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Victory Productions Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  1. "Avoid if you aren't looking for frustration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very experienced staff who have extensive knowledge from working within the industry. You learn a lot from your colleagues here.

    Cons

    Very simply: no strong direction. This creates increasing problems as the entire industry moves away from the need for development houses, from personal opinion.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Without a vision, the people perish"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are good people in the ranks who can create quality products and provide good service with the right leadership. Educational publisher services is a stressed industry that still relies on good content from thoughtful people.

    Cons

    The company has ossified leadership - and the rot starts at the top. Business management "philosophy" that was going out of style in the 1950s. Sales process that would embarrass a used-car dealer. Marketing that ignores the CAN-SPAM laws. Accounting and operations that would be familiar to Bob Cratchit.

    Advice to Management

    Sell for whatever you can and retire. The tank is out of gas, you're gliding near the treetops and the best you can expect is a controlled landing where you walk away safely. Forget about entering new markets where you have no track record. New markets require new thinking and new people.

  3. "Concerning. Avoid."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Victory Productions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None other than "a job".

    Cons

    Scientology based business where testing using Scientology written questionnaires guide the owners decisions.


  4. "Something is Off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fast-Paced environment
    Quick training
    Collaborative when under deadline

    Cons

    Bargaining regarding payment, despite putting in an extra 300 dollars of work

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is key to retaining good employees and good freelancers.


  5. "Smoke and Mirrors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people who are not on the executive team are smart and honest.
    You don't have to drive to Boston.

    Cons

    They are deceiving. For example. That is not the Victory Productions logo or Industry. They changed it to mislead you.
    The executive team would like you to think they care about anyone.
    They are obsessed with their religion/cult.
    There is a person on the executive staff who knows nothing about technology or education who takes credit for some of the work.
    They burn through an excessive amount of paper.
    They would like to be a technology company but the smart people in the company are kept outside of the decisions.
    All projects are treated as an assembly line with no team dynamics.
    Working here feels creepy. They walk during the morning and afternoon by each desk to see if you are there working. They then target you as you someone to keep an eye on.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that things change.


  6. "Be Wary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Victory Productions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere when under deadlines

    Cons

    Quick to blame and look for scapegoats. Religious-based family mgmt. hires, promotes same type.

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt should look within first; dismisses constructive criticism.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Brilliant Coworkers/Oppressive Environment"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Editorial in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent, dedicated coworkers and a pleasant building to work in. Also, if one is living in the Worcester area and unable to move closer to Boston, Victory Productions does offer editorial jobs, which are rare in Central Massachusetts.

    Cons

    Poor compensation and benefits. Controlling, oppressive environment. Top-heavy, somewhat chaotic management structure. At times there seemed to be two sets of management, one set made up of members of the owner's religion, who followed "business principles" based on writings of the religion's founder, and another set made up of more traditional managers. It was sometimes hard to know who to ask for a work assignment. Employees were given no credit for their accomplishments, and sometimes expected to work late into the evening without any compensation or even thanks. Occasionally employees were subjected to baffling rants by the company's owner, and once there was a meeting during which employees were ordered to stand and read from the writings of the founder of the owner's religion.

    Advice to Management

    Consider rewarding, and perhaps even promoting, those who show merit. Encourage those who ask for more challenging work. Show trust in workers instead of sneaking up behind them to see what they are up to. (Trust is a better way to ensure productivity, and sneaking up behind people has the counterproductive result of turning workers into sneaks.) For those of you who are in management because you belong to the owner's religion, be aware that some employees have looked up your beliefs online so that they know what to say to gain your approval. You would do better to trust the employees who make no attempt to "play" you in this way. Above all, thanking an employee or complimenting someone's work costs the company nothing, but can have surprisingly positive results.

  8. "Good experience as a Content Editor."

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    Current Contractor - Content Manager in Worcester, MA
    Current Contractor - Content Manager in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Victory Productions as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with wonderful writers and a great Project Management Team.

    Cons

    Project scope was larger than what was in the original contract. Extremely time consuming and pay not commensurate with time spent.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring a freelancer you can't promise the moon to the client. You expect the freelancer to work beyond what's stipulated in the contract and this is not fair to the freelancer. You take advantage of the freelancer's need to keep a cordial relationship with your company so they can get more work from your company in the future. By staying firm with the client and keeping them to the contract you can keep your freelancers happy and still get a quality product.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The employees are great people."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many smart, friendly people work here. Their sense of humor helps boost morale. Some supervisors offer excellent support and mentoring.

    Cons

    The company culture is stifling unless you enjoy being micromanaged. Upper management has put into place procedures that reveal a distrust or lack of faith in its employees: morning attendance is taken at 8:30, the official start of the day. Every employee must tediously enter project codes and tasks in a time sheet throughout the work day. To request time off, employees must fill out a special form that must be approved by the highest rung of management. Hours are not flexible. The work day is 8:30-5:30, with a required 1 hour lunch break. As a result, the days seem very long.

    Advancement is slow, and raises are small. Vacation time and personal time are accrued slowly.

    There is little employee recognition. Employees are expected to work quickly but provide the client with high-quality products. To achieve this, many people work beyond their 40 hours, and when a difficult project is finally complete, employees are not rewarded with compensation, either in bonuses or in time off.

    In the interview process, candidates must take three tests: a questionable personality test (it is not one validated by research or by psychologists but is unique to the ideologies of upper management), an IQ test, and a "follow the directions" test. Upper management uses these tests to determine how well you might fit with their ideologies and how well you can follow directions. Upon hire, employees must read a short essay and provide their interpretation of it. Essentially, the essay conveys the message that a good employee does his work well without questioning it.

    As a result of these restrictions, controls, and lack of appreciation, employees often have low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees.
    Treat your employees with decency and respect, not as children.
    Make schedules more flexible for employees--they have lives outside work.
    Reward employees upon successful project completion. They deserve to be recognized.
    Do not force your ideologies upon your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This was a great learning experience, but since it's a small company it's tough to really advance much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Everyone on the editorial staff is willing to teach, patient, and mostly friendly. It's a great place to start a career, as they can basically teach you from the ground up about educational publishing as an editor. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Salary is low, benefits are terrible. Unfortunately its hard to really advance much since its a small company. Little vacation, few holidays. If you work overtime they will not compensate (for example, they could give you days off to use later on), but basically make you work overtime anyways. Very obsessed with clocking your hours. They don't condone employee fraternization.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, especially your Project Managers, sometimes people get thrown into a project with no managerial experience. Acknowledge your employees accomplishments, if you can't give them bonuses at least give them special days off, etc.