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Vistaprint Boston Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Vistaprint Bestuursvoorzitter, President & CEO Robert S. Keane
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  • Lots of reorganizations across the company, tough work life balance at times (in 10 reviews)

  • There have been a number of re-orgs and the company is still trying to find the right org structure (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I am kept engaged and learning every day. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Minor to large reorgs happen frequently


  2. Helpful (1)

    "New Office, Old Company"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New building, job security, Process

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, Lots of Red Tape, Remote managers


  3. "easy going culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vistaprint (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    lots of free food, games, good benefits

    Cons

    management lacks clear vision and direction they keep shifting directions

    Advice to Management

    be clear on what you expect from engineers


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits/poor career choice"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance/flexible hours. Deadlines are presented to be a scary monster, but using agile arguments and they can be pushed off.
    Benefits are great. Negotiate to get more money. At one point, an entry level was earning as much as a two year experienced developer.
    Company is doing financially well.
    A good (yet shrinking) pool of talent.

    Cons

    Politics hamper career growth. I wouldn't stay here more than 2 years. Reorganizations don't help either except provide a good timing to consider leaving.
    On the same topic, management resources dedicated to career growth opportunities is oblivious. They come to you to ask how to do their job and they lament.
    The agile transformation is a kindergarten experiment. It's funny to see the clashes between management tiers though.

    The vision changes way to fast for anyone to keep track of. You start with a set of values and in 1-2 reorganizations you will be fed other ones.
    Talent hemorrhaging: more complex tasks being handled (or worst forgotten) by inadequately trained engineers.
    Quality of new hires steadily declining.
    Acquisition of Webs and other questionable initiatives in Asia.
    Commute is awful for the new building.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Don't Even Consider Wasting Your Time Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is really nothing positive to say about this company.

    Cons

    "Planet Vistaprint" is a completely dysfunctional workplace where accountability is absent and priorities are totally askew.

    Their technology is very old - engineers should stay away unless they want to feel like they are in a time warp. No engineer could possibly look at the Vistaprint technology stack and think it would be a good career decision to work on such a poorly architected, outdated platform.

    Their business model is to constantly spam people and find new customers who will only order from them once in their life because they had an idea to start a dog walking business. They market with a sledgehammer and firehose. Thier customer churn rate is extremely high.

    They bring in an entirely new HR team every year, fire them and do it all over again. There is zero continuity in this area of the business.

    They have eliminated all employee enrichment and training programs. There is not a single professional development program available for young employees.

    Senior management believes that mentoring and being a good manager is a waste of time. They would rather that you kiss up to management and tell them what they want to hear. They place zero value on people and treat employees more as robots or disposable resources.

    There is definitely a "country club" mentality within senior management. If you're a part of the club, you're all set - employment for life. If you are not part of the club (speak truth to power), you will not be around long. I have never seen more clueless and unqualified people in such senior roles at a publicly traded company.

    Vistaprint is like no other company, and that's a bad thing. They are successful in spite of themselves. You learn nothing about the real world at Vistaprint - many people who leave end up coming back as boomerang employees - once they discover they have no transferable skills.

    People create silly, counterproductive "systems" in an effort to maintain job security, as opposed to developing streamlined processes, improving productivity and establishing best practices.

    They promote unqualified people. They don't hire people who know more than they do. They make impulsive business decisions.

    They beat employees over the head to vote Vistaprint as a "Best Place To Work" when, in reality, it is definitely one of the worst companies you could ever join.

    They have made some very bad business decisions over the past two years and the failures are finally starting to impact the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and hire people who know how to take a $1B company and grow it to $20B!


  6. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    growing company, smart people, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Review process is cumbersome and complex


  7. "Great company - cares for employees and customers"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist, Paid Search in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Specialist, Paid Search in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open and clear direction from upper management
    Great perks and bonuses like food truck wednesdays
    The company really support's employees' work life balance
    Opportunities for lateral movement and career changes
    full of smart, competent people
    Young atmosphere

    Cons

    It's a big company, promotions are semi standardized
    it takes a long time to accomplish more innovative tasks


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very intelligent people who have a lot of passion to build valuable products and help small businesses achieve their goals

    Cons

    Agile methodologies create an atmosphere of micronanagement of experienced and skilled developers and a feeling of less career opportunities for in scrum teams

    Advice to Management

    Remember that employees need incentives to sacrifice hours and career growth opportunities for the company's benefit


  9. "Senior Copywriter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Senior Copywriter in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Freelance Senior Copywriter in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unending stream of work, no sitting around. Teams work with a coordinated sense of urgency. Everybody is on the same page, all the time, as projects move forward to completion without delay or bumps. The pace is terrific for someone like myself who thrives on progress.

    Cons

    A PC computer program versus Apple. Apple would be a better choice for a creative department.

    Advice to Management

    Switch to Apple Products and software to increase the productivity of the Creative Department


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome company, regret leaving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Analytics in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analytics in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging problems, very fast paced environment. I came in right out of college and I built a great skill set as a marketing analyst. The people are very friendly, willing to help and you'll be able to develop quickly.

    Cons

    Promotions and ratings are pretty subjective and the criteria keep changing over time. Many management shifts that disrupt teams, the workflow and bring down morale.

    Advice to Management

    Keep people motivated with more transparent promotion systems and less frequent changes in management.


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