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Rebuilding and Culture is improving

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

I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Scared

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

    I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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