Tapjoy

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Tapjoy Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
29 Reviews
3.3
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The challenge of a lifetime to operate at scale.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Tapjoy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * The engineering problems are challenging, complex, exciting, and a great learning opportunity.
    * The culture is phenomenal, and your co-workers across every organization are great to work with.
    * Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    It's not a 10 person company anymore, and there is baggage that comes with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining most valuable employees, as the rest of the engineering organization is likely to stay with them through the long-haul.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Beware of joining Tapjoy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tapjoy

    Pros

    ideal work life balance.
    Good location

    Cons

    Leadership team lacks domain expertise and direction. They are trying to do many things, the product is very bad and customers experience is aweful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a goal, bring folks with good domain experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, but management needs more training and accountability

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Tapjoy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture with a very good work/life balance. Good location in SF (off of Market St) and snacks in the kitchen. Relaxed environment with ping pong tables and a lounge area. You get to work with people who you will create lasting friendships with!

    Cons

    The company is great, but poor in choosing management.

    There is a lack of management leadership training and experience causing top notch talent to leave company fast. Leaders and mentors are not inspiring and need to be more supportive. There is no sense of process causing teams to be unaware of what they are accounted for.

    Collaboration is not promoted between or within teams. Leadership promotes projects without considering the collaboration of other teams which potentially causes animosity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership and management should be trained and evaluated for performance. Show employees how to earn merit and move up in their career - be transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A strong engineering team that tackles massive scale issues, fosters individual growth, and invests in culture fit.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Tapjoy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Tapjoy is one of those unique opportunities where an engineer can make a big difference since the company is still relatively small yet the scale is massive. There are a lot of hard problems to tackle and new technologies to learn / evaluate.

    Tapjoy's engineering managers also put a strong emphasis on helping to mentor and grow their team. If you're looking to be surrounded by smart folks, this is a good place to be. Mobile advertising isn't the the sexiest sounding product, but between the people and the technologies it's a great environment.

    Over the past year, Tapjoy also focused on re-organizing the company and building a great team from the ground up. There's now a pretty strong Product / Engineering group leading there, looking to level-up the company. One year ago, Tapjoy wasn't in a great place for all teams... a lot of that has turned around since then.

    Cons

    From an engineering perspective, Tapjoy still has a lot of room to grow. It's sometimes difficult to work through the tech debt that's built up over the years. Cross-office communication needs to be more effective. The on-boarding process for new engineers needs to be more efficient. These are all growing pains.

    From a product perspective, Tapjoy needs to find a way to stand out other than through their scale / audience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work on some of the most difficult scaling problems around with a relaxed, inquisitive, and senior atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Tapjoy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its almost impossible to tell what someone's title is
    Very relaxed atmosphere
    Very inquisitive atmosphere, there are no dumb ideas
    When someone commits to doing something it will be done

    Cons

    Business teams still need to work on keeping product engineering ideas focused
    Product team has difficulty grasping the difficulty of certain engineering tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on improving execution, but don't be afraid of allowing for some engineering moonshots

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company is on the right track

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

    I have been working at Tapjoy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working environment is good with a culture that people look to solve the problems first instead of blaming anyone. The "low ego" atmosphere makes the startup progress in a healthy way. After the new CEO comes, the company really puts concentration on products and technology. Also, it is a fun workplace, where the company always keep it as a startup, although company structure grows towards corporate.

    Cons

    The company experienced lots of changed during the past couple of years. Apple (and Google) makes the rules for in-app reward mobile ads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good visionaries as product manager for innovation, in order to survive in the ever-changing mobile world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    I wish the company had the vision, talent and product

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Tapjoy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very little accountability
    Huge Office spaces that are basically empty ( do not know how the CFO rationales it) LOL, but I love it as no one is ever around
    Come and Go as you please

    Cons

    Lack of Management experience
    Top Talent left leaving a very slow think tank like mentality
    Product is fundamentally flawed, value of user is VERY questionable at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring life to the team by hiring respected leaders in each market, not folks there who have been there for years but really do not add much value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity to get experience solving difficult problems at high scale.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Tapjoy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High-scalability world problems (and opportunities!), very competent tech lead tier, engineering teams in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Boston, pulling in significant revenue

    Cons

    Varied culture between offices, initial salary offerings not reflective of the market, product management is still maturing

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, great people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Tapjoy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing work environment. It's a work hard, play hard kind of place. Was my first job out of college and made many friends there.

    Cons

    Company has grown and changed a lot in the time that I work there as far as corporate structure. More changes to come probably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear plan of action and communicate the mission and expectations to the team. Teams should communicate across departments with designers and developers working more closely with the final vision for each project as visible and apparent as possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Really enjoy working here.

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

    I have been working at Tapjoy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great hours and fun people.

    Cons

    Lacks in company culture and employee perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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