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Pubmatic Reviews

Updated August 16, 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)

  • tasty lunch twice a week, fully stocked kitchen and fridge, nice people, flexible work environment, people work hard and make sure they have fun too (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing company with a positive future"

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    • 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

    Good people
    Management that listen
    Diverse employees that work well together and support each other (in NY)

    Cons

    Long hours as some teams are short
    People work in fear of HR

    Advice to Management

    Fix the NY HR issue and people will stop leaving. Everything else you are doing is amazing


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Customer Success"

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunch, not much else.

    Cons

    PubMatic is by far one of the worst companies in the industry to work for and is one of the best examples of a smoke and mirror show. It is an absolute miracle they have even made it this far.

    Attrition- There have been periods of 30+ people in regional offices leaving at one time in all departments. Take a look at LinkedIn, you will be hard pressed to find anyone there over 1-2 years, except senior level management of course. Mid to lower level employees can't stand working for the company, but the leadership team can't seem to understand that a severe gap exists. The employees who stick around after people leave or get fired or not rewarded, given resources, or shown any benefits for picking things up while the company tries to hire. In fact, they are either shown the door or beat down till they leave themselves.

    Morale & Culture- AWFUL. There is absolutely not a celebration of diverse opinions or leadership that remotely cares about their employees. Everything is a show to pretend they care or to pretend the attrition didn't happen, or to pretend they are competitive in market. If the CEO and President are skilled at anything, it's creating a false show and personal persona day after day.

    HR- AWFUL. They only serve one purpose, protecting senior leadership, period.

    Product- While the company has had a few wins, they are losing premium publishers almost as fast as they lose people. There is no real innovation, only a crazy attempt by marketing to beat competitors to the market with press releases.

    Senior Management- saving the best for last. There is no way to accurately describe the crazy politics or leadership style of the senior team. It's a club and if you dare to disagree with a member, watch out. It is truly sad the way they operate and run this company.

    Advice to Management

    Start being truthful with yourselves about the company's issues.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Join If you want to become a Dumb QA Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    1.Good Pay

    2.Work Life balance

    3.Good Hike

    4.Team Outings

    Cons

    1.Hire and Fire Policy
    2.No technical growth for QA ..pure Manual testing work
    3.Very dumb people in QA groups..they even don't know how to conduct interview

    Advice to Management

    keep the people who are working seriously ....80% public is just doing time pass atleast in QA Team


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away..."

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

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

    Pros

    Close to home, catered lunch, a few good co workers.

    Cons

    Management is toxic. People are promoted due to people leaving right and left.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach!


  5. "Customer Success Review"

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    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?


  6. "Programmatic Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning, fast paced,

    Cons

    not too many cons here


  7. Helpful (2)

    "shortsighted company"

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    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!

  8. Helpful (5)

    "It Comes From the Top..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    The pay and benefits at PubMatic are great -- definitely better than industry standard, as long as you negotiate well for yourself up front. If you work here, your coworkers will make the day for you nearly every day. Our culture at PubMatic is easily the best I've seen in the business, especially in comparison with similar companies (Rubicon, Index, AppNexus). You'll make friends here, and you'll be sad if you see some go, but it's a sense of pride to see people move on and grow...which takes me into the cons.

    Cons

    There's little to no growth opportunity in most departments at PubMatic. They claim that you'll be eligible for promotions, but in order for those to happen, your manager will probably have to leave first. The leadership team isn't going anywhere (although if you ask me, there are several who could stand to at least change their attitudes), which means there's no movement for senior management and it all trickles down from there. In my time here the only upward movement has happened when someone quit or was fired. And I can't say which one was more frequent. The lack of opportunity for growth means that when there is a rare position open, it's more likely to go to whoever will say "yes" to their manager more often. Don't even think of pushing back against the will of management or even asking questions out of turn. If you're outspoken about anything, you'll never move up in this company.

    The "faces" of PubMatic -- Rajeev and Kirk -- could not be more different from each other, but thankfully Rajeev tempers Kirk and his ego most of the time. It's unfortunate that someone with all of his connections treats his employees with such disregard for their feelings; he could really help people to grow but he chooses to allow people to fear crossing him. And it doesn't help that he's got HR in his pocket. If either one of them takes a dislike to you, they'll make your life a living hell -- until you either quit, or they find a reason to fire you. It's easier to play the game until you've got enough experience here to get poached by another company.

    I'm not saying don't take the job. It's a great job. I'm happy enough here. But there are people that you need to avoid at all costs, unless you're kissing their butts.

    Advice to Management

    HR should function as a separate entity designed to support the employees, not the leadership team.

    Teach your leaders how to create strong managers and develop talent. It's your biggest fault and the reason so many people leave. Find ways to cross-promote your employees.

    Take a look at senior management, and who has been stagnant for so long. There's a reason for it. Look at the diversity within each team and look at who you've lost and why -- there's a pattern if you care to see it.

    Take better care of your employees. Show them leadership is proud of them -- and not just during quarterly all-hands. We all work really hard to make this company a success and see little recognition for the hours we put in. Remember that the next time you have someone write your by-lines or force them to tag along to your parties so you can show how important you are.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Not a place for work stability"

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    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home options and free lunch.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs. No matter how good you perform you get laid off. You get a performance award this month and then let go the next month. Performance doesn't matter.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Engineering is poorly run"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    The company has had its ups and downs and has been able to sail through.

    Cons

    This company, specifically engineering org is for Emplyee #1,#2,#3,#4,#5,#6 maybe 7 and 8. Everybody else is only helping build wealth for these few.

    Nepotism is rampant and wrong people are leading the engineering org.

    Advice to Management

    Engineering is your backbone. Have someone more mature run it.


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