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Updated August 13, 2017
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  • Lots of reorganizations across the company, tough work life balance at times (in 10 reviews)

  • Frequent re-orgs (every 1-2 years) (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture, strong team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mentorship from senior team member, management shielded software engineers away from politics. Good starting comp. Vistabreak is one of a kind in the private industry

    Cons

    No equity for campus hire, slow movement to management

    Advice to Management

    Increase stock incentive for entry level engineers


  2. "Quality Engineering Lead"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Quality Assurance Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Quality Assurance Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Life/Work balance. Not at the forefront of technology but definitely current.

    Cons

    Too many re-orgs. Division with Cimpress makes some tasks difficult across organizations.

  3. "Smart people everywhere"

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

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

    Pros

    - You'll be surrounded by smart people who care about their work
    - Abundant opportunity for professional growth
    - Travel to Barcelona and various domestic locations is common
    - Great benefits and perks (food trucks, on-site fitness classes, etc.)
    - Gorgeous office to enjoy
    - Agile, process-driven environment (see also: Cons)

    Cons

    - Consistent restructuring/reorging, less ability to move up in title as there once was
    - Risk-averse, fear-driven marketers who don't like to try new things
    - Focus on process is cumbersome and sometimes comes at the detriment of the actual work

    Advice to Management

    You've been making some smart, innovative moves over the last year and a half. Keep it up and don't get bogged down in process or be afraid to take chances. There are some very smart, creative people at VP - let them soar.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "New Office, Old Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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


  5. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible - bad management who are only focused on their own growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vistaprint (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and there are lots of free food. Other than that, not much else they offer. Good health insurance with dental and vision.

    Cons

    Managers don't care about their direct reports and there is no room for development. They pigeon hole you into your position so there is no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your managers are helping with employee's development. My manager threw me in the fire and did not help me at all when I was first onboarding. Horrible experience. Had to work 12 hour days at least twice a week.


  7. "easy going culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time

    Pros

    Problems are challenging and the people I work with are great.
    Nice benefits

    Cons

    Try to do too many things at once.

    Advice to Management

    Work on fewer things. Other than that, keep it up.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits/poor career choice"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Don't Even Consider Wasting Your Time Here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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