Blurb Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Sr Content Producer

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    Current Employee - Senior Web Producer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Web Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blurb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pros are that this is a small fast moving company

    Cons

    Still going through a few growing pains

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop all your talent, not just your Ivy Leagers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great product, even better work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blurb full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blurb full-time

    Pros

    Mostly 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%

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Blurb - Finds passionate people and sucks the passion right out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blurb full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blurb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

  7.  

    Awesome company, going through growing pains right now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blurb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upper management working through some growing issues, and direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incubate talent from within the company instead of hiring talent for every position from outside

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the better communication
    Keep up with the Hackathons

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Product, Management Needs Work

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blurb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Better planning is needed at the top. Develop clearer channels of communication for executing company-wide initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Blurb Software Engineer positions

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blurb full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Small agile group, fast pace developement cycle

    Cons

    not good paying, having hard time to fight off competitors

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Ingredients, Not So Great Recipe

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blurb full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Set company goals and trust in your people to see them through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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