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Updated February 1, 2018
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Rubicon Project CEO Michael Barrett
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Pros
  • Great Culture, Free lunch, Fast Growing, Nice people (in 30 reviews)

  • Great benefits, working with great people, and maintaining a good work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Top heavy, too many VPs and Directors (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management should be more open and transparent with their team members (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "A New Day"

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

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

    Pros

    As everyone notes, benefits are on the very high end, free food, phone, healthcare, gym - unlimited vacation. The culture has always been great, fun and fast paced, but took a hit along w/the business in '16 with some poor leadership choices. The company is much faster and leaner after the changes, and the new leadership, starting from the CEO and CTO are amazing. The culture and business are bouncing back fast. Feels like a startup again.

    Cons

    This is a hyper competitive industry ruled by a couple $500B. It is not for the weary, pack your competitive spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Move fast, execute, have fun, and take no prisoners.

    Rubicon Project Response

    Apr 10, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for the great review! We've been through a transformative time and we're excited about the leadership team we have in place. Our people is what makes this place thrive!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "On the right track"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time

    Pros

    Positive working environment filled with extremely intelligent people who want the business to succeed. Company is clearly reinvigorated under new leadership who are taking clear, decisive actions with a focus on turning business around and returning to growth. Great benefits, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Still have some pains to work through in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue with clear decision-making and execution - don't get lost along the way like in times past.
    Focus on retaining and compensating your valued employees who are doing the lion's share of the work.

  3. "Excellent place to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Transparent and friendly environment. Great team work and 'We are a team' attitude

    Cons

    Team spread out in many locations - which could be challenging at times


  4. Helpful (6)

    "This Ad Exchange's Days are Numbered"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time

    Pros

    People are nice, projects are fun, salary and benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    This company is not profitable. It was not profitable before removing buy-side fees, and it is even worse off now. It's days are literally numbered. This is all public information.

    Advice to Management

    It was a sneaky move on the part of the former leaders of this company (who drove it into the ground) to leave before the full reality of the situation they caused was known.

    For current management, why don't you try out a little bit of honesty when you know that everyone wants to know -- needs to know -- how the company is really doing and whether they will have jobs tomorrow.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Could have been so much more"

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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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, good people, good work.

    Cons

    Poor strategic decisions at the leadership level
    Lack of an operating CEO

    Advice to Management

    It was truly a great culture and company for a period of time. The pressure of going public forced some bad strategic decisions which they ultimately paid for later in their history.


  6. "Great But..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rubicon Project full-time

    Pros

    Free Lunch, 401K match, Quarterly bonus, Monthly gym and cellphone reimbursement.

    Cons

    Company not performing good, low morale


  7. "chairman"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Tremendous focus on culture and innovation. Extremely personable and listens.

    Cons

    will need to be patient

    Advice to Management

    do not lose the fun

  8. Helpful (3)

    "They are trying."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rubicon Project full-time

    Pros

    - Catered lunches
    - Unlimited PTO
    - Company all hands meetings are informative
    - Leadership Q&A

    Cons

    - Just recently found some focus
    - Personal satisfaction depends on what team you are on
    - Product is all up in Engineering's stuff
    - Graveyard of projects you've worked on, you'll be stepping over corpses all day

    Advice to Management

    Focus is good, you could always trim down the amount of products
    Transparency is good, can always improve
    Management tends to give orders without feedback


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Account Management"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rubicon Project (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, Quality Clients

    Cons

    Communication between client facing and product teams is lacking which means platform and product suite is . Focus has been on short term revenues rather than long term vision to create and and shape the future of the ad tech industry.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Account Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to launch your Programmatic career. Excellent work-life balance and company perks.

    Cons

    Upper management should be more open and transparent with their team members. Regardless of title everyone should be included in the vision and direction of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and inclusive of the community of employees you work with.


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