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Updated March 15, 2017
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Pros
  • work life balance is very important to the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great people and company doing well (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible work/life balance - emails kept flying well into the evening and on weekends (in 5 reviews)

  • Poor management team - Management is very checked out and often takes advantage of flex hours and work from home privileges (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Proud to Work at POPSUGAR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at POPSUGAR (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been with the company 5+ years. During that time, I've entertained the idea of leaving for another company but I've always stayed. What keeps me at POPSUGAR is their commitment to the employees. We have EXCELLENT health care, work/life balance, regularly catered meals plus an awesome assortment of snacks, the list goes on. Additionally, the majority of the people you'll work with are extremely intelligent and hardworking.

    Cons

    Career paths are not always obvious but the company is making an effort to define those paths as well as what it takes to get there.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you're doing!

    POPSUGAR Response

    Sep 27, 2016 – Krista Moatz, Co-Founder and EVP, Culture and Corporate Citizenship

    Thank you for the great review! We are definitely working on the career pathing and you should be hearing more about that soon from your manager/dept head if you have not already.


  2. "Fantstic place to work with awesome peeps"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at POPSUGAR (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing peeps to work with and flexible hours

    Cons

    sometime it required long hours


  3. "Great Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    There's generally a fun atmosphere and low stress levels.

    Cons

    Certain office locations are way worse than others.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture, great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Supportive, positive culture. You'll learn a lot and be around genuinely warm and friendly people. The company has a real interest in diversity and inclusion and is open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Like many companies at this stage, there is too much work for one person and feel stretched thin. There should be focus on only projects that will really be fruitful; trying to do too many things at once can lead to burn out.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Experience with Great People!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    - intelligent, hard-working people
    - strong sense of community
    - very approachable executive leadership team
    - clear company values
    - great perks (beyond just insurance and 401k)
    - beautiful downtown offices
    - strong efforts for transparency

    Cons

    Like any company there are shifts in direction to adjust for certain realities, but sometimes they can be jarring.

    Depending on the department, you might find people who take advantage of the fact that management hates to fire people, and don't pull their weight.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Co-Workers, Not So Great Upper Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    -Amazing teams and positive energy/reinforcement from most everyone below the exec level
    -Kombucha on tap
    -Good creative office environment

    Cons

    -Upper management attitude/communication style could improve (f-bombs dropped during meetings, issues that could have been handled by speaking directly with the person in question to resolve instead of creating aggressive group email chains to complain, holding job security over people's heads)
    -Strong resistance to try out new ideas/formats/workflows
    -Way too many redundant/unnecessary emails and email responses all day/night/weekends, like you're on call 24/7 and you feel you have to respond

    Advice to Management

    -Strong retraining of management communication/leadership skills
    -More experimentation encouragement to foster creativity and growth within company
    -Reducing after hours emails by limiting them to emergencies/high priorities only


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of any

    Cons

    Awful management, would not recommend

    POPSUGAR Response

    Nov 23, 2016 – Krista Moatz, Co-Founder and EVP, Culture and Corporate Citizenship

    Thank you for the review. I'd love some more detail from you to find out how we can do better and also to give our job seekers some more context. Thanks again!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, everyone is very nice

    Cons

    none, this company is fantastic to work for

    POPSUGAR Response

    Nov 23, 2016 – Krista Moatz, Co-Founder and EVP, Culture and Corporate Citizenship

    Thank you!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, awesome people, there is true effort to keep improving, good work/life balance

    Cons

    strong sense of entitlement amongst some employees (likely pretty common in Bay Area tech however)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and working to improve. You're making it a better place to be.

    POPSUGAR Response

    Oct 19, 2016 – Krista Moatz, Co-Founder and EVP, Culture and Corporate Citizenship

    Thank you for the feedback!


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Pretty Decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at POPSUGAR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Engineering managers understand engineering well, understand the code and have a good understanding of what people are working on.
    Very engineering driven, engineering driven objectives
    CEO understands engineering
    Decent Salary
    Decent Work life balance.
    Great parties
    Free hard boiled eggs, snacks and drinks
    Great if you are junior and are new to engineering and want to learn
    Not too many meetings
    Company has an overall positive attitude.
    More Vacation days than other companies

    Cons

    Very little QA, this places the onus on engineers to do a lot of testing and think a great deal about changes before making them.
    Too many layoffs, bad for morale. Layoffs seem kinda random, not much justification.
    Too much micromanaging for senior engineers. I’ve had a manager tell me what to name my variables, etc.
    Micromanagement means you have to ask your managers about every little change you make.
    Engineers can be territorial when it comes to code.
    Bias against men
    Underdeveloped specs can lead to frequent changes mid-sprint.
    Heavy handed code review can become onerous if you are a senior engineer. But this can be a plus if you are junior, or just starting to learn how to code.
    No room for advancement because management doesn’t know how to level up employees. Instead, they prefer to hire from outside.
    Location is in San francisco, the worst possible city to place a software company, that is unless you already have a rent controlled apartment there. No place to live in SF.

    Advice to Management

    Look inwards to find up and coming talent for management.

    POPSUGAR Response

    Oct 19, 2016 – Krista Moatz, Co-Founder and EVP, Culture and Corporate Citizenship

    Thank you for the feedback! Investing in management training is something we are focused on for 2017 which should help to alleviate many of your concerns regarding career path as well as ... More



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