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AdColony Reviews

Updated September 20, 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 8 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 (1)

    "Mistakes were made. The future is bright."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Significantly streamlined management and workforce are keen to push things forward. While the layoffs in 2017 may have cost some good employees, many hangers-on and "get by" people who were coasting (especially from the OMW days) are no longer here.

    EVERYONE is now pushing in the same direction and there's been a significant change over the past quarter. Quarterly bonuses have been paid out consistently in 2018, including our annual for 2017.

    Cons

    There's still some shake ups happening on the top end, but the people who make the product work and the ones that sell it are still going strong.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget MONTHLY all-hands. Hire an external COO to push things with fresh perspective.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "C-Level Executives Ran Company Into Ground"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I use to love this company- they had great benefits and great people. It use to always be a pleasant day in the office.

    Cons

    The C-level Executives, so the people who have the final say on decisions, are incompetent, ignorant, and incompassionate. They decided to lay off the tech people of an ad tech company which is bad. They also laid off the employees who had vision. The engineers and analysts they kept are great and smart people but they are also the newest people which is why they were the lowest paid and saved from the lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Short Otello stock.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not happy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good office location
    Free snacks

    Cons

    Bad leadership
    Toxic working environment
    No support from management

    Advice to Management

    Look around and listen to people


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Leadership are all lying"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    good co-worker
    good snack and good company location (despite of bad traffic)
    we use some state-of-art technology to build our product

    Cons

    -leadership and HR, managers are always lying. They told a different story than the true one. The HR management is dysfunctional since last year.
    - Very low paid job. Benefits are not good.
    - Hiring is hard, good people do not want to come, current employees try to leave ASAP.
    - Leadership does not focus on the issues company has faced since last year, instead, they fight to get more headcounts.
    - To people who prepare to come, do not come if you have other opportunities, otherwise, you will feel you are being played once you joined the company!
    - Some of the good reviews here come from company or are company sponsored, see the majority and get a feeling. People are not stupid.

    Advice to Management

    None, very disappointed to the management. The worst I've ever seen.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    RTO
    Weekly Lunch
    Snacks
    Semi-close to public transportation

    Cons

    No leadership
    Complete loss of culture
    Foreign “leadership” is out of touch with reality, or could just careless. (They’re not being held accountable)
    Layoffs celebrated (no experience left)
    Condemned for taking any time off
    Employees are just numbers (and a salary)
    Lack of organization
    Any structure was completely lost with the visionaries forced out.
    Cuts and layoffs have happened and still top execs continue to burn through cash like its Monopoly money.
    Fancy rental cars, long term housing cost to coast flight every month.
    A lot of waste for a company still trying to “cut cost” (more like cut jobs) Gold the company and reap the benefits of being shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management, just care about something other than folding the company and fattening your pockets
    Middle management needs to stop being sheep.
    We have heard three times now after personnel cuts that we feel good with where we are at, this is the group that can get us back to where we need to be. It’s all smoke and mirrors... you will never gain the trust back of these employees and have lied and filled this once bountiful culture with deceit and a better watch your back because your next environment. Figure out a way to put words into actions, quite leading people into a fire while you stand outside and flip the switch.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Glory days have passed, now it's just despair"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Flexible hours and a fully stocked kitchen

    Cons

    Management is completely oblivious to what is happening. They are too busy trying to "save the company" while they let the competition blow by. Middle managers get used and abused, and all other employees are so drained you can see the pain on their faces. No one cares about the product anymore. They just come in, get the paycheck, and do their 5-6 hour work day. They way they promote people is by putting names into a hat and drawing a few out.

    HR claims to be your friend but they aren't. They're trying to get info from you to help managers know who to blame. Speaking of blame, if you're considering working here, just know, directors LOVE to play the blame game.

    It's been really depressing watching everyone quit. We've let good people go who were really good because the company decided to let them go to payout other execs millions or they're just trying to have full control and the remaining older employees are in their way.

    Bottom line, company is losing money, execs don't know what they're doing, no big clients left, and the good people are gone. What's left are people who are too lazy to find new jobs or are blindly following the leadership to their doom.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to your employees. Pay them for doing the extra work for all the people who have quit. Maybe start using your own company pillars that you set up? Transparency is the most joked about thing in the office.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Direction Direction Direction Direction Direction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great work life balance.
    -Benefits are great.
    -Generally people are friendly and I made some of my best friends here.
    -Good snacks/food.

    Cons

    -No clear direction as to how they are going to climb back up from all the poor decisions they made over the last few years.
    -Every single person in management that was any good (with one exception Sasha) has left the SF office.
    -Goals shift every quarter or when Oslo/Board decide.
    -Compensation is based team based not individually based which creates some slackers.
    -Most of the talent is leaving or has left. Not uncommon to see someone leave every other week.
    -Not really innovating just playing catch up.

    Advice to Management

    Find a direction and stick to it. Stop letting Oslo dictate so much and forget about short term goals. If you fix the major problems the stock will respond. Stop focusing on quarterly budgets if it means that the product is falling further behind. Give incentives (real ones not 1k if you stay for 3 years) to your top performing teams. Stop telling people that this will be the last round of layoffs and then doing it again next quarter when things don't work out.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The urgency is finally recognized"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AdColony full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many nice people, good update sharing culture by Slack channels, very honest ad company to the clients, unlimited snacks, and recently all employees work proactively.

    Cons

    No one knows about the product clearly. Now, AdColony is trying many experiments to win in business but it feels too late to catch up the others.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve the product in many ways - speed up ad serving and the main core's serving algorithms. Hire more engineers who can improve the actual product, stop harassing salse, AMs, Ops. The root problem is from the product, not the ppl who control it.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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).


  10. Helpful (9)

    "When the facade comes-a-tumblin' down"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    They'll drum up some nice keynotes to make you think that they're bleeding edge when in-fact AdColony is just another two-bit 'ad-tech' middleman that no one really cares about. But, when I believed it—when the atmosphere was a stirred frenzy of intense meetings echoing through the hall, of freshly opened bags of twice fried potato chip rustling, crunching, and of the syncopated swat of a well fought game of ping pong—it was magical.

    Cons

    But as we all should know, magic is a sleight of hand, a diversion to trick a person into believing an illusion. And if you keep on doing the same old trick, well, eventually you are either going to get lazy and mess up, or your audience will have seen it enough times to realize the ruse. In AdColony's case, it was both.

    If I can say anything good about Adcolony’s upper management and executive leadership team, I would say they were good at masking what’s just pathetic heave of dung from their mouths. To think people don’t actually rise to the top based off of who they know, and off of pure and utter bull, and dishonest political maneuvering, and by making yourself look good by actively to trying to make others look bad, and by being experts at building straw men, is naive and intellectually dishonest. Unfortunately, I think perhaps my review of Adcolony is sort of a reflection of the two faces of the world at large. I guess, then, I just feel like a disappointed child learning the truth about a nasty, cruel world.

    Advice to Management

    There have been many great leaders who have stated something similar to "great leaders give credit out and take the blame for themselves". Unfortunately, that's not how it worked at AdColony. Those who were recognized had done the opposite, illegitimately taking credit and falsely blaming others.


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