adMarketplace Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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adMarketplace Chairman and CEO Jamie Hill
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Pros
  • The views are killer, most employees are cool, and newbies learn a lot about a complicated industry in a really short time (in 3 reviews)

  • Work with very smart people, opportunity to learn every aspect of the business (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management has worked hard to change the behaviors that drove retention down (in 8 reviews)

  • You may have to deal with high turnover around you (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Completely dysfunctional and not an enjoyable place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at adMarketplace full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Not much, except the people/team below the managers are talented and nice to work with when we aren't pitted against each other by upper management.

    Cons

    Mid-level management is not out to mentor or teach, they go through the motions just to try to hang on to people. Complete deception. Senior Management treats everyone poorly. As long as they keep making money, then who cares if people quit. That's their motto. I know if I was making people's lives miserable, I wouldn't sleep well at night. But at long as senior management has their nice lifestyle, they won't care about much else. Complete shame becuase life is much more than just money...

    Advice to Management

    You love these negative reviews because it's fuel for your out of control egos. It's pathetic...You know deep down your insecure...


  2. Helpful (5)

    RUN, don

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at adMarketplace

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

    Pros

    There are some smart driven co-workers here.

    Cons

    This is one of the most poorly managed companies I've ever worked for. Product vision is geared towards short-term gain, and everyone is actively interviewing looking for a way out.

    Advice to Management

    Put yourselves out to pasture and let people with vision and compassion take over.


  3. Helpful (9)

    This place makes me LOL

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at adMarketplace full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free lunch on Fridays. Casual dress code. The ability to get hammered in the middle of the day without anyone noticing. Great finance team who pretty much handles EVERYTHING at the company.

    Cons

    Management. Some would rather scroll through their Facebook feeds with their legs up on their desks than do an honest day's work. They sue people for no reason - especially if you're a former employee who disagrees with them. They come in at 11am, take naps in the middle of the day, yet expect employees to work 8:30a-6p with a 30 min. lunch (ha!). They also scream a lot and fire people in front of the entire office if you disagree with their management style. Distrust. No one trusts each other at this company. It's perpetuated by management, which is sad and childlike. They want to grow...but you can't grow unless you trust people to do the jobs you hire them to do. Turnover. At one point we kept a spreadsheet of all the members of the sales team who left the company. Over a 13 month period we recorded about 45 people had resigned/were fired. Still makes me LOL to this day. Back-handed compliments. Definitely a place for you if you like receiving written warnings + reductions to your bonus and then receiving back-handed compliments in front of the entire company along with a $100 bill during the next week's all hand's meeting. The Office. The office is like a frathouse that's never been cleaned. Debris falling from the ceiling. Mice (yes, mice). Bathrooms so filthy that people go downstairs to Starbucks/Le Pain to potty.

    Advice to Management

    Eh...I don't offer advice to people who think they know everything. It's a waste of time (as is working for adMarketplace).


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Seriously, this place is a joke

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at adMarketplace

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

    Pros

    The only reason to work here is you desperately need a job. They have free lunch on Friday and some great co-workers.

    Cons

    CEO doesn't understand the space, is more a liability as they look to grow which is why they haven't.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let your employees do their job. Stop changing the focus on a weekly basis. If you treat people terribly, they won't stay...hence the high turnover. Oh yeah, stop writing positive "anonymous" reviews on Glassdoor to make this place seem better then it is


  6. Helpful (10)

    "dude", just no

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    - great location and view. - seamless if you stay past whatever random time human resources/finance/whichever-department-controls-this sets. - beer keg, if there is any left and is not broken. - can learn a great deal about the industry if you have no industry experience. - can definitely get to a place in the company where you are not pestered and can comfortably collect your pay check every 2 weeks. - can definitely make a lot of money if you get to the right place, have the right background, and is popular with senior management. - work/life balance is decent for the most part. let's not talk about tech meltdowns. one of those causes you to stay past 10 PM. - some of the best people i've ever worked with. coworkers are likely to be reason why people stay. assuming your coworkers stay past a few months. - very comprehensive platform that offers several levers for optimizations. too bad it's not intuitive and has too many blind spots for the average advertiser to use properly.

    Cons

    - short-sighted tactics that emphasize short-term delivery over long-term performance. basic strategy frequently causes advertisers to over bid or to get burned. - unstable/ever-changing publisher base and deals that causes frequent campaign performance and delivery issues. - micro-management by majority of middle management, to the point where good managers are those who deflect mindless/pointless questions and work from reaching their team and bad managers are those who pester you with repetitive, mundane, griping-about-tiniest-detail questions. bad managers also place blame on their people instead of protecting their people. - no job security except for senior management, even if you do a phenomenal job but say/do 1 thing that senior management does not like. - inability by senior management to address any of the major issues facing the company (acknowledging is not the same thing as solving). - multiple standards across different departments, and even across members of the same department (seriously, you will hear 10 different numbers quoted for travel limits for different sales people). severe salary discrepancies between members of the same team with the same experience. - very cheap. will try to argue you out of pay you deserve or earned. will try to pay you bottom dollar by industry standards. or deny you promotions and salary increases for no reason. - little respect from senior management for people's intelligence. or time. or efforts. lack of trust by senior management. - lack of accountability for some departments, causing blame to unfairly fall onto other departments. - popularity with senior management causes you to succeed. - lack of career growth and opportunities beyond the role you are hired into. practice of hiring from the outside for more senior/management positions instead of valuing and promoting existing employees. - extremely high turn over rate. lack of experienced people causes overemphasis on process creation to the point of bureaucratic death. majority of middle management cannot help their people because they are not knowledgeable enough about the company's product and services. - over-promised to the point of lying by recruiting team. - terrible benefits (you cannot find a dentist in the city, and even lenscrafters won't accept the insurance). - prides itself on a "start up" culture that is non-existent. (14-year-old company, yo.) - not growing. don't count on the stock option to actually result in anything. - dirty bathrooms and kitchen. rats and cockroaches in kitchen and desk drawers. - no laptops. laptops provided to employees probably date back to the 1980s. - frequent desk moves. - extreme favoritism in the sales team, with several salespeople getting fired for silly reasons or getting discriminated against when distributing leads and accounts. - severe data discrepancies between internal systems and external (client and third party) platforms. - unclear standards for disclosing information to clients, causing many account managers and sales people to come up with half lies or to act dumb.

    Advice to Management

    you know what the main discussion people have outside of the office is? this job sucks, this company sucks, and how do i get out. don't just ignore it. work through it. can you imagine what new hires must think when 10 people just quit and you've only started 2 weeks ago?


  7. Helpful (5)

    The one company you never want to work for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Management in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately there are not many pros at adMarketplace, if I had to really dig deep it would be the non-management people. They are talented, smart and will back you up when the 2 people that run the company decide to go on a scream-fest.

    Cons

    This is one of the most disturbing places to work, they treat you like a dog and work you till you feel like you have nothing else in your life but this job. The CEO is on of the largest narcissistic human beings I have ever met, he shows up in the middle of the day and looks at the numbers, if he does not like what he sees the troops are called in to get a lashing. The President is so myopic in his thinking that nothing and I mean nothing gets approved in the entire company without his stamp. They churn through people at a 50% per year rate, the company is 120 people and they have 3 full-time recruiters due to this churn. With all this said, my suggestion to anyone is run the other way and never look back.

    Advice to Management

    This is a waste of time, the 2 men that run this company think they are gods gift to everything and will listen to no one. If they did ever listen I would tell them to cash out and let someone else run the company, it may turn out ok if they were gone!


  8. Helpful (6)

    Worse job ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn about market, really nice co-workers. Free lunch on Friday.

    Cons

    Survival of the fittest mentality, no guidance, no mentoring, no nothing! You are on your own. Management leads by fear and micro managing.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management, learn how to lead, learn how to treat people with respect rather then ruling by fear. Respect others in the way you would like to be respected. Build a team not a dictatorship.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Absolutely Horrible, traumatizing work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at adMarketplace full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The way they get you in.... The pay maybe or lies about a great career

    Cons

    Extremely abusive staff and upper management and sexual harassment by direct management. This place will drain the life out of you. They micro-manage every aspect of what you do and then yell at you when they do not like the results. They favor a few and treat the rest like crap. They are degrading and humiliating during meetings. It Honestly,do yourself the favor and stay away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Just shut down the company. Get help and learn to treat people (including your own families) better.


  10. Helpful (8)

    It does not get worse than this

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at adMarketplace full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pretty cool junior level people.

    Cons

    Literally everything. Poor pay, terrible environment, horrendous senior management, bad product with no direction. I guarantee every positive review on glass door was written by hr. The CEO is a horrible person who provides no value to the company and literally screams in every meeting. I could go on and on about how bad this place is, just do yourself a favor and stay away.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing that can be done to save this company. Stop treating people horribly its really disgusting.


  11. Helpful (12)

    Screamfest in the BullyVille

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    You might get lucky at times to work on interesting problems.

    Cons

    OMG! I don't even know where to start. If you work in technology, no matter who you directly report to, you will be 'managed' by incompetent bully-CTO with a full set of personality traits best described in the "Profile of the Sociopath". Look it up and you will know all you need to know about this your true future manager. Need more details? Leadership is a foreign concept for him. He is a clueless professionally, an illogical bully. All the planning he does aside from meaningless and never followed up on presentations are reactions to daily and weekly revenue numbers or other senior managers screaming at him. He screams, insults and dishes out verbal abuse. No wonder his department has a revolving door. His reputation is known so he can't hire easily so he is not as prone to rush firings as much as he is to bulling and verbal abuse. People leave on their own once they learn what they are up against. Any and all successes (not many and/or not for too long) are all credit to his personal brilliancy only. All the problems (way too many) are all squarely the fault of all the people working with him (that will be you). No matter how hard you work you will not make an inch of progress in his eyes. You will be bullied to work nights and weekends to compensate for the never ending string of his leadership and professional failures (in time, it will all becomes your fault anyway). This horrible bully created incredibly hostile, Kafkaesque office culture. This CTO can operate with impunity as the president and CEO of the company are even worse. This company only prospered because the recession and crisis created opportunities for the senior management to hire/fire, abuse and exploit for profit. I am sure there will be no longer term success if they continue treating people the way the do now.

    Advice to Management

    Your behavior is not normal for civilized society. Change it or go, hire real professionals.



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