Smaato Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Smaato CEO & Co-Founder Ragnar Kruse
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  1. Growing European Mobile with California Twist

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

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

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

    Pros

    European, sophisticated technology company with distinct European culture and attitude but with innovation and drive of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Global company and time zones are sometimes challenging to work around. There can be instances of culture clash and also 6 AM phones calls to Europe.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Silicon Valley innovators, risk takers, and build out a unique Europe+California culture


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    AVOID

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

    I have been working at Smaato

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great coworkers! However the team just keeps getting smaller so I'm sure that will change soon. That's about it.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover with both employees and customers. Company does not care about employees at all. Very cut throat environment with a ton of finger pointing. Everyone is scared of doing something wrong for fear of being publicly humiliated and/or fired. Lack of direction and a lot of empty promises. Do not expect to make commission or the many other things they will promise you. Nothing unique about their offering or technology. Intensive micromanaging. It's always about what your doing wrong, never about what your doing right. Zero support from the product team and c-level.

    Advice to Management

    Copying technology that already exists and then blaming employee's for it's inadequacies is not a scale-able business.


  3. Terrible.

    • 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 Smaato full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Depending on your role, there is some international travel. Most of the people in the San Francisco office really cool. They're usually down for happy hour after work if you're into that.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Just don't work here. You WILL regret it. Without getting too specific, this is a culture of finger pointing, distrust, and micromanagement. The leadership is delusional and the office sucks. The Union Square location is awful but they seem to think it's great. I can't even tell you how many people quit or were fired while I was there. They've driven two HR people out in just a year. It's not going to get any better. AVOID!

    Advice to Management

    Take a management course and actually pay attention. You have a long way to go.


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  5. Unprofessionally and unethically managed mom and pop shop

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    International office, good colleagues. Free snacks and drinks in the office.

    Cons

    There are no rules and no ethics in this company. It is truly a wild wild west.

    Advice to Management

    Run the company professionally.


  6. Not a good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Smaato full-time

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

    Pros

    The office has a good location.

    Cons

    The behavior of some executives is completely unprofessional and ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Change your culture and get rid of executives who are creating a bad working environment.


  7. Everyday is different, challenging and a lot of fun

    • 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 Smaato (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    coworkers are top and I am proud to be a Smaatie:) tasks are challening and interesting - you get to do a lot on your own, anyhow in my department everyday is different, because the environment is changing so much the industry is unbelievably interesting and the future of advertising once you are a good employee, it is easy to build a good career with Smaato

    Cons

    communication top down could be improved, but I know thats an issue its been working on now as of hte fast growth it can be a little unstructured sometimes, but i like that personally, it makes smaato individual

    Advice to Management

    communicate goals for smaato clearly and on a regular basis


  8. Great place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    The only good thing is the team culture, which is relaxed and the good pay. I thing this is the only thing that keeps people in their jobs @ smaato.

    Cons

    Management team doesn´t care about employees and employee´s concerns. They are too sales-driven and finger-pointing. Nobody cares if you are doing the right things, but when you are doign something wrong, they all blame you.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and continue to invest in current employees. Try to be consistent in applying company values to managers and employees from all teams.


  9. Love my job!

    • 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 Smaato full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Innovative product, great teams, international co-workers, lots of growth opportunities, open lines of communication, fun employee events, free snacks and drinks, great office locations, and of course, opportunities to travel! The company is growing and it appears that management wants to do what they can to make sure they do things the right way.

    Cons

    The time difference can be challenging, but I think that goes with the territory when you work for an international company. It does seem like management is taking steps to make this better.

    Advice to Management

    Showing that you appreciate your awesome employees is always a plus. The work-life balance is great too!


  10. Great intro to Mobile Advertising

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

    I worked at Smaato full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, motivated colleagues who are well respected in the industry.

    Cons

    Management doesn't communicate a clear vision for the company, and communications throughout international offices are not efficient enough. SF office has a better work/life balance over other offices.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees in the loop with the company's goals and values.


  11. Great Stepping Stone

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

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

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

    Pros

    Industry leader in its field great start up like atmosphere nice office view beer on fridays high risk high reward environment

    Cons

    No clear direction, high turn over rate, communication flow sucks, too much red tape

    Advice to Management

    pick a side of the fence



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