Vdopia Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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Saurabh Bhatia
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Pros
  • It is working on cutting edge technologies (in 3 reviews)

  • It is very good environment to work here (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • All "support" teams (who will actually be the bane of your existence) are based in India with limited comprehension of the English language (in 3 reviews)

  • The Executive Team is hands-down the most morally-deficient trio of socially-inept people I have ever met (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Turned the corner, w/ best days ahead

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vdopia (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Opportunity to learn (a lot, and quickly) and to help drive adoption of mobile, video and programmatic advertising -- all at the same time ! * Lean team/organization * Those who have stayed on or recently joined Vdopia are optimistic and committed to winning

    Cons

    * Some internal processes still a bit disorganized. Needs work.

    Advice to Management

    * Keep up the regular comm./dialogue with the team (at all levels)


  2. Helpful (5)

    Going down the toilet....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vdopia full-time

    Pros

    - I have made some good friends here. But most of them have already left the company. - The new CEO seems to want to make changes, but it's too late and the other founders of the company don't seem to want him to succeed (so I guess this is actually a Con)

    Cons

    First off, all of the positive reviews here are obviously fake and written by management to try and bring their rating up. When one of the Pros is "highly intelligent senior management", you know that's a lie. You know there's a problem when senior management asks their employees to go on Glassdoor and write positive reviews for them. The founders of this company have zero experience and have made poor decisions that have put this company in the position they are in today. The former CEO, a self-proclaimed "Mobile God", has no business running a company. He comes up with ideas, tries to implement them himself without discussing it with the teams this would effect, and rolls them out to the company without any testing or QA, resulting in complete disaster, costing the company money they don't have. They refuse to listen to others because they are too proud and refuse to give anyone else any kind of power. The leaders of this company are unable to accept responsibility for bad decisions and love to point fingers at everyone else. They won't listen to anyone else and believe they know what's best. Most good leaders learn from their mistakes, but these are not good leaders, they don't learn, and according to them, they don't make mistakes. I have never worked at a company where there are so many people who are just plain rude to their coworkers. It's normal to be nice and respectful to your coworkers...people you work with and who you'll need help from in the future. Not the case at Vdopia. This is a company where people like to write emails in ALL CAPS and will go to your manager if you don't respond within 5 minutes. I have actually had several discussions with managers letting them know that it is not okay for their teams to be rude...SEVERAL discussions.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Not a place to build your career.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was nice to have a relaxed schedule, however that isn't the schedule needed to make career advancements. Mobile Video is a great option for marketing campaigns.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a startup mentality that is extremely unorganized this is the place for you. Lacking direction, not capable of meeting deadlines for launches and a CEO who doesn't listen, you will find your self confined to a very robotic role just working for the man. This company lacks the foresight to give you the tools to be successful. With a great "burnout culture" they had no problem cutting almost half of their staff to meet a VC request to break even. Additionally, I was clear form upper management actions that they didn't care to invest in you as a person. Working for Vdopia is simply a job with a paycheck (when payroll processed it correctly) nothing more. Don't expect culture to be a priority because it doesn't exists. I knew it was time to go when i heard they were asking other employees to "write good reviews" on Glassdoor... this is a MASSIVE RED FLAG!! Is it any wonder that BrightRoll got acquired by Yahoo, YuMe went public, and yet Vdopia is left in the dust with no interested buyers and no profits? They use contextual targeting and claim to have IAB standards and capabilities that they don't have. This places sales people in bad situations when they go into meetings and make false promises. Could you imagine going to a meeting and not pitching, but rather over promising and under-delivering? Everything became an internal fight to hold others accountable to what they had told you to pitch, or capabilities that were not yet ready. The company is very reactive and not proactive, not sure i know one reactive start up that has "made it"

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those who are working for you. It would be amazing to see the curiosity come from the top down but that never happened. Consider this thing called "culture"


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Overall... Its a good experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in India, TX
    Current Employee - Creative in India, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You meet with some very good people also and bad also. Gives everything to one who performs great. So many facilities are there and also zero work pressure. Salary on time. Good place for good people and good performers.

    Cons

    System is little weak in terms of decision making. Sometimes they miss to identify the best performers. So much freedom and authority in some wrong/undeserving hands. Little confused system.

    Advice to Management

    I know you are doing great so keep going on but keep some power in your hands, don't take anyone for granted. The problem the management is emotional fool, they believe on every good lie and as a result employees have to bear the consequences. But overall doing good. Thumbs up from my personal side.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Good Idea in Theory, Poor Execution

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vdopia full-time

    Pros

    Had a decent video product that was able to leverage all of the inventory on the mobile web, pay is decent, and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Co-founders are not in tune with the market place, lack business acumen, are borderline unethical, came out with a fairly strong product but stopped innovating, decision to have most of the support teams in India was one of the worst mistakes that resulted in great inefficiencies and poor quality in work, the medical insurance here sucks and you will end up paying most of the bill yourself, company culture is very weak, and turnover is extremely high.

    Advice to Management

    At this point the best thing to do is dismantle the company, it is going nowhere. A good move 2-3 years ago would have been to hire some real execs to take your place.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Great potential but ultimately very disappointing to work there

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vdopia full-time

    Pros

    Great product and collaborative atmosphere with the potential to be a good place to work for. Good place to learn the mobile market.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of positive direction. The company overall does not seem to be headed in the right direction with big turnovers and lay offs.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Run Away Faster Than That Last Post Advised

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Luck. Not even trying to be a jerk here. The place is just a mess.

    Cons

    Where to begin? A "sales leader" is literally using the office (well now they are in one of those shared office spaces) as the hub to run all their side businesses out of, like Entertainment Direct and make bad deals with partners like Flat Magazine and Zeus Media while they crosses their fingers no one catches them and prays for an acquisition from a larger company so they can cash the equity check. They spend all their time making the reps (they've managed to turn over two full teams in less than a year on the east coast, the only impressive thing they've done), take them to really expensive lunches that they require reps put on their credit cards or take them after work to meetings at "Conference Room B," aka Vivid, the strip club down the street. Hate to break it to them but that equity check is never coming as they are not getting this place sold. The tech is too old, the partner network and impressions are too sketchy, and VDO 2.0 is too little, too late. Keep firing good people, though to make the place look profitable because, hey, crazier things have happened. Nationally, they've managed to chase away every good rep they had on the west coast, east coast and midwest and their were a few. A lot of them are now doing fantastically at competitors. Subsequently they are shedding employees to show a P&L in the black and hired an executive who specialized in getting companies sold. As I said previously, though, if anyone pays for their obsolete mobile video technology, I'd be shocked. Their founders seem to have zero business acumen and are determined to ruin what's left of their company because of their outright arrogance towards the market place, inability to stay current with new technology, bad management hires and sadly their completely delusional view of where they stand in the mobile industry.

    Advice to Management

    Mobile Gods... haha. Suuuuuuuure.


  9. Helpful (19)

    Huge Layoff. Biggest Turnover. The worst start-up company that ever existed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees were great. That's all

    Cons

    The executive team (the 3 clowns) drove this company into the ground. Laid off over 50 people in 1 month.

    Advice to Management

    I hope you never manage another company again. This has to be the worst experience ever and your hired me on as Human Resources Manager. Good riddance.


  10. Helpful (12)

    Never Work Here!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -People are nice -SVP of Sales is knowledgable and is willing to help his team

    Cons

    The three founders don't know what they're doing. They make poor decisions and good people end up losing their jobs. They literally turn over entire teams every six months. They have a bad name in the market because they burn so many bridges with clients. There are clients that have literally had 3-4 AE's this year alone. They just cant compete in this space.

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire another person to work at your company until you know for sure if its worth keeping open. So many people were let go that didn't even get the chance to grow into their role. Its hard to be successful and gain traction when no one knows about your company, or if they do, they have heard bad things about the company. Hire a real CEO and CTO. The three founders shouldn't be allow to run the business.


  11. Helpful (11)

    Mobile Intro, the hard way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vdopia full-time

    Pros

    Vdopia is a good intro to mobile, but the hard way...

    Cons

    I say the hard way because you have no support whatsoever. Support teams are in India and it is impossible to understand them or explain the urgency of things. Morale is very low. Some of the managers are unethical.

    Advice to Management

    C-execs are not business people and do not understand the advertising landscape. I recommend allowing someone else to run the company.



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