Exponential Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
22 Reviews

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    Opportunity to grow

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Exponential full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great open environment, flexible scheudle and competitive pay. Free daily lunch.

    Cons

    The company is striving to do better. It needs to focus on reducing the high turn over.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unique company requires some adapting, but great opportunity to leave your mark

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Exponential full-time

    Pros

    The company is full of some great people. I've enjoyed working with people from across all teams, though it has been quite an adjustment. Some pros that I can see:

    - respect for work/life balance if you so desire
    - opportunity to make a path for yourself--but you need to be very pro-active
    - company has recognized some of its shortcomings and has made significant management changes that have not always been taken well, but seemed much needed
    - strong comp packages, above market pay
    - a lot of independence given to employees
    - catered lunches
    - most managers are homegrown, which means plenty of promotion opportunities

    I have to caveat all of this by saying that this is not a very typical company. If you can get your mind wrapped around it, it's a good place. If you need to have very pre-defined roles (e.g., CEO as charismatic leader), all hands meetings on a regular basis, and a lot of process/policy defined, this is not the place for you. You need to be flexible and willing to execute on your tasks even without being told sometimes.

    Cons

    There are downsides as any other place:

    - office culture in some offices is very strong, not as strong in others. It's hard to be consistent globally.
    - open office arrangement can be very annoying
    - not a lot of formal training in place, and that can be a problem with homegrown managers
    - very spread out employee base means a lot of international calls and time zone issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, but move even more quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Out of Business in 6-12 months

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Exponential full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are one of the yes men you can make a lot of money and coast

    Cons

    management is so disorganized and comes and goes every 6-12 months, there is no consistency globally and if you are part of the golden child group you are treated very well. The CEO is an ego-maniac, disrespects women, and comes across as an emotionless robot. The company claims to be not hitting goals and crying poor, but they get a house in the Hamptons (which only the NY sales team can use) and other ridiculous perks like 3 private jets for sales and friends of sales and a sponsorship at Cannes Lion which never created any opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO, he has pushed out so many great people and created a vile environment which will lead to this companies demise. The marketing team is awful and create no consistency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Account team

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exponential

    Pros

    Happy work environment over all

    Cons

    Some disconnect between upper management

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Work Life Balance/ No challeges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exponential full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You are expected to work hard and do you job but you are also allowed to go home at night.

    If you work for the division that is getting the most attention it's the best place you've ever worked.

    Cons

    Management is scattered. Everything is expected to be built from the inside. Decisions are sometimes bizarre and erratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a the weirdest company I've ever worked for. The line of business that the CEO is currently obsessed with is the one that gets the most attention/ budget.

    If you happen to work for that division you are living in a magical world where there is no downside. You take trips to pitch business(Brazil? France? Cancun?), you expense dinners and other perks, you basically never have anyone say no to you. If you want something from marketing it magically appears, if you need resources internally they are pulled from other projects.

    The downside is that if you work for one of the other divisions, your budgets are cut, your resources are slashed, your role is ignored. What;s worse is that you are seldom allowed any visibility into the "blessed" division. No training is offered, no opportunity- do your job and stay out of the way of those who are doing the "important" work. What's even weirder is that often the division that's currently the attention getter is seldom making money. It's just the most "sexy".

    It would be great to have management that looked at the whole company instead of just keeping up on their pet projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exponential full-time

    Pros

    - work/life balance
    - office culture is relaxed, supportive, people are super friendly

    Cons

    - role isn't super challenging!
    - don't support executive management - they make random decisions that don't support a larger mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please focus on a bigger picture vision! making changes to the ad server and our product offering us super important, but without a larger mission, we are not keeping ourselves relevant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company going through lots of change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exponential full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of talented people. Talent and key contributors are distributed globally. Provides for career opportunity, unlike other companies where you have to be working at the headquarters to become a key contributor.

    Managers have strong hands-on experience, often having worked their way up the ranks.

    Change is unsettling but also refreshing. In my role, I feel very motivated and have gotten more done over the last several months than last several years.

    Cons

    Lots of changes and clearing out of senior managers. New senior managers lack senior management experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to all managers. Build a great work culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Exponential full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast pace, full freedom. Tech and business savvy CEO. Opportunity to travel worldwide. Have fantastic team in India providing support to global business. Team in India is available round the clock which provides Competitive advantage to company.

    Cons

    CEO centric company. CEO fires entire management every 3 years. He rarely delivers on platform timelines. Very slow to adopt the changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming others for management failures

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Leadership nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exponential full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay
    Some good people
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Leadership is a delusional CEO and an incompetent CFO
    Leadership tactic is fear and secrecy
    Recently let go of some of the best talent at the management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management seems to want to drive the company into the ground. some power sharing at the top and real leaders would be effective. also some incentives beyond minimum to keep employees from leaving to competitors.

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

    Unstable

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

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

    Pros

    Strong Comp plans
    Strong data and account support

    Cons

    Internal turmoil
    Constant internal changes and disruption of momentum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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