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Updated September 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Because of this cultural paradigm, work/life balance is 100 (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, transparent culture, a lot of ownership (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • This is upheld at the very top, and makes it impossible to focus on anything else and have it be seen as valuable in the eyes of management (in 2 reviews)

  • No career growth: depending on the team, you may be stuck in the same position for very long time (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Super Talented New CEO + Awesome Times Ahead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An amazing, passionate group of people, a motivated, compassionate CEO, and a steady stream of solid launches over the last 8 months.

    Having been at Vimeo for nearly a year, even though there have been some changes, I have the exact opposite opinion of some of the negative reviews posted recently. My impression is that Vimeo used to be a bunch of friends hanging out, but honestly not getting a whole lot done. A lot of the people from "the early years" are nostalgic for the days when working at Vimeo had much less to do with work/growing a business and more to do with being around a bunch of likeminded people. All companies go through changes when they're becoming something more substantial, and that's 100% the case here.

    The new CEO, Anjali Sud, is among the most competent, strategically minded and motivated executives I've worked with to date. She cares about getting it right, about shipping great products that our community wants, and - most importantly - about growing the business.

    Change is hard, and sometimes requires making unpopular decisions, but I feel totally confident about where Vimeo is headed and see a passion for taking the company to great new places in my colleagues every day. Don't be fooled by the reviews from people longing for an era when the company wasn't launching anything new. If you're interested in working here, come meet the folks on board who are excited to build something great.

    Cons

    The free snacks could be a little more healthy, but - you know - free snacks so I guess this isn't much of a con.


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vimeo part-time

    Pros

    Laid back, down to earth culture. HR is open to helping with any concerns. Great office and nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Not enough benefits, even part-time employees have to participate in 401(k)

    Vimeo Response

    Sep 8, 2017 – Talent Operations Manager

    Hi! Thanks for the feedback! We're always open to hearing suggestions on how to improve our benefits. Participation in our 401K matching program is completely optional. To opt out, contact Charles... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vimeo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Inclusive work culture and team collaboration. Exciting space in tech and entertainment.

    Cons

    None really. Stay progressive towards entertainment side.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture inclusive and always be forward thinking on the content side.

    Vimeo Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Talent Operations Manager

    Hi! Thanks for the feedback! We're always open to hearing suggestions on how to improve our benefits. Participation in our 401K matching program is completely optional. To opt out, contact Charles... More


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Hoping Anjali can turn it around"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vimeo full-time

    Pros

    A lot of really great people worked at Vimeo who cared a lot about the company, the product, and the users. Unfortunately, a lot of them left or were pushed out. The social aspect was great as well, but that’s changed with so many departures.

    Cons

    During the period of less than one year that the CEO of IAC was acting CEO of Vimeo, there were two massive rounds of layoffs that were very poorly handled, despite those who cared at Vimeo trying to urge IAC to do the right thing. Individuals and entire teams of people were pushed out with no warning, yet several males (including those in leadership roles) who sexually harassed female employees were given plenty of warning and the opportunity to spin their own story about why they were leaving over the past couple of years. Why is that? It’s become exceedingly clear that IAC doesn’t care about the people who work at Vimeo or the people who use Vimeo, just the bottom line (and they’re not even doing a great job at that). Many, many people sunk up to two or three years into a “business critical” product that was just shut down before ever making it to market. Many executives are so out of touch with the Vimeo user base that they can’t possibly know what the users want.

    Advice to Management

    Naming Anjali Sud as CEO is definitely a step in the right direction and will hopefully shield the rest of the company from future IAC shenanigans. Pay attention to what your users actually want instead of just assuming that you know even if you spend no time on the site!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vimeo provided a great atmosphere, friendly culture, and amazing benefits. The engineers were talented and always willing to help eachother out.

    Cons

    Vimeo's corporate parent company IAC became more and more involved, killing the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to Vimeo's roots.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "Quickly falling into disarray"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • good benefits
    • unlimited snacks
    • fun people to work with

    Cons

    • no product vision
    • multiple restructures/reorgs
    • little room for career growth
    • spur of the moment mass firings
    • no product goal communication beyond upper level management

    Advice to Management

    *Note that nearly every person in the "What it's like to work at Vimeo" video has quit.

    Vimeo used to be a wonderful organization to be a part of. That's what you used to be, a part of it, not an individual "working there". The product was (is – for now) amazing. The people were incredible. You could not have had a more talented and dedicated group of individuals working to create a product the users loved – all of whom were avid users of said product.

    Unfortunately, in recent years Vimeo has aggressively gone downhill. The parent company, IAC, managed to keep their hands out of the cookie jar for a long time. Once involved, almost all of the things that make any product great fell by the wayside:

    *Product vision disappeared*
    Employees are no longer informed of the longterm goals that upper management wants to achieve. When goals/projects are communicated, they are more often than not canceled or overhauled multiple times in the span of the project's life. Features are worked on until management decides on a new direction, scrapping all of the existing work.

    *Lacking Competent Management Staff*
    Most upper level employees are not users of the product and thus have little understanding of what makes it great. Their business goals are detached from product integrity or value, simply focused on short-term number and money gains. There is also little to no communication down to other employees about company changes until there are large sweeping updates announced in all company meetings - aka mass firings with jumbled explanations.

    *Clear Roadmaps/Product Goals*
    Longterm and short term product goals are always changing. Many projects are worked on for months at a time and completely canceled at the drop of a hat. New features are often overhauled multiple times with little reason or direction for each round change. Product updates are no longer justified/reasoned by better for the user - instead presented as viable reasons to make subscription products more robust and those viable for price increases.

    *Dedication to Product and Users*
    Very sad to say that Vimeo's dedication to the users disappeared a long time ago. A beautiful organization once made up of creatives, videographers, and many people passionate, proud, and active in the Vimeo Universe, is now a group of business people, marketers, and drones executing on their day to day functions to hit corporate goals.

    I am a proud user of Vimeo and *wish* I still worked there. I left by choice. Vimeo is no longer the magical ecosphere of sharing, learning, and unified devotion to creating a magnificent and remarkable product for the people that value it the most. Very sad to see the state it has become.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Kind of heading in a weird direction."

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    Former Employee - Lead Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vimeo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There's still good people there,
    The pay/benefits are OK but not terrific.
    Probably good opportunity for someone just starting out.
    Nice view from the top floor lounge.

    Cons

    Company has shed most of the creative force that made it a great really great place, if you watch the recruitment videos, be aware that the vast majority of people in those were laid off or quit. Top management seems to churn rather quickly there and they haven't had great luck in hiring people who understand why vimeo was pretty successful.
    The location is awful to commute to.
    Like I said in the pros section, the pay is just OK.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't say something nice ...

  8. Helpful (4)

    "It's not what it once was"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vimeo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, tight knit staff who believe in making the web friendlier to all filmmakers big and small

    Good benefits

    Career growth opportunities

    Great product

    Cons

    Most of the original staff that established the company vibes and culture are gone. It's strictly business aside from company events which attempt to placate staff after multiple reorganizations that included the loss of those long time employees who helped shape the brand

    Big drinking culture

    Upper management doesn't like to fill staff in on C level hiring and are themselves without an overall goal or guidance

    Most resources are spent on features that are made purely to compete with other organizations, rather than anything innovational

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CEO who wants to focus on building back Vimeo's presence with filmmakers which now seems all to distant and informal. Also one that wants to see the core product grow and who can recognize when resources are being spent on features that only compete with other companies rather than build the brand.

    Look to those few left with 5+ years under their belt for guidance. They know Vimeo better than anyone else and their opinion is worthy of being compared alongside data.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Riding A Dead Wave"

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

    I worked at Vimeo full-time

    Pros

    Contributing to a product that enables creators to share their work is a really amazing thing.

    Cons

    The Vimeo site people know and love is gone. Any good will that remains in the hearts of the community or staff is just echoes from a Vimeo that doesn't exist anymore.
    Huge, company-wide re-orgs are now commonplace along with ever-changing business strategies. Nobody knows what the goals are anymore. The company mission is meaningless.

    Advice to Management

    You're afraid to make decisions because it means you might be held accountable. Now the new features Vimeo is shipping are years late to a game you're not going to win. You dulled Vimeo's edge. Take more risks and listen to the staff.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "confused"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, nice people. People start drinking at 4pm on Fridays.

    Cons

    Looks like Vimeo just dropped their plans for SVOD. What a mess. The leadership of the VOD team moves too slowly.


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