StumbleUpon Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Data Science Intern

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    Current Employee - Data Science Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Science Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at StumbleUpon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A nice research oriented atmosphere with good people and well defined problems. Interns are given freedom and ownership of the things they are working on. The data science team is also keen on publishing their findings in peer reviewed conferences.which is an added incentive for interns. Good benefits and pay

    Cons

    none so far . .


  2. it's a place you can work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at StumbleUpon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    you might be able to get a job there, maybe the pay is decent there's a lot of free food

    Cons

    you might be able to get a job there, maybe it's real close to the ballpark morale is weird

    Advice to Management

    invest in your talent do something interesting with the product, already i dont really have any further advice to offer on this topic


  3. Helpful (1)

    Data Science Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at StumbleUpon part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and environment.

    Cons

    Lacking focus and well defined problem.

    Advice to Management

    Be focused


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  5. Helpful (1)

    SOMA youth culture

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

    I worked at StumbleUpon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment if you under 30.

    Cons

    All about growth to attract investors, rather than building a strong product.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, not your image. Don't cannibalize your best customers just to find uninterested new customers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Management and the board of directors had absolutely no plan for how to evolve and grow the company.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at StumbleUpon

    Pros

    Food, ping pong, convenient office location.

    Cons

    No executive leadership at all.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Passion around the product, great work/life balance.

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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 StumbleUpon full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been working at StumbleUpon for almost a year now, and its been very positive. Genuine enthusiasm around product goals; engineers and designers are dedicated. Nice balance between a laid back/fun environment and everyone pulling together to make it happen. Management respects work life balance, and no micromanaging BS. Fair amount of internal promotion too. Excellent benefits and perks on top of it.

    Cons

    More meetings than are always necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with whats working - transparency and recognition.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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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 StumbleUpon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people are passionate about the product. Catered breakfast and lunch, snacks and drinks provided. There is generally a good sense of camaraderie.

    Cons

    Upper management is still figuring out a good balance of necessary meetings and work.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Back on track again

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good compenstation and GREAT benefits. Realistic expectations from management and good work/life balance. Free, catered lunches. CEO is great and the people are fantastic! Much effort is being put into making strong hires and advancing a culture that will attract top talent.

    Cons

    Company is just starting to get out from under some painful employment practices that have hampered it in the past. Some of the work is not terribly exciting and there is some older technology that plagues the company. Past employees did not do proper knowledge transfer upon leaving and so some knowledge has been lost.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace newer technologies and be more willing to invest in a better code base.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fun place to work, but company was hurting and it showed

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment, great people, work was really interesting, benefits were good, sad but a good thing that the CEO/founder left and was replaced with CFO

    Cons

    Company has been around a while yet was still paying "startup salaries," executive team lacked cohesion and a sense of mission

    Advice to Management

    Focus on one thing that users really want and do that really really well


  11. Helpful (2)

    Next Generation StumbleUpon

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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 StumbleUpon full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great small company feel, with no walls between teams and leadership Benefits (food, health care, time off, etc) are great! Tech challenges are around and tech debt is high, but that is being changed

    Cons

    turnover has been high, but needed due to old defensive mentality

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, big bets = beg reward, tech debt can kill a company that needs to move fast.



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