Minted Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
43 Reviews
3.2
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    High Morale Among Engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Minted full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've been working here for over a year. The engineering role is fast-paced, challenging, and rewarding. I've learned way more in my first year here than I have in all four years of college. There is a tradition in the engineering team of mentorship and personal growth. Teaching and learning are both foundational to the culture on the engineering team. I always find ample opportunities to progress my career and work on new and interesting projects. The company is growing very fast and future positions are very promising.

    Cons

    The team is very fast paced and diverse in culture and experience. There are both very experienced engineers and new ambitious newgrads from college. Employee turnover rate is very high by the end of two years and talented individuals come and go. Engineering is a very demanding position and requires a lot of dedication and hard work. High demand during the holidays present a plethora of challenges to overcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lack of team building activities on the Engineering team to socialize with co-workers.

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  2.  

    I have gained invaluable corporate knowledge and experience that I will use for the rest of my life.

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    Current Employee - Strategy Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Strategy Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Minted as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are very knowledgeable and experienced, top-notch CEO, environment where you can learn fast by doing,

    Cons

    The nature of the business makes working in preparation for holidays a stressful situation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing!

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fast-paced working environment and strong collaborative morale.

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    Former Employee - Billing Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Billing Analyst in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Minted as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great business development strategy enables gifted people to bind together contributing designing unique and creative platform for talented independent designers around the world.

    Cons

    During the holiday season,a tremendous growth in demand of cards can be confronted with higher risk of logistic and rebate issues requested by clients, which might undermine customer loyalty and interest from potential clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is still expanding significantly so the challenging issue for executives should be seeking stable financing channels to support entrepreneurship.

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    A real startup experience

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Minted full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people, professional processes to get things done. Things happen quickly and you have the opportunity to make a difference and make the needle move. It is a super transparent company and the management team makes all efforts to make it a good workplace environment.

    Cons

    Have to be braced to put in the hours and the commitment required from a fast growing startup. Not for the faint hearted and the slackers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

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    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Fast paced, great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Minted as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn.
    Working with amazing people: engineers, designers, etc.
    Fantastic culture

    Cons

    Hourly employees paid less than ideal wage.

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  7.  

    Working on interesting problems and selling a tangible product.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Minted full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Great amount of responsibility and trust placed on engineers, including interns.
    * No micromanagement.
    * Many aspects of code to focus on, so if you're interested in some particular space, you can let that be known and work with problems that interest you.
    * Management is very transparent about goals, which are numerically measurable (e.g. reach $X sales; increase conversion Y%).
    * Unlike most start-ups, Minted sells an actual product, so metrics are more realistic than how many users sign up. Runs more like a self-aware business than other start-ups I've seen.

    Cons

    * Presence of legacy code leads to problems no one can help with.
    * Fast-paced environment means some work seems unfinished when launched.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest resources in decreasing turnover.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Start-Up Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Minted part-time

    Pros

    Has a "start up" feel.
    Empower employees to make decisions and value input.
    Working alongside many energetic, talented people.

    Cons

    Con to start-ups: burnt out employees, employees doing 2 jobs

    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    creative, innovative company that's going places

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Minted full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is the happiest I've been at a company in a long time. It's a very creative environment - both inside the company and in the artist community that Minted supports. The business model is cool and innovative. People inside the company are smart and friendly.

    It's a feel-good job. Minted is part of its customers' happiest moments: weddings, births, holidays, birthdays. Minted is also a creative training ground and business opportunity for independent artists who compete in Minted's competitions.

    Employees are challenged to wear many hats and adjust quickly. The business seems to be growing well and the company is hiring.

    Cons

    Holiday season is crazy at Minted, just like it is at most retailers. The other 3/4 of the year are pretty balanced.

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    Minted combines a unique business model and fast-paced culture where you'll learn a lot.

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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 Minted full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best things about Minted is its business model. Crowdsourcing of designs not only elevates the best designs to the top, but also allows the company to easily expand out of stationery into additional verticals (art, for instance). It's a great place to combine creativity and analytics - the culture is data-driven but still very much with an eye for design.

    Culture-wise, Minted feels non-hierarchical - employees' opinions are heard regardless of their level. There aren't any silos or "territories" between departments, and there is a lot of collaboration.

    Cons

    As a hypergrowth startup, Minted is not a lifestyle company and you'll need to make some personal sacrifices. The upside is that everyone is in the same boat and there is a shared sense of camaraderie.

    With everyone moving at maximum speed, sometimes it can feel like not everyone is kept in the loop and people management/careerpathing can feel like it's taking a back seat. Like someone else mentioned, there is not a lot of positive reinforcement so people need to be self-motivated in order to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to celebrate successes and focus more on people, while still keeping up the agility and fast pace. Minted is at the cusp of becoming a more mature company and what we do now will set the tone for a long time to come.

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  11.  

    Great environment for growing as a software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Minted full-time

    Pros

    Agile development without the dogma: daily stand-ups, peer code reviews, unit tests, pairing/huddling when you need it. Really smart, refreshingly nice engineers. Strong internship program, so there is a overarching culture of training and encouragement, and you will have many opportunities to be student and teacher. Great variety of projects to choose from. The project management team is the strongest I've ever worked with. Strong senior leadership with lots of financial and logistical transparency. Career ladders with equivalent management and individual contributor tracks.

    Cons

    Certain parts of the legacy codebase are brittle and need to be refactored. However, it seems like project management doesn't take kindly to pausing new feature work to reduce technical debt. That leads to unforeseen delays in feature-writing, which makes all parties grumpy.

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    Positive Outlook
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