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Updated 7 December, 2017
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Pros
  • Very good work life balance and a respect for employees" (in 15 reviews)

  • Great people, exciting updates to the technology (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Varying culture and work-life balance by team (in 10 reviews)

  • As of late it has been fast paced with lots of changes to keep up with (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Best place I have ever worked...seriously!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Success Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Success Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vision Critical is a top notch company to work for! They really do drink their own Kool Aid and listen to what their employees are saying. It is a very collaborative culture where everyone is working toward the same goal. The management team is very open to welcoming different styles and ideas in the door which make it a fun atmosphere. I have never felt micro managed, instead it is a 'do your job well and we won't ask you too many questions' type of place, which overall breeds happier employees.

    Cons

    As of late it has been fast paced with lots of changes to keep up with. That said, they try to prep you as much as possible to ensure you are up to speed with any changes that are coming. Only other con I can think of is that I wish our office had more people. We are a little small in the Minneapolis/Bloomington office right now, however that does make us a tight knit group!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work!


  2. "Great company in an increasingly competitive market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    Great people, a very interesting product to work with and great brands.

    Cons

    Market is becoming more competitive and the product can show it's age.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the product focus is really going to move the company forward, just need to stay on course and avoid distractions.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Decentish"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

    I worked at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    - Good work life balance and a relatively flexible schedule
    - The option to work from home now and then is there if it's required
    - Pay is competitive
    - Benefits are good

    Cons

    - Technology stack can be frustrating, pretty much married to Microsoft :(
    - Priorities change very quickly, possibly resulting in what you are working on being abandoned
    - Execs always talking about how "People matter". Actions do not back this up, however
    - A lot of arm waving and grand standing by the CEO in meetings. Kind of annoying, tbh


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Sales and Marketing is driving the technical decisions of a "Tech" company"

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

    I worked at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    Amazing place for co-ops, internships, and junior roles as their mentorship program is great. Lots of opportunity to learn if you are motivated. A lot of very talented, helpful, and intelligent teammates to learn from.

    Cons

    There is no CTO or Chief Architect to balance product feature requests and tech debt. Product is facing scalability problems due to an overhead of tech debt that doesn't get prioritized. When sales requests and marketing is determining the direction of the product, business and product decisions tend to be short sighted and doesn't scale well with long term product goals. It becomes increasingly more difficult to innovate when there is little prioritization on the refactors and infrastructure changes that enable rapid development.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CTO and a Chief Architect as different perspectives in product prioritization. Let your technology drive the direction of your sales/marketing strategy, instead of the other way around. Watch less videos from Simon Sinek, and blaming company shortcomings on having millennials in the workplace. Watch more videos from Steve Jobs learning why a company like xerox failed. Establish standardized metrics/criterion to assess how well individual dev and qa are performing. Identify address a strategy to communicate across various department regarding a new feature.


  6. "R&D"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vision Critical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company and everyone is working hard to get things done

    Cons

    A bit of political, career roof is very obvious. Don't know other department. Engineers are awesome. Some PMs great, but the others are average or below. A lot of stretch goals recently.


  7. "Great place to work, but going a lot of change"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible schedule, fun company events (Halloween and holiday party)

    Cons

    Going through change so been more of a turnover lately, too many communication tools, reporting structures don’t always make sense, not a great office space, with no quiet place to escape to

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to those not in management positions, losing some great talent. Find a way to communicate with staff on one platform. Create a better office space, doesn’t feel very collaborative.


  8. "Something great is happening here"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very strong new leadership is quickly flushing previous mismanagement for the better. There is still a long way to go, but it really feels like the business has turned a corner in terms of product innovation and business execution.

    The comradeship of the employee base is a great thing. People like working with people they like and that shows up plenty here.

    New senior leaders are not all ego like prior ones, they actually know what they are doing and people like seeing that and there is a new buzz around.

    Cons

    Still a drag on morale from the old guard that needs to be re-energized to rally around the new direction.

    These are people who know what they are doing who have lost the interest in their work because confusion in direction.

    They will find it hard to survive in the new climate and management needs to ensure they don’t press too hard prematurely and risk losing key talent. Best to nurse people back into “believing” then challenge them to excel again.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more fresh blood to augment the recent hires who know where we have to go.

    Leaders who know how to enable everyone around them are the ones who make a difference.

    When you believe you are empowering, but no one is taking the initiative to use the empowerment it is because you trained them to believe they don’t matter.

    Time to break the cycle and really up everyone’s game, there is something great going on here!


  9. "Overall good space to work in"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, opportunities to advance career (globally too), decent amount of social activities

    Cons

    - Could have more transparency from leadership
    - Need more mentorship from managers
    - The culture could be better defined


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development Manager"

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

    I have been working at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    -great salary
    -good leadership
    -good benefits

    Cons

    -Culture completely changed and has become an extremely stressful work environment
    -very difficult to make quota
    -Company is constantly changing, which provides an unstable work environment
    -product is too expensive and not a big enough market of companies that want to pay that much


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vision Critical full-time

    Pros

    The management team really cares about the employees as individuals.

    Cons

    The social committee could use more support.


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