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StumbleUpon Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
33 Reviews
3.2
33 Reviews
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  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

    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.

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

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some things great, others not so great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time

    Pros

    * One of the nicest offices you are going to work in
    * Catered breakfast and lunch
    * Payed parking
    * Uber
    * Gym
    * Some good engineers
    * Pays well
    * Fun product, interesting work

    Cons

    * Declining quality
    * Exodus of good engineers
    * Management out of ideas
    * A lot of agile nonsense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to get someone who has product sense. Without that, well, you get the point...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Challenges. Big Opportunities to do Great Things.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    StumbleUpon has great people. Individuals you want to be in trenches with. There's a underlying passion to the company that's contagious when you tap into it.

    And while not a new idea, StumbleUpon is incredibly unique in market and still captures hearts and minds of consumers every day. The idea of discovery, not knowing exactly what you want but wanting something cool, is super powerful.

    Cons

    Realizing that potential and executing with the velocity I know we can deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold everyone to the highest of standards and expect greatness. Set deadlines/deliverables that everyone in the business owns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once great company ruined by incompetent management

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

    I worked at StumbleUpon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good compensation and perks, free breakfast/lunch, transit reimbursement, uber credit, etc.

    Cons

    Most of the most experienced and smartest people have departed or were forced out, most of the remaining engineers have little experience, management has no vision, engineering has become increasingly buzzword-driven, with no compelling reasons for many decisions, constructive criticism is often taken as a personal attack by certain people in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't decide to rewrite the whole stack and rely on tech that is unproven in production when your resources are so severely constrained. Develop iteratively, not with projects that take months/over a year to get into the phase where they can actually be used for significant production traffic. Realize the value and importance of having actually senior engineers (with >10 years experience) that have seen and know how to deal with issues in your problem space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    New culture and new team for a new company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at StumbleUpon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun turnaround job with little risk
    Strong business model
    Growing user base
    Best benefits in town
    New culture
    New team
    Data-driven product decisions

    Most of these negative reviews are from people who caused SU to stumble in the first place (pun intended). I wouldn't take their review as serious as they either were let go or quit over the new modern architecture or lean culture

    Cons

    Technical debt
    Cultural baggage
    Old architecture (being worked on)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the new culture and hire people who believe in the vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stumbling a bit

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

    I worked at StumbleUpon as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location and good colleagues.

    Cons

    Good people leaving and management micro managing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not appropriate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of interesting problems to work on and the flexibility to work on the ones you want

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good benefits and pay. The company, partly because it's been around so long, actually does have a lot of users and a good grip in the consumer internet space.

    Cons

    Decisions are often driven by emotion which leads to bad outcomes. Tough to move fast on the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be persuaded by charlatans. The loudest mouth generally gets the attention and that is a poor practice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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