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Excellent Place to work

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Turn full-time

Pros

I worked here over two months and find it a place to work. The people here are talented, friendly and like to share with you. The manager cares about you personal growth. The benefit here is great, better than most of companies I know. There are many actives to make you enjoy the life. Work-life balance is great.

Cons

I haven't find something that make me feel uncomfortable.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    How to ruin a company in 6 months...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Prorgrammatic advertising is where digital advertising will continue to move towards. Turn still remains a main player in the digital marketing automation space despite very fierce competition.

    Cons

    Where to begin...
    The CEO has an obsession with being a SAAS company. Unfortunately, 99.99% of the Turn revenue comes from media and media is not bought in a SAAS format nor will it be any time soon.
    Only listening to the voices in his head instead of credible advice, he pushed out this big software company strategy, replacing many of the old guard and bringing in SAAS executives over the past year to transform the company.
    The biggest mistake of them all was hiring the new SVP of sales and operations who completely rolled out a reorganization plan of sales, operations and services at the start of the new year. Mind you, those areas had grown the company 100% or more YOY, he tried to fix something that was not broken at all all because he wanted to prove his value.
    All that did was cause expenses to soar, more "SAAS-minded" people who haven't contributed a thing join the company, morale to nosedive and people to leave in droves.
    You know there is a problem when the top sales guy, top account manager and one of the up and coming services people leaves in the past few weeks alone not to mention the engineering masses that have headed and will continue to head for the exits.
    I'm sure top-line company revenue has grown this year, but expenses have outpaced it and this space is growing so rapidly that it would be hard for it not to grow especially with double the sales people.
    Meanwhile the competition is out to eat Turn's lunch and they are. Competitors have been innovating rapidly, are much easier to work with and much more nimble which has allowed them to beat out Turn for business left and right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think some of management needs to move on for Turn to be successful most notably the CEO and this SVP. To those that remain, you should get the company back to having great morale with an industry leading product with people who are psyched to come to work in the morning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Dying star

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Turn full-time

    Pros

    Industry leading technology. Potential for individual contributors to make impactful changes. Promotes from within.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the cons outweigh the pros. Its like cutting a leg off of your track star before sending them off to the Olympics. Promotions from within is very good but Turn stuck to it to a fault. Management has been promoted beyond their capabilities. Whats left is a bunch of stale "leaders" that only know what they knew; they have no clear vision on where to go. Tidbits of whats being done in the industry gets picked up by the so called leaders and implemented with no clear understanding what they do and how they would actually benefit the company. "I heard Google has an SRE team. We should hire some people and build one." ...followed by 2 years of absolutely no progress.

    Engineering culture is outdated and considered broken by today's standards. In today's fast moving environment, engineers are directly responsible for what they write. They participate in on call rotations. If you write bad code, your peers will feel the pain. Turn isn't that. Engineering "ships" code and relies on "operations" people to take the brunt of their ineptitude at 2am while they sleep with their phone ringer off. Unfortunately, senior engineering members who do care end up supporting these issues. It doesn't scale and slows down the company. Turn hires a lot of new grads and they're setting these kids up for future failure because they never learn to take responsibility for their work. Management doesn't see this. In fact, they want to build even more buffer between the reality of unstable software and their spoon fed engineers.

    Competitors are gunning for this spot and even as a leader, this is will be the death blow to the company if not corrected. Competitors break things fast and fix it faster. Turn is just broken and can't even figure out if they are broken are not.

    HR encourages new hires to write position reviews on GD during orientation week. Take those with a grain of salt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a new set of eyes. -1 your management or send them to the hills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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