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Updated June 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "I thought it was too good to be true"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "An OK time"

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    Former Employee - Brand Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Brand Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tumblr (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun office, cool work, great perks

    Cons

    Sales conflict between old-school Yahoo and new-school Tumblr teams


  5. Helpful (1)

    "The bee's knees"

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

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

    Pros

    Fine intellectual quality
    Excellent product chops
    Extreme concentration on flexible responsibility
    Beautiful office space
    Top-notch benefits and resources

    Cons

    Some friction and tension with parent company
    Unclear the future of social media, but positioned to be a force in it nonetheless

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing on smart people, push for a return to innovation even at the expense of headlong growth, and keep the culture solid.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - SRE: Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SRE: Operations Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of work to do, never bored

    Cons

    I dunno, lots of work to do? I suppose that's bad if you just want to chill


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Once in a lifetime"

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

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

    Pros

    An amazing culture of talented people. It was almost cult like in how employees interacted. The sales team worked insanely hard to create advertising art on the platform. The purest native content sales team in the world. Maybe the best at the height of it.

    Cons

    Yahoo presented a major obstacle. Culturally, philosophically and in product cohesion we never aligned. Integrating 2 companies with no visible plan is an interesting approach to corporate strategy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best work experience !"

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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

    Great place to work, smart people to share ideas with, managers listen and give you opportunities to learn new languages, you can bootcamp with other teams like Ios and android if you are interested.
    Amazing office, roof top, ground floor with lunch and breakfast, free food
    always something is happening either band playing , movie night , game night, hack day etc...

    Cons

    cannot say much , the only thing maybe is that there is maybe too many shift due to the turn over of people leaving and coming. so people are often asking to switch team. but this is not even a downside since you got to learn and work with other people.


  9. Helpful (29)

    "A slowly sinking ship barely being kept afloat by inexperienced management"

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

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

    Pros

    Tumblr is a fantastic product and many of the people working on it deeply care.

    Cons

    Horrifically poor management, shockingly unprofessional office behavior, a complete absence of any testing, nonexistent communication between teams, and zero best practices make Tumblr a frustrating place to work.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Really wonderful place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, very flexible with work/life stuff, catered food, great perks, not at all overly micromanaged

    Cons

    Hard to say much here, honestly. It seems like there might be some friction trying to "climb the ladder," but probably no more than any other company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin' on, because you guys are doing a fantastic job.


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