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Jesse Pujji
37 Ratings
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  • "Long hours (55-60/week), but at least they're transparent about this(in 8 reviews)

  • "Work life balance can be pretty terrible, especially when you're first starting out(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sharpen your knives, experience incredible growth, and add tons of value"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ampush full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Founded by former consultants and bankers, Ampush combines the analytical rigor of banking and the strategic thought leadership of big 3 consulting with an obsession for growth marketing. The resulting skill set is close to unmatched across the opportunities available to fresh college graduate. Regarding the company itself, its most valuable components are its people and culture. Ampush is really a tech-enabled people...

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    Cons

    The hours: "work life balance " gives way to "work life harmony", which means you will be at work more than you will be at home. That's great if you are hungry and enjoy working, and bad if you like a 9-5 lifestyle. Cutting costs to the point of pain: in an attempt to control costs Ampush can be very tightfisted with hiring. The result of which is an attempt to constantly pile the work higher and higher on fewer people's...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring the best, but don't forget to continue hiring. Continue investing in tech. Continue holding people accountable.

    Ampush2018-02-10
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Product Management roles: Be very careful in what you're signing up for. Lots of potential deal breakers, read below."

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    Former Employee - Head Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Digital marketing problems being solved at Ampush are relevant across the industry. This experience is invaluable. 2. Business teams are very dynamic and move quick to solve problems. Ownership of problems is encouraged; risk taking is appreciated. EXCEPT when it comes to technology (more on that in the cons) 3. Generalists are more likely to succeed here, which means you suspend any notion of building a traditional...

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    Cons

    1. General ignorance about technology (processes, people and systems) and some major unresolved issues with Sr. Leadership on "Product Managers" in general (You'll get the feeling they think PMs are out to screw the company (if at all they understand what a PM does)) Advice to new candidates in product roles: Make sure you talk to leadership and business teams before joining to calibrate your understanding of what tech-enablement...

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    Advice to Management

    1. Make decisions; there's just too much posturing and a lot more emphasis on presentation than the actual decision itself.

    Ampush2019-01-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn growth marketing, entrepreneurial skills"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Growth marketing is a surprisingly interesting field - intersection of data, strategy, psychology is a fun one -Ampush is trully one of the best places to learn how to do this. No one really knows how to do it well, and you can't learn in house like you can learn here -Really fun, smart people who push. Managers respect younger members and encourage them to contribute. Overall flat hierarchy -Company has made entrepreneurship...

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    Cons

    -Hours. If you're stuck in a rough client situation, will pull long hours in a difficult grind. Consistently understaffed due to stringent hiring process. -Leadership can be too enamored with big ideas at times. Need to consistently do well at taking care of employees, company.

    Ampush2018-02-04
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn growth marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time

    Pros

    - Coworkers are extremely bright, hardworking, creative and entrepreneurial. - Work is interesting, challenging and on the cutting edge of digital growth marketing - Get lots of responsibility up front - Work with exciting brands - either large established companies or high-growth startups in interesting industries

    Cons

    - Leadership expects a lot of its employees - work life balance can be challenging at times

    Ampush2018-01-12
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to grow and learn in the AdTech world"

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    Current Employee - Senior Growth Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -The caliber of employee at Ampush is something you'll be hard pressed to match at another company. Everyone here was a distinguished student at a top tier university and has an impressive intellect. -The startup culture is still alive here. While the company has matured during the last couple years, there is still time made for pool/ ping pong/ pop-a-shot/ fun events. -Leadership is very transparent. While some employees...

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    Cons

    -Some people think the hours are heavy but I disagree. A typical day might look like 9:30 - 7:30, which really isn't bad compared to any other job in this space. The hours are not fixed, so people who can get work done efficiently often get out earlier. For a recent grad, it's hard to beat Ampush's salary without venturing into a profession with much worse hours, like investment banking. -Turnover can seem high to those...

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    Advice to Management

    -You don't need to be transparent on everything. Sometimes you should just make a decision instead of opening up the issue to the floor.

    Ampush2017-10-10
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Growth Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people here. I feel like my potential growth here is uncapped. I have the freedom to tackle big problems the way I want. I drive real results for Ampush and the partners I work with.

    Cons

    The hours can be long.

    Ampush2017-09-22
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Do look further!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ampush full-time

    Pros

    if you like reality distortion, this is right for you! You'll be surrounded by people who are full of themselves and completely ignore the fact that they are headed down and to the right!

    Cons

    Ampush is piggybacking on Facebook, which has been growing like crazy. You would think they would be growing like crazy too, right? WRONG. Ampush is cornered between two types of tough competitors. Facebook itself, which is rolling out one feature after another to make companies like Ampush irrelevant, and new comers, that are way more innovative. Contrary to what they claim, Ampush is not a tech company. It's just not...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking you're invincible because you got lucky once. You're not playing the right cards right now.

    Ampush2017-10-11
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard, gain an excellent network"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Most everyone I worked with was kind, hard-working, intelligent, and fiercely passionate - if you're going to devote your heart and soul to a company, you better be working with people you enjoy being around. • Incredible opportunities to make an impact. Half the company is in their early twenties and managing hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad budgets. There are once-in-a-career opportunities like this on every...

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    Cons

    • On the marketing side, management had the best intentions, but oftentimes knew little more than the team they were leading. Because of this there was lots of tolerance for trying/failing, and management worked with us to learn, but we also wasted a lot of time had there been someone more experienced in the role from the get-go. They've since hired someone new to lead this team. • Long hours (55-60/week), but at least...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to take the time to invest in your employees and get to know them as human beings - people will work hard for you only if they know you have their backs and believe in them.

    Ampush2017-04-14
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Ampush full-time

      Pros

      Ampush is an incredible place to start your career. The level of autonomy allowed for new grads is very rare, and you will quickly become an expert in a growing field. Ampush hires very smart people, and I truly enjoyed my coworkers as colleagues and friends. Client list is interesting, and there is definitely a lot to learn in our key verticals. Company values are strong, if not always kept in mind, Ampush has a very...

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      Cons

      Work life balance can be pretty terrible, especially when you're first starting out. The company has shifted strategies many times, which leaves junior people scrambling to find solutions. Our branding as 24/7, white-glove service leads to very unreasonable requests from partners. Issues with career-pathing (especially at middle management levels) and diversity have been pointed out for a very long time with little...

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      Advice to Management

      Don't get so distracted by new business models, investments, etc, that you lose sight of those cranking on the core business. Take employee feedback seriously (even when it is hard to hear) and show real action on making changes.

      Ampush2016-11-29
    • Helpful (9)

      "Solid first job, stay for a year then leave"

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      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Media Analyst in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Ampush full-time

      Pros

      Most of the people working at Ampush are very smart, committed employees and it's great to be working somewhere with such driven peers. Your ideas and opinions will be taken seriously very early on and you will have a lot of direct interaction with the client and the higher ups. This is also the place to learn Facebook advertising because everyone at Ampush knows it very well. Perks like the free snacks, lunch and gym...

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      Cons

      What an earlier review said about reinventing the wheel is completely true. The constant new hires, switching of accounts, and lack of communication across teams means that knowledge is not distributed evenly. There especially is a big knowledge gap between the NY and SF offices. Ampush claims to care about hiring women and racial minorities but they don't. There is only one female/minority executive (besides the founders),...

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      Advice to Management

      You really need to figure out how to hire and promote more women and minorities. There is clearly bias in the hiring and promotion process that is unhealthy and unsustainable. The fact that you say you care and then hire mostly white men is sickening. Please also train your managers on how to manage their team members. So many of them view their jobs as a high level title to swoop in when things aren't good with the...

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      Ampush2016-09-19
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