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Flipboard Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2019

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3.4
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Mike McCue
24 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work -- lots of responsibility and unique challenges"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The engineering and product challenges are unique because of the problem space, and the team is very talented with a diverse set of skills. The team works on a really good product that adheres to sound principles and everyone is genuinely encouraged to do the "right" thing. Most people have a lot of autonomy and responsibility yet have flexibility with their work schedule. Lots of learning opportunities! There is...

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    Cons

    Understaffed -- With a few more people, I feel Flipboard can achieve what most companies in this space haven't been able to.

    Advice to Management

    We already have a team of world class engineers, and if we invest in some more engineers, we can do a whole lot more.

    Flipboard2018-09-25
  2. "On the verge of a comeback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This product is a hugely valuable product with a worthy mission of informing and inspiring the world. The founder leads with integrity as do the team leads. There are clear product roadmaps and the leadership works tirelessly to keep employees informed of the company's financial situation, as well as its product vision, roadmap and core challenges. The transparency in this company is like no other I've seen. With the...

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    Cons

    Constrained resources most recently are a challenge, but not insurmountable. One has to get creative, work efficiently and strategically. Company has trouble recruiting talent to the Palo Alto Location. The move to Redwood City is only slightly better than Palo Alto for commuters from San Francisco.

    Advice to Management

    Set up a location in San Francisco.

    Flipboard2019-06-27
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Compelling mission, smart and fun co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The Product: It's a visually beautiful product. I would use it even if I didn't work here. - My co-workers: While there has been a lot of turnover lately, the team we have now is strong, motivated, and collaborative. It wasn't always that way, so this is a nice byproduct of the attrition. - Good communication: I feel pretty well informed and connected to the mission through the weekly huddles, all hands meetings,...

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    Cons

    - There's a lot of work. Can be overwhelming sometimes. - Innovation can get caught up in the processs. Too many decision makers and meetings. - Some communication challenges between remote offices. - Strategy alignment can be a bear. - Better cross-functional collaboration (this can always improve).

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the user and their experience. Continually rethink the relationship people have to consuming information. Keep focusing on the critical paths that will move us forward so we don't get spread too thin. Inspire and motivate your teams.

    Flipboard2019-02-28
  4. Helpful (12)

    "Unfortunate"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Catered lunch and free snacks

    Cons

    If I had one word to describe this company fairly, it would be "Unfortunate". A great many people begin their career there eager to make a difference, but sadly upper management seems to just put out that flame in any way possible. There's just frustration at every turn! It's really tragic to see so many people leave over just one year of being there. The turn over rate was just too high and nothing was being done to...

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    Advice to Management

    Should really invest in your employees

    Flipboard2019-02-16
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Low Employee Morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Flipboard full-time

    Pros

    nice people nice snacks nice product

    Cons

    The company hasn't found a sustainable business model and morale is extremely low across the board. Good professionals are leaving and roles aren’t being backfilled. Those who stay are overworked and underplayed. Not to mention all the knowledge that is lost with the extremely high turnaround. There is no focus on efficiency and good performance is not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in innovation and develop policies to retain good performers.

    Flipboard2019-02-06
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Do Not Recommend"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Flipboard full-time

      Pros

      Nothing good to say in this company

      Cons

      Worst management Under pay Politics Bad culture Under staff

      Flipboard2018-11-20
    • Helpful (11)

      "Disappointing changes"

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

      I have been working at Flipboard full-time

      Pros

      Free lunches and snacks are nice.

      Cons

      Employees don't matter to upper management. The new surge of executive hiring has slowed the company down even further and highly increased its costs. People leaving left and right. Roles aren’t backfilled leaving the employees still there overworked and underplayed. Emphasis on executive happiness only. Open and honest communication frowned upon. Rampant nepotism. Inconsistent policies. Overall lack of interest in its...

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      Advice to Management

      Focus on the employees. They are the lifeline of the company. Be progressive not regressive. Reopen the lines of communication. Invest in a fulltime HR team that advocates for BOTH executives and employees. Do everything you can to keep the talented people you still have. CEO should refocus on Flipboard and his employees.

      Flipboard2018-09-14

      Flipboard Response

      December 7, 2018Head of Staffing

      We are sorry to hear that this was your experience and we take this feedback seriously. We’ve doubled down on our internal communication touchpoints so that we can hear these ideas and concerns earlier in the process and anyone on the team feels they can give feedback to managers ...

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    • Helpful (12)

      "Too many issues to cover"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      - Free lunches - Great downtown Palo Alto location, paid parking permits - Unlimited vacation - Apple products - Some brand presence in the market (but declining) - A couple of great, hard working folks left that are “hanging there”, who still believe in the product/leadership and tries to make Flipboard a decent place to work

      Cons

      There are too many cons to call out in this review. I’m not going to cover the incompetent managers, lack of a clear product release cycle/development process and lack of engineering resources in this review. - Product is not going anywhere. Only major “update” to the app was a confusing design change that was pushed by the CEO (rejected by employees) and had to be rolled back due to declining usage. No major releases...

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      Advice to Management

      Be transparent with your employees. Stop hiring C-level folks not located in Palo Alto HQ. The CEO should get more involved/be present again or should be replaced. Establish firm, fair policies that applies to everyone. Invest more in current staff. Get rid of the folks that are bottlenecks; the company need to be able to innovate faster in order to stay competitive in the valley. Just like many others, I'm leaving...

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      Flipboard2018-07-25
    • Helpful (12)

      "Understaffed and overworked"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Flipboard full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      - Free food - Great people

      Cons

      - Poor management - Understaffed as people have been leaving and no interest in filling the roles (not that anyone should join at this stage) - Shut down when asked for budget to go to conference - Travel policy for interoffice work is great on paper, but then you have to argue for them to actually respect it - Userbase dwindling and poor product experience - Underpaid - offered substantial raise after deciding to...

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      Advice to Management

      Shut it down. Morale is low and product experience is getting poorer by the minute. People give their life to the company and their returns are diminishing.

      Flipboard2018-08-12
    • "Wonderful culture, exciting product."

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      Former Employee - Advertising Partnerships in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Flipboard full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Fully transparent workplace with an outstanding product.

      Cons

      I see no downside to this company.

      Advice to Management

      Keep the level of transparency high because it makes everyone's job more fulfilling.

      Flipboard2018-04-19
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