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Pinterest Reviews

Updated 14 Aug 2019

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4.2
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Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann
Ben Silbermann
186 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance is very respected--my team management pushes us to take at least four weeks a year off(in 30 reviews)

  • "Nice office, great location, free food(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "It's grown quickly in the past few years, and growing pains are inevitable(in 16 reviews)

  • "The company is growing now and isn't as small as it was during my internship(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Poor Middle Management"

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    Former Employee - User Operations 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, lots of smart people to learn from

    Cons

    Growing pains... like any other start-up

    Pinterest2019-08-14

    Pinterest Response

    August 20, 2019People Team

    Thank you for your feedback! We pride ourselves on our amazing people and culture, I'm encouraged that you are experiencing them. We've grown a lot but hopefully any growing pains that you experience with smooth out with time and attention. I've noted your feedback on middle management, ...

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Pinterest is team-by-team"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Some great teams with awesome culture * Fun workplace events * Great work-life balance, if you want it

    Cons

    * Some teams are clique-y * Some teams are under a lot more pressure than others * lotta lotta politics to deal with

    Pinterest2019-08-05

    Pinterest Response

    August 20, 2019People Team

    I’m sorry to hear about your negative experiences, although glad to hear that you appreciate Pinterest’s culture and work/life balance. Pinterest has had a busy and exciting year, but we need to make sure that the core of what makes Pinterest great — helpful and kind people, open ...

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  3. "Overall a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - EPM Technology Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pinterest full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company culture is pretty relaxed. Work hours are very reasonable. Almost nobody has to work at night. Great benefits. Lots of fun activities outside of work.

    Cons

    Some teams are not as mature as other teams when it comes to process and technology. Some managers do not have clear vision and strategy of where they want to take their teams.

    Advice to Management

    My management team is good but I feel some management teams need to provide clearer vision and strategy for their team and stop changing priority so frequently.

    Pinterest2019-07-04

    Pinterest Response

    August 20, 2019People Team

    I'm glad you're getting the work/life balance that we pride ourselves on and enjoying our benefits! Thank you for your feedback about management, we have placed a renewed emphasis on leadership development in recent months and will see this work threaded throughout the company. Jo, ...

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  4. "Amazing work community"

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    Current Employee - Product Quality Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone at Pinterest is willing to help you solve problems, even if they aren't directly aligned with their own. True care for Pinners and providing the best experience possible.

    Cons

    Need better promotion track and recognition.

    Pinterest2019-07-16

    Pinterest Response

    August 20, 2019People Team

    The Pinterest community is a special one and I hope all employees find it as rewarding as you do. I also really value how helpful our colleagues are, it’s one of my favorite things about Pinterest. We have taken your feedback on promotion track and recognition programs into consideration, ...

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  5. "Really welcoming environment"

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    I have been working at Pinterest

    Pros

    People are really nice, lots of great perks, love the product

    Cons

    Not any big ones- small office so you don’t get access to some social aspects of being at a big company, and you have to find street parking- otherwise it’s great

    Pinterest2019-06-16

    Pinterest Response

    August 20, 2019People Team

    Great coworkers are such an important part of a positive work experience, I'm happy to hear that you're surrounded by great ones. Parking can definitely be hard in SOMA but don't forget to enter in to the quarterly parking lottery or utilize some of our other alternative transportation ...

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  6. "partner manager"

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    Current Employee - Partner Manager in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good vibe and company culture

    Cons

    not great work-life balance in general

    Pinterest2019-06-29
  7. "The best place I've ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing company full of creative, humble people

    Cons

    Too many snacks on offer!

    Pinterest2019-06-12
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Inspired Everyday"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pinterest is one of the best jobs I've had! The company has an amazing work-life balance, and is very flexible for people with families. It's not uncommon to see people leaving at 4pm to go pick up their kids, working from home on Wednesdays, etc. For career mobility, it seems like managers are generally supportive of people exploring different paths. I've noticed that managers are much more receptive to internal... candidates than I've seen at other companies, so it's a great place to go if you want to try something new (though you still need to go through interviews and be solid performer). On culture, people joke about Pinterest being "too nice", but I find it refreshing to work with people who genuinely care about me as a person, and will go out of their way to help. I love coming to work everyday because of the people on my team! The workplace, pincuisine, and security teams are also wonderful and seem really happy, which I think speaks to how well Pinterest treats employees across the company.

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    Cons

    Some orgs are better than others in terms of management, work-life balance and career mobility, so it really depends on your manager/leader of the org (which I guess happens as we get bigger). We can also be slow to let go of underperformers. Compensation and benefits are competitive, but not astounding. However, worklife balance and not commuting to South Bay make up for that easily.

    Advice to Management

    Be quicker with taking action on poor managers, and have more meetings between HRBP's and IC's to get candid feedback that you can't get through pulse.

    Pinterest2019-05-31

    Pinterest Response

    August 20, 2019People Team

    I’m so glad you feel inspired to work at Pinterest, even after a couple of years at the company! We think carefully and take employee feedback into highest consideration when creating our benefits, so it’s great to hear that you’re getting use out of and enjoying them. We’ll keep ...

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  9. "Great Company, Still Experiencing Growing Pains"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Ogden, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pinterest does a few things exceptionally. They develop their people incredibly well, I feel as though I've learned more in 18 months than in my entire previous career. The truly care about their employees, they emphasize work-life balance and allow for people to have lives outside work. They also truly care about their users, making a product that is focused actually improving peoples lives.

    Cons

    There are definitely growing pains with a company that's experienced rapid growth. Sometimes feels like upper-level executives don't understand that Pinterest generates revenue by selling ads. Also noticed some people moving up in the company because of their relationships with people rather than there ability or potential to do their job well.

    Advice to Management

    Understand how the whole business operates and figure out how to balance users and advertisers to continue to grow revenue. Focus on peoples actual performance in their job to get promotions.

    Pinterest2019-06-16

    Pinterest Response

    August 20, 2019People Team

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m happy to hear that you’re learning and developing in your career, and that you feel inspired by how much Pinployees believe in the mission. We’ve taken your words into consideration and will watch for the concerns that you voiced. Stay working hard ...

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  10. Helpful (16)

    "Good Company Mission, but Too Bad it's not Embraced Internally"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - If you get stuck with a toxic team, the bright side is that a good portion of the company has really some of the kindest, smartest people I've ever encountered. - I love that the company has Knitcon, which is truly worth looking forward to every year! - Food, health benefits, etc. are pretty good! - I continue to be inspired by Ben and the company mission.

    Cons

    - Ineffective HR department - do not overcomplicate your life by trying to resolve issues internally. If you're facing harassment, move on to another company. If you're facing discrimination, you too should move on. Retaliation? It's rampant and fairly widely accepted so again, move on. It doesn't matter if you have written proof and 23984 witnesses. It doesn't matter if the perpetrator is a bad leader and... incompetent at his/ her job. Pinterest. Doesn't. Care. - Absolutely zero transparency as to how compensation is determined at hiring & merit. The definitions & criteria seem to change based on the candidate & recruiting cycle. - So much "unconscious bias" (what Pinterest calls it) within the company that every time I hear a mid-level manager challenge a female's technical ability or say some bizarre gender-stereotyping or racial comment, I think that Pinterest as a company should really start calling it "conscious bias" because Pinterest continues to turn a blind eye despite multiple complaints. Like I said above, you're better off quitting. - Pinterest is still relatively new and so unfortunately, you might get stuck with a "manager" who essentially hit the jackpot by being an early employee at the company and rose through the (small) ranks because of that fact alone. As a result, you have a lot of leaders who are just unfortunately some of the worst managers by standard definitions and... you unfortunately can't do anything about it because no one reads quarterly surveys on managers (Pulse surveys). - Zero accountability by leaders to make sure that they're creating a culture internally that is reflective of the company mission.

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    Advice to Management

    - Create an (effective) system to hold managers and leadership accountable for spreading toxic culture. Multiple time offenders? After a certain point, you should really begin to recognize who and what is the problem with each other.

    Pinterest2019-05-26

    Pinterest Response

    June 3, 2019People Team

    I am very concerned to hear about your experience and want to help. I want to be very clear- we do not tolerate retaliation, and are committed to creating a workplace free of discrimination, harassment or other mistreatment. I want all our employees to feel comfortable raising concerns ...

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