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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Tumblr

Pros

a lot of nice people

Cons

when the site go's down

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lack of engineering best practices, awkward and uncomfortable workplace, rats in new york HQ

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Tumblr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good snacks/drinks
    - They subsidize gym memberships
    - The main office is in New York, so there's lots of great places to grab a bite to eat or hang out after work

    Cons

    - There's a complete lack of engineering best practices, their codebase is so fragmented, fragile, tangled and highly unreadable. Minor changes to the code cannot be made without risking the entire site going down. They don't use continuous integration to test against anything and do not have the technical capital to even being writing tests. It's shocking beyond belief. This isn't a place to grow as an engineer and soak up knowledge
    - Very non-technical engineering managers who are not capable or willing to mentor subordinates
    - You get a really strange vibe from everyone in the office, people talk badly about others behind their backs and sometimes within earshot. Lots of inter-office romantic relationships.
    - It's a rotating door, nobody really stays for more than 1-2 years, many people including directors have left the company even before their stock reached it's 1 year vesting cliff. This kills morale when nobody likes the company enough to stay.
    - Morale is terrible after the acquisition, people talk poorly about yahoo and make fun of how old and outdated yahoo is as a company yet tumblr itself is old and outdated. The traffic to the website has plummeted on a monthly basis.
    - A very small percent of the early employees have stayed and those who have keep talking down upon the newer employees
    - They've built tons of custom, in house services which constantly break because they were so poorly written which makes being on call an absolute nightmare.
    - Top it off with a few rats run around in the Manhattan HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since the acquisition you've acted like you've reached the finish line and have gotten extremely lazy... show respect to your subordinates and get hands on in actively solving problems instead of sitting back and waiting for your equity to vest. Spend time to teach your subordinates everything you know so they can actively build and create things to shape the future of tumblr's blogging platform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to make an impact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, great coworkers, really fun environment with lots of office events. Beyond that, it's a great place to develop your career. With small teams, you get the chance to work on things you wouldn't get to do at bigger more established companies. If you're someone who wants to make a difference and grow personally, it's a great environment.

    Cons

    Definitely has growing pains. Systems and processes aren't the best, but it's understandable given how fast the staff has increased and business has grown.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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