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I love working at AppNexus

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

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

Pros

The office is huge, open and encourages collaboration.
The people are smart. I've learned more than I ever thought I could from the people I work with. They are also friendly! People are always socializing in the kitchen, cafe and outside of work.
The work is challenging and the days fly by.
Career Development is taken seriously. My role changed after 6 months of working here and I gained a ton of responsibility.
Knowledge and information sharing is a priority here. Our inboxes are flooded with stats about the company, new ideas people are trying, and communication from management.

Cons

It's hard to say. Growth leads to change and change can be hard at times. That being said, working for a growing company isn't a bad thing at all!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As the company grows it's important to maintain the awesome culture that we currently have.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unchallenging work for engineers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AppNexus

    Pros

    AppNexus has a lot of smart people. It has free snacks, sodas and a free lunch every Friday.

    Cons

    AppNexus is not a startup anymore. The organisation has become very hierarchical and political.
    Most of the tasks in engineering consist of maintenance.
    I have 4 years of experience and a master degree from a reputable university and during those last 18 months at AppNexus, I was working on fixing bugs and on maintenance tasks that any fresh grads could have easily done. Strangely enough, one fifth of my time was dedicated to interview fresh grad candidates.
    The career evolution for engineers is quite limited if not nonexistent.
    Most of the managing and architect positions are filled by persons outside the company.
    Since the recent reorg, the number of managers is outgrowing the number of engineers and the engineers are just becoming a commodity. It's not rare to get contradictory tasks or to have to
    rollback changes that required several weeks to implement.

    The stock options are very tiny and do not compensate for the salary cut (below average) that I took when I joined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep engineers motivated by allowing them to use their skills and creativity instead of limiting their work scope to code writing.
    Make sure that they have the opportunity to learn new things regularly and to work on challenging tasks.

    I think AppNexus is going to do well but they will need to find a better way to manage projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Typical Startup

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

    I worked at AppNexus full-time

    Pros

    Great environment for younger people. Lots of energy. Interesting technology and interesting problems. Lots of room for growth and new experience.

    Cons

    Very political and cliquish. Core group of people that came from Right Media that are all buddies. Managers lack experience and threatened by suggestions. Know-it-all culture where saying you don't know something is a weakness. Decisions happen through conflict with a clear winner rather than collaboration and consensus. Can't handle constructive criticism, seen as a threat. Poor communication within teams and with other teams (unless your in the clique). Poor work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your people are working 90 hour weeks you're doing it wrong. Focus on streamlining and improving communication instead of hiring more bodies, there's a reason your turn over is so high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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