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Marin Software San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 29, 2017
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Pros
  • I'm also constantly supported to have a strong work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • You can work from home, good food and drinks provided (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor regional management, work life balance is ok but there is absolutely no room for career progression/advancement or even proper training (in 4 reviews)

  • I left during some turbulent times as they were having some financial growing pains, but I can't say I had any major complaints (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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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 Marin Software (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent communicative and collaborative environment that provides unparalleled work/life balance. Management looks to ensure employees are happy and developing their professional skills.

    Cons

    It would be nice if the market properly reflected the company's value in the stock price.

    Marin Software Response

    Jan 31, 2017 – Head, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your kind words! Every day we work to create an environment that people would want to work in and on a super cool product. If we continue to do this or stock price will grow for sure!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good software company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Marin takes care of its employees well. Nice location in financial district of San Francisco. Intelligent colleagues. People are also nice and helpful.

    Since the company is small, it is quite easy to ask people and get some inputs.

    Cons

    Quite a few people left the company and that actually affects the morale. The management is already trying hard/best to make people stay.


  3. Helpful (13)

    "Payroll staff leaked employee W-2's to hackers"

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

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

    Pros

    It will be very easy to find your W2, since Marin Payroll is kind enough to email them to whoever asks (including hackers).

    Cons

    Marin's Payroll staff fell for the classic scam of hackers posing as Marin's CEO and asking for them to hand over all employee's W2 forms. As a result, every single person employed by Marin in the past few years has had their W2 compromised, and their identities put at risk. Do not work at this company, they don't take the security of their employee's information seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Train your payroll staff to not fall for simple social-engineering scams. When employee W2 data is compromised, offer more than a mere 1 year of credit monitoring service.


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  5. "Awesome compay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company and great people, good balance of leaders, experienced and younger employees, good work life balance, no drama no ego, awesome team play.
    Cutting edge technologies with many opportunities to innovate and learn. Room for personal growth.
    Many clients, lots of revenues, huge amounts of data.
    Awesome location, best view of the bay (in SF).

    Cons

    Solving a big technical challenge of real-time big-data optimization, working on rebuilding the product with modern technologies, before being able to release new innovative features.

    Advice to Management

    Stay real, keep pushing forward, focus on vision and mission.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Site Reliability Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Site Reliability Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Site Reliability Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Marin has a very diverse technology stack and an incredible infrastructure behind it. We were operating on a physical datacenter with over 2,400 racked devices plus AWS presence. New technology and processes are adopted readily.

    Cons

    Technical debt is a lingering problem and there has been a shortage of technical expertise, or a misallocation of resources.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great People, Challenging Road Ahead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    TERRIFIC people!
    Management team works hard to be transparent
    Strong product and strategic roadmap
    Important infrastructure work for next-generation tech
    Many opportunities for career advancement
    Fantastic location in downtown SF
    Good benefits
    Exciting industry
    Work with Fortune 500 clients
    Partner with top publishers (Google, Yahoo, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

    Cons

    High employee attrition
    Low morale due to attrition
    Performance reviews and goal setting are not a priority
    Employee satisfaction survey results aren't shared and impact is unclear
    Uncertain road ahead for adtech industry
    Compensation not always adjusted for new roles/responsibilities/promotions
    Very HQ-focused culture (may be challenging to work at a global office)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on curbing attrition and boosting morale. Take reviews, goal setting, and compensation discussions more seriously. Share aggregate information from employee satisfaction surveys. Make it safe/comfortable to have the hard conversations now and hear critical feedback early, instead of during exit interviews. Execute on tech and infrastructure.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "working to evolve"

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    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good peoples, mature company. working to solve some interesting problems around building a cross-channel marketing suite.

    Cons

    macro-economic factors like shrinking margins for search platforms and wall street being down on ad tech in general, means the stock has been getting beat up. transition to omni-channel is taking some time.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Awesome people to work with
    - Interesting work
    - Decent flexibility (possibility to work from home, etc)

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency from management
    - High staff turnover
    - Not much opportunity for things like social events because of everlasting budget concerns


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great AdTech Company"

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    • 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 Marin Software full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent office, mature business. Leading tech. Has strong name brand recognition. Works with the biggest and best of Publishers, Partners, Agencies and Clients. Even though a Public company, still very much operates as a start-up.

    Cons

    AdTech space is crowded and fragmented. Even though a Public company, still very much operates as a start-up. Struggles to both cooperate with Google and Facebook and provide value-added services that exceed those companies native offerings.

    Advice to Management

    Manage vision in deliverable increments. Choose strategies and consistently deliver. Continue to invest in lower cost locations (both domestic and international) for development and service.


  11. "Good people and Good Management Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member In Development Team in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member In Development Team in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible time
    Lot of opportunities where you can make impact
    Cutting edge technologies
    Lot of flexibility in area you want to work on
    smart people all around
    Absolute zero politics
    Great Development Head -- Empower people, trust people, and expect good results

    Cons

    Adtech Company business potential is limited
    Lot of founding engineers has left
    Company in Middle of architecture changes and getting rid of legacy code with team members which are new and with less functional knowledge
    You are on your own most of the time


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