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2.9 11 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Adbrite CEO Hardeep Bindra

Hardeep Bindra

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    learned a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, exposure to internet ad data mining.

    ConsThey are out of business now!

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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    Sr. Account Executive

    Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFree lunch every day and nice coworkers.

    ConsCompany has no direction and Executive team is incompetent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay people what they are worth and have a clear vision for the company.

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

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    Great experience with poor outcome

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsWe had a great group of talent and expertise. Free catered lunches and prime location in SF. Most people worked their butts off.

    ConsSub-par culture and pay. Most people kept to themselves until something went wrong.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should have accepted an acquisition/merger when you had the chance. Shouldn't have let your egos get in the way of the company direction. We would still be in business had this not been an issue.

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

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    We built a lot that was almost the right thing.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsVery little is sacred--as an engineer you'll be trusted to design and build whatever you need to solve some tough scaling problems. Management more willing than most to invest in robust replacements for legacy systems. Good opportunities to pick up newer technologies and move away from bad ones, and mobility even between departments. Enjoyable culture of going out for drinks with a big alumni network. Good pay and perks--central downtown office, insurance options, commuting, lunch, gym.

    ConsOngoing unrealistic expectations being set about how much impact each project will have. Too much unwritten tribal knowledge lost with turnover, and not enough communication between departments about problems and opportunities. Code doesn't often get the refactoring it needs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo we have the right people now to predict where the market is going to be, and draw up an economic moat around it?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun company without a whole lot of direction, missed out on an opportunity to knock it out of the park

    Account Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsVery Casual Work Environment
    Huge Kitchen, Catered Lunches
    Gym Membership
    Somewhat cutting edge industry
    Cool people

    ConsManagement in disarray, slightly aloof
    Lack of communication between departments
    Poor employee retention, limited HR functionality

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job at identifying your top performers and instilling a culture of pride

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    Revolving Doors

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat location - right on Market St.

    ConsVery high turn over (> 20% a year).

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more experienced professional leaders for management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting business with poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAn excellent business model. Good compensation with great benefits. Nice location. Convenient to commute via Bart. Engineering team worked hard and stuck together.

    ConsThe management was incompetent. Put high expectation to engineering team, but provided few clear guidance and showed no respects. Talents have been leaving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management team should have a clear and definite product road map. Provide more opportunities to young talents and help them develop their career in Adbrite.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't work at AdBrite

    Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsDowntown SF, (at the time) a possibility for a buyout, (at the time) free catered lunches, engineering team stuck together.

    AdBrite was a rising star - founded by a web celebrity in downtown SF with decent benefits, not the least of which was the free lunches they used to provide. AdBrite eventually moved locations to Market Street next to The Sports Club LA for which they provided a slightly discounted membership. And there was talent - so much talent. The talent that passed through the doors at AdBrite was unmatched. If only they could have retained that talent, they might have had a shot. But ...

    ConsHorrible management, disrespect from upper management towards employees, incompetent CEO, high turnover, technical leaders do not understand technology. The technology stack is a joke. Basically, instead of using proven open source solutions, AdBrite uses custom-rolled solutions for many of the layers in their stack which are far inferior to their open source equivalents. For the longest time, their search engine was running on something the CTO wrote.

    Iggy Fanlo (CEO) once sent out an email telling employees they needed to work 60 hour weeks. The problem is that there just wasn't enough work to do, nor was there motivation or any kind of guidance. The founders of the company frequently sent out disparaging emails telling employees that there were too many bugs in the site without setting clear goals as to how to solve the problem.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone - AdBrite is a sinking ship. Anybody with any talent has long since bailed. And now with the layoffs? Forget it. No one wants to work there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    AdBrite has potential if the right road map can be followed.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe company is doing some really cool technology, and able to deal this with a large set of users.

    ConsThe tight & cramped physical work space make it hard to work, which in turns makes it feel like chaotic around the office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSomething needs to be done about the direction of the company for it to make it.

     

    f**kedcompany.com lives up to its name

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat analytics, laid back culture. Great location on Market Street in SF. As of 2011, was the largest independent advertising exchange -- i.e., not owned by Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. -- with a long tail that included 40K publisher sites and 100K pages. But that was then.

    ConsIn December 2011, the board walked away from an acquisition in favor of a restart. Subsequently, the entire management team and most other key employees left. AdBrite is now on its 3rd CEO since December.

    The restart has not gone well. It's very unclear what the direction of the company is going forward, or whether there will be a long-term future. It appears to be in free fall.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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