrary decisions without actually knowing the work or the process.
    - Consider morale of the staff before the requests of the parent companies.
    - Improve compensation and career track/training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Make no mistake, this is a Japanese company (with all the pros and cons)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGenerous benefits package, (mostly) relaxed work environment, talented and fun employees, entertaining products and content to work with, nice San Francisco office location

    ConsPoor executive leadership, with no clear direction for the future -- and with the current downturn in the publishing/home video industry, the future looks bleak. Management "style" from Japanese parent corporations breeds "yes man" mentality and stifles innovation. Little chance for upward mobility within company, and salaries are below market value. Parent corporations are "always right" even when their decisions harm the business. Employees are not empowered to better the company, and management lacks the clout/balls to support them when push comes to shove against parent corporations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you're a company with fresh young talent, you need structure, support and resources to harness and channel energy. VIZ Media's approach of "we'll do whatever we have to to make Japan happy at this particular moment" effectively negates the possibility for any of the above. Although most of its staff is from the U.S., VIZ Media is what it is -- a Japanese company that will never reach its full potential, because its masters refuse to let it. At least the parent companies get a tax write-off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
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    ProsGreat respect for work/life balance, HR is awesome, many of the managers are very caring people, unique and attractive facilities.

    ConsThe typical lack of communication between departments that happens in publishing companies, especially across multiple media (TV, magazines, books, movies, marketing collateral, etc.). Also, the company doesn't take enough risks -- though that makes sense because they are owned by large Japanese (i.e. remote) publishing corporations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe as direct as possible with those you manage. There is an odd culture of "politeness" at Viz, unlike most publishing companies. This can be pleasant, but too often it puts employees in the awkward position of having to guess what you are really thinking/wanting. Not what you want in a deadline-oriented environment.

    Also, please take more creative risks! The public, or at least the comics-reading world, would love to see your original comics initiative see the light of day.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    interesting place..

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosi think overall it is relaxed and nice environment

    Consbut the environment can be pretty different depending on the department.

    Advice to Senior Managementnice people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, too many initiatives

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people, good products, fun place to work

    ConsMoving in too many different directions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worth it if you like anime.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits. Great lower-level employees. Cool building.

    ConsPoor, tired, whipped upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick up for yourselves against parent companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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