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Updated November 22, 2017
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  • Rampant politics in middle management (in 7 reviews)

  • No training procedure for freshers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Exponential full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and start up feel

    Cons

    Some lack of strategic direction from management and keeping up with the industry.


  2. "Sinking ship"

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

    I worked at Exponential full-time

    Pros

    - Great culture and work-life balance
    - Unlimited PTO
    - Free food/snacks/drinks
    - Perfect job for someone fresh out of college

    Cons

    - Company is in trouble as it's NOT keeping up with the times
    - Commoditized product and inability to work with agency trading desks
    - Dysfunctional management (don't you dare disagree with the CEO or middle management!)
    - Inevitable layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with times or close down the shop

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Just Don't Do It."

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexible PTO.
    -Standard work hours.
    -Catered lunch.

    Cons

    - Management will ignore your opinions and ideas from office snack preferences to company concerns.
    - Inexperienced upper managers. Many do not have managerial experience or advertising or tech background.
    -Poor work ethics in the Emeryville office such as folks who are just there to collect a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the VPs and inexperienced managers that don't add any value and start hiring tech leaders that motivate and produce actual results on a quarterly basis.


  4. "Sales Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Exponential full-time

    Pros

    16 years in the digital space, proven tech/products to sell that perform and deliver for clients, team approach to all and great sales leadership in place, employees are loyal and dedicated, unlimited vacation, excellent benefits and salary

    Cons

    The overall digital landscape platform challenges with consolidation to trading desks


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    "Poor culture and management"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is alright
    If you have the right boss and team, you are ok but there are very few

    Cons

    Equity is worthless
    Cronyism is your path to promotion
    The egos and arrogance are higher than their abilities

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision in what the end goal is, go public, get acquired or remain idle
    Replace executive management and focus on the end goal


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for your career to die"

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

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

    Pros

    There are absolutely things about this company that are better than anywhere else I've ever worked.

    - No one works a full day or comes in to the office every day, so the work/life balance is truly unmatched anywhere else you go. Think 2-3 days per week in the office for a couple of hours and the rest of the time, as long as you appear online you're fine.

    - Exponential got rid of their bonus structure about a year ago and rolled the bonus amounts into everyone's base salary - so your salary will be higher here than anywhere else you go, they are staggeringly over-inflated.

    - All of the offices have parking, for when you do go in and most of them provide catered lunches.

    - If you're going to join this company, go into the sales dept. You'll understand once you're there.

    Cons

    For many people, the above pros outweigh the terrifying cons mostly because you'll be able to get unemployment in the event of your inevitable untimely demise.

    Exponential is a slowly moving, slowly melting ice berg. It takes out anyone in its way (so be prepared to be a yes-man), but also have a life raft ready for when this thing crumbles. Which will come sooner than they realize.

    They're a far cry away from where they need to be in the marketplace in every respect - programmatic offerings, capabilities in terms of targeting and performance, understanding what clients need and want, employing people who actually want to work hard, etc etc.

    Advice to Management

    What's really unfortunate is that you've created an environment where everyone fears unforeseen layoffs so more time is spent covering your butt and throwing blame around, than is spent actually improving the technology/client experience/campaign performance. You continue to rehire people who were let go or quit, which furthers a weird incestuous environment of baggage and apathy.

    MESSAGE TO HR: You have GOT to step up your game. There are frequent complaints and reports of workplace bullying, sexual harassment, and lack of opportunity and upward mobility - just to name a few of the top issues*.

    *Be VERY careful taking anything to HR. It will very likely be turned against you and used as an argument against promotions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

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

    I worked at Exponential full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and work life balance.

    Cons

    Company has missed mark on new tech. Effectively a family run business at this stage with decent cash comp but no equity upside.

  8. "I've been working here for 4 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture; nice and friendly people; work/life balance; positive atmosphere; transparency and cooperation across departments; most people care about what they do.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation; all changes/improvements implementation take too long; career growth is slow within the company; too many limitations with current product.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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

    I worked at Exponential full-time

    Pros

    Nice group of people and potential to make decent money.

    Cons

    Lack of value in long-term employees. Trust issues- especially with changing commission structures. Will change at a moment's notice. Exponential's vision is scattered and has been over the course of several years.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate employees. Not all people in leadership roles are actually meant to be in those roles.


  10. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Exponential (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work, great culture

    Cons

    No bad exp. to share


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