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Shutterstock Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2019

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2.5
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Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer
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200 Ratings
Pros
  • "Also good perks, free lunch once a week, great offices(in 47 reviews)

  • "weekly massages, the list goes on(in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • "The work/life balance can hit a little hard for some(in 15 reviews)

  • "This company has very high turnover in every department at every level(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great team and company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shutterstock full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice office, collaborative work environment full of smart people and an exciting environment to learn. The management is great - directors and VPs all helpful and involved. open office hours is great for access.

    Cons

    Need to career path people better, better access to data

    Advice to Management

    Summer Fridays are back - thanks!

    Shutterstock2019-05-23
  2. Helpful (3)

    "It's a nice place to work, unfortunately some became disgruntled"

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    Current Employee - Senior Role In Tech in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shutterstock full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    • Received multiple promotions and so have many of my peers • Perfect work life balance (~40h/w). I never felt pressured by my manager to work overtime • YMMV - People can switch teams when they are bored or unhappy • There is an ethos that we should be doing best in class work • I've been impactful to our tech, our product, our design, etc - this is certainly shared by many • There is a light-hearted attitude on...

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    Cons

    • The real problem... • Leadership turnover has been high, causing constant shifts to our priorities. Very costly (time, money, passion). ••• Stuff that sucks • Our CEO is not a true visionary • Our former CTO caused more problems than he solved (since his departure things are calmer and more focused) • Leadership has been reactionary and hasty to make decisions • Due to low Glassdoor rankings, there is a negative...

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    Shutterstock2019-05-29
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shutterstock full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, team, work. Met some of the best people I’ve ever met in New York.

    Cons

    Disorganized, paranoid work setting, weird level of micromanaging from CEO

    Advice to Management

    Learned a lot from working with a good team overall, and learned from the ultimately anxious work environment how to exercise healthy boundaries in future workplaces.

    Shutterstock2019-05-30
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Confusing org"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shutterstock full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    401k match, some really patient employees

    Cons

    Siloed separate inefficient collaboration between departments, high turnover, old school leadership

    Advice to Management

    Drop everything and build a culture

    Shutterstock2019-06-13
  5. "Pros & Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shutterstock full-time

    Pros

    - Perks/benefits/chill yet competitive culture - ESB - location friendly - Open desk

    Cons

    - Ancient systems - Distribution of enterprise focus is unorganized, lack of communication because of competitiveness, in addition to nepotism. - Cultural bias (just hiring minorities doesn't mean much within)

    Advice to Management

    New management required.

    Shutterstock2019-05-29
  6. "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Recruiting in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shutterstock full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun environment depending on your department, great views, cool office, free lunch and breakfast, business casual dress code and culture events.

    Cons

    Communication should be much better, better leadership is highly needed, there is a high turnover rate, not enough ownership taken, HR leaders aren't trustworthy, employees don't feel valued and the benefits are changing day by day.

    Shutterstock2019-05-28
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Abundant Opportunities - Challenging Blockers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shutterstock full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    While the moat around the product isn't what it used to be, there still seems like there is a lot of room to grow. Challenge is how to make all the disparate parts we have accumulated over the years work more cohesively. For ambitious problem solvers, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have never heard anyone say they don't like the people here. Certainly, there are some challenging personalities, but as a whole,...

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    Cons

    I think there has been an overcorrection from the days of freewheeling start up to buttoned up public company. Bureaucracy is a real problem. There is a very black and white approach from certain areas of leadership that can come across as robotic and not constructive. I think it's fair to say there have been some important roles that have been filled by people in over their heads.

    Advice to Management

    We sweat the small stuff too much. We need to get back to thinking about the big picture. I would focus on inspiring employees to see how their individual work becomes part of a bigger vision.

    Shutterstock2019-05-10
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Smoke, Mirrors and Hypocrisy"

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shutterstock full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great, central location (Empire State Building). Lunch catered everyday. Seamless available if you work past a certain hour. 2 game rooms. Small library. Kombucha on tap. Cold brew on tap. Tons of good people work there.

    Cons

    Morale seems to be at an all time low. The sales team seems to be extremely unhappy. By the time I left the company, each sales manager was an outside hire. Not one single Shutterstock employee was elevated to a managerial position. The company used to allow their employees to work remotely. The policy changed at some point in 2018 (they say having everyone in the office is important for cross-pollination of knowledge,...

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    Advice to Management

    Most managers are great. The advice should go to the directors, VPs, and higher ups. Wake up. You are losing great talent, and feedback like this one will only keep new, fresh talent from considering Shutterstock as an option.

    Shutterstock2019-05-18
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic, Unethical, and Negative Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shutterstock full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    NY office is great and you get free lunch, good benefits overall, but they discriminate on who gets stock options. So demand it.

    Cons

    Sales is a complete mess, they are constantly shifting accounts due high "employee turnover" they like to call "employee attrition". Targets and Comp Plans are constantly changing in order to not pay sales reps owed commission. You can bill over $200k and get $0 commission. Extremely unethical Sales Practices. Managers are utterly unprofessional and under qualified. They talk about their employees and actually repeat...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified Leaders and LISTEN to your employees. Don't ask them to post positive reviews or sign non-disparagement agreements. Fix the problems instead of putting band-aids on problem...LEADERSHIP.

    Shutterstock2019-06-13
  10. Helpful (6)

    "The perfect place for people who want to do nothing"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shutterstock full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great benefits (Best 401K I've ever heard of, free breakfast and lunch) - Awesome office (Empire State Building)

    Cons

    This is by far the least challenging job I ever had. I am bored out of my mind every single day (except at the end of the month when everyone starts freaking out and we actually need to do something). I typically find myself looking at the clock starting 10AM, if not earlier. My team has no processes in place for anything, and everyone just does something. We don't have team meetings, and my manager doesn't seem to...

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    Advice to Management

    Make sure your managers do what's expected of them. I've seen the expectations, but my manager ignores 80% of them. Also, the company values sound great in theory, but it would be nice if people actually do something with them. Selflessness and accountability, really? I don't think my manager knows about these values. And honest feedback, courage and collaboration is exactly that what my department is lacking.

    Shutterstock2019-05-09
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