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Pubmatic Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Management cares about the people in the company and providing both a good work environment and work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Nice work culture and chalenging (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Success Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PubMatic's NY office offers a fun outing or event each month, in addition to free lunches on Mondays and Thursdays, random happy hours in the office, a summer outing, and a holiday party. The office has a ping pong table and a wellness room.

    There is a lot to learn in regard to programmatic tech if you like, and their Pub University features hundreds of training and tech videos/presentations for you to peruse as you like.

    You can also get promoted without doing a really great job or having management skills just so you'll stick around.

    Cons

    The communication between teams is not great, despite some awesome weekly training sessions. The CSM team is stifled and not able to service customers as other departments handle a lot of issues such as tech and troubleshooting, reporting requests, and overall demand issues. The clients are typically great but what you can do for them is severely limited and really relies on their inventory and the whims of various DSPs and exchanges.

    The NY office is an odd atmosphere and didn't feel open or friendly. Feels cliquish and HR doesn't do much to change it, only add to the isolating feel.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a decent job at management level. Be more transparent and share plans of action, deadlines, and morale boosters. Main issue is the demand team; what are they doing? How can they make recommendations to the pub teams to push growth and PMP?

    Pubmatic Response

    Sep 11, 2017 – Snr. Director of Talent

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We have made recent changes to improve the NY office and so far the feedback has been positive. Any further suggestions are very welcome I... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "shortsighted company"

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation, flexible work time but long hours

    Cons

    Shortsighted company
    Inability to retain good people
    Hire & Fire
    Morale is on the decline as the company struggles with vision and defining career paths
    Due to many time zones the company operates in, there are long hours

    Advice to Management

    Lead!

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Low Glassdoor grade is well-deserved"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    - Helps you understand how programmatic really works
    - Ocassionally has fun events
    - Snacks

    Cons

    - Little accountability
    - Inconsistent comp
    - Inability to retain good people

    Advice to Management

    I wish I had more positives. PubMatic has solid tech (back-end, not front-end) and has some good quarters. But decisions are very top-down, there is little accountability, meetings are horribly run, and the consumer facing products they've tried to build are way behind the competition. Because upper mgt is an echo chamber of guys telling each other they are doing great - and again, no accountability among each other- your job feels like you're running from one fire drill to the next and never with any clear direction.

    One of the top, most visible execs has an ego that is both shocking and disheartening. He uses teasing to mask bullying, but make no mistake - everyone is aware. This gives the New York office an atmosphere of:

    - not questioning managerial decisions
    - not saying anything that could be controversial
    - encouraging people to leave if they disagree

    Which obviously hurts the business and culture & many of the most talented people have left. The underlying business does fine sometimes, but the politics have kept any real innovation from happening.

    The consistent positive in these reviews is that it's a good place to start your career or gain experience in programmatic. I think that's true. But when your baseline knowledge is zero and your pay is cheap, anyplace is fine. There are CLEARLY better places to learn and grow, even if you are a newb. And clearly places where your voice will be heard more (forget about ever reviewing your manager for his or her manager to see). Go somewhere else where you don't have to deal with the politics. You'll miss free lunches two days a week, but you'll enjoy your day-to-day more.


  4. Helpful (14)

    "Into the Deep"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    + A great place to build a network that keeps on giving after you've left.
    + Some superb hires you'll be able to learn from (but they don't stay long).
    + Great teammates
    + Spring board for mid-career employees

    Cons

    Similar to being at Pubmatic, there's something that happens to the human body when it gets pushed underwater. You don't simply drown - something in the most ancient parts of your brain switches on and, recognizing, that you are somewhere you're not meant to be, tries to keep you alive.

    To all still there: Before you're pushed too deep under the ship (PubMatic) sitting in stagnant water I hope you to come up for air and swim to shore.

    - Communication between teams and with the company overall is very poor.

    - Execution of new product launches and GTM material often fall short and are delayed to the market.

    - Wouldn't recommend to engineers. You'll work on your code, but won't be exposed to market feedback to understand the true value of what you're working on.

    - 30%+ annual voluntary attrition rate. It's created gaps through out the comapny that aren't being back filled. Instead of hiring the best possible candidates management positions are often offered to in-experienced employees to keep them from leaving.

    - Performance goals aren't being met, which will directly impact compensation if you're in a commercial role.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house from top down. You know who you are.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Not what it use to be"

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, smart people who are the glue holding this company together. Some of the perks are ok, catered lunches, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    While we work with very smart people, management keeps letting them walk out the door. The product is crap and even after promises of improvements nothing has improved. Communication between teams and with the company overall is very poor. Launches and execution of new products often fail and we tend to underperform compared to most of our competitors. Leadership and the exec team are the main culture problem. Employees are not appreciated and we are short staffed all around.

    Advice to Management

    Sell as soon as possible before you run this place to the ground! Listen to your employees, really listen don't just hear us and do what you want anyway. Stop placing blame and take ownership.


  6. Helpful (19)

    "A Difficult Period Now and Uncertain Future"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Snacks
    - Catered lunches twice a week
    - Some great coworkers
    - Good pay
    - Mostly a good atmosphere in the office

    Cons

    In the past six months:
    - 2 rounds of layoffs
    - Very high attrition rate with limited roles being back filled
    - Low morale
    - Firings outside of layoffs
    - Salary/raise freeze currently
    - Not meeting revenue goals
    - 2 re-orgs

    *Most importantly it is difficult to see how PubMatic will differentiate itself moving forward as its competitors continue to have the same (and more) publisher connections and product offerings.

    Advice to Management

    - Many of the reviews here are accurate. The CEO seems to have his head and heart in the right place (even if everything occurring now is to prepare for acquisition) but there are people in upper manangement who shouldn't be where they are. They are making decisions and building processes that don't make sense for PubMatic or the needed revenue growth of the company.
    - You need to give employees a reason to stay. The revenue outlook isn't positive, morale is low, no raises (currently), and limited competitive advantages over competitors. The idea of "if you want to leave, leave" isn't appropriate and doesn't help those employees who are looking for a reason to stay.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Promising from the outside, but a career killer once inside."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company works in a cool vertical, with a couple years of amazing growth.

    Cons

    All of the smart people have left, aside from the founder and a couple others. The head of design/UX is antiquated in their approach, and it is evident in the terribly boring UI and product.

    Advice to Management

    Hire seasoned UX professionals and value their expertise. Otherwise, you'll remain stuck behind the competitionHire knowledgable product managers who know are experts at that role.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Not a great place to be"

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    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    - Great, fun, smart staff.
    - Knowledgeable engineering team
    - Hardworking sales and marketing team

    Cons

    Senior management team frequently changes its mind about priorities and desired outcomes. The CEO is an an engineer and everything creative must be translated into a way that an engineer would think. But not everyone thinks like an engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about what you want and stick to it. You may see less employee turnover if you are more consistent and treat people like the professionals that they are.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "So much wasted potential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    Smart, talented people trying to succeed and help the company succeed.

    Cons

    Lack of focus, lack of goals, wasted opportunities left and right.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of striving to be the biggest, try striving for being the best.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Lack of talent development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some smart people, trying hard to be cool, programmatic in general is the wave of the future so it's a good space to learn.

    Cons

    What others here have said about the high churn and the layers of mid level managers is true. Short sighted ethos pervades.


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