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The Trade Desk Overview

Ventura, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (TTD)
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The Trade Desk powers the most sophisticated buyers in advertising technology. Founded by the pioneers of real-time bidding, The Trade Desk has become the fastest growing demand-side platform in the industry by offering agencies, aggregators, and their advertisers best-in-class ... Read more

Mission: The Trade Desk is the fastest-growing adtech platform for a reason – our people. We’re here because we believe we’re building something special, and we’re looking for good people to pitch in. Our culture is innovative, energetic, and ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#20)

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The Trade Desk – Why Work For Us?

The Trade Desk is the fastest-growing adtech platform for a reason – our people.

We’re here because we believe we’re building something special, and we’re looking for good people to pitch in. Our culture is innovative, energetic, and collaborative. Those aren’t perks – those are just the way we do business.

Our story starts in 2009, when founder and CEO Jeff Green leaves Microsoft after they acquired his previous venture, online ad exchange AdECN, in 2007. Jeff and TTD cofounder Dave Pickles decide to build the most robust, agile, and expressive programmatic platform advertising has ever seen. Cut to 2016: our engineers still ship product weekly for clients across the globe.

Our goal? To bring unparalleled sophistication to online advertising. And although we’re a technology platform, it all starts with our team.

  • Our engineers are agile and build against the full stack. They bring new ideas to the table and work shoulder-to-shoulder with business and product to produce tech that was recently recognized by Forrester Research as “a better option for buyers.”
  • Our media traders have degrees in economics and statistics from top universities and many made the jump into advertising from careers on Wall Street. They’re numbers people with a passion for pivots, and always up for a raucous session of ping pong.
  • Our sales and accounts teams are advisors and strategists. They have managed clients, marketing strategy, and advertising campaigns at companies such as JWT, WebMD, DoubleVerify, Google, and Microsoft. They’re deep on the details of our tech and a whole lot of fun at happy hour.

Sound like the kind of people you’d like to spend your days with? We invite you to come make an impact.

Behind People of Programmatic

At The Trade Desk, we love stories. Though our platform is rooted in technology, when you boil down what our pipes are doing, we’re really helping marketers tell their stories cohesively and memorably across all touch points.

And now, it’s our turn.

Meet our people, the true people of programmatic. We partnered with Digiday to give you an inside look at the people who are transforming the way media is bought, sold and consumed every day. The concept is a play on the popular Humans of New York blog and books, which so enchantingly captures the stories of New Yorkers and beyond. The Trade Desk is filled with interesting and unique characters, who each took their own path to get here and we wanted to share their perspective in the same way.

With integrations into every major advertising exchange, we handle well over 4 trillion requests every month and growing – that's more page views and queries than Facebook, Google Search, and Google's entire network of websites combined – all serviced in single-digit-ms response times. Are you interested in working with big data? Do you want to push the edges of scale and responsiveness? It doesn't get much bigger or faster than this!

We are looking for full-stack SOA engineers with grit. Every day we're solving problems that have either never been solved before, or have never been solved at this scale. We run our team very fast and very lean, which means every engineer has a high degree of ownership and potential impact – and we are looking for candidates with the chops to handle it.

Recently named one of the top 10 most promising companies in America by Forbes Magazine and one of the "Best Places To Work" in the nation by Outdoor Magazine, The Trade Desk offers a culture of "relaxed intensity" – one that comes from working alongside one of the most talented teams in our industry, and leading in a race that is ours to lose.

You might be a great fit for The Trade Desk development team if:

  • You are a full-stack SOA engineer / generalist. Experience and (just as important) interest in working in a variety of layers and technologies within a SOA is a must for our team. This includes (walking down the stack): AngularJS SPA development, MVC-based web architecture, external RESTful APIs, distributed (and in our case, highly scaled) request handling services, no-SQL and relational SQL databases, big data processing (e.g. data bus architecture, Hadoop / MPP data warehouse, etc.), and data visualization (e.g. Tableau). Experience in all these layers is not strictly required, but we do like to see experience working in more than one, as well as eagerness to work on projects that might slice through them all (because they often will).
  • You have a track record of significant, specific, and self-directed contributions to large and challenging projects. What we're getting at here is "grit" or "street cred" – some proof that this isn’t your first rodeo, and you have learned some lessons the hard way.
  • You lead withhumility and confidence. Our engineers have the opportunity (and are expected) to exercise a high degree of leadership and expertise in their daily work, having strongly held and defensible ideas, and advocating for what they believe is right. But they also need to be eager to hear differing opinions, adept at identifying and evaluating tradeoffs, willing to be proven wrong, and quick to walk through fire to help out their follow teammates.
  • You have product-driven software development experience using a modern, object-oriented language. Memory-managed languages are best -- .e.g. C#, Java, Python, Ruby, etc. We do a lot of development in C#/.NET, but specific experience here is not required.

We are GLOBALLY united.

We have offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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The Trade Desk Reviews

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The Trade Desk Founder & CEO Jeff Green
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    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than 3 years)


    The Trade Desk is an outstanding company. Leadership constantly proves that they value their employees. The technical challenges are non-stop and are key to career growth for engineers. Everyone is very helpful and happy. It's a very healthy place to work!


    We're probably too big now for promotion announcements. Those are getting old.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. This place has been great for years and continues to be great because management's leadership.

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The Trade Desk Photos

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The Trade Desk Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The Trade Desk (New York, NY) in October 2015.


    I had three interview (1 phone and 2 on-sites). I met employees from a range of teams, as well as managers and leadership from the Client Services team that I would be joining. The final on-site interview included a demo to a Hiring Manager and Head of Client Services.

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The Trade Desk Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Fortune, 2018
  • # 2 Best Software Companies to Work for, Glassdoor, 2018
  • # 11 100 Best Medium Workplaces, Fortune, 2017
  • # 20 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2017
  • Best Places to Work – fourth year in a row, Outside, 2017
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