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Amobee Reviews

Updated January 7, 2018
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Pros
  • Culture is good as is the work/life balance compared to a lot of other companies in market (in 10 reviews)

  • great people: also has team & company activities - even volunteering (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Expected to not have a work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of upper management, hence limited opportunities for promotion or moving up the ladder which can be demotivating (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amobee full-time

    Pros

    young, active group of people

    Cons

    unclear expectations and lack of experience in management team


  2. Helpful (9)

    "No vision"

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

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

    Pros

    The underlying tech was always one of the top options (for DSP) in the market, but....

    Cons

    *No vision. Many others have said it. If you want to sell media, go nuts. If you want to work in Ad Tech, don't do it.

    *For Amobee, the Amobee acquisition of Turn gave it it's own DSP. Amobee now saves that tech fee, instead of paying it to Turn.

    *For Turn, the Amobee acquisition takes one of the top 5 DSPs and moves it back in time into the category of an Ad Network... a media company.. not a tech company.

    *Benefits are standard at best.

    *Many of the smartest and most influential employees left the company (around summer/fall 2017) since the acquisition. Some left without other jobs due to the new realities and frustrations.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Just ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great colleagues in this company

    Cons

    vague overall directions from higher management and executive


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great Experience With a Hostile Enviorment"

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

    I have been working at Amobee full-time

    Pros

    - Great experience with high profile clients
    - Ability to adapt and learn quickly in order to shape skills as a marketer
    - Learning abilities are endless here

    Cons

    - Management/Seniority plays favoritism and does not often reward for hard work or compensate based on actual experience
    - Expected to not have a work/life balance
    - Morale is very low amongst employees often times
    - No 401K match
    - Due to high stress and large workloads you will burn out very quickly


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Only as a Last Resort to break into Industry"

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

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

    Pros

    Worked here for two years. Barely anything positive to say about this place.

    Somewhat frequent company outings and relaxed culture (agency lifestyle).

    Cons

    -Poor middle to upper management.
    -Silo mentality within a small space (literally and metaphorically)
    -Below competitive salaries
    -Long hours
    -Low quality ad tech
    -Very limited growth potential

    Within ad operations team, you are expected to stay in your lane within the assembly line, rather than becoming a well-rounded marketer. Would only recommend using the opportunity as a last resort stepping stone.

    Advice to Management

    Leave.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Curb appeal -- Great company for entry level & recent college grad"

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    Former Employee - Data in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Data in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, snacks, great entry level job, happy hours, work life is meant to appeal to young lads in their 20s

    Cons

    The image of the company on the outside is pristine. They like to tout culture and fun, beers and happy hour. However, the day-to-day operation is far from glamorous. You will be a button pusher, clicking on brainless submit buttons to push display or mobile ads. The theme is to fit as many young employees in as many cubicles as possible. Pretty faces here and there. Great entry level position for kids looking to have some fun. After 1-2 years, they figure it out and move onto a real career.

    - limited growth for employees
    - very young employees-- even senior and executive management is young and lack experience leading
    - instead of paying competitive salary and bonuses, they pay lower and use those savings to fund the culture
    - CEO is on the cheap side. Wont match 401k, won't invest in technology, equipment outdated.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amobee full-time

    Pros

    In theory, it could be good...someday. Also free snacks.

    Cons

    Integration of the 3 companies is taking a lot longer than anyone planned. The company is all over the place and seems to lack a clear vision. At the end, I think the sum of the parts was more than the sum of the whole. Middle management is inexperienced and tends to play favorites. Culture seems forced.

    Advice to Management

    Please be honest to employees and the market what can and cannot be done.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "OK at best."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Typical tech company perks, i.e. stocked kitchen, frequent happy hours. Fun atmosphere at times.

    Cons

    Poor management, favoritism. Very cliquey, Sales support teams are under-appreciated and treated like assistants.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure Sales Support teams are treated respectfully. Be more transparent.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "All about the spin"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are some really exceptional individual contributors at Amobee, some of whom came from their acquisition of Kontera Technologies in 2014.

    Cons

    Management is willfully ignorant. It's not like they haven't had feedback, they just don't care. Many of them have been raised to management through the Peter Principle. The HR department has no power at all, so don't expect anything when you complain to them.
    There is a severe lack of long-term thinking in the leadership. They will spin this as "make money today so we can do better things tomorrow", but tomorrow never comes.
    The claim of being a tech company is totally bogus. Yes, they have some cool tech, but it's barely used. Mostly, they resell online ad space.
    Employee happiness isn't even considered. They talk a good talk about work/life balance and flexibility, but in reality they expect everyone to be available around the clock and physically in the office every day regardless of the insane commute.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers. Send them to management training and then let HR enforce the management best practices like regular 1:1 meetings & real reviews.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Total disconnect between management and the "worker bees"."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great hires made working with the people there a pleasant experience. Also, employees are given a good amount of autonomy.

    Cons

    Upper management very obviously did not care about the success of the company and very rarely interfaced with the employees. Shady deals and acquisitions only contributed to a sense that the executives were simply trying to cash out.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some executives who 1) understand what the business needs to succeed, and 2) are not purely interested in their own bonuses.


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