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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance - If you manage your time well work will stay at the office (in 55 reviews)

  • nice culture, great people and products (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • less opportunity for career advancement, no 401k match (in 17 reviews)

  • Zero work life balance during the company's peak business time from October to January of every year (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Quality Assurance Specialist"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shutterfly as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great startup atmosphere, free snacks & drinks, competitive wage.

    Cons

    Hours can be long during the holiday season but it's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your associates better, even the ones who may not end up being there long due to contract work.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Culture deprived"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager/Program Manager/Scrum Master in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager/Program Manager/Scrum Master in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many NEW engineers were very nice, friendly, and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Company Politics was all around. When something goes wrong, everybody starts pointing fingers. The word "Accountability" was used frequently which made people feel threaten. Company culture was awful.

    Advice to Management

    Company culture comes from the top! Select people managers not a cookie cut person.

  3. "Casual and fun to work at"

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    Former Contractor - Product Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Product Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Shutterfly as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual environment, lots of snacks, good training

    Cons

    Sometimes got too openly competitive

    Advice to Management

    More motivation and team work, less competition


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful"

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    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The corporate culture is amazing. The people are amazing. The company really cares about its people and treats them like family.

    Cons

    Very entrenched in the way things are done currently, though there is constant talk of improving things. Very slow development cycles. Very high attrition of some of the best people. Other people get pigeonholed and never get to move from one role to another.

    Advice to Management

    I gave plenty in my exit interviews.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "o.k. work place. nice people. no flexibility. not much vacation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people
    approachable sr. management
    pleasant atmosphere in office

    Cons

    no work life balance
    poor vacation policy
    little flexibility
    not good for parents with kids

    Advice to Management

    some of the 'fun' cultural/company activities seem forced and like you're in elementary school


  6. Helpful (3)

    "love the company but lots of management issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - lots of young, smart people who are passionate about the product and the customer

    Cons

    - inexperienced management team. overall, very little experience managing teams and developing the people, making advancement opportunities hard to come by
    - micro-management culture
    - some poorly defined teams and processes
    - weak benefits (pay, vacation, etc)
    - not the greatest work/life balance particularly given the benefits

    Advice to Management

    Let go... just a little will go a long way! There is a ton of value to letting people make mistakes so that they can learn and grow. You do a great job hiring so let these people work to their potential! Engage your employees to want to do more! They want to (well, many of them) but your heavy handed management style puts a cap to the level of enthusiasm and ownership that folks take on. It's a big handicap right now and is going to impact your ability to grow and maintain leadership in the industry.


  7. "Despite growing pains, great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    - collegiate atmosphere. everyone works together and plays together. great friendships.
    - surrounding by a lot of smart, passionate people
    - people are passionate about the brand
    - the founders and senior level execs are friendly and approachable, they really care about their employees
    - work/life balance and flexibility

    Cons

    - company in awkward growing stage, trying to figure out who they are
    - a lot of young employees who wants aggressive promotions faster than they are available
    - clash between new and older and employees at times
    - benefits are o-k for the valley

    Advice to Management

    value employees, keep communication open

  8. "Great work environment, not so much with the location and commute"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Great senior leadership, direction, inspiration and accountability
    - Team-oriented and you really believe that as a start-up, they'd look out for their employees
    - Growth oriented and talented staff
    - Fun culture - young but still very family friendly

    Cons

    - Not the most fun location - would be more vibrant if relocated to the city

    Advice to Management

    Great job!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "You Go Tiny Prints!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Tiny Prints is by far the most employee-friendly company I've worked for. This company REALLY cares about the happiness of its employees, and strives to create all kind of rewards and activities to keep us stimulated and excited! The training program was also exceptional.

    Cons

    Holiday season is very stressful, but there's probably not a lot that can be done about that. It also is a little frustrating that there isn't a lot of flexibility when it comes to time off during the holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing so far! Great job! You guys rock! Just keep doing what you're doing, and keeping us informed and aware of what's going on.


  10. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    They really know how to take care of their employees. They go through a rigorous hiring process and only pick the best of the best and that is noticeable in the work ethic around the workplace.

    Cons

    During holiday time, overtime is required for the operations department and it is very stressful not knowing what days one is going to work late because it varies daily depending on the number of orders received.

    Advice to Management

    Give a little more insight into the possibility of overtime to employees to allow the clearing of schedules.


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