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Pros
  • Great people and career opportunities (in 8 reviews)

  • and where I'm surrounded by fun people working together to build something great (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Huge disconnect between the companies stated values and what is actually valued among senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Campaign Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Best culture I've ever experienced. Makes working anywhere else difficult! Management very open to employee suggestions. A lot of room for growth and an exciting work environment that is always changing and growing

    Cons

    There really weren't many cons at all. Personally I did not see a career path at Brightroll because of personal career goals.


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at BrightRoll (Less than a year)

    Pros

    BrightRoll was acquired after I left but I can't imagine that it's changed that much since that happened. BrightRoll gives you all the stuff that you'd expect from a startup e.g. lots of interesting perks (breakfast and lunch several days a week), Nerf guns and ping pong tables. The CEO tried to push a really open culture where everyone was accessible.

    Cons

    Due to the culture of opening and wanting everyone to be aware of what is going on there were a lot of meetings. A lot. Because of this most people seemed to just stop paying attention.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Absolutely terrible managers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publisher Services in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Publisher Services in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ...because it's part of Yahoo now and there is newer blood in the company from Yahoo.

    Cons

    Management withholds information from those under them. They act as if they are giving you an opportunity, but opportunities will only happen for you if you play the game and brown-nose or suck up badly. Many hard-working, smart employees deserve more chances and opportunities, but the management will turn their heads the other way.
    A good group of the BrightRoll employees are also very snotty, when in reality it is likely their first or second job ever out of college. If they are going to have the millennial attitude, at least let them be intelligent. We are part of Yahoo now, yet they still have the "start-up" mentality that is "I am better than all of you" attitude. Give Yahoo a chance. Yahoo acquired us, yet we still have a lot of growing up to do.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and learn how to properly run a business structure. If you do, maybe you wouldn't have so much turn-over.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Low pay, bad culture, even worse managers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Focus completely on video (at least in the past) which was great advantage
    - Lots of free food
    - Yahoo has some good perks

    Cons

    - Very cliquey culture made up of stereotypical mean girls (they probably think this is a compliment)
    - Company is not diverse at all which makes first point even worse if you catch my drift.
    - Managers in my dept were not leaders and they did not have strong skill sets to learn from.
    - Managers withheld information to help you do a better job.. on purpose.
    - Pay was not competitive at all.

    Advice to Management

    I think Yahoo stepping in will probably make Brightroll a better place to work. You should let employees anonymously review their managers. If your team constantly quits because they can't work under you, don't you think there is definitely a problem with those managers?


  5. "Innovative Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great culture, great product

    Cons

    New leadership doesn't know the people or care about them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Before Acquisition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture with many brilliant, inspiring and fun co-workers
    Great perks including snacks, massages, lunch every day and breakfast twice a week

    Cons

    The culture is becoming more corporate and less start-up
    Less transparency into decisions from the top down
    Level-setting of existing employees after the acquisition


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not as Bright Anymore"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BrightRoll full-time

    Pros

    BrightRoll exhibited some of the smartest most driven people in the industry. Not sure how much longer many of them will stick around post acquisition. The company had a great culture that made it easy to be passionate about ad-tech and exciting to be a part of a company and industry that is rapidly growing/changing.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between the companies stated values and what is actually valued among senior management. Broken processes, constant re-orgs, too many politics. As the company grew, they became increasingly saturated with people who have a lot to say, but don't actually execute on anything.

    Advice to Management

    Understand where the bottlenecks are, and prioritize fixing operations and processes. Pay attention to trends in attribution especially when it's concentrated to a specific department or under a certain manager. Reward and recognize talent as and when it's being displayed instead of waiting until it's too late.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Morale is CRAP since Yahoo took over"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was a fun start-up atmosphere, nearly endless budget, lots of free food

    Cons

    As a contractor, you are certainly aware that you're not an employee -- you're not included on any company events, most meetings. In fact, the team you're working with could be invited out to lunch, and you'll intentionally be left out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Everything"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BrightRoll full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great management structure & opportunity for growth within the company. BrightRoll also has had great foresight as to where the company & industry are heading... and acting on it.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is too simple and can become boring. NOT applicable to all positions.


  10. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BrightRoll full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and career opportunities

    Cons

    The acquisition created a huge clash of cultures


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