Shutterfly Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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Pros
  • Opportunity to make an immediate impact in your area; good compensation; good work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Was a fun place to work - very cool products & solid management team (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes it can be very challenging when it comes to work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Mediocre benefits package - average salaries, weak bonus scheme, and no 401K match (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great company getting muddied with politics

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Shutterfly full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A truly nice company with fun, interesting products that are easy to get behind and practically sell themselves. Good overall growth, competitive benefits, smart colleagues and good growth opportunities although not for all. Get in the good books of the GM and you're all set.

    Cons

    Work culture has tenacious, with politics steadily seeping in. C-suite needs to swoop in and put a stop to it ASAP. HR and upper level management are fully cognizant of the issues as well as those responsible, but are surprisingly lackadaisical. Stress levels are high and at times unhealthy. Face time in the office is not as important but people tend to work long days and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work but do not let the wonderful camaraderie most people share be ruined by a few. Stop focusing on trying to sell the company and focus on what you have currently. Not hard to see why there is so much churn.

  2. Operations Shift Manager

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    Former Intern - Shift Manager in Fort Mill, SC (US)
    Former Intern - Shift Manager in Fort Mill, SC (US)

    I worked at Shutterfly as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, strong leadership in facility, overall happy employees, feeling of job security because of company strength, CEO keeps in touch with associates regularly by email

    Cons

    long shifts, Core staff not vetting new associates

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing!

  3. Painful place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shutterfly full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were good and some of my co-workers were excellent. The products were interesting to work on.

    Cons

    Leadership was dysfunctional and sometimes abusive. Lots of churn on some products due to unclear priorities.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Customer Care Representative

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    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Fort Mill, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Fort Mill, SC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Higher pay than other places.
    No scripts.
    Almost complete autonomy in how you help customers.
    Company is growing.
    Manageable performance standards.
    Lots of tools.
    Great social activities.

    Cons

    Lots of schedule changes.
    No growth opportunities.
    Temp to perm status can be a very long time.
    Pay raises are annual but not that much (perm).
    Leadership in most cases has less total experience than the agents.
    Lots of culture changes.
    Company doesn't match 401k contributions.
    Huge difference between Temp and Perm.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for others to grow.
    Be mindful of opportunities for improvement suggested by agents.
    Keep quality standards higher than quantity standards.

  6. Solutions Architect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA (US)

    I have been working at Shutterfly (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work stack is good. Compensation is good.

    Cons

    Company is on the decline, current management is clueless. Existing management has a habit of making wrong investments, choices and hires. All the smart people are already leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Look around and judge yourself.

  7. Ability to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    they hire awesome people and the culture is laid back with WFH policies and frequently have team gatherings (creative team). respectable salaries and stock plans.

    Cons

    Very corporate at times and many people weighing their opinion on direction.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Very collaborative and fun work environment.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Shutterfly as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Shutterfly has smart, nice people who like working together
    -Comfortable offices with nice perks
    -Fun products and some cool technology
    -Competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    -Expectations can be high, so it can be stressful at times
    -There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of Shutterfly - they're successful, but they are often mentioned as an acquisition target.

    Advice to Management

    -Shutterfly uses a significant number of contractors. At times this causes some uneasy dynamics in the workforce since contractors do not receive the same benefits as full time employees. This is understandable, but taking some extra measures to ensure that contractors are effectively integrated into the culture would be beneficial.

  9. Overall I had a great experience there, except...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shutterfly

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

    Pros

    Nice people (mostly), collaborative working environment, interesting all-hands, fair time-off policies, relatively flat hierarchy considering its size

    Cons

    With all the pros, I would give 5 star, if there were not some jerks. They exist in every company and all that one needs to do usually is just ignore them, except when they are in a position that you cannot do so... I met someone who simply didn't respond to any email I sent, or took any action even after her supervisor forwarded my email. This was particularly annoying because what I tried to work with her on was just regular administrative paperwork. The company is like a machine that could have worked more smoothly without those a couple of dysfunctional parts.

    Advice to Management

    I am leaving and can eventually ignore jerks, but for the sake of current employees, I really hope managers can keep an eye on potential rotten apples who may hurt the morale of the rest.

  10. Slow week and you get no hours

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC (US)

    I have been working at Shutterfly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work and nice people

    Cons

    If its slow they will send you home and if you are a temp you barely get full-time hours.
    Low pay
    Keep you on as a temp too long, rarely people get hired on as actual Shutterfly employees

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for those who work hard. Low hours and $13 hr is hard to live on.

  11. If you are in the "Internet Operations" side of the company, the work can be challenging, exhausting and stressful.

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    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Las Vegas, NV (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is right in range with other companies and the room for growth is high, but that is if you have the potential. I have learned quite a bit in my time here already. There is an enjoyable environment in the office (but combined with stress).

    Cons

    For the department I work in, there is an extremely high churn rate (leaving after a few months). Some people just aren't cut out for this job. This puts even more stress on our already understaffed crew. Work-life balance is difficult at times. There can be too many large projects going on simultaneously.

    Also, I loved Treat.com... but I could understand they would get rid of the service if they were integrating it into one of their other brands or it just wasn't profiting.

    Advice to Management

    Shutterfly.com (and their subsidiaries, TinyPrints, Wedding Paper Divas, BorrowLenses, ThisLife, MyPublisher, and you can't forget about their newest acquisition, GrooveBook - the first company that was purchased from Shark Tank and Mr. Wonderful), are doing well.

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