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Great place to be if you are patient and entrepreneurial

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Current Employee - Manager - Marketing  in  Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Manager - Marketing in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Shutterfly

Pros

Fantastic brand name, innovative growing company, people who know Shutterfly, love Shutterfly. Great reputation by customers. If you have the right personality, you can do great there. Shutterfly HR does an amazing job of growing a family within Shutterfly. A director here is equal to a VP role at most companies and they pay accordingly.

Cons

These could be cons depending on how you perceive them. To others they may be pros. 1. Still operates like a small start up company with no real processes, so things can get confusing. 2. Other than the product, most parts of marketing are not very innovative. 3. There is 0 onboarding, you have to be a go getter. If you can break through and get past all that - it's great! It takes more than a smart person with a lot of experience to work at Shutterfly. 4. You have to have major politics skills and be ok with dealing with it. It takes a mountain to move a molehill. 5. There is not much leadership from the C levels, you have to find things out on your own and be proactive.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

C level management needs to be more active and involved, getting hands dirty every once in a while.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Shutterfly: You'll work hard and never get ahead, but the benefits are decent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Shutterfly

    Pros

    Shutterfly attracts high-caliber talent -- you'll always be surrounded by great co-workers. They make excellent, best-in-class products. The company operations are managed responsibly and thoughtfully. Shutterfly gives back to the community. The benefits and perks are good, compared to other similar companies. Corporate HQ is centrally located for an OK commute from most places in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    The executive team does not always see eye-to-eye on company strategies, and has been shuffled a good deal in recent years. Cross-departmental communication and cooperation is a definite challenge. Turnover is above-average. Expect a working environment that fosters long-hours, high-stress, and too many unproductive meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization seems extremely top-heavy, or bottom-light -- depending on your point of view. Directors and Executives seem to spend too much time in the weeds, and don't get to focus on strategy, while Managers and Associates struggle just to get work done every day between way too many meetings. Cross-functional communication and workflow issues are a huge barrier to success -- consider building smaller teams with members from multiple departments to execute on smaller, faster projects. And staff up accordingly. Finally, focus on stability in the executive leadership and a truly unified vision.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    How you talk - that is waht matters NOT what you talk.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Shutterfly

    Pros

    Company based on a good social concept. Many employees are smart and capable. You get a lot of small perks like picnics, games, cookies etc.

    Cons

    Top Management except perhaps the CEO and CFO do not seem passionate about the company. They are hands off and clueless about how the company runs. So many sycophants under them have made this company their haven. You need not know what happened to walk away with the biggest prize in All Hands meeting. All management positions are almost always filled from outside. There is no scientific analysis of the effectiveness of the promotions and discounts, there is no cost-benefit analysis of the projects. Everything seems to work well on auto-pilot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have stopped thinking creatively. There are too many VPs and Directors. There is not enough to do for them. Go by one-strike rule for the top management. Aggressively review the hiring and retention at the middle management level. One third of your workforce does not contribute anything, do you know that?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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