StumbleUpon Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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StumbleUpon was a discovery and advertisement engine (a form of web search engine) that pushed web content recommendations to its users. Its features allowed users to discover and rate Web pages, photos and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using peer-sourcing, social-networking and advertising (sponsored pages) principles. The service shut down in June 2018.

Nunaya mentioned, "Simply put, Stumbleupon has no sense of context. My selected interest of "comedy" was so broad I was getting everything from lame puns to dead baby jokes. What finally made me delete it was when I stumbled something called 'dark humor' that was mostly people making violent rape jokes and using the N word more times in a few pages than I'd seen in my whole life put together. A few minutes after that my interest in "video games" directed me to an article by a frothing-at-the-mouth neckbeard literally entitled "$#*! Diversity". Unless this is the sort of content you're interested in I'd give Stumbleupon a miss."


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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer says

"I worked at StumbleUpon full-time for more than a year Cons: Most of the most experienced and smartest people have departed or were forced out, most of the remaining engineers have little experience, management has no vision, engineering has become increasingly buzzword-driven, with no compelling reasons for many decisions, constructive criticism is often taken as a personal attack by certain people in management."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for more than 3 years Cons: The management is incredibly disorganized They don't have a clear vision and it'll change weekly. Every member of the exec team has trouble making decisions so things will go "undecided" for weeks. There is a lot of politics at StumbleUpon too. I've known not so talented people get promoted because they were well liked by one member of the exec team and disliked by everyone else. Read the reviews not just here but rent press on techcrunch, etc... The company laid off 50% of its workforce. It sucks to be o e of the remaining people still there."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time Cons: I am not even sure where to begin. The company has been an incredibly amazing learning opportunity in what *not to do* while running a company. It has been impossible for them to hire a CTO or a CEO for a good one year. They keep bringing middle management from yahoo and laid off most of the good engineers. You have amusing situations where you have more managers than developers for some projects. The amount of politics and jockeying over the ruins of what once could have been a great company is amazing. This is truly the next Digg (Failed, broken and probably going to be sold for pennies for the brand.) Honestly, I think this is a perfect example of lack of vision in the management and complete conversion of a company from an engineering focussed culture to some strange middle management leviathan. In my future career, I will keep an eye out for these managers and jump ship if they ever come close to any company that I will work for. They are not hiring now, but please, please stay away even if they start hiring again."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for more than 3 years Cons: The management is disorganized. They haven't had a CEO or CTO for over a year and have no technical specs to improve very serious problems with the site. Every release would have millions of bugs they didn't really care about fixing, it was just about getting products out the door. The main problem is that management doesn't have respect for their employees. They treat them like cattle who are expected to do whatever they say even if its not a good user experience and will be buggy. They don't listen to their employees ideas and you end up working on lifeless products."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for more than a year Cons: - Politics - you have to align yourself with the right people, watch your back and constantly self-promote - Management lacks credibility and transparency, and thus, are not trusted by employees - Management does not respect all functional groups - No feedback given for improvement"

Current Employee - Web Developer says

"I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for more than a year Cons: StumbleUpon is a startup when it comes to working hours and human resources. There is never enough developers. People have to work long working hours and do much more than what they usually do in a normal company. When it comes to growth and "startup opportunities", StumbleUpon is a regular company that was around for more than 10 years with a flat cashflow. They are around for more than 10 years with a very small growth. Of course they make money and grow but it's not usual hockey stick growth that you expect to see from a hot startup. My understanding is management at SU don't know how a company goes big."

Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator says

"I worked at StumbleUpon full-time for more than a year Cons: Lots of executive churn Lots of good engineer churn Very inconsistent talent Inability to attract and hire good talent, dumb people hiring dumb former coworkers Too top-down people and product management Total loss of focus and vision"

Current Employee - Software Engineer says

"I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for more than 3 years Cons: StumbleUpon culture is very political. People who do actually do something for company get no credit. They fire employees right before vesting. It's a management tactic at StumbleUpon now. Bright people are leaving the company after CEO actually left. Every week I read a goodbye email from mostly engineers who ben at StumbleUpon for years. I believe its all because they all see what Garret Camp saw when he decided to spend all his time on Uber and leave StumbleUpon on it's own. StumbleUpon is in a downhill to big failure. The new Pintrest-like design will kill advertising revenue. When you see people who kicked out from Yahoo! are joining StumbleUpon you know something bad is happening. Company has changed in past year dramatically. There are no more company outings anymore and company pays less for benefits like health insurance are now. If you want to join a startup company StumbleUpon is not a good startup to join. If you want to join a corporate company StumbleUpon is not a good corporate company to join"


"I have been working at StumbleUpon Cons: Management Company losing active users Good people left the company"

Current Employee - Senior Account Executive says

"I have been working at StumbleUpon full-time for more than 3 years Cons: The company is no longer investing in itself and is losing audience."

Sara says

"I was a paying customer/advertiser on StumbleUpon. It was a great tool to promote articles from my design website. Suddenly, they stopped approving my campaigns, claiming there were to many ads (there was a medium rectangle on the right and a leaderboard) and the content was duplicated from the web, which was not true. All the text content was original (not copied from anyone) and all images were authorised by the designers or artists for publication."

tcb981 says

"I recently joined and within 3 days I was banned. The reason? I shared a blog post from my blog It took them 2 weeks to even respond to my multiple emails. They were extremely rude, claiming that, "I used a personal account to promote a business...". My blog is not a business. They claimed this violated's ToS. When I refuted the claim they never responded. I tried multiple times to get my account unlocked. They wouldn't respond. Finally tweeted to them and had my account deleted. They treat their customer's like their a nuisance. Way to go. Complete waste of time."

Ulrich says

" and I have a love/hate relationship. It is great in that it acts as a way to surf the web in an area of interest to you. You pick what kind of sites you would like to see and click the stumble button and up comes a site that has something to do with what you typed in. Now here also lies the problem with stumbleupon. When you move on to the next site, you could end up looking at a website that you arent even able to justify how you got you in a seemingly completely different category. Also, you may land on a site that is relevent in category but is essentially just a spam site within it. Overall, I would recommend just heading over to one of your favorite search engines like Google, Yahoo, or even Bing to find stuff you like."

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