Blurb
3.5 of 5 18 reviews
www.blurb.com San Francisco, CA 50 to 149 Employees

Blurb Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 18 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

(no image)

Eileen Gittins

(10 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
18 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great product, even better work environment.

    (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros- The people, the people, the people. Blurb is comprised of 100+ of the strongest/smartest people I've ever worked with, and who know the benefits of remaining calm and pushing forward.
    - The product. It is difficult in this day and age to find a company so on top of the digital side, as well as the tangible product. Holding a Blurb book in your hand makes all the hard work well worth it.
    - The overall environment. I've never been so happy and stress-free in walking in to an office every morning. There is little in the way of office politics, everyone is super friendly, and management is understanding that work life is not your whole life.

    Cons- Internal advancement. Though the job market may be hot and the market flooded with candidates, I'd encourage Blurb to look at internal resources before jumping to hire outside. Additionally, work hard to make sure the folks who have been with Blurb for a while feel like they're moving forward.

    Advice to Senior Management- To both upper management and those reporting in to them, communication is key. Always be sure that your reports/superiors are having the same conversations in their meetings as you are in yours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Fun Environment

    (Current Employee)

    ProsMostly competent and passionate employees
    Mature work environment for an internet "startup"
    Good work-life balance for MOST teams
    Casual and fun work environment
    Friendly coworkers
    Room for growth
    Room for being a key contributor to growing the business
    Catered lunch Wednesdays and fruit deliveries
    Employee health benefits paid 100%

    ConsDepts can be siloed leading to poor communication
    Most depts are under-resourced
    Some departments work long hours
    No 401k match

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake decisions and share with the rest of the company
    General hello to *all* staff when walking the floors versus a select few; Bonus: know our names

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Blurb - Finds passionate people and sucks the passion right out

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsMost people are really enjoyable to work with, good work/life balance, free Wednesday lunches

    ConsReally challenging to move initiatives/recommendations through, E-team is a bit disfunctional

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No

    1 person found this helpful  

    A company with good ideas, strong execution, and a positive supportive and fun culture. Also had a comfortable office.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsYou can sense the community and mutual support, even across departments. They were good at recognizing individual contribution and rewarding it.

    ConsHad a period without an engineering leader on the web engineering team that caused some difficulties and a pause in mentorship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more regular one-on-one meetings with your people and deliver in order to keep your people happy and morale and productivity high!

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Awesome company, going through growing pains right now

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsStartup feel, big vision, great products, amazingly talented staff

    ConsUpper management working through some growing issues, and direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncubate talent from within the company instead of hiring talent for every position from outside

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    Great company-had some struggles but things are looking good now

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat Product
    Great Work/Life Balance
    Great People
    Much stronger management
    Better Communication style
    Very cool Hackathons going on
    Definitely enjoying the employees being included on many more levels of communication now
    Love how much the customer dig this product

    ConsHad some challenges in the past with growing pains -as start ups do at some point-but much better now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up with the better communication
    Keep up with the Hackathons

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Great Product, Management Needs Work

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsLoyal customers are very passionate about the product, which gives the company culture a highly creative feel.

    ConsThe company is still run as a start-up, although it's getting too old for that. Plans shift constantly and there is poor communication throughout the company. The work-life balance is a challenge in the marketing group. It's hard to get salary increases, so be sure to negotiate a good salary from the beginning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter planning is needed at the top. Develop clearer channels of communication for executing company-wide initiatives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Blurb Software Engineer positions

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmall agile group, fast pace developement cycle

    Consnot good paying, having hard time to fight off competitors

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Great Ingredients, Not So Great Recipe

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Customers love Blurb! I have rarely seen a customer base that loves a product as much as Blurb customers love their Blurb books.
    - Some incredibly intelligent and hard-working people
    - Good benefits

    Cons- Exec Team has a difficult time communicating company goals as they are constantly in flux
    - Underperforming employees are not terminated in a timely fashion
    - Exceptionally high turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet company goals and trust in your people to see them through.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat people
    Strong Benefits
    Great management team with stronng direction and a clear path on where they are going
    New strategic deals make it an exciting place to work

    ConsHad some turnover in the past but all smooth sailing now-great team and all on the same path towards greatness!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Blurb? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Blurb reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Blurb CEO Eileen Gittins . All 18 reviews posted anonymously by Blurb employees.