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Shutterfly Reviews in Redwood City, CA

Updated April 24, 2014
Updated April 24, 2014
175 Reviews

3.7
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Shutterfly President, CEO, and Director Jeff Housenbold
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to make an immediate impact in your area; good compensation; good work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Was a fun place to work - very cool products & solid management team (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes it can be very challenging when it comes to work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good old boys club in senior management (in 6 reviews)

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    Staff Engineer

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    Great company, and culture. You always get awarded for your hardwork

    Cons

    Its difficult to work other teams and no co-operation between

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    HIres top people but has them doing low level work

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some very smart and talented people

    Cons

    Good old boys club in senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some more women in top spots Jeff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 13 people found this helpful  

    Shutterfly: A House of Cards

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    For the most part, Shutterfly delivers on its promise on print quality and speed. Employees like the access to free product and perks.

    Cons

    CEO portrays the company to the public and shareholders as a successful "family" of brands who is smarter and better than the competition. In reality, Shutterfly is a dysfunctional family, a "Mr. Potato Head" of mis-fit entities who have no real connection other than their target customer. The industry is ripe for a competitor to blow Shutterfly away. The elephant in the room is Costco, who ceased its partnership with Shutterfly and is quickly grabbing market share at half the price and equal (or better quality). Poor strategic purchasing decisions like MyPublisher and Borrowlenses improve revenue slightly but take time and resources to run. Lack of female executives is appalling and almost sickening for a company that has a customer base of OVER 90% women. CEO constantly talks about core customer being a mom and references his wife's purchasing habits qualify him to be the voice of the customer(?!) ALL Shutterfly executives VP and above leadership are white men. Turnover at all levels in the organization is increasing and many top managers are looking elsewhere for jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire women. Hire diverse points of view. Approach the market with creativity and innovation. Quit buying crappy companies. Stop quoting your wife's opinion and start talking to real customers through research. Stop believing you are the best of the best and challenge yourself a little.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people, too bad about the management.

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

    Pros

    Co-located engineering, good salary, flexible schedule. The individuals in the trenches all seem very well intentioned and skilled. Some internal promising technology. Not much dead weight in the engineering team compared with outer large companies I've worked at.

    Cons

    Not a "get things done" culture- it mostly attribute this to a very conservative management stye. No risk taking, slow to adopt new ideas and new trends. Strategy consists of "more of the same". Some key executives are micromanagers. Too bad, some of the teams are very talented and could just "makes things happen" if not straddled with such a burdensome management culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Look around at what the market is doing, not just what our current customer base does. 2) Meet less, do more. 3) Clean up the product, its all over the map. Customers notice-I hear it from my friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great, growing place to work in a life-balance-friendly high-tech company

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge technology in a place where everyone has a family and expects you to be a part of yours.

    Cons

    Q4 is crazy, but that is when we make all our money

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    I've worked at the company for a few years; the company continues to grow and the opportunities for career growth do as well

    Cons

    Shutterfly acquired Tiny Prints a couple of years ago, and the companies still seem to be very separate from each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great products, smart people, good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    Opportunity to make an immediate impact in your area; good compensation; good work-life balance

    Cons

    Some teams prefer to operate in total chaos, which screws things up for those stuck working with them; opportunities for promotions seem more based on politics than merit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward team members for success, and don't let those prone to consistent failure stand in the way of recognizing key contributors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer II  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer II in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    Work life Balance is good. Good Food sometimes

    Cons

    Nothing much. Micro management is Taking over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stable Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    Enjoy the people that I work with, we attract great talent

    Cons

    still a small company and less opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    career planning is key to maintain good talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Building premier brands

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    The company is building a portfolio of premium brands and is willing to invest in technology, product, and marketing to support the growth.

    Consumer-focused, action-oriented work force: company culture is about winning in the market and making a difference in our customers' lives.

    Cons

    Multiple corporate locations (Shutterfly run out of Redwood City, Tiny Prints / Wedding Paper Divas out of Sunnyvale, MyPublisher out of NYC) places a premium on communication in order to coordinate across brands and functions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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