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  1. "learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, exposure to internet ad data mining.

    Cons

    They are out of business now!

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Sr. Account Executive"

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

    I worked at Adbrite full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch every day and nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Company has no direction and Executive team is incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth and have a clear vision for the company.

  3. "Great experience with poor outcome"

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

    I worked at Adbrite full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    We had a great group of talent and expertise. Free catered lunches and prime location in SF. Most people worked their butts off.

    Cons

    Sub-par culture and pay. Most people kept to themselves until something went wrong.

    Advice to Management

    You should have accepted an acquisition/merger when you had the chance. Shouldn't have let your egos get in the way of the company direction. We would still be in business had this not been an issue.


  4. "We built a lot that was almost the right thing."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very little is sacred--as an engineer you'll be trusted to design and build whatever you need to solve some tough scaling problems. Management more willing than most to invest in robust replacements for legacy systems. Good opportunities to pick up newer technologies and move away from bad ones, and mobility even between departments. Enjoyable culture of going out for drinks with a big alumni network. Good pay and perks--central downtown office, insurance options, commuting, lunch, gym.

    Cons

    Ongoing unrealistic expectations being set about how much impact each project will have. Too much unwritten tribal knowledge lost with turnover, and not enough communication between departments about problems and opportunities. Code doesn't often get the refactoring it needs.

    Advice to Management

    Do we have the right people now to predict where the market is going to be, and draw up an economic moat around it?


  5. "Fun company without a whole lot of direction, missed out on an opportunity to knock it out of the park"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very Casual Work Environment
    Huge Kitchen, Catered Lunches
    Gym Membership
    Somewhat cutting edge industry
    Cool people

    Cons

    Management in disarray, slightly aloof
    Lack of communication between departments
    Poor employee retention, limited HR functionality

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at identifying your top performers and instilling a culture of pride


  6. "Revolving Doors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location - right on Market St.

    Cons

    Very high turn over (> 20% a year).

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced professional leaders for management.


  7. "Interesting business with poor execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    An excellent business model. Good compensation with great benefits. Nice location. Convenient to commute via Bart. Engineering team worked hard and stuck together.

    Cons

    The management was incompetent. Put high expectation to engineering team, but provided few clear guidance and showed no respects. Talents have been leaving.

    Advice to Management

    The management team should have a clear and definite product road map. Provide more opportunities to young talents and help them develop their career in Adbrite.

  8. "Don't work at AdBrite"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Downtown SF, (at the time) a possibility for a buyout, (at the time) free catered lunches, engineering team stuck together.

    AdBrite was a rising star - founded by a web celebrity in downtown SF with decent benefits, not the least of which was the free lunches they used to provide. AdBrite eventually moved locations to Market Street next to The Sports Club LA for which they provided a slightly discounted membership. And there was talent - so much talent. The talent that passed through the doors at AdBrite was unmatched. If only they could have retained that talent, they might have had a shot. But ...

    Cons

    Horrible management, disrespect from upper management towards employees, incompetent CEO, high turnover, technical leaders do not understand technology. The technology stack is a joke. Basically, instead of using proven open source solutions, AdBrite uses custom-rolled solutions for many of the layers in their stack which are far inferior to their open source equivalents. For the longest time, their search engine was running on something the CTO wrote.

    Iggy Fanlo (CEO) once sent out an email telling employees they needed to work 60 hour weeks. The problem is that there just wasn't enough work to do, nor was there motivation or any kind of guidance. The founders of the company frequently sent out disparaging emails telling employees that there were too many bugs in the site without setting clear goals as to how to solve the problem.

    Advice to Management

    None - AdBrite is a sinking ship. Anybody with any talent has long since bailed. And now with the layoffs? Forget it. No one wants to work there.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "AdBrite has potential if the right road map can be followed."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The company is doing some really cool technology, and able to deal this with a large set of users.

    Cons

    The tight & cramped physical work space make it hard to work, which in turns makes it feel like chaotic around the office.

    Advice to Management

    Something needs to be done about the direction of the company for it to make it.


  10. "f**kedcompany.com lives up to its name"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Adbrite full-time

    Pros

    Great analytics, laid back culture. Great location on Market Street in SF. As of 2011, was the largest independent advertising exchange -- i.e., not owned by Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. -- with a long tail that included 40K publisher sites and 100K pages. But that was then.

    Cons

    In December 2011, the board walked away from an acquisition in favor of a restart. Subsequently, the entire management team and most other key employees left. AdBrite is now on its 3rd CEO since December.

    The restart has not gone well. It's very unclear what the direction of the company is going forward, or whether there will be a long-term future. It appears to be in free fall.


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