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Updated Jun 20, 2014
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    Great work culture, good people!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsSmart motivated people. company pride, and opportunity are key drivers for joining Adap.tv. Compensation is fair and they offer quarterly bonuses to all employees, great benefits (free catered daily lunches, snacks, and refreshments), generous medical/dental/vision benefits and perks, and very positive culture.

    ConsLots of change, recent acquisition by AOL has changed and slowed many processes, however the company has tried to maintain their own culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall strong leaders with great aspirations. Management could improve with better planning vs. re-active development. Engineering leadership has room for improvement. Technology used is outdated and they need to use more recent leading edge tools.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great environment but frustrating promotion process

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsGood company culture, good benefits

    ConsExecutive team doesn't really show the loyalty they say they will, career growth which is touted during the interview process isn't necessarily realistic, especially after the acquisition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote employees before they get tired of doing their new job without any recognition and start looking elsewhere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It USED to be an Awesome, cutting edge company - true dreams of brilliant founders.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsFree snacks, great people, first in the industry to create an amazing technology... Benefits are standard large company benefits that are great. Free lunch (I believe the only remaining division in AOL to still get this perk), and beverages. Flexible hours and schedules.

    ConsThe amazing industry revolutionizing technology created by the founders is now lost in the crappy world of AOL. AOL is satisfied with "B and C" level talent and management. Layers upon layer of decision making, not up to par with the Valley - and they don't care. The folks at AOL HQ actually think they are a cutting edge company. The culture and overall morale in this place would be great if the new owners (aka AOL) actually knew what an efficient company was and how one operated. The salaries and compensation in places like Virginia and other far flung places in the US, should not be made a benchmark for deciding what salaries should be in the holy grail of technology - Silicon Valley. There is no comparison. AOL HQ does not care that companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and the hundreds of other start-ups pay premium, and even more to attract the very, very best. AOL, for one does not care, and two have no idea what life is like outside Virginia. They are satisfied with not getting the cream of the crop "A" talent, nor do they care that their management style and methods are ancient and very concerning for a company that is struggling to turn a profit. Everyone has a Sr. Software Engineer title with no management growth, no team under them, or any decent bonus structure. Just make it here past 12-14 months and they will give you this title so you will not quit, all the while to see an outsider get hired to become a manager of the team over the people that have been here 2,3,4 years plus. The current management does not see this as an absolute morale buster.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAmir is no longer the CEO, so I put "no opinion" in the approval below. There is a newly promoted CEO. No advice but more of a suggestion - other companies are aggressively recruiting the employees. Any review before August/September 2013 time frame should not be used as a sample to the reviews after that date. You can not compare between the old company and the acquired one.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away if you can! There are way better companies to work for out there.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsThere are no pros, as far as I am concerned. Everything that needs to be said is listed in cons below.

    ConsThe acquisition changed everything and not for good. Mr. Ashkenazi is not even the CEO anymore. It's amazing how it took less than 9 months for the company to drag itself to the absolute bottom from what it used to be (as mentioned by previous reviews). Here are the main points:

    Horrible compensation, no where close to the industry. No road map for future, no challenges to tackle, nothing exciting to look forward to. There is no co-ordination between the product development and engineering leadership. No room for growth (you get to become a senior engineer, but that's about it). In fact as a reward to your hard-work, you are more than likely to get a manager one fine day in whose hiring you had no say whatsoever. Nepotism is rife in hiring/promotion to management positions. All in all its depressing and a celebration of mediocrity.

    To top all this, you get to deal with the worst legal services ever. If you are an employee needing sponsorship, good luck getting your immigration work done in time. And the catered food listed as a perk is not a perk at all. For most parts the food served is worse than food in prisons partly due to the reluctance to spend enough money to get good food.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop giving hollow promises. Address issues related to immigration and company perks. Put some effort in improving the culture and retaining the existing employees. Go visit some good start-ups if you don't know how to. Think about rewarding/promoting people who have actually worked hard for the company. Come up with a concrete road map of the future that takes the product in an interesting direction. Coming up with fancy new terms and mundane work is not going to help.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Focused on delivering quality products

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsEveryone makes a difference.
    Quality is valued.
    People are valued and respected.
    Disagreement is valued.
    Mistakes are okay if not repeated.
    Hard questions cheerfully accepted at meetings.

    ConsLack of internal documentation.
    Lack of clean product modularization.
    (Acknowledged) paucity of automated tests.
    Sub-optimal coordination between teams on different continents

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you pivot (even slightly), clearly announce it and have everyone check their projects for alignment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    worked for them for 2 years

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    Prosgreat product and great people to work with

    Consupper management not aligned and need better communication of groups

    Advice to Senior Managementmeet and get on same page

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was a great company, will be questionable after acquisition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    Pros-some of the smartest people I've encountered work here
    -Leadership truly practiced an open door policy and were very engaging
    -Great product, leader in the industry
    -Fast Fast paced, no red tape. Fail Forward Fast mentality

    Cons-CEO doesn't want such a "big" company, seemed distant
    -announced acquisition; morale down in general. Go from exciting to a dinosaur trying to reinvent themselves.
    -future is uncertain will most likely lose the great culture cultivated

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing Company Gearing Up for Big Things

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsThere are so many good things to say about Adap.tv its hard to know where to start. While the benefits, free catered lunches, and free snacks are great, the best thing about Adap.tv is the challenge. Every day you walk int othe office you are expected and encouranged to crush it. It forces you to be on top of your game. This is a good thing. If you can't learn at work then you should move on. Adap.tv not only encourages you to do your best but gives you the tools and mentoring to get there.

    ConsI really can't think of too many bad things to say. Sure, the company is growing quick and some of the newest hires are not on top of their game but this is a culture that does not tolerate nonsense and slackers for too long and it will all be sorted out for the better soon enuough.

    My only suggestion to people looking to join the team is be prepared to give it your all. If you enjoy an easy time and slacking off this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Double down on the engineering team. Do whatever is needed to get the right talent in.
    2. Encourage and promote more team building activities. (Happy Hours are a good start)
    3. Intensify the training of the new recruits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work, full of challenges, exciting growth opportunities and good working environment.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsA couple of years old but still functioning exactly like a startup. Business is booming, company is scaling up to keep pace with industry growth in an interesting space and definitely a market leader in its segment / category.

    Lots of responsibilities from day one, plenty of freedom and autonomy and lots of exposure to a variety of different projects and technologies. All engineers are encouraged to work with the product and testing teams during the development lifecycle to constantly improve product offerings, giving a deep sense of ownership. Always forward looking, forward thinking outlook with rapid turnaround times and 'fail early, fail often, fail fast'
    continuous development approach.

    Very open culture with amazingly smart people all around always willing to lend a hand or provide guidance, friendly and helpful atmosphere. The management and leadership has a very strong background and experience so one can constantly learn from them. Adap.tv treats all employees just like family, many fun interactions and events with the entire team, for example we usually try and do barbecues for the entire office as often as possible.

    Free catered lunch everyday, better-than-usual benefits, flexible timings and no constraints on working from home or anywhere outside the office either, are just some of the many other perks!

    ConsLarger-than-average and sometimes fragmented technology stack, somewhat complicated business logic and core products can take some time to learn and get used to. Fast pace of development means the workload also ramps up very quickly. But at the same time, great feeling of achievement and sense of accomplishment when you're done!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hidden gem- great technology company that's not well known yet

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsAdap.tv is great place to work. U work with smart folks, solve real industry problems. Everyone is willing to share their knowledge and open to learning from others. U can work closely with the product team to shape the product and not blindly build something. There are no rigid rules, u r free to step into office whenever u want, work wherever u want. The other company benefits like free lunches, vacation are also great.

    Business wise, adap.tv products are the first and the best in their category. Business is booming and company is doing great financially.

    I am proud to be a member of adap.tv family.

    Cons1.Sometimes there is a feeling that we are moving too fast.
    2. Adap.tv is not well known yet in the technical circles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdaptv is not well known yet in the technical circles. Invest some resources in spreading the word. Continue to give freedom to your teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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