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Pinterest Reviews

Updated November 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work/life balance I've seen in the industry due to a refreshingly mature leadership philosophy (in 19 reviews)

  • Great work environment, perks, free food etc (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Company is growing fast so expect frequent org changes and restructuring (in 12 reviews)

  • Growing fast so there are inevitably some growing pains (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Honestly the best."

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

    I have been working at Pinterest full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Every company talks about culture but I've never seen a place so clearly embrace and live up to its culture (in a good way). People at Pinterest are some of the smartest I've ever worked with (and I've worked at top companies in Silicon Valley) and yet they are truly NICE and Pinterest-y. And there's a drive and hustle there - people stepping into different roles and wearing hats as needed to get sh*t done. Very little ego, just drive.

    Cons

    Nothing significant that I haven't seen much worse elsewhere. There is the inevitable political game every once in a while but far less than other companies still and of course growing pains as the company has expanded quickly. The strong culture keeps a lot of these problems in check.


  2. "Sales"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 Pinterest full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people. The largest concentration of A players I've ever been around

    Cons

    Slow decision making, even when Pinterest was < 100 people.

    Advice to Management

    train middle management how to lead. they need it the most

    make decisions faster and take more risk. decisions are made democratically. it's great to get buy-in but there are other ways and democratic decision making does not scale quickly

  3. "Producer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pinterest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Positive teams, fast paced environment, internal employment opportunities

    Cons

    There are no cons, the company is a great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Strong mission-driven company"

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

    I have been working at Pinterest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Tech-led company
    - Strong values, mission, culture
    - Strong exec leadership
    - Company is operating for the long term

    Cons

    - Rapid growth comes rapid change. I like this, but may not be for everyone

    Advice to Management

    NA


  5. Helpful (10)

    "The culture of this company is sick."

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    • 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

    I worked at Pinterest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Maybe work life balance is a good one? The leads have no idea where the product should go and thus employees do not have enough things to do.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is sick and disgusting. There must be reasons for people to leave the company like a flock. Unfortunately, instead of self-reflection, the company commented former employees as `better off without them`. It was a waste of my life working there; no gain but pain no matter financial, career, or social wise.

    Advice to Management

    Please resign and sell the company


  6. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Pinterest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I’ve seen this company grow up and the leaders and team are top notch. The focus on our vision has never changed or been compromised as we’ve built the business.

    Cons

    We’re working on moving faster and it’s defiantly getting better. There are always growing pains but nothing out of the ordinary.


  7. "Software Engineering Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lot of cool events organized by the university team.

    Cons

    Can be matched into a team you don't like as much. They do their best though.

  8. "Best job ever."

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

    I have been working at Pinterest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, culture, W/L balance, product etc.

    Cons

    Not really any major downsides to working here


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Well Balanced Engineering Team"

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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 Pinterest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's lots of opportunity for individual engineers to make big impact (if you are ambitious). For example, two frontend developers created a new feature in their spare time, and it's going to be launched later this year.

    Cons

    The company is still paying down some big tech debt, so product velocity has been slow for the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Need faster execution. Amazon/Google/Instabook are innovating faster than before, and are on track to catch up.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "perfect experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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

    Perfect food, perfect HR, team is nice.

    Cons

    The future of this company is not very bright.


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