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Marin Software Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public (MRIN)
Information Technology
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Marin Software's mission is to give advertisers the power to drive higher efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in their paid marketing programs that run on the world’s largest publishers. Marin provides industry leading enterprise marketing ... Read more

Mission: The Marin platform is designed to meet the unique workflow, analytics, and optimization needs of the world’s most demanding online marketers. Our technology, scale, and expertise have resulted in exceptional results for some of the world's biggest

Marin Software – Why Work For Us?


As consumers spend more and more time accessing search, social, video, and mobile, advertisers are increasingly investing in these digital channels. As a result, the battle for revenue acquisition is moving online as advertisers seek more effective ways to reach audiences and yield improved financial results.

Marin Software is a leading cross-channel performance enterprise marketing software for advertisers and agencies. Our complete revenue acquisition management platform provides the workflow, analytics, and optimization tools that enable marketers to save time, make better decisions, and improve financial results.

Marin directly addresses a number of challenges by allowing marketers to:

  • Better manage complexity by quickly and efficiently in responding to shifting market and technology trends
  • Gain visibility and control across your entire digital marketing program
  • Make better decisions about where and how to allocate advertising spend
  • Optimize for revenue outcomes through predictive bidding tools and intelligent recommendations

Our customers include many of the world’s largest interactive agencies and advertisers, and they rely on Marin Software’s platform to manage billions of dollars in annual advertising spend.

Our headquarters are in San Francisco, California, with offices in New York, Chicago, Austin, Portland, London, Dublin, Hamburg, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tokyo.


Comprehensive Health Benefits

We take care of our people with health benefits, wellness programs, and flexible spending accounts for healthcare expenses. When you work at Marin Software, you’re covered.

Equity Participation

We treat our employees like owners. Really. When you have some skin in the game in the form of stock options, we think you’ll be committed to make our company a success. After all, it’s your company, too.

401k Program

You can make a contribution to a Fidelity 401K plan. Choose your investment plan and contribute an amount that suits your current and future financial needs.

Holidays and Unlimited Paid Time Off

Flex time is what you get when you join Marin. Need time off? Log it and take the time off. Sick? Stay home! We have unlimited sick days. If that’s not enough, Marin enjoys nine holidays.

Matching Gift Program

At Marin Software we like where we work and we work where we like. Which means we support the communities where we work and live, by matching employee volunteer efforts at community-based nonprofit organizations with corporate contributions. Marin will match your financial contribution to any non-profit or community support up to $1,000 per employee per year.

Stocked Kitchens

Good food fast. And free. On days when you don’t feel like riding the elevator 27 floors down to Mission Street and waiting in line for lunch, grab a bagel or make a sandwich in the kitchen instead (and add a juice, energy bar, or other goodies). Plus, our kitchen is a great place to catch the office buzz.
Employee Referral Program

We’re always looking for great people. Chances are you know one or two yourself. Recommend them for work at Marin Software, and if they make the grade, we’ll make out a check to you.

Commuting Costs

If you take public transit to work, we can help lower the cost of commuting—meaningess stress, reduced traffic congestion, a lower carbon footprint, and money in your pocket. Sounds like a no-brainer to us.

Life and Disability Insurance

We offer life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance. Better safe than sorry.

Work is Good. Life is Great.

We’re a rapidly growing company, staffed with bright, energetic people who believe passionately in what they’re doing. We thrive on the energy of city life, which is why all our offices are located at the centers of the greatest cities in the world. You’ll find challenging projects, aggressive schedules, and rapid-fire, small-scale standing meetings designed to fix problems and ship apps.

What’s in store at Marin Software? You’ll find a stocked kitchen with free snacks, barista-bar quality coffee, and fresh fruit designed to keep you fit, focused, and well-fed. It’s all part of our not-so-secret plan to build a great workplace, staffed by great people who work efficiently—with an emphasis on teamwork and getting things done.

Built to Ship

We launch on an aggressive schedule. In three weeks, the code you write today will be making companies more profitable. We’re looking for people whose second language is Linux, who understand Python is not a snake and Java is not the first thing they reach for in the morning.

We believe keeping your skills sharp keeps us on the cutting edge, starting with an open account on Amazon so you can get the latest technical books you need. You’ll be expected to attend the latest conferences and trade fairs. Today you might be sitting in the audience. Tomorrow you might be presenting on stage.

Work load? As much as you can handle. Yes, there might be a few late nights, but it won’t become a way of life. We believe in buzz, not boredom. We work at the center of an expanding industry, and plan on capturing a growing share of a growing market.


We’re outta here!

The best thing about working in San Francisco? Playing in San Francisco. Because playing in San Jose is not nearly as fun or unique. There, we said it.

From the independent galleries on Geary Street to the world class SFMOMA, there’s more culture in San Francisco than you can find in a Petri dish. San Francisco is foodie heaven, from the farmers’ market at the Ferry Building and its the artisan breads and cheese of Cowgirl Creamery, to food trucks you can find with a GPS, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches (not a contradiction in terms!) at nearby South Park, and the most Michelin stars you can find west of the Mississippi.

San Francisco is a hot bed of DIY culture – this is after all the place that invented Burning Man, the gentle anarchy of Critical Mass, and hackathons. Neighborhoods here pulse with life, from the skateboarders and joggers on the Embarcadero to the late night clubs, and bars that are bringing back the lost art of the cocktail. Golden Gate Park offers urban greenery, enormous free concerts, and surfing at Ocean Beach, while the wide-open spaces of the Marin Headlands are a bike ride away over the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps best of all, on a warm fall night there’s nothing like walking to the ballpark to catch a Giants game.

Chris Lien


Chris is Marin Software’s founder and Chairman of the Board, and rejoined the company as Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. From September 2015 to August 2016, Chris served on boards of private companies as well as Marin Software. From May 2014 until September 2015, Chris served as executive chairman of Marin Software, and from the founding of the company in 2006 to May 2014, he served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Chris has been a member of the Board since 2006. He's held a number of leadership positions in the U.S. including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and acting Chief Executive Office across ecommerce, finance, and marketing. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, where he was elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chris’s presence as a member of the Board brings his thorough knowledge of the company into the Board’s strategic and policy-making discussions. He brings his extensive experience in finance, digital marketing, and executive roles in the information technology industry into the company’s strategy and operations.




Check out our Engineering Openings!

Marin is the advertising management platform of choice for global brands, agencies, and other top consumer and B2B companies.

Optimizing ad targeting and performance starts with having the right data, and our engineering team makes it happen. Combining thousands of reports from Google, Facebook, Bing, and other publishers, over 100 million click events per day from our in-house performance tracking system and customer reporting systems, and 5+ billion advertising campaign objects, we power our proprietary bidding systems and financial models to maximize value and return for our customers.

Marin is rapidly building out our Big Data infrastructure. We’ve already built out a 100+ node, petabyte size cluster, and now is a great opportunity to join as a key member of the team and be at the center of the action.

Not only are our engineers building a platform that solves real business problems for hundreds of companies, they’re doing it with super cool technology.

Interested in working on the coolest big data technology? An expert in Spark, Phoenix, Kafka, HBase, or Hadoop? Then come help us build new and innovate marketing solutions!

Check out our Stackshare page!

Check out our Engineering Openings!


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    Excellent communicative and collaborative environment that provides unparalleled work/life balance. Management looks to ensure employees are happy and developing their professional skills.


    It would be nice if the market properly reflected the company's value in the stock price.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Marin Software in August 2017.


    I went through two over the phone interviews. The first interview went very well. The second interview was another story. I interviewed with a current Solutions Architect. He was supposed to ask questions to determine level my understanding on a few technical topics. Problem solving is the biggest strength, which is backed by my experience and resume. However when I spoke to this SA he belittled my answers, explained that how HE would have answered that question. When it comes to problem solving there is actually more than one method, so for anyone to assume that 'their way' is the best is a bit egotistical. I already work with men that posses this same attitude, therefor, I am glad I did not pass on to the next interview. If other SA's and employees are similar in character then I am grateful I did not end up at this company. I really do believe that it makes a significant difference on whom conducts interviews. At Marin, perhaps someone is a more open minded and less chauvinistic should be conducting interviews.

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Marin Software Awards & Accolades

  • Consistent Leader in Cross-Channel and Mobile Advertising Software, G2 Crowd, 2017
  • Best PPC Management Software Suite, European Search Awards, 2015
  • Use of Paid Search - PPC, The Dadis (The Drum Awards for the Digital Industries), 2014
  • Technology Fast 500™, Deloitte, 2014
  • Best PPC Management Software, US Search Awards, 2014
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