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Helpful (4)

Lack of process for Career Advancement is a big problem - So many good people leaving

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Shutterfly

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Lots of perks (food, snacks, beverages)
Smart and creative people
Good business strategy
Good focus on margins of products
Quarterly bonuses
Cross-functional teamwork is strong
Strong style/design focus

Cons

No process at all for career development
The approval process for promotion is a veiled, seemingly secret, maze
Too Top-heavy
Executives who are not savvy and up-to-date with modern marketing, branding, or advertising strategies
Slow to innovate in mobile/tablet/digital
Little focus on usability
Little to no eco-friendly policies and procedures
Not enough money spent on marketing to increase Shutterfly awareness
Social media approach is scattered and not focused

Advice to Management

Each manager should define a career development timeline and plan for each employee
Given that SFLY products use so much chemicals and paper, institute some sort of eco-friendly position on something - anything
Shutterfly needs to lead the way in innovation in mobile and digital applications
Decision-making truly should be data-driven and not solely based on the opinion and perspective of 1-2 people

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fun, energetic place to work at!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Shutterfly

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture
    Very smart peers for most part
    Competitive salary + perks & benefits
    Management recognizes smart and hard workers
    Reasonable work life balance outside of peak period
    Management communicates company's directions as required

    Cons

    Little to no career advancement plan
    Promotions are seen as retention tools rather than career advancement opportunities
    Performance expectations and reviews are somewhat superficial
    Lately there have been a few cases of bad hires and sometimes poor performance is tolerated
    More process and hence less flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain smart individuals
    Stay focused on creating stable products
    Introduce process to make things better, not complicate existing workload
    Stay away from analysis paralysis - be nimble and agile to meet market needs

  2. Helpful (2)

    Excellent!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Shutterfly

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The workforce is the most welcoming I have ever encountered; within my first day I felt like part of the team. Everyone has time for you, no question is too small, and there is never a shortage of smiles in the office.

    Cons

    The fact that I'm only here for a temporary time period; my next job won't even compare to the upbeat atmosphere at Shutterfly!

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