Ampush

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Ampush Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast growing startup, perfect place for entrepreneurs

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

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

    Pros

    Super transparent management, great learning culture and the people are best part of the experience. Real values and solid perks (e.g., fully paid healthcare). Very happy customers means lots of growth!

    Cons

    Things move fast, definitely work hard/play hard culture; things change rapidly so you will never be comfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide even more transparency, get more organized around career development and keep focusing on people first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    In summary, Ampush provided me with solid internship experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Ampush as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Smartest and most collaborative group that I've ever been a part of
    - Exposure to a start-up's deep rooted operations (read: transparent)
    - Company is a dominant player in the mobile-first social media advertising scene
    - Ampush invests tons of capital in both their employees and clients
    - Everyone has a ridiculous work ethic
    - Catered food and game room

    Cons

    - Young executive team
    - Seemingly ridiculous work hours (unforgiving at times)
    - There doesn't seem to be a plethora of inter-departmental cooperation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, understand that not everyone is willing to work 12-hour days, and continue hiring the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great changes are coming!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture. Amazing perks! Great co-workers!
    We're in a popular and trending space with a lot of upsides and opportunities.
    Executive team are coming together - hiring more experienced people with industry knowledge and successes!
    If you are a good performer, this is the place for you. If you're a poor performer, do not apply. You won't last.

    Cons

    Long hours and little time for family or anything else.
    There are a few bad apples in the engineering team but management and HR are weeding the less productive workers out nicely. We are in a better place because they are on top of this. These people were a drainer to our team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to take care of us top performers. Learn from the hiring mistakes and only hire good people from now on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Ampush full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is super smart, nice and collaborative. No egos and culture is fantastic. Management goes out of their way to make us happy and it shows. Culture activities and perks are much better than most companies and startups.

    Cons

    Work load is super heavy. Always short staff and not enough resources. But if you ask for help, people will help which makes the stress tolerable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the Engineer Head and hold the engineering group accountable. Stop giving them kudos for things they have not delivered!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Psychotic HR leadership, great co-workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart and hard-working people, they are passionate about our business
    Founders are open to new ideas
    Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    HR is rude and difficult to work with
    Long hours, limited growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in someone who is more caring to change our culture

    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    HR has no clues...need more focus on development and people

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

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

    Pros

    Talented co-workers, the peer support at Ampush is amazing
    Collaboration, leadership genuinely cares about new ideas and team work. Great job on this
    Growing business - fun to work at a place that is doing well

    Cons

    Agree with another recent post, disappointing HR focus and leadership. Ampush has not done a good job motivating their talent to do their best work. Need more on-going recognition (small or big) as people are working their butts off.
    Poor performance review process. Should focus on strength-based approach vs just purely metrics driven. HR leadership not approachable but political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on mentor-ship and on-going encouragement.

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

    A great SF | NY Ad Tech startup

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Ampush as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Worked with several startups and through my friends know about many other startups.
    Ampush is an AMAZING company in more than one way!
    Founders and senior management – the 3 founders are business savvy and visionaries.
    Their level of collaboration and trust in each other enables the company to move forward quickly.
    They strongly believe in the company’s culture and they invest in the growth of the employees.
    Employees – that is the best part about Ampush! Lots of super smart employees with a can do attitude.
    An awesome collaborative culture, and many career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The hours are long – as in any other successful startup, but the company does take good care of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire top notch employees,
    it is a challenge when a company is scaling rapidly,
    although being a magnet company - Ampush should be able to do it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great people, good concept, poor executive execution

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

    I have been working at Ampush (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some really great co-workers, an interesting and growing industry, and some nice start-up perks (free lunch, beer, etc.)

    Cons

    Founders, who essentially make up the executive team, are way out of their depth. From their appointed leader, the CEO, on down, a lack of ability to effectively, plan, commit and communicate, fueled by an overall lack of experience and unwillingness to bring in more effective experienced leadership and coupled with a lack of outside funding, has consistently crippled the company's ability to take advantage of the opportunity out there.
    Poor recruiting and turnover of technology and sales executives (on second rounds of CTO and CRO already after horribly long recruitment cycles) have led to disjointed sales strategy and management (constant 'pivoting' of what the company is and is selling) and a complete lack of technology to support media teams.
    This forces the workload onto a skilled but under-compensated youthful media management team and group of devoted early employees, leading to overall employee dissatisfaction and turnover.

    It also doesn't help that either in reality or just through perception, the Founder appear to be motivated more by personal gains and notoriety than rewarding the employees who help them build the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find an investment partner yesterday, properly capitalize the company, and leverage this partner to bring in more effective leadership to ensure the company has a residual value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome perks, benefits and culture. Great space and location. Amazing people who are humble, helpful and down to earth. Leadership team is solid. Very knowledgeable of industry and space.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Too much work. Engineering tool can be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to scale and make the hard decisions. Continue to keep in mind that your employees are the most important part of the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work hard, play hard (with smart people)

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

    I have been working at Ampush full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    --You are given ownership and exposure from your first week.
    --You are surrounded by extremely smart, driven, entrepreneurial, and fun people.
    --Internal decisions are made very transparent.
    --Despite the rapid growth, you still have the ability to wear more than one hat and get involved in side projects.
    --Everyone's ideas are taken seriously, no matter your role in the company (entrepreneurship is encouraged).

    Cons

    We are still in the midst of becoming a true technology company. Ampush hires extremely smart people and is growing very aggressively, but often, the technology cannot keep up, inhibiting our ability to perform to our full potential. While this often leads to much frustration, it also allows for out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving, ensuring that potentially redundant aspects of the job remain fresh and exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company continues to grow, make sure you remain true to the start-upy culture. The founders already do a good job of this, but make sure you continue to acknowledge that the company is only as good as its employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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