AppNexus

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Ambitious friendly team, tackling very challenging problems

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

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

Pros

Very challenging problems (scale, rapid development, complex problem domain)
Some of the best engineers and execs I every encountered
Rapid growth
Lots of opportunities for growth
Complete transparency about strategy
More emphasis on software engineering practices is very timely.
Recent strategic planning process was grueling but amazingly inclusive. I have never witness exec team involve so many line people in strategic planning.

Cons

Tight deadline
Sometimes project definitions are not sufficiently precise

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find a way to have fewer meetings
Company is growing very rapidly and responding to changing markets. Execs try very hard to keep everyone in the loop but rank-and-file would benefit from more details and more QA.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    It's pretty awesome, I'm really happy to be here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at AppNexus full-time

    Pros

    The company's product and trajectory--cutting edge technology, unbelievable company growth, excellent market positioning. It's really exciting to be a part of.

    The culture--it's a high-energy work environment, really driven and intelligent coworkers, and a lot of fun. There's still very much a startup feel despite the size of the company (I believe it's over 400 people now and still growing rapidly). The execs walk around the office in hoodies joking with employees and are happy to chat with anyone who stops them. There's still widespread use of Nerf guns and the cornhole boards in the cafe see action pretty frequently. Upper management has also made a significant effort to communicate vision and strategy to all employees, which really helps preserve the small startup feel. There's an entire week dedicated to execs giving presentations to the entire company explaining long term strategy and the reasoning behind it. For the most part they are very candid about everything--feels like there are very few secrets here, which is awesome.

    The perks--tons of free stuff. Free breakfast every day, free lunch every Friday and randomly some other days, drinks and snacks (good stuff too: Red Bull, espresso, beef jerky, pita and hummus, mac n cheese, fruit, granola bars, etc.), budget to have fun (I can order in lunch for meetings whenever, take the team out for drinks and other outings and nobody bats an eye about expensing it), and great swag (high quality: American Apparel hoodies, Patagonia bags, etc.).

    Cons

    The cons are mostly just normal growing pains. The company is expanding so fast that some things haven't caught up to the size yet. Namely, meeting rooms and desk space are getting scare quickly, and there needs to be some more process in place to handle certain things (ad hoc requests that work in a company of 100 don't work as well in a company of 400). Also, because of the hiring rate you're asked to conduct interviews--a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it fun and transparent--our culture is so important in attracting and retaining awesome talent. Keep making a visible effort to address employee concerns and keeping everyone in the loop. Also, order more jerky.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    So far so good

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

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

    Pros

    Employee first mentality

    Strong belief into educating the employees both internally and externally

    Continuions effort to improve not only the software & client services but the office life from employee moral to processes.

    I noticed that most of the cons previously written are being specifically addressed.

    Cons

    There is so much knowledge share that it's a bit overwhelming. Lots of emails and meetings pulling you away from work.

    There is a lot of work to do, though nobody has asked for overtime, i feel it must be put in otherwise work will be left incomplete.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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