I worked at Tumblr part-time for less than a yearPros
Very friendly environment and creative people.Cons
Not very organized management. Company was a big confused in terms of what direction to take and employees could feel this.RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Tumblr.Interview Details
I was referred by an employee there who knew me from internet collaboration. My first call was with their recruiter. It was fine, she asked why I was interested in Tumblr. The only weird thing is she wanted to know my current salary and other compensation. Sorry, but we haven't even had our first date yet!
We arranged a phone screen with one of their engineers. They used a kind of horrible online code collaboration tool to have me implement a pretty basic algorithm. The engineer was friendly and helpful during the process, and seemed to understand it wasn't the best environment (no syntax highlighting or code completion of course). I did pretty well on it and they sent me a "homework" code test to implement.
It was only supposed to take two hours, but that is a joke. The things they wanted it to include were a network implementation to download from a feed, displaying the feed and detailed information from it, implementing a paging, updating scroll of the items in the feed, data persistence to the device so that the information would be later retrievable without network, and of course, it should have a nice design and polish. I spent more like 12 hours on it and I was proud of the end result. I guess they were OK with it too, because then they arranged for interviews at their NYC office.
The first "interview" was a disinterested-seeming, rather unfriendly engineer from the team who hadn't looked at my resume, nor at my homework project (!!!) but wanted me to implement one of two projects within the 45 minutes allotted (he was also late, so it was actually 35 minutes). The choice was to write a Flappy Birds clone, or to write an app that would verify Sudoku input (in the style of those high school programming contests where you take input, process it, and output it). I don't care for either test, actually. What can they learn from me when I am nervous and know I only have 35 minutes to try to show what I can do? This was the worst part of the day.
I chose the Flappy Birds, and felt OK about what I accomplished in the *35 minutes* (ridiculous) while he looked at code or email or something. He was a pretty swift dude because he looked up from whatever he was doing to throw some tips my way and that was actually cool, but the who thing was very unpleasant.
The next interview was with the member of the team who phone screened me, and we talked about my homework code test and how it could be modified to do different things, or deal with certain other changes in the design, etc. It went well I thought.
The next interview was with their head of mobile design. He was awesome and I really liked him. I have no idea what he thought of me. We talked about design issues and what it's like to work with designers (I like working with designers).
The next interview (yep they keep coming) was a couple of managers. They had been at the company for a long time and had no questions for me, but rather, took my questions. I probably rattled on a bit by now because I was quite fatigued and at the same time I was feeling very good about the place and my performance, but I felt good about that interview.
Finally, another member of the engineering team gave me a whiteboard (no code) interview where we talked about how I would think an API ought to work to communicate certain information to and from a mobile app. He was friendly and wanted to see what I knew without appearing to want to "trap" me with trick questions. It seemed fine.
So after that 4-5 hour series, I was thanked and left their office.
Here is where the real horrible part comes in. A day went by. Then two. Three. Four. Nothing. I asked the person who referred me what was up. He said that they probably weren't going to go with me because a couple of the people gave me Thumbs Down. But still, no official communication from the company or recruiter.
Five days, six, seven, eight, nine!
So finally I figured I had nothing to lose, so I sent an email to the recruiter saying how much I enjoyed interviewing with them (that was not a lie) a week and a half ago, and I was looking forward to starting. When is my first day?
Finally a response. A canned email saying they weren't interested. No "sorry we forgot to call you", no nothing.
I had spent all that time on the homework assignment, taken a vacation day from work, spent 4-5 rather grueling hours getting interviewed by 8 people and they don't even have the courtesy to let me know their answer? It's rather disgusting and I would not recommend applying there.Interview Questions
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- Write Flappy Birds in 35 minutes Answer Question
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