Tumblr Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Best work experience !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tumblr full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, smart people to share ideas with, managers listen and give you opportunities to learn new languages, you can bootcamp with other teams like Ios and android if you are interested. Amazing office, roof top, ground floor with lunch and breakfast, free food always something is happening either band playing , movie night , game night, hack day etc...

    Cons

    cannot say much , the only thing maybe is that there is maybe too many shift due to the turn over of people leaving and coming. so people are often asking to switch team. but this is not even a downside since you got to learn and work with other people.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Once in a lifetime

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    An amazing culture of talented people. It was almost cult like in how employees interacted. The sales team worked insanely hard to create advertising art on the platform. The purest native content sales team in the world. Maybe the best at the height of it.

    Cons

    Yahoo presented a major obstacle. Culturally, philosophically and in product cohesion we never aligned. Integrating 2 companies with no visible plan is an interesting approach to corporate strategy.


  3. Helpful (12)

    A slowly sinking ship barely being kept afloat by inexperienced management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Tumblr is a fantastic product and many of the people working on it deeply care.

    Cons

    Horrifically poor management, shockingly unprofessional office behavior, a complete absence of any testing, nonexistent communication between teams, and zero best practices make Tumblr a frustrating place to work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Really wonderful place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, very flexible with work/life stuff, catered food, great perks, not at all overly micromanaged

    Cons

    Hard to say much here, honestly. It seems like there might be some friction trying to "climb the ladder," but probably no more than any other company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin' on, because you guys are doing a fantastic job.


  6. Helpful (24)

    A disastrous combination of brogramming, institutionalized cowboy coding and incompetent management.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Tumblr full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Lots of free food, parties and alcohol. If you're a "bro" then you'll have a great time.

    Cons

    - Tumblr is run on a tangled mess of homegrown tools, horrendously fragile code and the worst engineering practices I've ever seen from any company. There is no QA, code reviews aren't taken seriously, anyone can commit to master and push their code to production at any time. The entire development process can best be described as institutionalized cowboy coding. - Brogramming is real and Tumblr exemplifies it. It was the norm for bros to knowingly push buggy, incomplete, untested code into production after a few rounds of drinks then leave the problems for others while they moved onto another project. - Engineering management is filled with dead weight who have been loyal and stuck around long enough. They aren't qualified to lead teams, they have horrendous technical knowledge and do absolutely nothing to help grow the careers of their subordinates. - Every position from VPs down to engineers are a revolving door, every week at least one person quits and the one thing that the people who quit have in common is that they were very good at their jobs. I can safely say that if you see someone has been at Tumblr more than six months they are looking for a new job; if they are there for two years or more they are probably incompetent. Absolutely no one who has options stays at Tumblr. - New employees, no matter how experienced, are treated like they are complete idiots. Recently, I watched someone who had more experience than everyone on his team quit out of frustration. His manager told other people that he was useless and contributed nothing. What the manager didn't realize was the same person he called useless had accepted a more senior role at Google.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lots of autonomy and ability to drive the future

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are awesome Developing a platform that allows total creative freeedom Work environment is fun Meals, snacks and drinks are free

    Cons

    Products rushed to market without adequate testing Unclear lines of communicaton with Yahoo

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend that we are not going to be integrated into the rest of Yahoo, just lay out a plan for how we maintain our corporate culture within their environs.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very unique experience, but not well managed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tumblr full-time

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

    Pros

    Great perks and work-life balance, and the company culture, socially, is awesome. There is no other company like Tumblr in the industry, and there is a lot of creative energy (though it's not always well-placed). The integrity of the company has maintained post-Yahoo.

    Cons

    There is next to zero mobility. I moved around from manager to manager but was never given any opportunities to move up. It also felt like unless you were an engineer or generating revenue, you didn't matter (e.g. the fact that they've never even formed a marketing team is very telling of their respect for the profession)

    Advice to Management

    Work on career development and value all aspects of the company equally.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - International Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - International Business Development in New York, NY

    I worked at Tumblr part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and creative people.

    Cons

    Not very organized management. Company was a big confused in terms of what direction to take and employees could feel this.


  10. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tumblr full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Tumblr is a great company to work for. Passionate employees, exciting projects, great work environment and a good work-life balance. A good compromise between big company benefits and small company passion. Working on a popular website is always a great bonus, and Tumblr is not only popular, it's fun and creative. The offices are growing and the company is spending a lot of time and resources making the new spaces comfortable.

    Cons

    Career path is an issue for a lot of people. The company is growing fast and trying to maintain the start-up vibe is not always possible.


  11. Helpful (14)

    I have been working at tumblr for 2.5 years. I used to love it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Cool product Great office Fun parties Nice people Rad users who make the best blogs.

    Cons

    Leadership is a joke, process is nonexistent and codebase is messy. Not much opportunity to be creative or contribute to product unless you are a designer. They dictate every pixel unless the founder gets involved, wich sends everything sideways. "Product managers" are glorified junior project managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get some competent product leaders and some actual UI specialists. Don't leave all your growth in the hands of engineers-- we need help. I am not an expert at marketing strategy, but I do know that ours sucks right now. The creative team is not that creative and they make it really difficult to build anything innovative or cool. They are so condescending and clubby it is insulting. David, get your head back in the game. Stop micromanaging features and focus on the business.



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