Rubicon Project Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Rubicon Project CEO & Founder Frank Addante
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  1. Featured Review

    A healthy, people-centric culture like nothing I've ever seen before

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time

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

    Pros

    Benefits are incredible Really thriving in a culture of growth Embrace change and utilize new talent seamlessly Incredibly smart, driven team (company-wide)

    Cons

    If you don't like companies that pour into creating a thriving team culture, then this place isn't for you.


  2. Excellent Values!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent focus on personal growth Great benefits Healthy environment to work in

    Cons

    They don't match 401k


  3. This is where i learned that you will always be more loyal to a company than they are to you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice perks like unlimited PTO, catered lunches, fully stocked kitchens, stock options, fun employee events. You get to work with a lot of very smart and talented individuals.

    Cons

    1. If you have worked in the tech industry before, you are pretty much jaded by glossy offerings of free food and unlimited PTO. But to newbies, this can be enticing. The food is there to discourage employees from wanting to leave to go to lunch and they offer unlimited PTO because they know no one will ever use it...it's an unspoken rule and discouraged. 2. Management is extremely top heavy - every time a new SVP or VP is hired they don't want to roll their sleeves up and do any real work so who gets slammed with new projects? Their assistants or PMs. 3. Culture - while they claim that they manage culture like a product, it is just that...a product. A product is an article or manufactured object. Culture involves people...you can't force it. Stop trying to ram forced happiness down our throats and get to the bottom of why your employees are so unhappy. It's very silo'd as well in the Playa Vista location; teams are separated with not a lot of interaction with each other. People should want to do something, not because they are forced to. 4. Executive area changes so frequently, the fact that there is such a high turnover of talented executive assistants should tell you something. There is no stability with CEO, he does not seem content with things the way they are and thinks constant "disruption" would help motivate employees but it does the opposite. No one is going to take any new idea seriously when they know in the back of their heads that it will change again in a few months. That is why there is no real commitment. 5. Growing very quickly after going public, but hasn't quite learned to scale.

    Advice to Management

    Culture starts from the top down, executives and management should set an example.


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  5. Fun and friendly culture with great office location; definitely has that tech start-up feel.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stats Integrity in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Stats Integrity in Playa Vista, CA

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    great benefits package, even has pet insurance, which is cool. complimentary lunches. subsidized gym. fun people. good culture. beautiful park next door.

    Cons

    keeping the work fresh and interesting, especially in the data entry side of the company seems like a challenge. working one weekend also affects work-life balance, but worth it if you like what you are doing and like the company.

    Advice to Management

    I would just maintain the steady growth. Seems like Rubicon made its own niche in automating the buying/selling of advertising, so it's good to see that it didn't get bought out. you're doing everything right, with competitive benefits packages and a great company culture.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Fun culture

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

    I worked at Rubicon Project full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management likes to promote from within. Lots of talk about core values and culture-- there is even a product manager for culture. Work life balance is great. Fun group of people to work with who are always up for hanging out outside of work as well.

    Cons

    A lot of self-taught people. Can be tough to get formal training even on internal products. Work life balance is great for your personal life but sometimes frustrating when trying to rally a group to go all-in on a big push.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rubicon Project

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Good benefits -opportunity for growth -good people

    Cons

    -top heavy -product development too slow

    Advice to Management

    -focus on promoting from within


  8. Helpful (15)

    Modern day sweatshop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Rubicon Project (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They feed you, so you don't have to walk far from your desk and get more mileage out of you.

    Cons

    This is a modern day sweatshop. No work life balance and and an extremely toxic work environment. On paper it looks like an amazing opportunity, but in reality it is the exact opposite. If you like being micromanaged, and work long hours, this is the job for you. They even feed you lunch so you don't have to leave your desk for too long. It is like a prison system mentality.

    Advice to Management

    You act like you care about your employees, but you don't. You can keep your GMO lunches, snacks, and drinks for yourselves and just let your people have work-life balance instead. Some of the managers have no people skills and should not be in a managerial role. At least not in this lifetime. The deadlines are unrealistic and the workload is tremendous. I thought slavery was abolished in this country, but came to find out it was renamed to "Corporate America".


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good people, nice culture but chaotic management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rubicon Project

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The coworkers are smart and the company maintains a comfortable culture for all types of people. There's lunch provided everyday, which is a huge plus. Unlimited vacation is also great, but not all teams have the flexibility to actually use it.

    Cons

    The company is pretty top-heavy and there can be ego issues many times. Leadership organization is confusing at best. Upward mobility is a challenge, and almost entirely depends on the manager you're working with.


  10. Helpful (2)

    A good company for engineers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Playa Vista, CA

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Catered lunch, ESPP, flexible hours, good middle management in engineering. Rubicon Project is fairly engineer-centric, and offers competitive benefits to engineers. The work-life balance here is very good. On certain teams, you will get to work with technology at scale.

    Cons

    Engineering is short staffed which limits the number of interesting projects to work on. While you can have access to terabytes of interesting data, there's not much you can do with it if you're constantly catching up with technical debt. Some of the engineers here are also very unskilled, or simply lack good engineering disciplines.

    Advice to Management

    We need to work hard at improving our brand - both to potential clients and to engineers. We need to start building an engineering culture by investing heavily in hiring and training.


  11. One of the best

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Rubicon Project full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great People Good Benefits Social Conscience Cool Offices Fun working Environment Decent Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Lowish Pay Too many mid level managers People promoted by seniority vs skill and positive contribution Politics

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to keep good people!



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