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  1. "Nice place to work."

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Very committed super anime manga fans. Laid back and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Depending upon your position, there may not be room to advance. Watch out for layoffs!


  2. "Fun place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Viz Media part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Multi-cultural working environment. Full of interesting people working there.

    Cons

    Seems lack on clear direction and time to prepare for the project.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear vision and prepare time in advance before passing the project to the team.


  3. "Great people, so-so direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Viz Media full-time

    Pros

    The people are amazing, hard working and genuine. Workplace is colorful and lively and you get to work with comics!

    Cons

    There are a couple of bad apples. As long as you stay polite and flexible it will be easy to see who to steer away from.

    Advice to Management

    Know what your subordinates do before firing them. There are many unexpected consequences.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Much Potential, Little Process. Great People."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The company is full of hard-working, intelligent people with a great sense of camaraderie. In general, people will pull together as a team to get something done, regardless of title or rank. With a start-up atmosphere, there is the flexibility and opportunity to create your own processes and define your position. If the work is there, you're welcome to speak up and pitch in to get the experience.

    Social atmosphere is very strong with many people grabbing drinks, traveling, and becoming friends outside of work.

    Cons

    Because of the start-up atmosphere, there is very little to know process - when there is, it's created by individuals in the respective position and difficult to implement company-wide, and open to changes should someone leave, get promoted, change positions, etc. There is also no official training period or method; being taught about the company and your job is at your manager's or your individual discretion. Basically, sink or swim.

    While great ideas are proposed, they are extremely difficult to execute due to the licensing and approval structure. Approval time far exceeds production time, resulting in very short turnaround for projects. Additionally, most people do not plan ahead or consider how last-minute requests impact other departments, work quality, or budgets.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't make arbitrary decisions without actually knowing the work or the process.
    - Consider morale of the staff before the requests of the parent companies.
    - Improve compensation and career track/training.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Make no mistake, this is a Japanese company (with all the pros and cons)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Generous benefits package, (mostly) relaxed work environment, talented and fun employees, entertaining products and content to work with, nice San Francisco office location

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership, with no clear direction for the future -- and with the current downturn in the publishing/home video industry, the future looks bleak. Management "style" from Japanese parent corporations breeds "yes man" mentality and stifles innovation. Little chance for upward mobility within company, and salaries are below market value. Parent corporations are "always right" even when their decisions harm the business. Employees are not empowered to better the company, and management lacks the clout/balls to support them when push comes to shove against parent corporations.

    Advice to Management

    If you're a company with fresh young talent, you need structure, support and resources to harness and channel energy. VIZ Media's approach of "we'll do whatever we have to to make Japan happy at this particular moment" effectively negates the possibility for any of the above. Although most of its staff is from the U.S., VIZ Media is what it is -- a Japanese company that will never reach its full potential, because its masters refuse to let it. At least the parent companies get a tax write-off.


  7. "VIZ Media"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great respect for work/life balance, HR is awesome, many of the managers are very caring people, unique and attractive facilities.

    Cons

    The typical lack of communication between departments that happens in publishing companies, especially across multiple media (TV, magazines, books, movies, marketing collateral, etc.). Also, the company doesn't take enough risks -- though that makes sense because they are owned by large Japanese (i.e. remote) publishing corporations.

    Advice to Management

    Be as direct as possible with those you manage. There is an odd culture of "politeness" at Viz, unlike most publishing companies. This can be pleasant, but too often it puts employees in the awkward position of having to guess what you are really thinking/wanting. Not what you want in a deadline-oriented environment.

    Also, please take more creative risks! The public, or at least the comics-reading world, would love to see your original comics initiative see the light of day.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great work environment, good people, family-like culture."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Viz Media full-time

    Pros

    Creative, energetic work culture.
    Flexible work hours.
    Free manga!
    Occasional trips to Japan.

    Cons

    Salaries are somewhat low.
    Some of the policies are dictated by the Japanese parent company, which can often be frustrating.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No loyalty to employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viz Media full-time

    Pros

    You get to read Japanese comics for free.

    Cons

    No loyalty to its employees. License approval process has no logic. Working for a subsidized company that solely relies on licensed products from Japan, you will have very little freedom to get your voice involved. If you're looking for a company to grow, your career I recommend consider applying else where.


  10. "Business nature of subsidized licensed company"

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

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

    Pros

    It can be fun if that's all you are looking for.

    Cons

    This is a subsidized company of Japanese publisher. Very little opportunity to grow as a professional. You take the order and operate. Your focus is to satisfy executives oversea, not customers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good People, Good Content"

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

    I worked at Viz Media full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours,
    Good content
    Good, hardworking people
    Free Anime and Manga at times

    Cons

    Unclear direction
    Very little communication between management and staff
    Niche skills can be learned by entry-level employees, but are not very portable

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who have their boots on the ground. Many of them care about the fans and the content.


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