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- "Bad management" (in 7 reviews)
- "senior leadership is a revolving door of people who have no clue" (in 7 reviews)
- "Clueless upper management, very top" (in 6 reviews)
- "Work life balance is great for your personal life but sometimes frustrating when trying to rally a group to go all" (in 4 reviews)
- "see above), that means there are layoffs, and layoffs mean poor morale." (in 4 reviews)
- 5.0Sep 23, 2019DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPlaya Vista, CA
- People. Smart but level headed. - Great benefits - Same team thought that guides all decisions. - Management is very transparent
- Some teams move faster than others and don't have much of a work/life balance
- 5.0Apr 11, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearLos Angeles, CA
Firstly, compensation was great. Benefits, "perks", and bonuses are also superb. Rubicon Project is the first company I have been at that has been driven by quarterly goals, which has its pros. Being driven 100% by quarterly goals we are able to see progress each week and when the time comes to step up and meet goals created for you, you get to really show what you're capable of (the departments bonus % depends on it). I see some complaints regarding culture here, but I personally don't have anything but good things to say about it. It's treated like a product and a lot of hard work goes in to it. Hours are great, and unlimited PTO is definitely a pro as well (as long as you are doing great work and your manager approves! :) . I have seen the availability to exercise your career path first hand, you just need to relay your desires and needs to management. Catered lunch every day is also a huge pro.
Bonuses can be manipulated based on factors out of your control. I believe this is being worked on and this will be the first quarter where this isn't an issue any longer. The office can be a bit noisy (HQ).1
- 2.0Feb 8, 2016Analyst of OperationsFormer Employee, less than 1 yearNew York, NY
The pros of Rubicon are kinda simple unlimited snacks and open kitchen , free lunches , nice company clothes and gear, Mac book pro computers , and there are some friendly people that work at that company !
There's a lot of favoritism, be prepared to wear a lot of hats that you weren't told of in your interview, So the job you get hired for probably won't be the job you'll actually have to do because rubicon constantly switches up L what they want you to do, No real structure be prepared to constantly switch up your work routine , I hated the open work space , very hard to focus on work when your boss is looking and staring at you 24/7 because you have no cubicle privacy! They judge you on how much they like you and not entirely work performance, like a lot of companies if a co worker leaves they won't rehire be prepared to do double the work! High turn over rate, high taxes on your pay check and severance check, won't your suppose to get paid and what your suppose to get paid won't happen because of the company and California taxes which has nothing to do with you if you work in another office. Horrible payroll department, took over a month after hire date to receive my first paycheck , and lied and taxed the majority of my severance20
- 2.0Sep 13, 2014Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearLos Angeles, CA
The Perks...that's about it. location is good too.
Salary, Bonus, Stock? It's a joke. Go elsewhere. If you have any specialized skill, more specifically in engineering... and worried about compensation - go elsewhere. Plenty of companies will actually pay you what you're worth. If you're a Front End developer, they really don't know what to pay you. Any experience with UI/UX? yeah right... Let's talk about the equity piece. Well, you're given a small negligible piece of equity... unless you're an SVP, then you get a ton of shares...and they hired a ton of SVPs who did what exactly? Also, then one month before the company goes IPO (this is public knowledge you can google), the company exercises a reverse stock split. NOT like what google did where they split their shares then at least doubled everyone equity... Rubicon Project investors/board decided to cut everyone's options in half, then double the amount they had to pay for their options... so a 4x negative for the common folk. who benefits? the investors... who gets screwed? the employees... yeah, they really invest into their employees alright. Let's see. it also takes more than 2 years to get a raise, and it's a small bump. I found a job elsewhere and immediately got a 30% raise.22
- 2.0Aug 28, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Rubicon Project is a tough place to gauge as the culture can vary greatly between business functions. On one hand, it's a company with driven and intelligent people. On the other, it's still very much a startup trying to find it's identity in a crowded space. Rubicon Project is for people who want to contribute immediately and don't mind working incredible amounts of OT day to day. There are free lunches, free breakfasts, free coffee and snacks and game room.
Management goes to great lengths to "promote" culture, yet it's mostly contrived and the senior management will not stick to the culture that they try so hard to get you to adhere to. If you're not based out of the HQ office, most of the fringe benefits will not extend to you. The old boys' club culture is inescapable. Intimidation is rife as titles are extremely top-heavy with Type A+ personalities. For Engineers, the roles are incredibly demanding (don't think that you will grow here working 9-5 and just getting your stuff done), but you will generally, be recognized. For non-Engineers, recognition and job stability is spotty. PTO can rarely be used in reality, even if there is "unlimited" PTO.22
- 1.0Oct 20, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 yearPlaya Vista, CA
This place is an embodiment of William Golding’s dystopian novel, “Lord of the Flies.” If you don’t drink the Kool Aid you will be spewed out fast. The company is held hostage by an over glorified engineering culture populated by a bunch of arrogant, outright nasty, immature, irresponsible, lazy, egotistical, loud yet low-skilled bullies playing playground politics. In fact, the whole place operates on playground politics. There is a hight employee churn rate. Not an environment that fosters or supports innovative/ creative thought and practice.There is no loyalty shown from management toward employees who have put in a lot of sweat equity and gone over and above expected, everyday duties to make things happen. There is no credit given to people who have changed things dramatically for the better. More likely another department or employee will take credit for it. In spite of pumped-up slogan slinging by the CEO, there is an utter lack of leadership. Their execution blows and their software is mediocre to sub-standard. There is a lot of lip-service given to “team-work” but there is really none, and even though the CEO continues to beat the innovation drum, they categorically reject any out-of-the-box perspective.
Even though the company pays well, offers generous benefits, flex-time, is okay if you want to occasionally work from home, great lunches, unlimited vacation policy, I cannot recommend working here.26
- 5.0Feb 16, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Over my twenty year career I've worked in many industries at companies of varying size. Rubicon Project is by far one of the best I've worked at. For an Engineer you get to move fast and work with some extremely bright, personable people. Many people in other reviews complain about office politics but I simply don't see it. In fact, this is the least political place I've ever worked. The engineering side of the house is results oriented and won't work you to death like most places. Every team I've interacted with has been great to work with, I've yet to run into any big egos that get in the way of forward movement.
401k setup could be a little better, but easily made up for by the other benefit programs.8
- 4.0Nov 14, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearLos Angeles, CA
Finally, some real decisions are being made and the executive team seems to be engaged. Most companies, if not all, hit speed bumps during their growth. This often means pulling back and thinking about the long term strategy. Rubicon Project is currently going through this process and it appears the senior execs are taking it very seriously. There are signs the company will pivot in the right direction and we'll see another growth spurt in the not too distant future.
Recent layoffs have put the company in a down mood. Most people are still worried about their jobs and the direction of the company. People want to know the plan for the coming year and so far, communication has been lacking.4
- 4.0Jan 5, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeePlaya Vista, CA
At the top of this list would be the company’s commitment to internal mobility. I’ve seen many peers and team members come up through the ranks here (including myself). I think that’s one of the things that sets Rubicon Project apart from other companies. It’s one thing to provide great benefits and competitive compensation (which they do), and it’s another thing entirely to create a culture and environment where people see a future for themselves. That’s pretty important to me.
Recent acquisitions were not effectively integrated and this has had an impact on morale and employee retention.6
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Rubicon Project has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 181 reviews left anonymously by employees. 60% of employees would recommend working at Rubicon Project to a friend and 46% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.
60% of Rubicon Project employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Rubicon Project 3.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.5 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.