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Updated June 20, 2018
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InMobi Founder & CEO Naveen Tewari
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  • "Work life balance is not existent" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Poor middle management resulting in attrition of good employees" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance and lots of good work

    Cons

    There is no cons as such


  2. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    Great global team that works together

    Cons

    A great deal of turnover

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hero Culture"

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

    I worked at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    Very Global company - interact with people in a number of cultures.
    Lots of opportunities for increased scope if you want to take it.

    Cons

    Culture encourages self promotion and saying yes at all costs


  4. "Worked at Inmobi for two years"

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

    I worked at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    Good culture. Tries innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Quality of new recruitments reduced drastically


  5. "Great place to start and grow your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    Fosters collaboration across teams, great product, fun place to work

    Cons

    Middle management can deter your growth

    Advice to Management

    More 1:1 interactions with individuals to gather feedback rather than going to managers


  6. "Great company to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    - Great office and perks
    - Opportunity to interact and work with other team members

    Cons

    - Middle management can be a bottleneck

    Advice to Management

    More 1:1 sessions with individual contributors


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Valuable but generally awful experience."

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

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

    Pros

    - Compensation was competitive.

    - Perks (free lunch, 401k match, gym reimbursement) are pretty good (although standard for a well-funded startup in SF/Valley).

    - Depending on the team, a lot of latitude to shape your role and take on responsibilities if no one else is already doing something. Lots of gaps to slide into.

    - Some of the people are really, really great.

    - Opportunity to travel to India.

    - You'll learn a lot about how NOT to do things. Best practices by negative demonstration.

    - If you survive, you'll learn how to solve problems and get stuff done. An interviewer once commented, "Oh, you're from InMobi. You must be really good at putting out fires and dealing with problems." Yep.

    Cons

    - Awful, awful culture in the US office. Working here was a pretty eye-opening experience in how not to hire and how not to manage people.

    - The time zone difference between SF and HQ in Bangalore is a beast, either 12.5 or 13.5 hours depending on time of year. Unless you're willing to stay up in the middle of the night, you have a couple hours in the evening and maybe a couple in the morning (if Indian co-workers are willing to work late-night on their end).

    - Communication is broadly poor. Non-exec personnel rarely travel from Bangalore to SF (even less in the other direction) and educational sessions on new developments happen at 3 AM PST, opening up a ever-widening knowledge gaps. Major product changes are pushed out without consulting teams relying on the product, servers are deprecated without sufficient notice to stakeholders, etc.

    - Execution is weak with lack of accountability. Across the board, output is sloppy. When (not if) things go wrong, folks are often more concerned with passing the blame than fixing the problem.

    - Speaking of fixing problems, it doesn't happen. The culture is broadly reactive rather than proactive. Teams run into the same problems over and over again, and no one ever takes a step back to assess and address underlying issues. They attack the symptoms furiously but ignore the root cause. And they don't even attack the symptoms that well. Consistent but non-catastrophic problems hampering productivity are ignored. Catastrophic problems get duct-taped back together rather than actually fixed, complicating future releases.

    - US teams do not have nearly enough autonomy. Far too often something breaks and only Bangalore has either the ability or authority to fix it. Simple tasks on new products might take special back-end access that only one engineer in Bangalore has. If you need to fire it while that person's asleep... tough.

    - There's a bias towards throwing more man-hours at repetitive tasks and pain points, rather than implementing effective automation or improving tools. Smart people devote too much time on mundane tasks because workflow isn't streamlined, damaging morale, engagement, and retention.

    - Headcount is bloated, with too many incompetent middle managers. Significant personnel redundancies in some areas and not nearly enough resources in others. Far too many people have the attitude of "not my problem", and a shocking number will deny a problem even exists (apparently "cannot replicate issue" means the issue doesn't exist). You'll constantly have to hunt down the person who can solve your issue and then bombard that person with a stream of follow-up emails to get them to do their job.

    - On the flipside, people at times get overzealous and try to tackle issues outside their competency. Numerous times folks escalated minor problems they didn't understand, portraying minor hiccups as p0 issues, actively making those problems more difficult to manage, and making it harder to get resources for future problems.

    - There's an institutional resistance to change. I've spoken with folks who worked at InMobi before my time and they were staggeringly consistent in their complaints.

    - You end up with a perfect storm that manages to be both chaotic and bureaucratic. Avoidable fire drills are common. Minor requests turn into multi-day ordeals, because small confusion holds up progress, folks lack the initiative and/or authority to make calls, and you have small daily windows for India to get status updates. Major requests turn into insane rabbit holes with emails ever growing list of people added to email threads, constant passing of the buck, and countless hounding follow-up emails. Startup chaos is fine if teams are empowered to take initiative and attack issues as they arise; bloated corporate bureaucracy is manageable if it provides clarity, standardizes processes, and lessens stress. Fostering a chaotic environment while maintaining structural barriers to getting things done is really the worst possible outcome.

    - People are treated as fungible. Layoffs and the like are not handled well. The talented colleagues I liked and respected generally churned out pretty quick, let go, or had one foot out of the door. The ones who stay are stuck because of their visa situation or grossly overpaid and riding things out.

    - Fundamentally, the work's not that meaningful. This reflects on the broader adtech industry more than InMobi specifically-- the number of people who've told me they need to get out of adtech is staggering. But even if you're working in a BS industry, it's nice to win and feel like your employer gives a crap about you.

    Advice to Management

    Not a whole lot since they're unlikely to listen to feedback.

  8. "Office Manager/Executive Assistant"

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

    I have been working at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and lunch everyday!

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons, a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Head of Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Innovative, thought leaders, rapid growth

    Cons

    chaotic management, lack of crisp vision


  10. "Designers Beware"

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

    I worked at InMobi full-time

    Pros

    If you are new to the design field this company can provide a space for you to flex your creative muscles. You will learn about advertising, corporate politics, and what type of leader you want to be. You will work in Marketing, with a global design team in India.

    Cons

    If you have experience as a designer, this company is not for you. This is not a design focused company. Design is not respected or appreciated. Your voice will not be heard. Work life balance is not existent. Most of the people you will meet lack communication skills, leadership, trust and the ability to take responsibility. This company will not invest in you. Proceed with caution.


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