The Trade Desk Reviews

Updated Jan 26, 2021

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3.9
71%
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The Trade Desk Founder & CEO Jeff Green
Jeff Green
160 Ratings
Pros
  • "The Trade Desk is a fast growing business with a fantastic product but more importantly it is support by a great teams(in 26 reviews)

  • "TTD is the future of digital advertising(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hard work - work life balance can suffer(in 14 reviews)

  • "While TTD does offer great benefits, the compensation is a joke compared to other tech companies(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Best company I've ever been a part of."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people, the vision, the product, the comp, the stock price, the performance--they're all good. In fact, they're world class. But TTD is especially unique because people (for the most part) care about each other.

    Cons

    The industries TTD is in--Tech, entertainment, media, CTV--all move really fast and working hard is required to keep up.

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  2. "Best Employer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    Value For Life and Stock Options

    Cons

    Nothing to regret about the compay


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great growth, toxic culture"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - N A 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Trade Desk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Astronomical company growth, equity highly valued - Industry leading product - Work with very intelligent technical folks (badass CTO org) - Great benefits, PTO, WFH flexibility, office perks - In general, TTD is a great company to work for (on paper)

    Cons

    - HORRIBLE Management and high turnover for leaders on crucial teams - I personally did not go through this, but many employees were terminated without good reason (were not on a PIP) - As we continued to grow and scale, the company culture was on a rapid decline - Unrealistic goals and deadlines leads to a highly stressful toxic environment - No plan in place to recruit diverse talent - Poor communication from executives acknowledging the climate of the world/civil rights movement - Lack of promotion from within (frequently hiring leaders from the outside) - Salary/equity packages low in comparison to top-tech companies

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  4. "Awesome"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-1 in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to work on interesting projects, dotnet core is a great framework, a lot of dist and low level problems

    Cons

    Can be slow depending on what team you are on

  5. "Awesome company to work for"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Nonya 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is employee orientated. They believe in putting the needs of the employees above everything. They are caring and nurturing company that is doing big things.

    Cons

    Sometimes training is a bit scarce when a new system comes out

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "An amazing place where bureaucracy and political power games don't exist??"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management. Great people. Great culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes things can move a little faster than we can plan for, but it keeps things exciting!

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company growing exponentially"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Vice President Total Rewards in Ventura, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    TTD is the future of digital advertising.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  8. COVID-19
    Helpful (29)

    "Disappointing"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Role In Business Side 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    *Good business model positioned for long-term success in the fastest growing part of the ad business *Seems relatively COVID-proof unless overall economy and ad spending tanks big time *Excellent benefits, including stock ownership plans *Many interesting and smart people to work with *Nice offices with snacks and such back when going to the office was a thing *Solid infrastructure for remote work. *Tech seems interesting to work on as an engineer

    Cons

    *Many managers promoted beyond their abilities *High turnover (voluntary and involuntary) in lots of groups. *Gossip and cliques have too much influence. Careers are ruined by petty high school BS. *Most jobs don't have clear cut metrics for success, so politics and relationships (especially with the CEO and those surrounding him) count for more than they should *No work/life balance -- 24/7 availability expected in many groups under the guise of "responsiveness". Burnout is rampant.

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  9. Helpful (20)

    "Benevolant dictatorship is still dictatorship"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Business 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    The company's stock price is inexplicably high and they have a good reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    Many reviews mention this already, but I'll add my voice to the chorus. This company is a good ole boys club led by Jeff and his inner circle. He dictates everything and on occasion will announce big new initiatives publicly before internal teams are even aware, creating endless fire drills to shift priorities. There are no goals other than revenue, no real vision or plan. Or if there is one it's not widely shared. They just took away bonuses for most of the company because MBOs don’t make sense here. Being at this company is an exercise in how to exist in an environment where the CEO's mood on any given day impacts a year's worth of product strategy work. Yes-men get far. Tell Jeff what he wants to hear and you're a hero. Those who are further removed from the C-suite and can distance themselves from the churn could be successful and feel fulfilled.

  10. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    TTD is a fantastic place to work. Great people, great leadership

    Cons

    No real cons, 5 stars

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