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StumbleUpon Reviews

Updated December 31, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience; poor outlook"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really liked my time at SU. It was a great learning experience for me; it's where I picked up my skills in the command line, where I first learned git and Github, where I learned how to LDAP, and also where I first implemented SSO/Okta.

    Cons

    I left the company for personal reasons; shortly thereafter, just a few months later, they laid off over 60% of their team. The financials, unbeknownst to me, were doing very poorly.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to say; I am very glad for having had the opportunity to work there, and I met some really great people. But clearly, most employees seemed to be in the dark about how badly it was doing.


  2. "Great for people who thrive in a start up environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Long Beach, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Long Beach, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique product
    Great team
    Opportunity to grow and touch all parts of the business

    Cons

    lean, so resources can be limited

  3. "Sales Director"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Hoboken, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Hoboken, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Content Marketing is a new and growing medium that brands are starting to invest in.

    Cons

    The company is no longer investing in itself and is losing audience.


  4. "Fun place to work, not sure about current strategy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at StumbleUpon (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Collaborative environment with team-player coworkers
    - Fun product to work on!
    - Strong middle management
    - Competitive compensation
    - Good benefits (lunch, etc)

    Cons

    - Went through large layoffs in 2013 and not sure what they have been prioritizing since then in terms of strategy
    - CEO stepped down so there was management by committee for a while


  5. "Great company, fun environment, team focused."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at StumbleUpon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, fast paced but never feel too much high pressure. Everyone works together as a team to accomplish mutual goals. Friendly and easy going leaders who are always available to help you solve problems or just grow in your career. Lots of great perks (catered meals, rec area with ping pong and pool tables, monthly massages, etc.) and frequent team outings to keep the team growing as a living organism instead of individual entities.

    Cons

    Sometimes communication can be a little slow to trickle down to the majority of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to focus on growing your employees and helping them not only succeed at work but also in their own life.


  6. "Data Science Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Science Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Science Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A nice research oriented atmosphere with good people and well defined problems. Interns are given freedom and ownership of the things they are working on. The data science team is also keen on publishing their findings in peer reviewed conferences.which is an added incentive for interns. Good benefits and pay

    Cons

    none so far . .


  7. Helpful (1)

    "it's a place you can work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at StumbleUpon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    you might be able to get a job there, maybe
    the pay is decent
    there's a lot of free food

    Cons

    you might be able to get a job there, maybe
    it's real close to the ballpark
    morale is weird

    Advice to Management

    invest in your talent
    do something interesting with the product, already
    i dont really have any further advice to offer on this topic

  8. Helpful (1)

    "SOMA youth culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment if you under 30.

    Cons

    All about growth to attract investors, rather than building a strong product.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, not your image. Don't cannibalize your best customers just to find uninterested new customers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Passion around the product, great work/life balance."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working at StumbleUpon for almost a year now, and its been very positive. Genuine enthusiasm around product goals; engineers and designers are dedicated. Nice balance between a laid back/fun environment and everyone pulling together to make it happen. Management respects work life balance, and no micromanaging BS. Fair amount of internal promotion too. Excellent benefits and perks on top of it.

    Cons

    More meetings than are always necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with whats working - transparency and recognition.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people are passionate about the product. Catered breakfast and lunch, snacks and drinks provided. There is generally a good sense of camaraderie.

    Cons

    Upper management is still figuring out a good balance of necessary meetings and work.


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