Mission: Rubicon Project is a leading technology company automating the buying and selling of advertising.
Rubicon Project is a leading technology company automating the buying and selling of advertising. Relentless in its efforts for innovation, Rubicon Project has engineered one of the largest real-time cloud and Big Data computing systems, processing trillions of transactions within milliseconds each month.
The company’s pioneering technology created a new model for the advertising industry – similar to what NASDAQ did for stock trading. Rubicon Project’s automated advertising platform is used by the world’s leading publishers and applications to transact with top brands around the globe.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Rubicon Project has fourteen offices including New York, San Francisco, Paris, Hamburg, Sydney, London and Tokyo.
Our goal is to build and grow a truly unique company. From the passionate problem solvers we hire, our commitment to managing culture like a product, the scale and scope of the products and infrastructure we engineer, to the way we partner with our buyers and sellers of advertising on our technology platform (and help them deliver value to their customers), and creative rewards for our team members, we aim to make Rubicon Project an exciting experience – not just a “job”.
Based on the foundation of People, Product and Customers, our company Culture is defined by the following 11 cultural values:
Innovation: We invest our thinking and resources into change that will propel the industry and Company forward.
Excellence: We do things right, not always first. If we can’t do it best, we won’t do it.
Good People: Pride drives us to win, respect and humility help us learn, and having fun celebrating our wins (big and small) keeps us energized.
Competition: We are driven to win and are highly competitive; externally not internally.
Transparency: Knowledge is powerful. Transparency keeps us honest. We believe in the highest level of transparency possible with our team, investors, customers and partners.
Active Communication: Communication makes or breaks relationships. We will devote time and effort in making communication a priority.
Accountability: Personal accountability is the fuel that powers our overall system of accountability.
Speed: We go fast but don’t hurry.
Mistakes are OK: If we aren’t making mistakes, we aren’t moving fast enough. Making mistakes is the key to innovating and learning.
Test/Measure Everything: What gets measured gets done. What gets tested gets better.
Community: We consider ourselves to be fortunate and believe in paying it forward to those in need
Since Rubicon Project was founded in May 2007, community and philanthropy have been fully ingrained into the fabric of our company. In addition to revolutionizing the automation of advertising, our founders set a policy of donating 1% of our profits to charity. In 2012 we updated this policy to distribute that donation by contributing ½ of our charitable donation to CASA, and ½ to be distributed equally among charities chosen by our individual team members.
With an aggressive growth plan ahead, it is vital to our company’s success to remain a positive force within our communities and true to our Cultural Values.
CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
|A Place Called Home|
AIDS Walk Los Angeles
American Red Cross
American Cancer Society
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
Asha for Education
Best Friends Animal Society
Black Women for Wellness
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Camp del Corazon
Camp PALS Chicago
Cancer Research Institute
Catherine’s Health Center
Catholic Relief Services
Center for Prison Education
Cesar Millan Foundation
Cherry Lodge Cancer Care
Childhood Leukemia foundation
Children’s Defense Fund
Children’s Tumor Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dizzy Feet Foundation
Doctors Without Borders
Electrical Frontier Foundation
Environmental Justice Foundation
Evergreen SGV – Evergreen Baptist Church
of San Gabriel Valley
Ewing’s Sarcoma Research Trust
Food Democracy Now
Food for Hungry People
Friends of Animals Foundation
Friends of Father Pedro: AKAMASOA
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity – San Gabriel
Happy Angels Dog Rescue
Heal the Bay
Hermosa Beach Education Foundation
Hope Through Health
International Red Cross
International Rescue Committee
Jewish National Fund
|Kakamega Environmental Education Program|
Kids Across America
Landmark Legal Foundation
LA’s Midnight Mission
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lulu Leo Fund
March of Dimes
Marie Curie Cancer Care, Ealing branch
Memoirs of Bald Bride
Michael J. Fox Foundation
Mission Mexico Childrens Refuge
National Alliance of Mental Illness
National Association of Free Clinics
National Film Preservation Foundation
National Marfan Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Occidental Rugby Alumni Association
One Million Moms for Gun Control
Operation Blankets of Love
People Assisting the Homeless
Pet Orphans of Southern California
Planned Parenthood Foundation
Pug Rescue of San Diego
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Restore The Shore Benefit
Rockaway Rescue Alliance
Sankara Eye Foundation
Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation
Scott Weingard Memorial Fund
So Cal Bulldog Rescue
Special Olympics of Southern California
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
St. Luke’s Hospice
Stop Hunger Now
Student Conservation Association of Charleston, NH
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Asante Choir
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Pablove Foundation
The Trevor Project
Trident Swim Foundation
Victorian Country Fire Authority
Washington Trails Association
Wimbledon District Woodcraft Folk
I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time (More than a year)
As everyone notes, benefits are on the very high end, free food, phone, healthcare, gym - unlimited vacation. The culture has always been great, fun and fast paced, but took a hit along w/the business in '16 with some poor leadership choices. The company is much faster and leaner after the changes, and the new leadership, starting from the CEO and CTO are amazing. The culture and business are bouncing back fast. Feels like a startup again.
This is a hyper competitive industry ruled by a couple $500B. It is not for the weary, pack your competitive spirit.
Advice to Management
Move fast, execute, have fun, and take no prisoners.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Rubicon Project (Playa Vista, CA) in March 2018.
I had two phone-screen interviews, and then one 4.5 hour on-site interview with 6 individuals one-on-one. It was one of the most pleasant interviewing experience I've ever had.
The phone interviews all went off without a hitch. They were on point and allowed me to ask as many questions as we had time for.
When I went for the on-site interviews, Jacqueline, my contact, was at the first desk waiting for me. She gave me a fantastic tour of the facility and was able to describe all the work areas in the building. She showed me the interview room, which had my name on it, and made sure I was comfortable (lights, temperature, beverages, snacks, etc.). All the interviews started on time. The interviews were all professional and high quality (lots of great questions, and not all of them behavioral-type questions, either), but very friendly and comfortable. They even fed me lunch!
Nihal (who I had had my first phone interview with) did a debrief with me at the end and made sure I didn't have any more questions. He let me know that a decision would be forthcoming in the next week, and I'd hear from him either way at that time.
Overall, a wonderfully positive experience from start to finish.