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Pubmatic Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
64 Reviews
2.5
64 Reviews
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Rajeev Goel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I honestly can't think of many positives other than the sprinkling of good people that can be found and usually stick together (in 6 reviews)

  • It was a good place to initially learn stuff and meet people, Excellent timings and flexible work environment (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Not much of a work/life balance unless you have small accounts (in 5 reviews)

  • It is pretty much a revolving door - where engineering and product leaders are hired and fired (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of talent development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pubmatic

    Pros

    Some smart people, trying hard to be cool, programmatic in general is the wave of the future so it's a good space to learn.

    Cons

    What others here have said about the high churn and the layers of mid level managers is true. Short sighted ethos pervades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Too many cooks in the kitchen

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    Get some programmatic exposure though you'll really have to struggle and fend for yourself which is somewhat comforting because everyone is in the same boat. I would say about 70% of the employees are just faking it until they make it. Just try and ask them a question and watch them stutter and reply we'll look into that for you.

    Cons

    You'll notice most have been around for less than a year which speaks to the high turnover rate. While most of these layoffs weren't of choice for me the frequency is worrying because it indicates a company that lacks direction. They tend to feed you a lot of BS about how PubMatic is so far above competitors like Appnexus, Rubicon and AdX. If you do research on your own YES programmatic is growing BUT there's not a lot of money in SSP. PubMatic is no longer just a premium publisher partner they have more lower tier accounts in reality and a handful of actual premium publishers. It's an everyday struggle with publishers who are working with AdX/Rubicon and are seeing much better results with those partner than with PubMatic. This sounds harsh but just do everyone a favor and either sell the company or go out of business already.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't need any advice because they are so caught up with meetings and fighting the fight to stay in business that any advice would just be disregarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great product and clients...horrible management and processes

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun industry, great technology and great clients

    Cons

    Horrible management team, disorganized and inefficient business practices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of focus on infrastructure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pubmatic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance
    Every opportunity is a learning opportunity
    Proximity to senior managers
    Generally good natured team

    Cons

    The wheel is constantly being reinvented because management gives no focus to establishing, implementing and executing rudimentary processes/procedures

    All decisions seem to be geared to building a superficially attractive company without depth

    Movement is strangled by upper managements need to be involved in every single aspect of a process, lack of trust in the team

    Management does not know how to effectively share and inspire with the vision

    Voluntary exists is HIGH because there is no infrastructure to base growth upon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a company from the inside out. Invest not only in what makes or saves you money but in a successful future. Run a cost-benefit analysis that capitalizes on intangible values and benefits.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Where is this company headed

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    Former Employee - Client Services in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Client Services in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    CEO who works hard and has grown the company sets a strong example for others. Opportunity to work on challenging problems in adtech and some large publishers.

    Cons

    Changes in last year by new leadership have negatively impacted morale and employee turnover. Bringing in new president has not helped the company build strong brand and identity in the industry. Company is losing some good clients. No product and technical innovation in the past year and competitors like Rubicon are coming back strong. Engineering organization is bloated and technical architecture is weak compared to competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the positive energy that existed early last year. Hire smart leaders and managers, not cronies. Become visible in the market. I worked here for over 3 years but for me the fun and excitement was lost in the last 12 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technology Pioneer & Innovator Misses Huge Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Company invented key technology
    - Huge market opportunity and really only a few competitors (Rubicon, AppNexus, Google/Admeld)
    - Probably will have an exit
    - Were some very talented people there (but they usually left)

    Cons

    - Turnover is literally 75% every 6 months in the CA office
    - Huge rift between Product & Engineering (in India) and rest of the company
    - Leadership could care less about an employee's career path
    - Underpaid "workers" overpaid "managers"
    - No capable middle management
    - Missed their chance to sell to Google (before they bought Admeld)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. If you pay peanuts, you'll get monkeys
    2. Take care of your employees. The turnover there is HUGE! That should be a big warning sign. Without the people the company is nothing more than a logo and a building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not good place anymore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    Excellent product and technology stack

    Cons

    New managers coming will keep asking you about JIRA ticket status every time. Doesn't matter whether it adds any value to product.
    You now focus more on updating tickets than doing actual work
    No more a startup kind of place. You will feel leaving office early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the startup culture remain.
    Hire technical managers who are willing to have product knowledge.
    Actual productive and good employees may get pissed off because of non technical managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pubmatic

    Pros

    good life balance,salary,perk more good here

    Cons

    management crazy guys,no hike is tere

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for starters : Not much for leaders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pubmatic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Exciting industry and PubMatic is at the right place at the right time.
    - Work environment is pretty cool, loud music playing on the floor most afternoons! Might get distracting for few but then for those people we have meeting rooms!
    - HR and support teams are quite supportive to anyone reaching out proactively for help. Many fun activities organized by HR team
    - Flexible work hours/No leave policy
    - Great pay - I doubt if there's any other company in this industry paying better than PubMatic

    Cons

    - Too many frequent leadership departures (many of them involuntary) causing too much flux.
    - There are "a few" smarties around and some really poor performers hanging in there for years. At times you will realize that it's a "Owner driven company" with all key decisions taken by one of the founders with other leadership having little or no say in the decision making.
    - Few "chosen ones" are treated special and are always backed even for their mistakes. In short, if you're one of the "chosen ones", expect great support and career path otherwise getting acceptance in the leadership is tough irrespective of your caliber.
    - Treat it as a career-in-between. Need for some much changes in the higher management based on real leadership qualities.
    - Dysfunctional groups at large. Product vs Engineering, Architects vs Developers, Old timers vs newbies and so on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The whole engineering organization belongs to the CTO, not just the CTO group.
    - Lot of favoritism for a few chosen superheroes vs everyone else. Fundamentally, co-founders need to change their mindset from "My company" to "Our company", provide more decision making freedom to senior leaders hired from the industry.
    - Do not forget the leaders who've brought the company to a stage where we're now able to attract industry veterans and make ourselves known in this space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't recognize talent. Only favorites

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment . Lots of learning

    Cons

    Expect everyone to work on weekends.
    Release date finalized first and then comes to engineering with lot of pressure to complete on time.
    Appraisal depends on you personal skill "yes sir" not on the basis of rating and skills. Don't recognize efforts
    Lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire technical managers and director who knows skills and can understand product and technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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