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POPSUGAR Software Engineer Reviews

Updated October 10, 2016
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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. 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


  2. "Good company"

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good benefits, some interesting projects. There seems to be a real investment in making the company attractive and a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing particular... it's a nice company

    Advice to Management

    Continue like that!

    POPSUGAR Response

    May 4, 2016 – EVP, Culture and Corporate Citizenship

    Thanks for the great review!


  3. "Software Engineer Intern"

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

    I worked at POPSUGAR as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, nice and diverse colleagues, great office and hardware

    Cons

    The engineering tasks can get a bit boring


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  5. "Great company that allows for growth and lots of fun!"

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

    I have been working at POPSUGAR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best company I have ever worked at. I work with tons of smart people that allow me to grow as an engineer. The perks and benefits are insanely good and the parties and happy hours are AMAZING!

    Cons

    Lack of entertainment games (fussball, ping pong, etc...) kind of sucks, but the beer and wine on tap (and constant happy hours) make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing!


  6. "if you can work there it is life changing"

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

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    best place I have ever worked. clear leadership and accountability.

    Cons

    it moves really fast, like super fast

    Advice to Management

    slow down just a bit and take some vacation


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Middle of the road"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is doing great, and I have no doubt that Brian and Lisa will be able to continue their resounding success. They are definitely doing something right.

    Perks are good, salary is below market, culture is better than average

    Cons

    Seems management heavy, things are slowed down significantly waiting on email replies, instructions etc.

    No management training what so ever, doesn't seem like they promote within the company.

    Managers are unapproachable

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring middle managers, and if you continue at least promote within the company.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Culture of Fear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free phone, nice snacks, great office location

    Cons

    They have a culture of fear, they do not value employees, you can work hard and work well, but if management doesn't like you, they fire you at a moments notice. Management is all ego, little logic, management wants to get the most out of employees, with little pay.

    Advice to Management

    Hurry up and sell the company, so I can make some money.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Quite possibly the worst place ever."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none really, the office is in a cool older building with windows that open. You'll consider jumping at least once.

    Cons

    Management is a farce, promoting only their buddies, and changing their mind constantly on project direction and priorities. I'm honestly not sure how the board hasn't fired half the execs by now. Anyone who speaks out, or doesn't fit the frat/sorority culture is promptly shown the door.

    Teams are constantly fighting and being catty, there is zero room for career advancement. Avoid this place if you have any self respect.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Low employee morale"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at POPSUGAR full-time

    Pros

    If you are in the right team, you can just mind your job and get done with it. Office location is great.

    Cons

    Management approach is negative. They don't give credit to your work when it is due. They go out of their way to make people accountable but this is not two way. You will have to haggle to get any pay raise.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability should be two way. Show some transparency in your decisions.

    POPSUGAR Response

    May 13, 2015 – PopSugar Representative

    Hi There - Thank you for the candid feedback. I am hoping we can use it to make PopSugar an even better place for all of us to work. I encourage you to bring your specific issues with getting credit ... More