I have been working at Tumblr full-time (Less than a year)
Tumblr is not a new company, and yes it is owned by Yahoo (now for 3 years), so given that information I expected too see downsides I have experience at other large-ish companies with "corporate" taking over... THIS IS NOT THE CASE AT TUMBLR! Maybe it's not for everyone but I think this has got to be in the top 5 if not best tech company to work for in NY.
The CEO David Karp, who founded Tumblr almost 10 years ago, still runs things and engages HIGHLY with what is going on. He cares passionately about the platform and the users, "keeping it real".
The new CTO Brian Murphy is an amazing addition as well. Super engaged with what is going on in tech, a very smart individual who is also friendly and treats engineers as equals. It's very refreshing to be part of a company with these kind of leaders.
Unlike a lot of other companies this large, the engineers have much freedom to make their own technical decisions and move forward with it -- as long as you present a plan with evidence, pros & cons to back it up. A very collaborative environment.
Other perks: Awesome facilities, plenty of high quality drinks & snacks, (the coffee is top notch) and there are always activities happening. Very diverse staff from all backgrounds and walks of life.
No one is pressured to work crazy hours, it's mostly up to you meeting your project goals.
(Con if you are working in the PHP code: ) PHP code base... if you are a PHP master and know how to use it right, you will love it here, as there are some very bright individuals striving for engineering quality and greatness on this legacy code. However if you have never touched PHP or are a beginner, you may not enjoy it as much.
Shaky future, ownership wise -- As you have read in the news, some companies have put in bids for Yahoo. It's not clear what this means for Tumblr, but figured I would mention it as it might scare some people. Tumblr itself will always be around though, maintaining a powerful place in today's internet culture.
Advice to Management
Keep it up
I applied online. I interviewed at Tumblr.
I applied online and was contacted by a recruiter about a month later. We then set up a phone interview. The questions asked during the interview were perfunctory and they didn't show any interest in my answers, and seemed in a rush to get through the process. Received a rejection email the next day. I wasn't as disappointed as I would've been without the lackluster interview. Pretty discouraging.
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