Blurb Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    A shift in the tides toward transparency and trust

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have a feeling that there's a general shift in the company toward greater transparency and honesty between departments. As an engineering leader, it's a pleasure to see product owners empathize and trust their engineering teams and vice versa. It's the kind of culture I've wanted to see happen here at Blurb for years, and people are buying in.

    We've fumbled for the past few years in execution (my perspective) but a recent shift in focus in engineering to formally prioritize code quality and quality delivery is empowering to engineers. Better yet, our collaborators across different departments are buying in as well.

    I have a bias here as a lead, but I feel more empowered here to make change in our org than I have ever felt in my years here. We're addressing tech debt in a big way we've never done before. We're designing the architecture we've always wanted to have, and I hope that will change the pace and scale at which we deliver customer happiness in a big way.

    Cons

    I would not assume that the skeletons are out of the closet -- there are a lot of institutional modes of communication or cultural norms that prevent us from working well together. There's tech debt that prevents us from continuously delivering features -- we have a long way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's remember that Agile/Scrum is not a silver bullet. Empathy, trust, and transparency are, and we need more of that here at Blurb.

    My challenge to the E-staff is to walk that walk. People notice, and if they will, let's have them talk about your mutual trust and empathy for each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sr Content Producer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    Great product, even better work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blurb full-time (more than an 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
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  5.  

    Fun Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Blurb - Finds passionate people and sucks the passion right out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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
  7. 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 (more than an 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!

  8.  

    Awesome company, going through growing pains right now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Product, Management Needs Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blurb full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    Blurb Software Engineer positions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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