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Pros
  • Relax company culture, good code, good management, free lunches (in 30 reviews)

  • Decent benefits including free lunches twice a week and free beverages (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes have to work long hours on short notice (in 6 reviews)

  • Mismanagement of funds leading to tons of people let go (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They really try hard to make everyone feel welcome. HR is great at building a strong community in the company.

    Cons

    Miscommunication and managers who don't know what they are doing. I had a manager who had no idea how to do any of the tasks I was responsible for, so that made things somewhat difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Check in frequently with employees and make sure that everyone is doing something they enjoy


  2. Helpful (18)

    "A rollercoaster with great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Passionate, hard working people who love the industry and want to make a difference. A pragmatic balance of technology and great service. Fun activities and good leadership who really care

    Cons

    We have had some great times and some bad months, due to losing a few good people. The tech used to be weak but has improved a lot lately

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose faith - this is a winning team. Keep challenging, supporting and inspiring us (and listening)


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Portfolio of opportunities and talent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adknowledge full-time

    Pros

    Portfolio of lots of ad tech businesses gives financial stability when one business unit has a bad quarter. It also means talented people can be moved between business units to help out.

    People are passionate and professional. They love what they do and making their customers successful.

    Dogs allowed in the office :)

    Cons

    The adtech industry is hard work and very volatile. Don't join if you want a 9-5 job or a stable, predictable year.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for you support and challenges!


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  5. Helpful (17)

    "intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    great company culture, felt like tasks actually contributed to company

    Cons

    did not experience any cons

    Adknowledge Response

    Jul 1, 2015 – Communications manager

    We're glad you enjoyed your time here! Thank you for your contributions.


  6. Helpful (20)

    "Great Potential for Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adknowledge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Adknowledge has great health benefits. Ideas and opinions of individual employees are encouraged and highly considered. It's a fun office culture with great incentives for acting above and beyond. Company wide activities also encourage social interactions.

    Cons

    Technology used. Microsoft Exchange can be difficult to use and integrate.

    Advice to Management

    Allow remote work.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Great industry learning opportunity; horrible job!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co liked to hire good looking girls, evident in that one of the directors married his office manager whom reported to him. Occasional paid lunches.

    Cons

    Commonly commission was changed quarterly.."Cheese was moved regularly" , CEO was pompous and cold. Took a 70 million $ payout and brought in euro ceo to clean up his mess. Salary increases unheard of , even with stellar performance and Revenue increases. KC and most technology stack hidden from sales team for fear of competition

    Advice to Management

    Advance candidates from within.. do not play favorites and at least pretend you appreciate those that made you the fortunes specifically I direct that to the Chairman and President of the Co. Stock Options are a foreign concept, toxic place to work!!


  8. Helpful (11)

    "One and a half years of fun!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Ad Performance in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Ad Performance in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good resources, awesome technology, great benefits, easy culture, supportive teams.

    Cons

    Some of the technology is so complex that it is difficult to stray from established paths without some effort. Some people (few) are just punching the clock and/or doing what they have always done including generating reports but aren't evolving further nor using the reports to generate hypothesis for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    You are 90% running an awesome ship - find the existing top revenue areas or potential top revenue areas and try to weed out that 10% that is keeping you from achieving the maximum performance you could be.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Positive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady industry, creative management, generous employee perks

    Cons

    Heavy workload, automated creative, long hours


  10. Helpful (7)

    "It was a series of peaks and valleys, with very little input / planning re objectives."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunches Mon and Weds; free snacks, soft drinks/beer 24/7
    Open environment among contract writers
    No dress standard (shorts OK); levis the norm

    Cons

    I was part of team hired to re-write the entire series of ads offered to ADK's clients. From the beginning, there was no structure as to word/character length, style and size of ads, in fact, early ads had to be re-written because there were no creative guidelines at the outset. In the middle of the project, the entire creative department was purged, our computers either confiscated or access denied. Up to this point, we had increased revenue by 3%; but mgt. goal was an increase of 6%.

    When you're changing everything, you can't expect 6%; you have to test and retest, both copy and design.

    There was no explanation. Because California is an 'at will' state, ADK could terminate all of us (and they did) with no prior notice. The management of the department was fired as well (VP and PM levels). That's the way the senior management of the company works. Would I recommend it as a career path? No. As a part-time gig? Maybe.

    Advice to Management

    Why would I offer them advice? They seem to know everything. (CLUE: even though they are multimillionaires, they don't).


  11. Helpful (2)

    "It was pretty good experience to start my first job there with a great team in Domain's"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great working environment
    easy access to management layer

    Cons

    not much career advance for employee



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