I worked at Shutterstock (More than 3 years)
If you love engineering as an art itself this is a really great place to be. The only reason that I am leaving is because the experience that I was provided here was so valuable that I got an offer with compensation so good that I could not refuse it from another place.
I have worked in many different environments before, agencies, corporate, small and large and this is by far the best job I have ever had.
Starting with the best part, the people. My co-workers are great engineers/designers/product folk and good friends and I will so miss them. I've been able to learn from people at the top of their field and authors of major open source projects, people that I hope to be like someday.
Just as examples to demonstrate how close we were as a team/company: they have a video game room at the office and we would sometimes play together after work or play board games and we would always get lunch together (Shutterstock has free lunch btw). It's challenging but I'd say they did a great job providing a quality experience to remote members of our team as well, they would be flown in for a week every few months, and we would sometimes set up times to play video games online together after work when they were remote.
I've had ideas for various technically challenging projects/features/applications that I've prototyped and ended up presenting directly to the CEO and/or the whole executive committee and had resources dedicated to them. I know of winning company hackathon projects that have turn into real products with teams of developers dedicated to them. The CEO himself has a strong computer science background and has had conversations with many co-workers about emerging technologies such as cryptocurrencies (he may or may not have named his cat Satoshi :D).
I was interested in machine learning and they flew me to SF for a class they paid for and offered to have me flown to another office to pair with one of the company's top machine learning engineers for a week and I'm now listed on a pending patent related to machine learning.
I read some really harsh reviews on here and that's what made me think I for sure had to leave a review about my own experience. I think some of these reviews made valid points, but I think the company has is doing its best to respond to direct and indirect feedback. Running a public company is very hard, I don't envy the amount of pressure they must constantly be under. What I can say is that I was given bar none intellectual and career growth opportunities and I had a blast, I will miss it dearly.
Advice to Management
It's tough to balance process and innovation and I think during my time there this balance was managed well. I was given a completely reasonable amount of work I was expected to do but still enough breathing room to be innovative. I just wanted to highlight this part of my experience as something that was important to me and that I especially hope remains a part of Shutterstock's culture!
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Shutterstock (New York, NY).
Set up a call with HR, followed by in-house interview with three people.
Something came up on my schedule, it was easy to reschedule the interview.
Three 30 minute conversations with managers.
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