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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. Helpful (1)

    Really wonderful place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  2. Helpful (4)

    A disastrous combination of brogramming, institutionalized cowboy coding and incompetent management.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of free food, parties and alcohol. If you're a "bro" then you'll have a great time.

    Cons

    - Tumblr is run on a tangled mess of homegrown tools, horrendously fragile code and the worst engineering practices I've ever seen from any company. There is no QA, code reviews aren't taken seriously, anyone can commit to master and push their code to production at any time. The entire development process can best be described as institutionalized cowboy coding.

    - Brogramming is real and Tumblr exemplifies it. It was the norm for bros to knowingly push buggy, incomplete, untested code into production after a few rounds of drinks then leave the problems for others while they moved onto another project.

    - Engineering management is filled with dead weight who have been loyal and stuck around long enough. They aren't qualified to lead teams, they have horrendous technical knowledge and do absolutely nothing to help grow the careers of their subordinates.

    - Every position from VPs down to engineers are a revolving door, every week at least one person quits and the one thing that the people who quit have in common is that they were very good at their jobs. I can safely say that if you see someone has been at Tumblr more than six months they are looking for a new job; if they are there for two years or more they are probably incompetent. Absolutely no one who has options stays at Tumblr.

    - New employees, no matter how experienced, are treated like they are complete idiots. Recently, I watched someone who had more experience than everyone on his team quit out of frustration. His manager told other people that he was useless and contributed nothing. What the manager didn't realize was the same person he called useless had accepted a more senior role at Google.

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