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Pubmatic Reviews

Updated September 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance and flexible working options" (in 16 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 19 reviews)

  • "Continuous tight deadlines will make sure you have a difficult work/life balance" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Enjoy eating alone at your desk"

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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
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited paid time off and great environment

    Cons

    Multiple managerial changes and limited manager involvement


  7. "Great Place to Learn and develop"

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

    I have been working at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    + Very supportive environment
    + Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow
    + Upward mobility

    Cons

    + Office is in Time Square

  8. Helpful (4)

    "No Diversity of thought! Promotions are not given on merit!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publisher's Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Publisher's Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent medical benefits and free lunch. Good global presence. Good vacation policy, however employees are not paid out for vacation days.

    Cons

    Horrible executive team. HR does not protect employees. Promotions are not given on merit. Minorities are underpaid and under represented. They lack of diversity of thought. Bullying often occurs for new hires.

    Advice to Management

    New leadership including (VP’s and up) for HR, Customer Success and Ad Solutions.


  9. "A good place to work with it's own character"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company that does indeed care about their end user - the publisher.
    Takes care of the company and makes genuine efforts for inclusion and to make employees feel valued, happy and to be a leading company in their industry.

    Great, smart co-workers.

    Open-minded leadership.

    Cons

    Sometimes culturally a bit... not "by the books" and a bit patch-work? Hard to say but some people felt annoyed it seems by perhaps a bit more Indian business style, though it didn't bother me.

    Things take way too long to happen and different teams have different operational challenges or ways to perform and the overarching policies are not adaptive enough to be effective as a blanket solution.

    Excessively revenue focused as a performance metric - would be good to form better strategic performance outlook.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are going great, but try small scale risks to diversify products and an open mentality to think with different mindsets and perspectives beyond what has served you.

    Learn about design sprints and how to harness agile design practices -- it's not just frontend and painting pictures -- it's about strategic product and operations, testing quick and fast, planning before building.

    Move away from singular focus on revenue as the key performance metric; it's basic and narrow-visioned.


  10. "Great place to work, learn and grow!"

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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

    Pros

    Working for a company where the CEO believes in transparency and the happiness of his employees is a rare gem these days. When you pair that with some of the smartest, most driven people I've ever met you enter a world that most companies only wish they could create. Most importantly I feel valued working here.

    Cons

    I don’t have real cons. However, a review is not complete without some sort of negativity. Sometimes they run out of Chobani in the fridge :(

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the transparency and employee first attitude.


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