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Viz Media Reviews

Updated 11 Sep 2019

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6 Ratings
  1. "Amazing place to work, Great People, low pay."

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viz Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, Awesome content, lovable execs.

    Cons

    Low pay for the city. At times, old-fashioned and clunky. Adverse to remote work and flexible hours are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the demands of those under you and do everything in your power to advocate for them and make their lives better. Compensation and benefits are not great, so expect more people to leave if you don't make fundamental change.

    Viz Media2019-09-12
  2. "Good place for Japanese content lovers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Viz Media full-time

    Pros

    If you want to work for a Japanese company that has good contents, it is the place to work and learn with good people.

    Cons

    You may be frustrated if you don't speak/read Japanese. It depends on your position though.

    Viz Media2019-01-29
  3. "Fun place"

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

    I worked at Viz Media part-time for 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.

    Viz Media2016-09-09
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work."

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    Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Viz Media

    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!

    Viz Media2016-08-09
  5. Helpful (3)

    "No loyalty to employees"

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    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.

    Viz Media2016-09-03
  6. "Business nature of subsidized licensed company"

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

    I worked at Viz Media full-time for 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.

    Viz Media2016-09-03
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good People, Good Content"

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    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.

    Viz Media2015-06-30
  8. Helpful (4)

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

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    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.

    Viz Media2015-02-23
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Everyone's Leaving"

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

    I worked at Viz Media full-time

    Pros

    Mostly honest, hard-working people. Flexible work hours. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Not great for career growth. Anime and manga is a very niche market, so not very profitable. Many people feel under-appreciated and underpaid. If someone has talent and ambition, they are likely to leave. Attrition often leads to people having to take on multiple roles.

    Advice to Management

    Be competitve in keeping your best talent in-house. They are your greatest asset.

    Viz Media2014-11-19
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun company, great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viz Media full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment, good teamwork amongst the staff, CEO is sharp and skilled.

    Cons

    Industry growth, is a major challenge. Salary freeze sucks. Location (downtown SF) is a daily traffic nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Too many employees, too many senior managers and directors (middle management). a smaller (overhead), more efficient business model could be immediately profitable.

    Viz Media2013-12-07
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