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Pubmatic Reviews

Updated November 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance and flexible working options" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Great Work culture, supportive managers (At least in the team I work into) less restrictions" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "They follow hire and fire policy" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Work-Life balance and long working hours" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Well run company operating in a fast-changing industry"

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

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

    Pros

    * One of the better run companies in the industry, with a clear vision, well articulated strategy, focus on execution and profitability
    * Internal mobility where people are given opportunities to move across teams and functions (and even countries) to develop new skills and get new experiences
    * Culture of openness and transparent communication from management

    Cons

    * you have to be comfortable embracing change and frequent shifts in priorities as required by the dynamics of the industry. The strategy is never "set and forget". It can at times mean throw-away work and long hours. Typical life at a start-up...


  2. "Good place to work with independence to think and execute"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While management is at your help to provide guidance, they certainly give you a lot of independence to think and execute.
    Industry moves really fast. So, if you are the one who likes to be on the edge then this is the right place.
    Teams always look for creative thinking as well as stay up-to-date from tech stack point of view.

    Cons

    At times, a lot of initiatives/projects can be overwhelming and requires long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and provide unique value proposition to end users for their core job to do instead of just providing one more similar product out there.

  3. "Great opportunities to make a difference"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super competitive industry that is constantly innovating. This provides growth opportunities for smart people who want to work hard. Leadership shares financial performance with entire company. Everyone is empowered to make a difference.

    Cons

    Many priorities so you need to be able to adjust and be willing to go with the flow.

    Advice to Management

    Make everyone accountable to up their game. Some of the old guard are made men and need to step it up.


  4. "Positive Environment and Fun Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart people who enjoy working together cross-functionally
    - Stable financial performance and smart planning allows PubMatic to weather market fluctuations without needing to do layoffs
    - Open door policy with execs means that everyone can have a voice regardless of level
    - Great in-office benefits (catered lunches, stocked kitchen, fun team building activities)
    - Good pay relative to other companies in space

    Cons

    - Need more diversity in corporate leadership

    Advice to Management

    Continuing focus on company culture and employee experience. Think about how you can get more diverse perspectives in the leadership team.


  5. "Great Culture and Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons going on so you learn a lot and get great experience. There is a big focus on employee culture so there are weekly catered lunches, fun employee events and access to training. Pay is also fair and there is a solid feedback loop. There is flexibility to work from home, when needed too.

    Cons

    Some of the office locations make it a little tricky with commuting.


  6. "Fun Place Right Now"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's an extremely dynamic time for SSPs in an already fast moving industry. If you like action -- as I do -- then this will be an exciting spot. The company is in the mix as consolidation is occurring and M&A is heating up. It should be a fun next year.

    Leadership is very transparent and shares more details than I've experienced at other companies. It's always easy to take responsibility and become a part of the decision making teams if you want to be.

    They are also growing -- so lots of new people to keep things interesting.

    Cons

    SSPs have had a lot to navigate over the past few years, but that seems to be settling at least for PubMatic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent.


  7. "Great people and technology - investing in the future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - CEO genuinely cares about people
    - Company is investing a lot in the sales and account management teams to grow the premium publisher base
    - Beginning to get agressive on low quality inventory, even if not beneficial to the company's short-term bottom-line
    - Fun office events, free food, fun people. Coworkers here are smart are generally great.

    Cons

    - Centralized decision-making and lack of standardized processes results in a lot of extra meetings; can feel unorganized
    - Sometimes slow to remove poorly performing employees, esp at managerial levels
    - No 401K match

    Advice to Management

    Focus on just a few things per quarter and really communicate them as priorities.

  8. "Customer Success"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn

    Cons

    - No wfh policy
    - leadership is on the west coast only

    Pubmatic Response

    Sep 3, 2018 – Snr. Director of Talent

    Thank you for taking the time to share this. Having the HQ on the West Coast does historically mean we have had a majority of the leadership based there. With recent changes and promotions we now... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to leadership
    Free lunches on Mondays and Thursdays and unlimited snacks
    Great, smart co-workers

    Cons

    The Culture- it seems a bit more Indian business style which is unusual in the Bay Area.
    Sales, Engineering, and Finance rarely intermingle socially. So you never get that feeling of comfort.
    No 401K Match, Gym, etc
    Only client facing role get a lot of recognition/promotion
    Not a good work/life balance


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Enjoy eating alone at your desk"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    + Access to leadership in the RWC HQ and frequent town hall / all hands meetings
    + CEO pays attention, takes notes, and is detail-oriented (more than most leaders)
    + Organization is relatively flat / nimble enough to accommodate industry swings
    + Opportunities to take on increasingly levels of responsibility are ever-present
    + People who work here are generally pleasant / no obvious politics and posturing
    + Mobile reimbursement and free food twice a week with a well-stocked kitchen

    Cons

    - Culture lacks energy and the ability to retain talented individuals despite being a Bay Area tech company in a very competitive, dynamic industry
    - Sales, Engineering, and Finance rarely intermingle socially, they are segregated in the office and hold separate exclusive team events
    - No cohesive identity and if you don't belong to the teams mentioned above, you will be isolated and eat alone at your desk on most days
    - Leadership is more focused on front-line sales personnel, their work and needs are prioritized at expense of the rest of the company
    - Promotion / compensation vary wildly, again those in direct client roles will be recognized, promoted, and paid more than the rest
    - Recent departures of important, key players in non-client facing roles attest to this frustration - being comparatively overworked and under-valued
    - No 401k match, Caltrain pass, and gym reimbursement

    Advice to Management

    While important, driving top line revenue and taking care of sales people shouldn't be a singular focus, especially at the expense of all those who are indirectly enabling sales and providing the infrastructural support to run the business. Focus specifically on elevating the experience of all employees, not just those in sales, otherwise, this place is not a "Great Place to Work" for everyone. I am a fan of the CEO, so hoping these issues can be fixed if he can devote some attention to them. #teamwork


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