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Vistaprint Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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  • I had no work life balance here and was expected to work 11 hour days often eating lunch at my desk (in 11 reviews)

  • Organizational changes seem to be quite abundant and you have to be prepared to adapt to new projects and technologies easily (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great culture, strong team"

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    • 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. "Very pleasant place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I spend most of my time working/coding and not stuck in meetings
    - Making an effort to get away from older, dated tech
    - Small engineering team, doesn't feel like a huge company
    - Good work/life balance, lots of company events and outings
    - Good pay for the Boston area

    Cons

    - The newer tech stacks are great but the old monolith is tedious to work on
    - Management is always trying new stuff that makes you go "hmmm" but isn't necessarily bad

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, Poor financial focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, work environment, and benefits.

    Cons

    They can't seem to focus appropriately to have a true, solid financial plan and as a result there are many internal "restructurings" or "realignments" that cause really talented people to lose their jobs - sometimes to be brought back later, in a contract role, but most times not.

    Advice to Management

    Get it right, and provide a solid foundation for your employee base.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Talented team, unlimited opportunity!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Customer-driven organization that continuously strives to exceed customer needs. Team members who really care about each other and the success of the business. Senior management including the CEO and the Founder are accessible, supportive and extremely transparent. They recognize individual talents and provide opportunities for team members to excel.

    Cons

    The organizational structure changes quite frequently which can cause some "churning" but it also creates opportunity for those who can see through the disruption.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize the introduction of new methodologies, HR platforms, sets of values.... and stay focused on what matters: attracting and retaining great talent, customer happiness and business growth.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Top down ivory tower leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vistaprint full-time

    Pros

    There are some really good people hear that are held back by people afraid of change. Isolated pockets of teams get the benefits of change and try to push for it. There is some good high level leadership hear that wants change as well.

    Cons

    There is a middle level of technical leadership that is against changing to come up to date with current industry practices. Despite upper management pushing for it. This middle layer keeps scaring the upper layer and preventing any real change. They also exclude and isolate anyone that speaks against them.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of anyone that has been there that has been there for > 8 years and spent more than 80% of their total career there. They are holding you back, not helping you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time

    Pros

    Great People and events for employees

    Cons

    corporate bureaucracy, slow uptake time


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sure there's a lot of change.. but isn't that good?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been at Vistaprint just over a year and I can truly say that it's a great place to work. Yes, there's been a number of reorgs, but to me it shows the company is challenging themselves to think far ahead and make decisions that will help us long term, but make us survive short term. For me, the reason I like it most is all the smart, open and mostly ego-free people I get to work with everyday!

    Cons

    I always hate seeing colleagues and new friends having to exit the organization - voluntarily and involuntarily - and it feels like this happening more than I wish!

    Advice to Management

    Our customer is SUPER important - agreed. But so are our employees, don't forget happy employees are how we make our customers happy.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not Perfect but Self-Aware Enough to Know it"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is great, the organization has made great strides in empowering employees, meaning the company is largely what you and your co-workers make of it.
    Willing to experiment with just about anything.
    Lots of smart and hardworking people.
    Very little hierarchy and there are only 4 real levels of engineers so everyone treats each other as peers.
    Transitioning from a monolithic code base to microservices.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of change recently, leading to much uncertainty.
    Often run too many experiments without controls or success criteria.
    There are only 4 real levels of engineers so you can go a long time without being promoted.
    Historically how one gets promoted has been different depending on where you worked in the company. This has been changed to be the same peer review process across the board but has lead to some feeling as if the rug was pulled from under them.
    The breakup of the monolith is slow going.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and solicit input from employees.
    Practice more control around experiments and make the success criteria clear.
    Make breaking down the legacy monolithic code base a higher priority


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A mix of excellent and chaotic"

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

    I worked at Vistaprint full-time

    Pros

    Smart coworkers. A company mission you can believe in (helping small & family businesses market themselves). Very accepting work environment. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganizations. Frequent changes to the performance review system.

    Advice to Management

    Sudden announcements of huge changes create an environment of uncertainty.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is very competitive. Lots of great benefits; PTO, 8 holidays, 4 floating holidays, matching 401k, medical and dental insurance, promotion within the company

    Cons

    There has been numerous of layoffs within the last year and a half which is causing low morale. Number of re-orgs and management changes.

    Advice to Management

    Better transparency throughout the company


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