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April 14, 2020

What are perks and other benefits like at Shutterstock?

Pros

The people at Shutterstock are some of the most talented I've worked with in my career. The work is challenging and rewarding - I've hit some big milestones with my team over the past few years. I've had the ability to try new things, experiment - even if it didn't always work out. The benefits and perks are great too - hackathons, open mic, generous 401k, breakfast/lunch/snacks. One thing I've been impressed with over the past year is how the company is really trying to make improvements in the culture and be more transparent in communication. There's been a lot of change (there always is at Shutterstock) but it's evident that leadership cares about employees and their efforts are making a difference.

Cons

While change can be exciting, it also leads to uncertainty. It's sometimes hard to know if you're working on the right things - you don't always get the best direction from managers (depends on who your manager is but real manager training is definitely needed across the board).

Advice to Management

While change is inevitable, help employees understand the 'why' behind the change - continue making communication as transparent as possible. Train managers to be better leaders for their team.

The benefits and perks are great too

April 14, 2020

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August 7, 2018

What is health insurance like at Shutterstock?

Pros

Worked here for many years, and was thrilled to work with such a wonderful group of people day in/day out. HR should be commended for the talent of people they bring aboard. The office itself is beautiful. 3 floors in the Empire State Building, which has to be one of the coolest places to say you work on Earth. Beautifully designed and cared for, with tons of interesting and fun little spaces all over to hunker down and work or brainstorm with colleagues. Great benefits package. My family was very happy with the health insurance offerings, the 401k, the fitness package, etc. No complaints whatsoever with those offerings. As many people have said - breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks... given NYC's prices, having these things available and free every day really adds up and is incredibly convenient. It's worth mentioning again... the people. My team was incredible, and I miss them. The caliber of talent, and the interesting and diverse personalities made for some of the most fun conversations I've ever had at a job. Management never holds a company-wide meeting without offering the floor to any question from any level of the org. I found this very interesting, and often quite fun to watch people step up and ask tough questions. This company has some truly inspiring and brilliant women in positions of authority, and I was proud to be part of a company that is working to hire inclusively.

Cons

The work/life balance can hit a little hard for some. While my position was very good for this, I did see some people who had to struggle a bit to find the right balance. However, I've seen improvement on this front, and believe that is was mostly related to growing pains.

Advice to Management

Keep having an open mind and listening to all levels of the company, and keep hiring wonderful people.

My family was very happy with the health insurance offerings, the 401k, the fitness package, etc.

August 7, 2018

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May 14, 2020

Does Shutterstock pay for a gym membership?

Pros

Great team in Dublin Good benefits (stocks, bonuses, gym membership, medical insurance etc) Decent pay

Cons

Toxic management Management personel keeps changing and so does their thought process. They set up a Editorial office in Dublin and closed the LA office making several people redundant, now they have closed the Dublin office making 13 people redundant (hearing more to follow in the IT department) and re opening the Los Angeles office and possibly New York. Because of the redundancies they are looking at automating a lot of editorial content, editorial photography is a creative industry where manual image selection and the editing of pictures/captions is necessary for quality control with the majority of contributors. They seem hell bent on concentrating on red carpet events, thats a false economy even before Covid -19 They used to keep banging on about Editorial standards and quality. Looking at the websites the standards have went right out of the window but clearly nothing being done about it from management looking after standards. The current management team decisions are being driven by one employee who has their ear by highlighting mistakes to throw colleagues under the bus and make himself look good Also be aware that positive reviews are written by HR employees as the company are now finding it difficult to hire people due to the all the negative reviews

Advice to Management

Stop listening to one person - he is toxic

Good benefits (stocks, bonuses, gym membership, medical insurance etc)

May 14, 2020

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September 8, 2020

What is the retirement plan like at Shutterstock?

Pros

- The people at Shutterstock are intelligent, hardworking, and high-performing—they continuously challenge me to perform at my best. They're also genuinely kind and welcoming, making the culture enjoyable and the company a great place to work. - The pay is very competitive, the 401K match is unparalleled - While there has been a lot of recent change, it was necessary and it's clear that the transformation has paid off, given our recent performance (best earnings in history). - The company has a lot of opportunity for growth and is pursuing creative and innovative ways to expand our presence and better serve our customers—it's an exciting time to work at Shutterstock. - Transparency and communication from leadership has improved tremendously, even in our WFH environment. They're prioritizing staying connected with their teams and with all employees, and the difference is noticeable. - A great place to grow and develop professionally—you have the opportunity to learn from talented individuals and collaborate on exciting projects.

Cons

- Would love to see a greater diversity in leadership, but also throughout the company. This is incredibly important and should be a priority if we'd like to improve as a company, both in culture and in performance. - Employee experience often varies depending on the team/manager and their commitment to personal/professional development of their employees. - Increased internal mobility and a consistent career pathing experience—some teams have a great system in place, while others don't.

Advice to Management

Keep up the great work and remain committed to the promises to improve D&I at Shutterstock. It will make the company an even better place to work and will further improve our performance. Shutterstock is doing great work in the industry (the best) and I'm excited to see how successful we'll be and for the growth opportunities that are ahead, for our company and for our employees.

The pay is very competitive, the 401K match is unparalleled

September 8, 2020

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July 28, 2020

What is paid time off like at Shutterstock?

Pros

Nice people for the most part nice office (empire state building) Competitive salary Good benefits Summer Fridays

Cons

PTO is pretty average, especially considering that it includes sick leave but this year we do have summer Fridays which is nice It is unclear where the company is heading and the vision, this creates unnecessary friction, misalignment and confusion on what's truelly important.

PTO is pretty average, especially considering that it includes sick leave but this year we do have summer Fridays which is nice

July 28, 2020

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