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Vision Critical Reviews

Updated 17 April, 2019
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  • "sometimes hard to maintain work life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Lots of change going on so it's a fast paced environment and one must be ready for that to enjoy the journey" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay and good benefits
    You feel truly valued as an employee
    You are supported and encouraged to learn and grow
    Transparency from the top - every week the CEO takes time to answer any question employees ask
    Great social committee that plans fun events (beer cart Fridays, Halloween parties, St. Patrick’s day, etc.)
    Ability to work from home when you need to
    Overall a company that really cares about its employees

    Cons

    Things can change quickly at VC. Might not be the best place if you don’t like change.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Full time employee"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vision Critical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Finally this company is starting to look like an aggressive software company comparable to the competition south of the border.

    Lots of opportunity for those who want to dig in and help the team doing the heavy lift. Many of those who have been at the company have found a new lease of life under experienced new leadership.

    Companies like VC can enable their customers to cut out the wasteful MR spend and turn it towards adopting an insight platform, set up for purpose, in control of the brand who uses it and leverageable for many more business stakeholders, human or digital.

    This stuff is powerful and VC's leading customers are all reporting value realization several multiples higher than expected.

    The internal culture is growing up and showing the growing pains. The exec team has offered unparalleled transparency. Every Thursday any question can be asked in public and the exec team is committed to answering them.

    Cons

    The legacy culture that wanted a playground with little accountability.

    The company was a playground for many inexperienced people doing whatever they wanted and claimed success at every review. Instant gratification that helped waste a lot of cash.

    Market research is dead, technology replacing people across all the leading MR organizations, with VC being rooted in MR, you can imagine the resentful ness of some of the legacy.

    The exec team has implemented unparalleled transparency, open, public and anonymous channels are available for anyone to ask any question and there is a very deliberate commitment to answer every one. Problem? Yes, little meaningful participation... in the ~3 years I have been here, I have engaged with many execs on many issues and I have never felt anything else than a willingness to listen, so I am wondering why so many are so passive aggressive...

    Advice to Management

    Stay on course. Flush out the cancer of those who wanted a playground instead of being responsible and be held accountable in a role that can define a career. Just looking at sales, we are doing the same numbers with a fraction of the team = productivity is massively increased. The company is becoming real, profitable, right sized, focusing on core technology and following a value strategy that is reflective of the market.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with.

    Cons

    transparency was an issue in the past but is getting better. communication between teams still and issue.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Torture and politics in management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Beer carts
    Good office space
    Kitchen is well equipped.

    Cons

    Insane politics among management. Everyone wants power and say in decisions
    No respect for co workers.
    Salary range is pathetic
    HR tries to show that VC is great through social media but hides the real picture
    Great people leave the company or are asked to leave because of politics and showcased as "next big opportunity".


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Just terrible"

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

    Pros

    Option to WFH
    Beer cast Fridays
    Work life balance

    Cons

    In order to get the company acquired by a powerful player in the market, they have been building a shiny little thing over and over again. In recent years it has resulted in 3 iterations of what can only be described as failures. The worst part is all the people responsible are still here.

    The CEO wants to sell the company. The CFO says no money. The company books are in red. The CTO just wants a quick win and then you got the engineering leadership. A bunch of un imaginative,stubborn, egoistic people with an archaic mindset of creating software products. Politics is rampant. Culture is not conducive to learning. They think they are a technology and customer data company whereas it's not. Customers are leaving, issues are piled up and the people in charge are content in making their salaries.

    No tittle makes any sense here. Senior devs, principals, architects, even directors just because those have been here long enough. Not according to skill or competence. Huge gaps in infrastructure and platform. Crumbling product sliding to the bottom slowly.

    Terrible place for a new dev or engineer. Good only if you are in customer success.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Tell the floor you had it enough and want to sell it and get out. Know that your team is just a bunch of mediocre chaps and not a talent pool. Stop selling the dream of a billion dollar evaluation. You can't make a good engine with worn out poor quality gears.

    Vision Critical Response

    14 Apr, 2019 – Director, Global Talent

    On behalf of our CEO, Scott Miller

    Dear Current Employee,

    Thank you for taking the time to express your views. I am sorry that you are having such a negative experience at our company. You... More


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Good people at the company but terrible people in the C-suite"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people work here, good work from home policy and benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible exec team. Arrogant and unwilling to change.

    Way to political and slow for company this small.

    Advice to Management

    Just listen to your team and be willing to change.


  7. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to get your feet wet

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    View from the downtown office

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Last minute firing


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to learn."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of new tech and good practices that can bring your level of expertise very high.

    Cons

    Company doesn't have a defined course, and rapid changes create uncertainty and feed false values.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Its okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lax relaxing younger team environment

    Cons

    hard to start getting good