Marin Software Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Marin Software Chief Executive Officer David A. Yovanno
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Pros
  • For a medium-sized company in the Bay Area, I would say their work-life balance is fairly decent (in 8 reviews)

  • 75 per diem while traveling on business, stocked kitchens, and great benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Within senior management locally there isn't a good representation of operational staff and are dominated by sales (in 3 reviews)

  • This really hurts our ability to deliver best in class service (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Good Place to work

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

    I have been working at Marin Software full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, product, location

    Cons

    New Management, Product direction is not clear

    Advice to Management

    focus on one thing at a time


  2. Helpful (3)

    Customer Success

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

    I have been working at Marin Software full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is positioned well in a highly competitive market. In an era where everyone is trying to push their stack, Marin is well positioned as an open stack that offers advertisers the flexibility to choose an advertising channel and attribution vendor while reporting in a single interface. The new executive team is decisive. They realized the company was burning through cash on operations and the last several quarters have seen margin rise with profitability in sight. Compensation is very competitive. The stock has gone down despite revenue growth and margin growth. The executive team has pivoted to RSU grants to ensure everyone has skin in the game. Seeing positive collaboration with the publishers for the first time.

    Cons

    Too many people aren't looking at the big picture. We're in a competitive space and we need to be scrappy. The street has no understanding on what the company does, this is reflective of a market cap which is only ~1.5 times earnings despite 21% y/y revenue growth.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to retain our long time employees that intimately understand our product and the overall marketing partner ecosystem. Continue to go heavy on RSU grants so everyone is focused on the company's success.


  3. Helpful (4)

    turning complexity into disunity

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

    I have been working at Marin Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Coworkers are a genuine pleasure to be around; almost everyone gets along on a personal level. Free snacks and drinks. Good office locations, and a best in industry product offering.

    Cons

    Upper and middle management do not communicate across departments and teams. KPIs, processes, and metrics are constantly changing so it is impossible to perform accordingly. Management will commit to compensation and incentives that are never followed through with; consistency and follow through from middle management leaves much to be desired. Comp and incentives have been cut for sales teams except for upper management, and there is rampant turnover. Sales positions are luck of the draw and territories are not fairly allocated; reps that get only inbound leads have the same performance goals as those who source all of their own opportunities. Front line territories and kpis designed by middle mgmt, who does not understand the day to day of their teams, need to be seriously reviewed and revised by upper level management. Current processes are a quagmire, people are confused, frustrated, and moral is suffering.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management, please make sure middle management's policies, that dictate the performance of front of the line are clearly communicated and in line with organization wide goals. Take into consideration the amount of work required in inbound vs. outbound roles and structure comp/performance goals accordingly. Don't make promises that you can't keep; follow through will go along way to build loyalty and trust with your teams. Please, for the love of god give us a little stability before the next process/operational overhaul.

    Marin Software Response

    Jan 29, 2015 – Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Hello and thank you so much for sharing your experience here. Thank you for all that you do for our company! One of the objectives this year is to make sure that each individual, team, and ... More


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  5. Growing pains

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

    I have been working at Marin Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is in an extended the growth phase, gives you options.

    Cons

    feels a little adhoc. Can get frastrating

    Advice to Management

    Focus on figuring out what marin does an why

    Marin Software Response

    Dec 4, 2014 – Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your patience during this time of change! We appreciate your hard work. As the field of search marketing has been evolving from targeting key words to targeting audiences, Marin is ... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    Good Software, Nice People

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

    I worked at Marin Software full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company office locations are great, the pay is competitive, and there are lot of young/smart people to collaborate with.

    Cons

    The company has seen a lot of turnover as of late which is a little worrisome. Seeing more stick around would help improve confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Change is a natural evolution but more consistency would help improve morale and focus.

    Marin Software Response

    Nov 14, 2014 – Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your feedback! And thank you for understanding that all companies must experience change. All of our changes are in an effort to lay a strong foundation for the future. We know ... More


  7. Helpful (13)

    Poor leadership, low employee morale, high turnover

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

    I worked at Marin Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Once a fantastic company that valued its employees, where there was collaboration and mentorship, where people believed in the vision, the mission and the leadership.

    Cons

    With a few key hires put into executive level positions who had no business being there, the company unraveled and there has been significant loss of talent and an overall malaise amongst those remaining at SF headquarters and in satellite offices, Chicago and New York.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately the horse has left the barn and the toxic environment that was created by leadership late last year has decimated many of the departments and has left them devoid of confidence in company management and outlook on the future

    Marin Software Response

    Dec 4, 2014 – Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your feedback. Companies must experience change--especially in the immediate years after going public. All of our changes are in an effort to lay a strong foundation for the ... More


  8. Helpful (6)

    Political atmosphere, high turnover with sudden departures, engineers keep their heads down.

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

    I worked at Marin Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong benefits, smart coworkers, great office location, execs can have title changes frequently if they complain enough,

    Cons

    Senior Management in ego fights with each other, lots of back-stabbing and they're invisible to engineering unless there's blame to cover up their own shortcomings. Customer Support is half the company - where's the investment to keep engineering talent?

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the company or you won't have anyone strong to build and sell the product. What steps are you taking to retain employees?

    Marin Software Response

    Dec 4, 2014 – Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Hello! As with many companies in a similar phase of development as Marin, we are experiencing a lot of change, including change in senior management. These changes have been very positive, especially ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not bad for an enterprise software company. Fun culture in the early days but grew stale and underpaying its employees

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

    I worked at Marin Software full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, good views, decent managers.

    Cons

    Boring work, pays relatively low.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate and act like a Silicon Valley firm

    Marin Software Response

    Aug 11, 2014 – Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your feedback! We're glad to hear that you liked the office and managers. Your advice to "Innovate and act like a Silicon Valley firm," is something that Marin Software does ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stable Release Process

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

    I have been working at Marin Software full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable and regular release process. Stakeholders understand the value of quality code and unit testing and the dangers of scope creep, which is almost non-existent.

    Cons

    Working on a large, mature web application, technical progress can seem slow sometimes.


  11. Great company to grow and learn

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

    I have been working at Marin Software as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment to work in with lots of young smart, talented professionals.

    Cons

    Convenient location in downtown San Francisco and with a stocked fridge and snack bar.



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