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Pinterest Overview

San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Pinterest is the world’s catalog of ideas. It’s the biggest dataset of ideas ever assembled, with over 100 billion recipes, home hacks, style inspiration and other everyday ideas to try, all hand-curated by 150 million people and ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to help empower people to discover things they love and inspire them to go do those things in real life.

In addition, Pinterest helps you answer everyday questions. What’s for dinner? What should I wear? What do I want my home to ... Read more

Company Updates

  • See why we're just as excited as the New York Times about our growing ads business.

    Pinterest Wants to Show Advertisers It Can Run With the Big Dogs

    While the company started selling ads two years ago, it has often been forgotten or miscategorized in conversations about online advertising, where attention is heaped on Facebook and Google for their size and Twitter and Snapchat for their social aspect.

  • Welcome to Meredith Guerriero, our new Head of Partnerships, East Region, and to Jon Alferness, our new Head of Ad Products!

    Pinterest Poaches 2 Longtime Google Execs to Develop New Ad Formats and Targeting

    Pinterest is after Google's talent. The San Francisco-based company has scooped up two Google execs as it looks to build out its advertising team. Jon Alferness, formerly vp of product management of Google's shopping and travel products, has been named head of ad products at Pinterest.

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Pinterest – Why Work For Us?

At Pinterest, you’ll build a product that inspires hundreds of millions of people to be more creative, every day. Not only can you help empower others to discover things they love, and go do them in real life, but we have cultivated an inclusive workplace that encourages you to discover and explore new passions in your own life.

Watch more about careers @ Pinterest below:


One of the best examples of our company culture is a two-day (company wide) internal conference called KnitCon. Any Pinployee who has a talent, skill, hobby, or specific area of interest/expertise hosts a live learning session to teach and share their knowledge and ability. Additionally, we bring in incredible external speakers from all industries to share their knowledge and expertise through fireside chats and presentations. We are a product built to help empower pinners to discover the things they love and go out into the world to do those things. We think our employees should take this same approach to their lives and bring their full selves to work, while always discovering new passions.

Pinterest itself is a product that was created to empower people all over the globe discover and do the things that they love and to go out and do those things in the real world. As a company, we are committed to building a dynamic and diverse work culture that can draw upon a variety of life experiences and insights to drive better product innovation. We fundamentally believe that diverse teams builds better products and give rise to innovative work environments.

Our CEO Ben recently wrote a blog post about our 2016 diversity progress - check it out!



We're the engineers behind Pinterest, building a visual discovery engine powered by the latest in machine learning & nearly 100 billion ideas saved by people around the world. Join us or find out more about our technical work in our engineering blog!

Our engineers are...

We’re inspired inventors—Like every great inventor, we come at old problems from new directions, drawing from our unique experiences for inspiration. This is what empowered us to design the grid that made Pinterest famous. It’s how we invented guided search, now the industry standard for how search products are designed today. It’s how we’re creating visual discovery results like reverse search, which has never been seen before.

We’re lifetime learners—Pinners are always finding new ideas to try, and we're no different. Pinterest engineers are masters of their craft, experienced in leading some of the biggest tech wins in history. But we aren’t just world-class developers and hackers. We’re also beekeepers, synchronized swimmers, jazz singers and lock pickers. We’re constantly teaching and learning, from quarterly Makeathons to machine learning courses taught by our in-house chief scientist. And every year the entire company takes 2 days off to teach each other what we know.

We’re creative collaborators—When you’re looking for solutions to deep, technical problems, you need to have diverse points of view on your team. Our engineers work side by side with researchers, designers, analysts and writers. Different ages, colors, genders, backgrounds—they’re all represented. Together we’re building a truly inclusive product for people and businesses all around the world.

We’re all about...

Putting Pinners first—We don’t just build products and features for ourselves, we build things that real people love to use.

Cross-discipline knitting—Diverse points of view make for a better product. Our engineers work side by side with researchers, designers, marketers, analysts, writers and chefs.

Gambling big—We take big risks on good ideas, then iterate like crazy. But if it isn’t working, we move on fast. 

Being authentic—The only way to move fast is if everyone feels comfortable saying the hard thing. In a nice way. We also give you room to discover what you love, and then go do it. 

Come check out what we've been up to and see if there's a role for you! Visit

Hear what some of our employees have to say about working at Pinterest!

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Pinterest Reviews

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    "Honestly the best."

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    Every company talks about culture but I've never seen a place so clearly embrace and live up to its culture (in a good way). People at Pinterest are some of the smartest I've ever worked with (and I've worked at top companies in Silicon Valley) and yet they are truly NICE and Pinterest-y. And there's a drive and hustle there - people stepping into different roles and wearing hats as needed to get sh*t done. Very little ego, just drive.


    Nothing significant that I haven't seen much worse elsewhere. There is the inevitable political game every once in a while but far less than other companies still and of course growing pains as the company has expanded quickly. The strong culture keeps a lot of these problems in check.

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Pinterest Photos

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Pinterest Interviews



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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Average Interview


    I was emailed by the recruiter, who set up a time to talk to a person on the data science team. I had a 30 minute interview with the data scientist, who was 15 minutes late to the interview. The interviewer asked about my current role and told me I worked in marketing, despite my trying to explain to him that my role was NOT in the marketing department. He told me that I was an entry level data scientist with no experience with modeling, despite my having a stats MS degree and having taught DS. I was highly disappointed by the lack of professionalism of the interviewer who made all these assertions based on my not understanding Hive, despite describing using a proprietary version of he. I got off the phone ASAP as the interviewer seemed like he had made up his mind that I worked in marketing and couldn't make the switch to DS despite having worked as a DS in a previous role. I would suggest helping this person gain better interviewing skills, as I have never had anyone be so upfront with their biases in a formal interview. I wasn't sure why the interviewer even chose to talk to me if this person was so set in their biases from looking at my resume.

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Pinterest Awards & Accolades

  • Mogul's Top 100 Companies for Millennial Women, Mogul, 2017
  • The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads, Fatherly, 2016
  • Best New Startup, TechCrunch, 2011
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