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Updated April 27, 2018
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VSCO Co-Founder and CEO Joel Flory
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Better than "dream companies""

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I’ve worked at quite a few companies in the Bay Area and otherwise, including those that other people consider as “dream place to work at”. No matching to the environment and the growth I have felt at VSCO. Kudo to the Leadership, especially People Ops and Katy who did a fantastic job keeping the workplace collaborative and ego-free. There is a good amount of autonomy and construction advice. People are very generous in providing help and sharing the spotlight when we win. I’m excited to go to work every day and really enjoy it.

    Cons

    Occasionally, the lunch can be a bit salty. :P

    Advice to Management

    Since we are building something different than what’s offered in the market, a safe place for creators, we should treat our creation as such and dare to be different. “be you”


  2. Helpful (1)

    "VSCO is as sincere as it is successful."

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    Current Employee - Product in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Product in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company operates with a strong moral compass and pure motives to create a positive creative space. The core values of the founders are reflected in the product and in development decisions - and I feel we are truly creating a product for the purpose of bettering the creative journeys of the people who use VSCO. On a personal level, I feel valued and recognized on a daily basis by my peers and leadership for my contributions. Work/life balance is nearly effortless here, and I find myself working hard because I want to and am able to do my best work as a result of living a balanced life, making it all that more satisfying.

    Cons

    I honestly worry that this company sets the bar so high that I won't ever be this happy working anywhere else - as ridiculous as that sounds, its true.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing your employees, new and old. Maintain the transparency and sincerity that makes our company culture unique as we continue to grow and succeed. Be sure that everyone continues to feel that they are responsible and recognized for the success that they have contributed to. I know I feel this way and want to be sure that everyone else does too.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are by far my favorite coworkers I've encountered. Everyone was great to work with, and the company culture is quite enjoyable. On engineering, there are lots of opportunities to learn across the stack. The technology used is very up to date, and there are always plenty of projects to work on.

    Cons

    The teams on engineering can be spread a little thin, but I didn't find this a huge barrier.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, and keep up the hiring. Focus on hiring strong engineers who have lots of stack experience, but also bring in more junior engineers as well.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities to work at a team oriented, fast paced environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSCO full-time

    Pros

    Culturally the best place I've ever worked at, business is currently on a very fast paced growth trajectory, leadership is transparent and open to new ideas

    Cons

    We are a very lean team and everyone is expected to wear a lot of different hats, may not be suitable if you're looking for a more structured environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent and communicate your objectives to the company, as well as tying these objectives with the bonus plan.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Things have only gotten better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been at VSCO for 2.5 years, and things have consistently gotten better and better. Particularly in the last year, we've really matured as a company and honed in on who we are, who we're for, and what our business model is. I've seen the whole team rally around the focus, and it's so refreshing to see that happen while we still maintain a really thoughtful and kind culture. People work really hard here, but we have a lot of flexibility around the "how" - there is a lot of respect for your health and life outside of work. Perks are getting better as we grow, too.

    Cons

    Less cons, more things I look forward to...
    - We've been through a lot of changes (as all startups do), each one with the passion and intent you'd expect from a super creative team, but I think the team is ready to maintain this focus we've found for a while.
    - Learning and development have fallen by the way-side in favor of finding our purpose, so I think the team is craving more training and more learning opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being humble, keep caring so deeply, and keep things consistent for a while.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lacks strong leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    I worked at VSCO for 2+ years and met some of the best people and co-workers of my life there. In the beginning the culture was great and the leadership felt like they were aligned and had a strong vision for the future of VSCO and it's staff.

    Cons

    Somewhere along the line leadership failed and we lost (fired + resigned) a lot of people, including the New York office. We brought on new "advisors" which killed the culture and confused the future vision that everyone was so excited about.

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe any advice could help VSCO now.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, exciting challenges, constant learning"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VSCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Strong leadership team, clear business priorities and direction, and supportive work culture
    - Transparent and cohesive collaboration across functions
    - Opportunities for professional growth and leadership development opportunities at every level
    - Creative, honest, sharp and humble employees
    - Comprehensive benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    Structural changes are more frequent than at larger companies, but communication is proactive and support is given to ease transitions

    Advice to Management

    Very strong, open and transparent leadership style - clear and direct priorities without being intimidating or unapproachable; keep up the great work and thanks for all that you do!

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Pains felt in engineering department"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VSCO full-time

    Pros

    - The people are humble, very down to earth and nice. Every coworker could be a friend you'd want to hang out with after work
    - Leadership makes effort to hear from you
    - Office is beautiful
    - Delicious lunches
    - Lax policy on working from home even though most people opt to be in the office

    Cons

    - Engineering salary not competitive
    - No matching on 401k
    - Management/leadership especially in engineering is lackluster
    - Leadership makes effort to hear from you but whether or not anything actionable comes out of it is questionable. Engineering retrospectives don't appear to change. Lots of talking and less acting. No one is held accountable for change here.
    - Product design process is not great. Not enough testing and emphasis on user experience. Not enough collaboration between engineering, design and product together from the get go.
    - Felt like an engineer was at the end of the product process and was there to build products. Our opinion was not weighed as much as other teams. This fact has been acknowledged in the company but change has been slow.

    Advice to Management

    Product design process needs to be rethought and a more serious process needs to be outlined. Don't leave it up to the product managers to lead the process however they feel is correct for their individual projects/features. Worked with various product managers and some had better processes for group collaboration than others. A good process should be shared between all product managers. Have engineers in the room from the early stages of a product idea.

    VSCO Response

    Oct 4, 2016 – VP, People Operations

    Thank you for your perspective and feedback - we're listening and are actively taking steps to set the team up to be the most impactful (across product, engineering, design - and operations... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Humility: The people that work at VSCO are intelligent and talented, but you're not going to find any egos or people fighting to be loudest person in the room. Working with humble people makes work far more enjoyable and a collaborative experience.
    - Work/life balance: My worry about coming to a start up was that I'd have to be working late nights, weekends, going to mandatory happy hours, etc. While there's definitely the occasional day where you have to put your nose to the grindstone, the overall balance at VSCO is outstanding. They have flexible vacation policy, close over the winter break, and — most importantly — the leadership team and managers really encourage people to have balance and interests outside of work (family, photography, travel, etc).
    - Mission driven - The mission probably fluctuates a bit depending on the person you ask, but there's an overarching theme of being proud to work here, and proud of what we're building.

    Cons

    VSCO is still a small company, so if you're looking to climb a corporate ladder or are very title driven, we don't really have that kind of structure yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating, keep listening to your people, and lets try to maintain this culture as we grow


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    VSCO is rare in that it genuinely cares about its employees. It's not just lip service. Everything from the way stock is structured, to vacation time, to perks, to the 1-1 conversations you have with the managers and leadership team really proves it.

    In addition to that, the biggest pros are:

    - Phenomenal leadership team.
    - Focus on building a sustainable business.
    - Talented, friendly, and humble coworkers.
    - Competitive pay, benefits, not to mention the awesome food.
    - Opportunities to grow in your career, which is rare in my experience among young companies.

    Cons

    The only thing worth mentioning is that the time and cost of large projects are underestimated. There are lots of big, exciting projects being worked on, but some of them don't receive the attention/resources they need to be successful within the allotted timeframe. It's not a huge problem in my opinion, but it's something worth keeping an eye on.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for all your hard work. VSCO has a bright future ahead of it thanks to your leadership. You are my heroes.


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