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Shutterstock Overview

New York, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (SSTK)
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 1 million contributors, Shutterstock ... Read more

Company Updates

  • To ensure the safety of our employees, Shutterstock implemented a global work-from-home policy in March. Since our transition to work-from-home, we are using technology to keep employees and teams engaged. Our company all hands meetings and bi-weekly Sprint Demos are now fully remote via Zoom Webinar. We’ve also created new Slack channels to share work-from-home tips along with funny videos of their kids and pets. We’ve encouraged teams to hold more frequent stand-ups to keep our employees connected. True to our culture, we’ve managed to sprinkle in a bit of fun, too! Teams have enjoyed attending regular coffee breaks or Happy Hours. We’ve also held an #AskMeAnything on Slack with the Benefits team, video Q&As with senior leaders, and our first virtual global kids day! We’re committed to supporting our employees throughout this time and appreciate all that they have done to move our business forward. We have truly exemplified our Principles— especially One Team. We are better together and look forward to all we will accomplish during this extraordinary time and beyond.

  • Shutterstock photographer Stephen Lovekin is capturing Brooklyn residents through their apartment windows, a series that stands as a reminder that none of us are facing this difficult ordeal alone.

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Shutterstock – Why Work With Us?

Powering creativity

Shutterstock brings marketers, creative professionals and businesses of all sizes all over the world the content they need whenever they need it.  Fueled by our growing community of over 1 million contributors, Shutterstock adds fresh, relevant and localized images, videos and music to our powerful platform every day.

The stats and figures that tell our story:

  • 1 billion+ - Over 1 billion images, video clips, and music tracks downloaded
  • 1,000,000+ - Our world-class content comes from over 1,000,000 contributors
  • 300 million+ - A library of over 300 million images, with 200,000 more added every day
  • 150+ Countries - We have customers in 150+ countries and our site is in 21 languages

Shutterstock Benefits

Helping a global creative community takes a happy, well-fed village. Our employees take advantage of Shutterstock’s generous programs and perks that are designed to promote the overall health and wellness of our greatest assets.  

  • Health - Stellar medical, dental, vision and additional sponsored insurances.
  • Fitness - Subsidized gym memberships and fitness plans. Recreational sports.
  • Rest & Relaxation - Generous vacation days. Game rooms and quiet rooms when you need a break.
  • Shared Ownership - Competitive pay and benefits. Company-matched 401k.
  • Lifestyle - Tuition reimbursement, happy hours, and corporate philanthropy.
  • Drinks & Delicacies - Fully-stocked fridges. Complimentary meals and snacks.

We know that a strong company culture is key to a positive employee experience. We want our employees to feel valued in all aspects of their lives, and leverage our culture to support our team in both their professional and personal aspirations. 

At Shutterstock, we operate with a common mindset that our customers and contributors are at the center of everything we do. We are One Team, obsessed with working together to create unrivaled experiences for them. 

Working with the Best

Everyone says it, but we mean it! Our employees ARE our greatest asset. We hire the best talent and are committed to investing in their professional development by connecting them to meaningful opportunities to grow. Our philosophy is to set high expectations, check in consistently, and always recognize high performance.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

We are proud of the rich mix of backgrounds and perspectives at Shutterstock. We want to nurture this diversity by making sure all employees feel included and supported at Shutterstock. Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow our employees to connect with one another and encourage the development of future leaders. Membership is open to all employees! We currently have three ERGs: Women@Shutterstock, Prism (supports members of the LGBTQ+ community), and ShADEs (Shutterstock's Afro-Descendant Employees).

Driving Innovation 

Hack to the Future

We’re not just looking for the big idea—we’re creating it. At our annual hackathon – Hack to the Future – our employees come together for 24 hours of intense brainstorming, coding, and, let’s be honest, coffee drinking. The goal? Creatively solve customer problems and develop life-changing inventions.

Code Rage

But that’s not all! Code Rage is a 24-hour hackathon specifically for Technology, Infrastructure, Product, UX, and Data Science & Analytics teams to explore creative solutions to business challenges. It’s an opportunity for these individuals to step outside of their day jobs and work on something new while having fun and rage with new colleagues across a variety of teams! 

Everyone has a voice

We know that great ideas come from anyone. We make sure our employees have a variety of channels to share their ideas and feedback to help drive our business and our culture. 

Having fun

Although we work hard, we know how to have fun! Our employees enjoy attending events like  company-sponsored happy hours or open mic nights to get to know one another “outside” of the office. We also love food—our employees look forward to our surprise Snack Attacks because they get to indulge in yummy treats with their co-workers (think ice cream, chocolate fountains + the works… you get the idea). 

Our Shutterstock Principles guide us in everything we do - from how we engage with each other every day, to how we make decisions and how we shape the future for our customers and our company.  Our principles represent the mindset of the employee who will thrive at Shutterstock.

One Team
We win when we collaborate.  We operate with a common mindset that our customers and contributors are at the center of everything we do and we are obsessed with working together to create unrivaled experiences for them.

Action and Impact
We set a high bar for achievement, holding ourselves and each other accountable for delivering results.  We take ownership and never point fingers. We move with speed - taking action quickly and decisively. We are resilient, self-motivated and we pivot fast when our business or market calls for it.

Challenge the Status Quo
Innovation is in our DNA.  We are hardwired to think differently and dream boldly.  We have a collective mindset to question everything, take calculated risks, and never be afraid to fail. We solve big challenges with simple solutions, and adapt and evolve to stay ahead.  

Seek Diversity
We are proud of our rich mix of backgrounds and cultures and know that different perspectives help build meaningful connections with our colleagues, strengthen our business and drive the best experiences for our customers.

Lead the Way
We inspire and motivate employees to do their best by proactively advocating for their development and connecting them to meaningful opportunities to grow.  Our philosophy is to set high expectations, check in consistently and always recognize high performance.

Productive Communication
We communicate openly and transparently - and always with respect.  We have the courage to raise issues when we see them and share our ideas and perspectives always in an effort to advance our business and culture. 

Commit and Move Forward
Business is a team sport that requires us all to row in the same direction. We make decisions that are in the best interest of our business and all of its stakeholders. We aren’t always going to agree - and that’s okay.  But once a decision is made, we commit and move forward.

Shutterstock Reviews

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    "Great opportunity to do amazing work alongside super talented people!"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Shutterstock full-time (More than a year)


    The physical environment is amazing and everything you think of when you think of a cool company. But the real value goes beyond the office. What is most valuable to me is leadership's openness to try new things and and the opportunity to work with extremely smart and innovative people. I've learned so much working here - from people who aren't in my area at all. The comp/benefits are great. And most importantly, the direction our business is heading is very exciting. We have some new leadership that is focused on culture and I can already feel the difference. We have definitely seen an improvement in communicating transparently.


    We can do a better job at communicating across functions. Sometimes can be siloed and it impacts our ability to move quickly. We also could simplify or improve some processes that help the regions outside of the US run more efficiently and feel more empowered.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are staffing the areas that are aligned to transformation properly.
     You're on the right path and your efforts to improve our culture are noticeable.

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Shutterstock Photos

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Shutterstock Interviews



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    Communications Associate Interview

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    Average Interview


    The interviewer or hiring manager didn’t know what questions to ask, I don’t understand why interviewers aren’t better prepared. I unsubscribed and stopped using shutter stock’s services after this.

    I’m not saying the interviewer should memorize each candidate’s profile but her questions didn’t make sense for an interview.

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Shutterstock Awards & Accolades

  • 50 Best Paying Companies in NYC 2020, BuiltIn NYC, 2020

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