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AdColony Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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Lars Boilesen
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great and the culture is strong and lively (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexibility to work from home when need be (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The messaging around the 2 rounds of redundancies in the space of 3 months was embarrassing, nothing to celebrate on the programmatic front (in 3 reviews)

  • No transparency, teams are working separately not as one team (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Transparency is a double-edged sword"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent forward momentum as a company, growth industry, great people. I've worked across industries, across a variety of company sizes, and AdColony is one of the best.

    Cons

    Room for growth outside of sales teams (where it seems new Director and up titles are made up every quarter or so just to keep people happy) is very minimal, because high level retention is so high. This needs to be figured out unless you want the talented middle to go elsewhere.

    Product/Engineering/Sales/etc. all seem very siloed, with some communication really not making its way across divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on internal communications and mid-level promotions outside of sales.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Calm down everybody"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AdColony full-time

    Pros

    There are many! Great 401k with company match, gym membership allowance, great work/life balance, flexible hours and some entire offices and departments work from home every Friday all year round. The product actually WORKS at great scale within mobile, with many unique mobile-first capabilities that set our offering apart from competitors. Industry-wide recognition for the quality of the product.
     The people still here are very talented people that "made the cut" through two rounds of layoffs, and are great human beings on top of being great professionals. And yes, there are lots of snacks.

    Cons

    Truth be told, there are many of these also. Everyone else in their review bashing the place talks about the yesteryears as if they were so great. In many ways they were (fun, big active teams, great morale), but they were irresponsible. The company over-hired, under-produced, and was not profitable. "The Oslo suits" as others have called them did need to get involved and tough decisions needed to be made to get the company back to a healthy place financially, which it is now. The company is profitable again, hiring in some key departments has resumed, but many of the people still here and writing these reviews are from the "previous days" and very sour about the new, more responsible direction as it is not as "fun" as days past. The company is back to a "start up" feel where a single individual may have to wear numerous hats, or go above and beyond the bullets that were in the job description they were hired for, and that type of environment is not right for everyone. Some people thrive in an environment like that, while others prefer the kosher feeling of a large (probably over-staffed) company. If you are the latter and not the former, then yes, AdColony in it's current state is not for you (and these are the people writing the majority of the scathing reviews). If you can however thrive in a fast-paced "start up like" environment, you can and will do well here and enjoy the things listed in the "Pros" section like many others here are.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about short and long term goals, and go out of your way to recognize the talented people you still do have within your walls that are keeping the place profitable with a great product offering despite lots of internal and external adversity (including Glassdoor reviews).

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Winter's coming"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AdColony full-time

    Pros

    Working with cool people.
    The technology is not outdated, some of them are at the industrial standard.
    The food is OK in my opinion.

    Cons

    Not nice HR and managers. They try to hide the negative news and only tell you good things.
    No transparency, teams are working separately not as one team.
    Company is losing the market, month by month.
    No career development!

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management. Only have advice to candidate, if you have offers elsewhere, go to take it. Do not come here, or join at your own risk!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible management team and do not work here if you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AdColony full-time

    Pros

    Good product in the market, we still have traffic of mobile users.
    Used to have good culture and team work.
    Free snack and one catered lunch every week.

    Cons

    Company executive leadership has all changed since 2017 due to revenue dip. Culture is totally not what is used to be.
    Poor management, manager only know telling lies! The HR would never tell you the truth.
    Lastly, people do not want to work here, and do not come to work here if you can.

    Advice to Management

    No advice.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "The people at Adcolony are awesome... The vibe, not so much"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are great to work with! Interesting space to work in as the ad-tech space is always developing and has much more room to grow

    Cons

    Not as much communication as there use to be. Although it's understandable due to recent changes, still would be nice to have more all hands.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "A mess of acquisitions"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AdColony full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Previously great people and leaders at AdColony
    1 good acquisition: AdColony
    Lots of travel
    Free lunch on Wednesday
    Free snacks

    Cons

    Multiple bad acquisitions by Opera Software (many subsequently shut down)
    Limited adtech or games experience for CEO and BOD
    Company is heavily influenced by activist investors
    Zero long term incentives - consistently let best talent walk out the door
    SDK/tech challenges resulting in lower supply rankings

    Advice to Management

    Consider CEO change
    Build up BOD with more adtech and games experience
    Don’t sacrifice long-term goals for short term shareholder activists


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Company cares more for money than good employees"

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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AdColony full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many unless you count the ok snacks

    Cons

    The company has turned into an environment that is based on short term goals and they make excuses for continually losing good employees. This is not where you want to make a future as this company will make you bitter in the end

    Advice to Management

    Learn what it means to care about the people you manage and try to nurture instead of intimidating and blaming the employees for your lack of skills

  8. Helpful (11)

    "circling the drain"

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    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AdColony full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people in this office and elsewhere used to be great, but the best are already gone.

    Cons

    If you're interviewing stop right now and look elsewhere. This company is doomed. New coo is making sure of that. New ceo (Opera CEO) doesn't care, only wants to sell sell sell.

    Advice to Management

    Give peeps severance and sell it already. Dragging it out is painful.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Get out while you still can"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AdColony full-time

    Pros

    The list is dwindling but like all the other reviews — snacks and once a week catered lunch is about it. The members who were truly awesome are gone, either because they lost a political battle, or because they already see the writing on the wall.

    Cons

    Pay. If you want to be paid well, go elsewhere. Engineers are paid about 50% less than market rate, but there's no real perks to speak of anymore. At attempt to give stock to keep people around doesn't pass the sniff test — Less than $2000 (being generous) IF the company gets bought and IF you stick around two whole years. Not good enough.

    Lars is a nice guy, but clueless about ad tech. AdColony should have been spun off when the Chinese refused to buy Opera Mediaworks. Mobilike should have been left to their own devices instead of gutting EMEA brand, and now global operations.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites. Promote people who've actually put the work in, not those who've brown nosed their way to their positions with nothing REAL to show for it.

    Sell the company to AOL or something and let everyone leave with their heads held high. The constant downwards trends do nothing to keep anyone.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Join at your own risk"

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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 AdColony full-time

    Pros

    Good snacks in break room.

    Cons

    Very low morale. Everyone is job searching. It's normal to hear someone leave every week.
    Frequent layoffs. Over 200 people cut in 2017. Some people laid off a couple months after joining. Company keeps missing revenue targets and laying off more people.
    Very political environment. Teams are not aligned on goals. No transparency from management. Leadership has become very weak from all the turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees reason to stay. You're losing good talent!


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