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Helpful (6)

Rebuilding and Culture is improving

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook

I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Transparency, even when it hurts Finally focusing on engineering and rewarding long term planning Making tough more long term planning decision and ignores short term sugar highs with no real long term impact (this was a past mistake) Culture of collaboration is strengthening. Focus on user community and innovation on personalization. Strong revenue, profitable, and investing the user community

Cons

Company grew very fast on the business and marketing side for a couple of years instead of focusing on engineering. The correction back to Eng was painful but long overdue Team attrition, but getting more stable and has great Head of Eng in place to steady the ship

Advice to Management

Keep thinking long term Don't be distracted by short term wins with no long term benefit The underlying product is solid. People love StumbleUpon...double down on the experience Keep investing in Recommendation/Personalization team...it's your core IP

Other Employee Reviews for StumbleUpon

  1. Helpful (4)

    Love the product and how the company puts employees and the user community first

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Millions of engaged monthly users Profitable and strong revenues (this is public) Engineering centric culture. We are a personalization engine so investing heavily in Applied Research and Infrastructure Active user community that curates, reviews, categorizes and shares content. In other words makes the web a better place. Love the overall mission Employees work together and play together. I have friends and colleagues

    Cons

    Shifting back to engineering roots. Correction has a been a painful, but necessary. Attrition over the last 12 months as old timers move on. New blood isn't bad just lots of ramp up time. It's an older brand, so sometimes deals with the baggage of "being an incumbent"

    Advice to Management

    Fail fast, course correct and move on Keep investing in engineering talent Community, Personalization need to be the focus. Don't take super users for granted! Don't forget your users! Advertisers are important, but they come second Don't sugar coat


  2. Helpful (4)

    Scared

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good pay - Free food - Good hardware - Talented staff

    Cons

    - Too many tiers of management - Too much technical debt - Lack of an experienced senior exec whose got the vision/talent/drive to make move the product forward

    Advice to Management

    Hire a veteran product manager, pouch someone from Zynga, Facebook, Google, etc. I left a great company to join Stumble. Due to broken promises made before I signed on, the tiers of management (don't get me wrong, they are nice people, but an engineering team of 20 people does not require 4 tiers of management), the fact that 35% of the company was laid off in January... I am honestly having second thoughts. I question if joining Stumble was the right decision.


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