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Updated May 29, 2014

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3.9 11 reviews

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Photo Merchandise Startup

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work-life balance, senior management is very personable and accessible. Great group of employees, who are great to work with. Company is still growing which makes it exciting place to work and gain experience.

    ConsStill growing company, with lots of remote work parts which causes certain operational difficulties that can be tiresome to navigate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore in company training to help employees to grow would be awesome.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    True start-up experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe products are great. The people are awesome. Beautiful office. Loved the flexible schedule. Nice environment for a motivated, self-starter willing to take a chance on a start-up.

    ConsNew ideas are implemented with great excitement, but limited planning. Dissenting voices are discouraged. Benefits are so-so. This is a company still trying to find its identity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not let the enthusiasm of one person cause you to skip important steps in the implementation process or encourage you to look at a situation through rose colored glasses. Business decisions can be harsh. Sometimes you have tell people no.

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    Great environment to learn and grow professionally.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGenerally a very positive workplace and a beautiful new space that's conducive to collaboration. Fast paced and never boring. The startup environment allows everyone to put on a variety of hats on a day to day basis.

    Conspriorities and objectives can get a little muddied at times and the ever evolving plans can get a bit exhausting.

    Advice to Senior Managementtrust the path/ mission and stick to it

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, fast-paced environment, tremendous growth, a true start-up experience

    (Current Employee)

    Pros1. Strong mentorship from senior management, focused on personal career growth and opportunity to switch roles & responsibilities if desired - rare quality for a small tech company in silicon valley. CEOs are inherently passionate in the product and heavily involved in day-to-day business; willing to wear multiple hats at once and help out on any given project when necessary, no matter how tedious or "low-level" the task at hand is.

    2. Ability to make an immediate impact; from weeding out problem areas to enabling new customer-facing features, everything you do has a direct impact on the future well being of the company and everyone seems to have a voice, regardless of "rank" or department.

    3. Very good package/benefits. Gorgeous new office space in Redwood Shores; open seating encourages collaboration among team members and allows for greater transparency between departments. Free lunches & free massages once a week. Fully-stocked kitchen is an added bonus.

    4. Best part about working at Picaboo is the people, hands down. Most are extremely competent and a pleasure to work with/learn from. Team members pull equal weight to get things done quickly and professionally, often going above and beyond to assist teammates and reach shared goals. People are incredibly friendly/engaging and many friendships continue outside the confines of the office. Positive environment overall.

    5. Incredible growth over the past year, exciting time for the company as new initiatives are taking place and product/client is transforming almost daily to improve customer experience. Feels good to be part of a company that is gaining momentum and changing things for the better.

    6. Flexible work schedule to accommodate kids, hefty commutes, etc.

    Cons1. Not for the 9-to-5er. While some employees find a way to come and go within regular business hours, nearly everyone is putting in extra work on nights and weekends. Poor work-life balance, hard to "turn off" as things are constantly changing and decided at the last minute.

    2. Below market-rate salaries; often discouraging when you calculate the amount of overtime spent without any bonus or pay increase.

    3. Lack of transparency and communication from management that manifests itself in many symptoms across the company. I have seen some efforts to improve over the past year, but there are still key elements lacking that have resulted in high turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue efforts to increase transparency from the top down. Trust in your employees and reward team members for success while identifying those prone to consistent failure that may be inhibiting growth. Invest more in the product & user experience until we have something truly unique and remarkable to stand behind.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Growing company with lots of opportunity!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPicaboo is growing and moving in a great direction. The company is dedicated to building teams of experts and eager to explore new opportunities, especially in Marketing. A busy environment, rich with learning and great collaboration among teams. Leadership is extremely passionate which is great motivation to want to do your best work.

    ConsThere are some key foundational elements that need to be established before some of the greater initiatives can be implemented.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain focus, continue clear communication and continue believing in your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs Management Makeover

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Employees who demonstrate skill & initiative are given opportunities to take on many new responsibilities & learn on the job

    - New office space is beautiful & insurance benefits were good (for single people)

    If you are enthusiastic and skilled, you will never run out of things to do at Picaboo. This does keep the job from being "a bore" which can be seen as a positive if you are a self-professed workaholic.

    In addition, I had a mostly positive day-to-day experience with my immediate teammates who I still think of as authentic, kind, and responsible people (however, most of them have since decided to leave Picaboo).

    Cons- Frustrating lack of transparency, authenticity, respect, trust and communication from senior leadership which trickles down to negatively affect company culture and brand

    - Apparent lack of leadership/ownership by senior management; instead point fingers to lower level employees for "mistakes"

    - Inconsistent treatment of employees by management; inconsistent behavior of/directions from Co-CEOs

    - Low priority placed on professional development & career growth (while you get a lot to do, there is no emphasis placed on building a career from management)

    - High turnover rate and essentially nonexistent onboarding / transition results in teams essentially having to start from scratch time & time again

    If you value the transparency of and respect from your leaders, I would not recommend working for Picaboo (at least at the home office). For a company its size in Silicon Valley (where company culture is of great importance to top talent), I would expect a bit more transparency into the present situation and future plans of the company.

    No company is perfect and every company has room for improvement. However, I feel like at Picaboo the executive leaders were unwilling to really "rip off the bandaid" - so to say - and acknowledge real issues (which I think are rooted in management). Superficial optimism & inauthentic rhetoric only go so far.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake an effort to be honest and consistent with your employees. Take the time to hire people you believe in and trust, and then continue trust and develop the team you've hired. If you first get behind your team and support the people on your team, they'll get behind you and your company. Lose your humanity in your leadership and you'll lose your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    fun work environment and lots of responsibilities and career opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsGreat team, very good ambiance, nice people to work/be with
    after a couple of months, i already consider some of my coworkers as friends
    very nice office with open view on the lagoon
    free food :)

    ConsPicaboo is growing and moving from a small start up to a more mature company and some areas are still catching up (missing processes, clear roles and responsibilities, performance reviews)

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep pushing for change

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing Product that makes it easy to love and work for! 

    Manager (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    Pros-Both the innovative software and end printed product are something you will be proud to represent.
    -The passion behind the folks who have worked here for years shows through their hard work and dedication. It makes new employees easy to acclimate easily.
    -The new side of the business; Picaboo Yearbook promises a lot of hope for growth and success not just for the company but for its customers.
    -There has always been a learning curve no matter what department you work for which makes it a challenge but also a good opportunity to learn.
    -Flexible schedules, fun and comfortable environment in the office.

    Cons-Some senior management is not in office which makes it tough for on location employees to stay focused on the same goals and execute successfully.

    -There are a lot of changes constantly happening within the company which are not always communicated by department managers to their department employees. These changes make it hard for employees to understand and accept.

    -Not enough collaboration within the entire company to get feedback on new ideas/products. Many times some employees felt their was favoritism or their opinion was not valued.

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    Quality Product & Great People

    Director (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsQuality. Service. People.
    Picaboo has an amazing product - both the software and the physical printed product. Customers are evangelical in their passion for the company and products, which has been imperative to the company's growth.

    Senior leadership fosters the focus on customer service and experience. It starts with them and feeds down to everyone in the organization. Everyone in the company is empowered to work with the team to make sure the customer has an incredible experience. When things go wrong, the leaders of the company pull together to craft a solution and communicate it to the customer base. When mistakes are made, they are committed to making it right.

    There are a lot of opportunities for growth at Picaboo. During my 5+ years with the company, I held three different titles and had many different functional areas of responsibility. I was trusted to make the right decisions for the company and customer every day. If you are the kind of person who likes to wear different hats and get your hands into varying aspects of the company, Picaboo is a good place to do it.

    ConsStart ups are challenging and definitely not for everyone. There are resource constraints that can make it difficult to grow and achieve goals.

    The photo gift space is very competitive. Picaboo has survived while others have vanished. Innovation and flexibility will be key to future growth and success, especially as consumers change how they take and enjoy photos in a mobile digital world.

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    Avoid this company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsEmployee! They work really hard, they treat Picaboo like their own company and everyone tries to go over and beyond for customers and coworkers.

    ConsCo - CEOs. It's a joke. They have no idea what they are doing. They have no experience. They encourage the environment of gossiping, favoritism, firing anyone who do not agree with them. They should get award for micro managers. It's a toxic environment. Run before you interview.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the talent you hire. Stop treating employees like slave and peons. Stop micro managing. Learn to lead and manage people and treat everyone like human.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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