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The Trade Desk Overview

Ventura, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2009
Company - Public (TTD)
Internet
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The Trade Desk is changing the way global brands and their agencies advertise to audiences around the world. Our media-buying platform helps deliver a more insightful and relevant ad experience for consumers — and sets a new standard for global reach, accuracy, and ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to transform media for the benefit of humankind. How? With a media-buying platform that helps brands deliver a more insightful and relevant ad experience for consumers — and sets a new standard for global reach, accuracy, and transparency.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#20)

Company Updates

  • We feel lucky to have the opportunity to drive an industry forward in a meaningful way. Up for the challenge? Learn more about our engineering opportunities across the globe.

  • According to our data, when advertisers run CTV alongside linear buys, they tend to realize the benefits of data-driven buying and commit nearly 200% more spend YOY. Read our whitepaper to learn more about why now is the opportunity for Connected TV.

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The Trade Desk Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "A Great Place to Build the Future of Media"

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

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Visionary leadership
    - Great culture
    - Amazing benefits
    - Inspiring people--intelligent and empathetic
    - Growth

    Cons

    - Management sometimes still leans heavily into approvals of projects/work, which can slow things down

    Advice to Management

    My experience overall at The Trade Desk has been very positive. This is a purpose-driven company run by visionaries that seeks to transform the media industry in a positive way (vs. disrupting it like the walled gardens). The people you work with are all very smart and ambitious, but also fun, caring, and empathetic. If you are a top performer at TTD you are recognized and rewarded with more responsibility, promotions, and/ given more/other career opportunities. If you aren't performing in your role (regardless of level), you won't last very long as management is quick to identify and take action. The company has experienced incredible growth over the past decade and there is really no end in sight.

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The Trade Desk Photos

The Trade Desk photo of: New Hire Palooza 2019
The Trade Desk photo of: TTD Olympics at New Hire Palooza 2019
The Trade Desk photo of: Pasta Making Team event in Singapore
The Trade Desk photo of: Bid Factor Awards
The Trade Desk photo of: Catapults at New Hire Palooza
The Trade Desk photo of: Surfing at Intern Summit
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The Trade Desk Interviews

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  1.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Trade Desk.

    Interview

    Pretty terrible interview process. Started with a 1 hour call with the recruiter where she talked for literally the whole hour giving a detailed explanation about how the AdTech industry works. This was pretty boring and kind of a waste of my time. The next interview was a half hour session with the hiring manager who was nice, but didn't have any prepared questions or structure.

    However, the thing that really sucked was the next step - their take home assignment. Normally I like a take home assignment because it gives you a chance to spend some extra time and ace the assignment if you really care. However, this assignment was quiet bad. Instead of tasking you to build a small new codebase from scratch, they instead send you an existing project, with the only prompt being to "improve" architecture and visual design of the project.

    The existing codebase they sent over was overall messy and buggy, and the instructions were pretty unclear. The recruiter said that they expect you to have a lot of questions and the people that do best ask questions. This seems ridiculous for a take home assignment because its something you often do on your own time and after work hours so needing to ask your interviewer questions over email adds days of delay to the process.

    In the end, I made some assumptions that (I guess) weren't correct, and they said that my work was the opposite of what they expected. I have passed take home assignments at big name companies like Twitter and Square and this is actually the first take home assignment I have ever not passed.

    Even if I did pass though, it seems like the next step of the interviews was a full day of leetcode madness, so even after you show them that you know how to code, you still have to participate in the leetcode circus. The overall process seems disproportionally long, time consuming and difficult when compared with the low prestige of working at TDD. If you can crack the interview here, you should probably go interview at facebook or google instead.

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The Trade Desk Awards & Accolades

  • #2 50 Best Workplaces in Technology, Fortune, 2019
  • 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Fortune, 2018
  • #1 Built in CO Best Places to Work, Built in Colorado, 2019
  • #1 FORTUNE Best Companies to Work for in New York, Fortune, 2019
  • #14 100 Best Places to Work in NYC - 6th year in a row, Crain's, 2019
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