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POPSUGAR Software Engineer Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Pros
  • A respect for work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • many opportunities to get to know co-workers with game night, happy hours and different activities (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance could be stressful, esp (in 7 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 (6)

    "Pretty Decent"

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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 (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. Helpful (4)

    "Meh ..."

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - you can find some bright folks and good people around you to work and hang out with;

    - normal medical coverage, matching 401K, good reimbursement for gym;

    - location (block away from Bart);

    - Free kombucha;

    - CEO understands engineering;

    - Engineering: decent stack setup. Setup process (not the codebase itself) is well documented and CI process really works. QA team does it job;

    - Engineering: SOME of the managers and engineering directors are really great and fun to work with. You may enjoy working with them.

    Cons

    Company:

    - no sick days, so you are forced to take your PTO;

    - no official WFH policy (its 2017 already - c'mon). Give people at least one day a week (officially - to skip abuse) to deal with their errands and to work on their own schedule without asking for permission to stay at home or to go for an appointment;

    - general level snack bars. If you wanna get fat - welcome. No weekly catered food or something. Impossible to get quality food if you do not have time to run somewhere for a lunch;

    - standard benefits -> expensive commute. Pre-tax reimbursement for commute doesn't really help. Unlimited pass or full coverage for Bart would help (take example from other companies);

    - reimbursements are through 3rd party providers that adds a lot of a hassle;

    - no annual bonus system for good performance;

    - "economy mode" on different things, including : food, equipment, software, office space etc. If you compare office space on 15 (engineering) and 16 (everyone else) you will understand what I'm talking about. Glossy monitors that are very hard to work with...

    Engineering:

    - very hostile environment at engineering. Some of the people from management are there for too long and they do not grow technically and more importantly do not have essential skills and knowledge to lead or manage people. VP should stand as an example and lead the department, but unfortunately there just a regular software developer behind this title;

    - very subjective and aggressive code review process driven by custom made code styles that doesn't follow current industry trends and rules that do not apply to everyone;

    - job security is very important for some people, so knowledge share is weak. Be ready to dig into everything on your own without any documentation available;

    - weird meetings policy. No way to make an impact or to understand what is going on with the project/product. Some groups of people make decisions without involving other team members and colleagues;

    - some groups of people constantly speak foreign language during work hours and management doesn't do anything about it;

    - nepotism;

    - some engineers do not deserve their titles, because they don't even know what the OOP is (one of the examples). But because of nepotism they are still getting promoted;

    - CEO does software development work (occasionally) with luck of the knowledge how things should be technically done nowadays. You can imagine how hard it is to "say something" when that code "smells";

    - no development process , just regular Waterfall. However, there's a development workflow exist (code review/merge/deploy strategy), but it seems that rules doesn't apply to some people;

    - very old codebase with CMS that has custom injections into the core codes and therefore the CMS that cannot be upgraded. Welcome to the "2008 world" despite the fact that this "beast" is running on modern version of most popular programming language. Very old codebase -> its impossible to learn something new or to grow. So, if you're mature software engineer - stay away. If you are a software development intern - stay away * 2.

    Advice to Management

    - Change the management in engineering. Some people are born to be developers not managers. No need to hire from outside world, just promote the correct people based on their performance, skills, ability to lead and most important ability to work with other people (you have great people and professionals among current employees who meet the criteria);

    - Bring back catered food at least once a week;

    - Improve benefits and introduce WFH policy.

  3. "Good company"

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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
    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!


  4. "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


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

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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
    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"

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    • 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"

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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
    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 (13)

    "Quite possibly the worst place ever."

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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
    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.