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Viscira Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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Pros
  • The work/life balance is really good (in 4 reviews)

  • Great location: close to the Embarcadero, the Wharf and North Beach (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There's absolutely no work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for anyone but the execs (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with even greater coworkers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interactive Producer
    Current Employee - Interactive Producer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viscira full-time

    Pros

    This is definitely a gem of a company. Not only are involved with a very diverse variety of cutting edge digital solutions but you are also surrounded by some of the most talented and nicest people around you. I will say that this place is not meant for those who plan to "coast" in their career. There's a lot of passion and love for what we do. Those who are highly talented, flexible and solution-oriented in nature thrive at Viscira. If you want to expand your experience across all kinds of digital solutions and are ready to grow, this is THE place to be at. It's not perfect by any means though. Some growing pains, some areas lack process but all in all, I love my job and my coworker's.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on supporting client's POV. Sometimes it would be nice for us to be supported instead of always bending over backwards for our clients.

    Sometimes projects and deadlines can be demanding of our time with early AM meetings for east coast clients or late nights for launch product deadlines but I guess that's normal for any company or agency. At least with the exception of these projects, people are usually out at 5pm so it's a small issue but not a huge problem.

    Any chance we can have weekly happy hours???

    Advice to Management

    Please try to provide more support to us instead of always backing our clients.

    In addition to pure talent, please also prioritize new hires who have a positive attitude and are solution oriented. This has a huge impact on a team's chemistry and the work we do. We need problem solvers not naysayers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, okay culture, great potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid talent and hard working people producing leading edge digital and media solutions. Solid bench of medical and technical writers.

    Cons

    Dry company culture. They bill themselves as an agency but are missing key components to own that claim. A bit old school in business technique, a good example is their vertical height in their org' for a smallish medium sized company. More tactical thinking than strategic for my taste.

    Advice to Management

    The company has great potential, unfortunately not enough people comfortable taking (creative) chances there though.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Viscira full-time

    Pros

    -Choice location near the ferry building
    -Some fun, inventive people across different teams
    -Monthly employee events with food

    Cons

    -Social disconnect between executives and workforce
    -Poor management and time distribution of projects
    -Beware of unprofessional drama and getting thrown under the bus
    -Employee evals can be awkward and contentious
    -Gross imbalance of work/life expectation

    Advice to Management

    Restructure management and train executives to understand their own pipeline so employees do not bear the brunt bad decisions.

    Viscira Response

    Oct 20, 2017 – Marketing Communications Manager/Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry that Viscira was not the right fit for you. As CEO, I can assure you that we strive to create a company culture that is supportive of our teams. In my many... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Producer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Interactive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers
    Great office parties
    Great Location

    Cons

    1. There is no proper guidance being provided.
    2. Majority of the team lacks technical knowledge.
    3. Every employee in the company indulges in blaming one another if things do south in a project. There's lack of team work.
    4. No room to grow
    5. Management doesn't care about its employees, they might lead you to believe that but they really don't!
    6. Below market pay
    7. There's absolutely no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Please provide appropriate guidance

    Viscira Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Marketing Communications Manager/Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We’re very sorry that you feel this way, and we’d encourage you to reach out to HR and / or your hiring manager to raise these concerns directly if you are a current... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Run away"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I see no pros at this company

    Cons

    The "health snacks" are not at all healty
    Everyone is more than willing to throw you under the bus
    Below market rate pay

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.

    Viscira Response

    Oct 20, 2017 – Marketing Communications Manager/Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for sharing your comments. We’re very sorry that you feel this way, and we’d encourage you to reach out to HR and / or your hiring manager to raise these concerns directly if you are a... More


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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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 Viscira full-time

    Pros

    Thriving agency that does really strong work and has a strong team. There is a good variety of clients, and I find the work really exciting and challenging.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything negative to say. I'm really enjoying my time at the agency, really like my boss and my team. It gets really busy sometimes then it gets quiet, so the usual ebb and flow you'd find at any agency. I think this is a really solid place to work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Glad to be part of the company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Management in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Management in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work / Life balance
    - Organized Company
    - Very creative and amazing people to work with!

    Cons

    - Tight deadlines
    - Difficult clients

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great people and good working environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Working at Viscira for me has been a great experience. I learned a lot in these couple of years. One thing to know, if you give your best, it won't go unnoticed and you will be rewarded.

    It's a great working environment, and people here are generally very passionate about the work they do. Projects can be very interesting, but also there are mundane ones. As you would expect in an agency. But through all that one thing remains constant - people. Great people. People that work here is what I like best about Viscira. In my experience I was always able to rely on my colleagues to have my back and support me. Every time I needed help, work-related or personal, it was given to me. That in my opinion is rare, and one of the best features of this company. For that I will always be grateful.

    Cons

    Hours can be long on occasions, but not all the time.
    Sometimes there are just too many meetings in a day.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Viscira is an agency to join!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Account Management in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Account Management in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viscira full-time

    Pros

    We do great work, work you can be proud.
    Our reputation with our clients is solid.
    Incredibly nice staff.
    Understanding & caring management.

    Cons

    Nothing that I would mention as they are minimal.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Viscira full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team and visually exciting work

    Cons

    Low pay, tight budgets, high stress


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