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Adap.tv San Mateo Reviews

Updated September 3, 2017
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  • Business seems to be going downturn as compared to before, but still strong revenue due to ad tech industry (in 2 reviews)

  • Non-structured, ill-defined career path - promotion without adjusted compensation not unheard of (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "A lot of lay offs"

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    Former Employee - Product Support in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Product Support in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The money and people were good.

    Cons

    Frequent lay offs. Hopefully with the Yahoo acquisition this will add stability to the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully with the Yahoo acquisition this will add stability to the organization.


  2. "Senior software engineering manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, great work environment

    Cons

    It's getting downhill after AOL accusition

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in great engineering, which is the money printing team

  3. "Fun Project"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Mateo, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Adap.tv as a contractor

    Pros

    Great VP, HR. Not a micro-manager. Trusts that her team member knows what she's doing.

    Cons

    The project was a little demanding because the other involved party couldn't delivery. Otherwise, working with Adap.tv was great!


  4. "Ad Tech company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good team, relaxed work place and free food

    Cons

    old technology, lots of changes due to merger with AOL, Yahoo etc


  5. "Good corporate workplace"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Focus on getting the job done, not assigning blame
    Low politics (at least at the lower levels)
    Friendly environment

    Cons

    Feeling our way into Agile
    Product Management was understaffed, now training new staff
    Slowly resolving product integration direction and schedule

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking us for annual (or even quarterly) goals if we are supposed to be Agile


  6. "Great former startup"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was fun while it lasted

    Cons

    Now part of Verizon and big company culture


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Former Ad tech star fades"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great founding management team
    great results driven culture that was fun.
    before purchase, was leader in its category

    Cons

    founders exited 1 year after purchase was complete
    culture changed to AOL, older, slower moving company
    AOL big company processes slowed down innovation and time to market

    Advice to Management

    operated with the urgency of a startup
    manage big company processes, so they don't impact productivity

  8. "Fun place to work, learned a lot."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun environment, lots of perks. This was my first job as a software engineer, perfect landing spot. I learned a lot about best practices and large scale development practices.

    Cons

    The pay was a little under market. The company exhibited some pains associated with the acquisition. AOL came in and changed some things for the better but also some things for the worse. A bit of brain drain post-acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some UX designers to help the product process. Focus on engineering and recruit top talent. Try to limit brain drain as it lowers morale.


  9. "Making money is more important than making customers happy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time

    Pros

    It may be fun to work in a trendy video advertisement industry

    Cons

    Everyday the system gets broken. Even a new feature is usually broken.
    Don’t learn from the past failures, and make the same failures repeatedly again and again.
    No leadership. No inspiration.
    The focus of their business seems to get technology tax as much as possible, not to make customers happy.

    Advice to Management

    Throw away the current system and rebuild it from scratch. The current architecture doesn’t match the current needs and requirements.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Are you a low performer not looking for a challenge with a love of bureaucracy? Then come on by! This place is for you!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adap.tv full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This was an amazing company where you were challenged and pushed to your limits on a daily basis. We all worked together and accomplished great feats. Year over year we grew by multiples and were even profitable in our own right and there was an amazing leadership team that you believed in and trusted.

    Alas......those days are over and there is nothing left of this once great company.

    Don't expect any big raises or promotions. Your going on AOL plan of +2% year increases and bonuses/commissions that are paid annually! Woo Hoo! Maybe they will even try to convert your 401K match to an annual base so they can squeeze you for some more cash.

    Cons

    Leadership: Anyone you wanted to work with or look up to has left the building or is rapidly on their way out. Whats left is all fluff and utterly lack substance. How many times can someone show you a chart with up and to the right and then tell you that that company missed all of their goals.

    Fun: Just compare the Christmas parties in 2013 and 2014 to get an idea. In 2013 we rocked it out and celebrated our massive success with drinks, music, and tasty treats. All put up at fancy hotels in downtown SF. In 2014 under AOL we had an ugly sweater party in the cafeteria with cheap beer.

    Challenges: We solved complicated problems in the past and today its more about politics and bureaucracy

    Culture: We had a great culture in the past. There is nothing left anymore. Walking in here everyday is a complete energy suck.

    Vibe: This is not a tech company anymore. It was bought by a dial-up internet dinosaur who couldn't help but take their new shiny toy and destroy it.

    Advice to Management

    What management? We don't even have company meetings anymore. There is no one to advise.

    The truth is go find something better.

    The rating on the CEO is not applicable.


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