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Updated June 24, 2017
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  1. "Great place"

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

    Pros

    Some of the kindest and creative people i've ever known

    Cons

    not a real strong foundation on where the company is going/yahoo


  2. "You want it to be so much more than it is...or ever will be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tumblr full-time

    Pros

    *Good "first job/introduction to tech"
    *Nice offices
    *Has a startup feel, even though it's been around for 10+ years
    *Because of the company size, you have access to everyone
    *Interns/associates are given opportunities to shine

    Cons

    *Not the place to stay for more than 6 months/ a year
    *Limited product launches...few things that really excite the company or industry as a whole
    *Tumblr's relevancy has been in question for a while now...not sure many people care anymore
    *More uncertainty now with "Oath"
    *Not competitive at all w/other platforms...no innovation...the same dated platform w/limited tweaks over the past 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your resumes updated.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Fun environment but poor upper management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great perks, benefits, and coworkers.

    Cons

    Upper management often inconsistent and not metrics-focused.


  4. "Allow you to excel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tumblr (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you have ideas they will listen and implement.

    Cons

    Some benefits went bad after just set aside 20 min next week for us to talk on the phone


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work but hard too"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tumblr full-time

    Pros

    Tumblr is a great place to work with great benefits and flexibility. It's feels great to be at a NYC-based tech company.

    Cons

    In addition to issues with Tumblr v Yahoo, there are many internal parties at Tumblr that aren't aligned. It makes getting work done very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and align. It will make everyone's lives exponentially easier.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "I thought it was too good to be true"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tumblr is not a new company, and yes it is owned by Yahoo (now for 3 years), so given that information I expected too see downsides I have experience at other large-ish companies with "corporate" taking over... THIS IS NOT THE CASE AT TUMBLR! Maybe it's not for everyone but I think this has got to be in the top 5 if not best tech company to work for in NY.
    The CEO David Karp, who founded Tumblr almost 10 years ago, still runs things and engages HIGHLY with what is going on. He cares passionately about the platform and the users, "keeping it real".
    The new CTO Brian Murphy is an amazing addition as well. Super engaged with what is going on in tech, a very smart individual who is also friendly and treats engineers as equals. It's very refreshing to be part of a company with these kind of leaders.
    Unlike a lot of other companies this large, the engineers have much freedom to make their own technical decisions and move forward with it -- as long as you present a plan with evidence, pros & cons to back it up. A very collaborative environment.

    Other perks: Awesome facilities, plenty of high quality drinks & snacks, (the coffee is top notch) and there are always activities happening. Very diverse staff from all backgrounds and walks of life.

    No one is pressured to work crazy hours, it's mostly up to you meeting your project goals.

    Cons

    (Con if you are working in the PHP code: ) PHP code base... if you are a PHP master and know how to use it right, you will love it here, as there are some very bright individuals striving for engineering quality and greatness on this legacy code. However if you have never touched PHP or are a beginner, you may not enjoy it as much.

    Shaky future, ownership wise -- As you have read in the news, some companies have put in bids for Yahoo. It's not clear what this means for Tumblr, but figured I would mention it as it might scare some people. Tumblr itself will always be around though, maintaining a powerful place in today's internet culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun group of people, good benefits, good part of the city to work in.

    Cons

    Marketing team is a joke, almost no confidence in leadership or CEO at this point. Pretty much just ad tech for Yahoo at this point.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A bit disorganized but great people"

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    Former Employee - Product Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers care about their job, are fun-loving, great perks like food and social events, product is interesting and fun to work on

    Cons

    Disorganization can cause confusion and stall projects from being completed properly, high turnover, parent company (yahoo) and tumblr don't communicate well


  9. Helpful (1)

    "High school experience I wish I never had"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and a company culture that offers a lot of opportunities to have fun.

    Cons

    Direction of company unclear. Working for a young company presented few opportunities for growth within the company. A lot of bullies.

    Advice to Management

    HR process could have been more consistent.


  10. "Great Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - User Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - User Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work environment was open (as in no cubicles) and your coworkers and managers trusted you without micro-managing you. There were also free lunches and awesome social events where you could connect to other people in the company. Overall, it was a very positive experience.

    Cons

    There was not much room for advancement in the Trust & Safety or Support teams.


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