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Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
40 Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A company in transition... lessons better than Biz School!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Turn full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I've only been at the company for a few months, but the company takes incredibly good care of its employees. On the lighter side, it offers free lunch everyday, great benefits, a flexible work environment, casual culture, and a sweet ping pong table. On the professional side, there are a lot of very bright people within the company and you will get into intelligent conversations on a daily basis and learn a lot. You'll jump right in to your work and be managing your own projects immediately.

    The core technology and revenues of the company are close to, if not, market-leading. Turn is one of the few positioned within the crowded ad-tech space to IPO at a multi-billion dollar valuation.

    As you can read in other reviews, the company is undergoing a difficult time in figuring out how to get to that next level. Historically, the company, like any DSP has been driven by agency I/O dollars, and the team is trying to grow beyond just that revenue stream to something larger. This has caused for some level of internal dissent as the company plays out its next bet and figures out its path forward.

    A number of people have jumped ship as the company transitions, which, to each their own. However, and here's my soap box moment, realistically, this is a large business in the fast-growing and dynamic space of digital media. If you're a current employee considering a change seas to find the wind easily blowing at your back, go for it. But invariably, recognize that all businesses must go through periods of struggle and successes on their way to being a strong, defensible business for years to come. Soon to, the new company you join will very likely face difficulties and you'll be back again, trying to get ahead of the wind, and will never have built the spine to stare down when the wind is in blowing in your face. I've been at companies that have rebounded from near death to acquisition, companies that have gone bankrupt, and companies that have went up to the right -- we are not in a bad position.

    Joining Turn today means part of being a struggle to help a $1 billion dollar business to become a $5 billion dollar business. If you are considering other companies in the space, recognize that being at a point-player cross-device company with 5 engineers isn't changing digital media nor going public. A point player DSP with lower pricing may grow fast, but do you want to bet it's ever going anywhere beyond that? DSPs are quickly becoming commoditized and they too will feel margin squeeze soon. Ad-tech is finally consolidating and Turn is one of a few companies with a chance to become the next great company within the space -- you can be a part of it.

    Cons

    During these rocky times, morale is a bit lower than normal as the company goes through an abnormal rate of churn relative to historical levels. Getting things done internally is excessively political and the company needs to be able to move faster on things and be more responsive to the market, when those things align with the future bet of the company. The strategy of the company is clear, but the roadmap there is quite fuzzy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease the level of politics and empower more people to make decisions day to day so that things can get done. Give people more meaning within their roles as to how personally they can help re-define the future of the company from just some DSP to something much greater. We don't need more ping-pong, beer, free happy-hours... embrace the current volatility and give us each a purpose!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Story still unfolding

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, strong leadership team, and a vision to take on the world. When I joined several years ago I did so for these exact reasons. None of these facts have changed to date. What has changed is that Turn has grown tremendously, through thick and thin, despite the occasional naysayer who didn't believe, and is still here today proving that if you fight the good fight, you will prevail.

    For those considering joining, the reality is there's no shortage of interesting projects to work on and you will get exposure to the latest technologies. It is part of the culture roots of Turn. The growth opportunities have been and, I believe, will continue to be great.

    Cons

    As with any company trying to grow quickly, it inevitably burns a few people in the process. It's the nature of startups and ad tech in particular due to the pace of the industry. Former employees who didn't have tolerance for it left their mark with a negative vibe which, unfortunately, had a cascading effect. Turn does have it's problems but they are minor, on a relative scale, and fixable and it's pretty clear steps are being taken to address them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on culture and don't simply push it to HR or the employees. While Turn's constituent parts makes it's culture, the leadership team takes no small part in defining it. Engage your staff. Now that Turn is emerging from startup-hood, this is more important than ever. It's what binds us together. It's what makes people want to be the driving force behind the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could be better

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Turn full-time

    Pros

    Working environment is very relaxed. There is not too much politics among employees (non management). Employees often organize fun activities / events

    Cons

    Salary is not matching the market. There has been some low morale due to senior engineers leaving. Management has not give a clear direction where Turn is going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a clear direction where Turn is going. Match market compensation level. Address morale issues. Hire more senior engineers instead of new fresh grads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to start your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Turn full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Managers and senior engineers are helpful. People around are interesting and willing to teach you everything they know. Unlike other startups, Turn gives you sufficient time to catch up.

    Cons

    Not anything that I don't like so far. I wish we could have larger work space.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good working environment with flexible schedule

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Turn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Environment is conducive for engineer work. Engineer coworker are decent and hardworking.

    Cons

    There seems to be some turnover recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall good shape right now. But management should give clear outlook on IPO perspective and address recent turnovers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing for the worse...

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Turn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Time off and benefits are good; between the free lunches and exercise classes and random perks, the company does more for its employees than most others. As of a year ago, Turn was a place where a person got recognition for a job well done and was appropriately compensated and promoted. There are some amazing and diligent people in the New York office and they make the day-to-day bearable.

    Cons

    While there are many bright people at the company, unfortunately many have left and many more are on their way out. This stems from a lack of promotion from within; many managers are incompetent and were hired from outside the company. Also, the product has been getting consistently worse which frustrates both current customers and employees who have to use it on a daily basis. There do not seem to be any efforts underway to improve neither the morale nor the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the terrible people (you know who they are) and promote some of the good ones. Take feedback on the product and actually work to improve it. Encourage communication between employees in engineering and those in sales/account management. It feels as though there are two companies operating separately from one another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    What was once a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Turn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Technology stack, Good People, A good place to learn

    Cons

    Company has lost a lot of key folks in the last six months, mainly due to ineptitude of the executive team. Software companies rely on people to succeed, not wild ideas. Executive team has a lot of in-fighting, and has led to recent departures of several key people including the VP of HR.

    There is consistent clashes for managing engineering resources, the product team is full of people who have no clue about technology - cronyism is rampant in the team and have never built a product in their life, there are more program managers than needed.

    There are still stars in the company, but executive team need to understand to retain people and not play politics which reminds of Yahoo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus. Respect hard work. Be humble and not try to invent stuff.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great challenges, slow transition to mid-sized company

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

    I have been working at Turn full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with both technically and culturally
    Lots of operational resources
    Hard challenges and enough freedom to attack them
    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow, both technically and understandingt he industry

    Cons

    Trying to reorganize with larger emphasis on more management, which doesn't seem to work
    To many projects/managers for not enough engineers. Continous fights over who works on what
    Company is very reactive on issues that come up
    Transitioning to mid-sized company, which also means losing a lot of good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to focus on being more pro-active on issues, help revenue generation and reduce the number of levels in the company hierarchy. That includes figuring out how to better communicate everything, and how to show appreciation to more senior members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Place to work

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

    I have been working at Turn full-time

    Pros

    I worked here over two months and find it a place to work. The people here are talented, friendly and like to share with you. The manager cares about you personal growth. The benefit here is great, better than most of companies I know. There are many actives to make you enjoy the life. Work-life balance is great.

    Cons

    I haven't find something that make me feel uncomfortable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a great place but recently it's started to slip

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, especially those who have been there for awhile. Benefits are good and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Culture is becoming watered down. The best people are leaving. Lots of new hires to head up newly created departments who don't know what they're doing. Head of engineering is not much of an engineer and an even worse manager. Too many egos in sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop losing experienced people. Reduce the proliferation of internal politics. Bring back the fun, energetic culture. Find some real leadership for engineering. Promote more from within.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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