Good time to join Snap Inc (Snapchat) as PM?

Amazon Ellie:
May 17, 2018 52 Comments

Hi I am seeing quite some PM positions open in Snap Inc with interesting job description. I am currently a product manager in Amazon (2.75 yrs in Amazon) but not too happy here (stocks are the only motivation). Internal switches have become almost impossible with the hiring freeze in Amazon, so joining another team is out of option.

Should I be bothered with the layoffs and the bad reputation Snap got? Do you think the company will get into more pathetic state going ahead? I don’t want to escape one hell hole to land into another and fear firing at all times but don’t want to miss a good opportunity either. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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TOP 52 Comments
  • Yahoo Lord Vader
    Don't. Snap is a dying company
    May 17, 2018 6
    • Yahoo Lord Vader
      Except that I don't work for Yahoo for a few years already.. ;)
      May 17, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng BezzJefof
      Genuine question, how does blind verify Yahoo employees? Do the employees Emails use a different domain than the general public @yahoo Emails?
      May 17, 2018
    • Yahoo Lord Vader
      They verified when I worked there, but I have left since then but kept my account. They don't re-check if you're still in the same company.
      May 17, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng BezzJefof
      I mean if I have a yahoo email can I use it to register on blind as a yahoo employee even if I'm not. I'm asking in general, not about your case.
      May 17, 2018
    • Yahoo Lord Vader
      If you have a coorporate Yahoo email that is still active and you have access to (which would really be bad on Yahoo's side), yes. But not the public @yahoo.com
      May 17, 2018
  • Snapchat
    8jkl42

    Snapchat

    PRE
    Google
    8jkl42more
    I am very happy working here. DM if you have questions/would like to know more.
    May 17, 2018 7
    • Snapchat Fijiplz
      Morale is very low after repeated layoffs and stock slide.

      Clearly a design-first company. If you’re looking to innovate as an engineer, Snap is not for you.
      May 19, 2018
    • Snapchat 4n0n
      Don’t, I only see the stock plummeting and the company becoming obsolete not too far in the future. I hope I’m wrong tho.
      May 20, 2018
    • Snapchat help.
      Yeah I'm very unhappy at snap, never been this unhappy at work before. I've worked in both great and not so great places and this is for sure the worst.
      May 31, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Bojungore

      New Eng

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      Bojungoremore
      —- HR department
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Snapchat Whome??
      Snapchat is probably the worst place you could work at right now. It’s imploding and the worst people will be last ones to leave as they don’t get hired elsewhere and can best millions even at $5 per share so no reason to leave —I’ve seen the best ones leave (just see LinkedIn to verify)
      Jun 30, 2018
  • Snapchat / Eng Sunburst
    Very happy at Snap. There's lots of opportunities to own big chunks of the product or process because it's still pretty startup-ish. There's a real effort to turn the culture and performance feedback process around. It was listed as the number 1 goal for leadership this year. The long term strategy makes sense to me, the short term is a bit scarier though
    May 17, 2018 4
    • Snapchat Who?!
      Lies

      This dude is probably one of Evans(or worse imran who’s the joker running ads) flunkies in design with 20m in stock desperate to not let it drop below 10% of its initial value. That would still be 2x more than what there fuckers can get on their merit outside. So he’s lying and misleading you here.
      May 19, 2018
    • Snapchat / Eng Sunburst
      Erh... Nope. Fairly new. Not sure what misleading gains me. Nothing posted here will raise the stock so I'm actually gaining nothing
      May 19, 2018
    • Snapchat RsOsGj
      Agree w sunburst here. Pretty shocked at the idiots we employ who go around shitposting about the company tho. That’s probably our biggest liability.
      May 20, 2018
    • Snapchat deletefb
      Also agree with sunburst. Everyone I work with is pretty optimistic long term.
      May 22, 2018
  • Snapchat wHlr38
    I believe in Snap in the long term. There are problems, but the media can be pretty sensationalist. Products are actually cool. You have nothing to lose if you apply. Get a better sense of what it’s like to work here from the team.
    May 17, 2018 1
    • Snapchat / Eng MIVM25
      +1 I’m happy here. There are challenges and we are turning things around from a culture perspective
      May 17, 2018
  • Snapchat iamtrump
    Stay away from Snap at all cost. I regret my decision to join this shitty company.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Eng zGcY85
    Maybe I’m just too old and not the target market but I don’t get the hype around Snapchat. I’ve used it sparingly and the constant UI/UX changes annoy the fuck outta me. Let alone ads and stuff from sponsored partners or whatever. If I’m gonna send a pic to someone I’ll just text it.
    May 17, 2018 1
    • Amazon AjlB80
      I think the new generation wants to send pics to people they don't know
      May 17, 2018
  • Microsoft typo-
    Sorry for being off topic but what hiring freeze? I just applied for a dev position in Amazon, is that why I haven't heard back? Google and others were interested so I assumed Amazon would be as well.
    May 17, 2018 1
    • Amazon Ellie:
      OP
      It’s just the number of people Amazon is hiring has reduced. If the position is listed then they will interview too.
      May 18, 2018
  • Snapchat arrrrr
    I wouldn’t recommend joining.. there are so many other options out there. Unless you are passionate about the product to be willing to bear some pain, I would look elsewhere.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    Bojungore

    New Eng

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    Bojungoremore
    Why Amazonians came to Snap and take over. As you know many managers from AMZN, so the culture fucked and toxic now!!!! + fired so many engineers (fuked up in btw teams - very very bad - bigger than Chinese Wall) and the money compensated to C levels.

    A typically pump and dump comp.
    May 21, 2018 1
    • Snapchat Mavericks
      This unfortunately ^
      May 22, 2018
  • Snapchat Who?!
    Good snap won’t be around in a year
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Snapchat / Eng camera-co
    It's honestly a very unstable time for the company, I wouldn't recommend joining now. I used to really like it here, and I like my immediate coworkers who are all very talented, but am going to put in my notice very soon.
    May 21, 2018 0
  • Snapchat foobar1234
    Don't...there are better options out there with more stable and seasoned leadership. If u work on core product ..might be ok, but that is also controlled by design. Lot of politics also. The big reason people join are due to comp not the company. The layoffs were random and won't be surprised if they do another in one more year. Think about this..does a CFO get paid $20M in any other company? They have to pay that much since they can't get anyone else who believes in the company...so have to pay crazy $$. Join..if u want the big $, but be mentally ready for the company to go south or do another round of cost reduction.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Never a good time to join snap
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Snapchat / Other ts468fdj
    It's an exciting time to join and I'm really happy. I know by saying that people will try to argue even more but I'm honestly very happy here
    May 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MSBob2
    I’m late to this but don’t. PMs don’t do jack shit there product wise. Design rules. Everything comes from Evan. Pms are essentially project managers.
    May 20, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng RCMMT
    I would say no: Snap employees, are you happy working there (Tech Lounge)
    https://us.teamblind.com/s/4nGhHVzm
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Snapchat fckrFilipe
    never a good time to joik snap. most incompetent folks in the biz!
    Jul 20, 2018 0
  • Snapchat XVgW02
    I think there are a lot of positive things happening in the product org. Lots of changes, it’s a good time to join.
    Jun 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon Ellie:
    OP
    Thanks everyone for helping me out. I think I would probably stick to amazon for a year more and vest the lion share of stocks for year 3.
    May 18, 2018 0