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Updated August 4, 2017
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  • My observation about certain teams is "the work life balance" - It's a bit of the nature of the beast though (in 12 reviews)

  • Fast growth naturally comes with growing pains (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Very profitable but under the radar"

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

    I have been working at Vungle full-time

    Pros

    - Recent presentation on our market share was fascinating, the industry is way bigger than I thought and I can see how we can still grow 10X from here which is rare for a company at $300M+ revenues
    - Very strong tech hires over the last 12-18 months, new VP Eng looks good. Product leader is solid however need to hire more as we're under-resourced in many key areas
    - Recent vision and story around Growth Engine for customers is something that actually sounds inspiring and audacious
    - Finally seem to be recognizing talent and promoting more internally
    - LTV post-install data that is collected and analyzed is impressive, especially with the focus on "auto-optimization"
    - Recent Q1 goals are very exciting as it shows the company can innovate, whereas previous goals were only focused on revenue or infrastructure projects
    - Recent product presentations have been energizing and it's great to see that we're less focused on "fixing tech debt" and are doing things to stay ahead of competitors
    - Creative tech is definitely compelling but needs to be highlighted more, creative meta data tagging is cool but needs to make a bigger impact. Using AI to automatically tag creatives is a damn cool idea and I'm glad we're making steps in that direction.
    - Dynamic templates looks promising but needs to scale further, probably can be more effective once placements is built out
    - Offices around the world have similar cultures and are well decorated
    - Leadership team is stronger compared to previous points in history
    - Take more equity than salary if you have the choice, company is easier to value given the growing EBITDA, and worst case is likely to get acquired as it's the only independent start-up in the category.

    Cons

    - Company is under the radar and doesn't get enough publicity
    - International offices can feel neglected at times
    - Office vibe and culture is great but the location around is a bit sketchy at times. Local city seems to be cleaning the streets more often but it's still not pleasant to take a walk as you have to be careful where you step...
    - The company doesn't do as many all-hands as they used to do
    - Newsletters haven't been sent out for ages
    - Things take a long time to get approved
    - Company is too cost-conscious at times and needs to focus more on investments rather than just counting the pennies
    - Comp could be better, especially on the equity side for for people who have been here a long time

    Advice to Management

    - A lot of talk about "building or acquiring a DSP" but nothing ever seems to happen on that front. It's clear that's the next logical step so why are we so lethargic on this topic?
    - Why isn't there an option to sell secondary stock? It's a common practice at other companies. It would be great for more tenured employees to get some cash as SF is expensive.
    - I know some folks are afraid of change and complain every time something big happens but every damn change that's been made so far has been well calculated. Don't be afraid to make more changes. Do the right thing for the company. Some of the employees are very passionate and loyal, and want to see this thing get bigger.
    - We have barely grown headcount over the last year or so, yet the revenues and profits are growing like crazy. Isn't it time to make some bolder moves and invest like we did in 2015?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AWESOME!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Senior Technical Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Senior Technical Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the team, love the perks, and overall happiness.

    Cons

    None, seriously. I have no complaints working here.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Bait and switch"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not enough positives to outweigh the negatives. And I put that sentence there since Glassdoor has a 20 word minimum. If that wasn't a requirement then I wouldn't even bother.

    Cons

    The culture is straight up sexist. Working at Vungle as a woman is terrible. The women that do stick around here can only be successful if they conform & accept the environment created by the little boys who demand their way in management. They are pawns in the ruthless game Vungle plays as it claws its way to the top. It's all a charade. The company's desperate for diversity but can't seem to keep any decent people past the year mark. Good women have been leaving the company in mass exodus for the last several years.

    Management is as immature as they come. These men inflate their egos by manipulating the people around them all while collecting absurd promotions and pushing hard working people out. If you're not fawning all over them with reminders about how great they are then expect to be run out this place.

    The environment is one word: TOXIC. There were not enough perks in the world to have kept me.

    I wrote this review because the tech industry has a sexism problem and the environment at Vungle is part of it. Other people have been brave enough to post about it on here. These posters aren't lying. The board needs to step in.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Worst Company Ever!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of fun off-sites.
    Lots of young people who want to spend time with each other.
    Gaming consoles and arcade games in the office.
    Phone booths are cool to have private conversations or remote meetings
    Bungalows are nice to have meetings in or to collaborate on projects.
    Gym reimbursement policy and the Vungle exchange program.
    Catered lunches with a food budget on days that it isn't catered.

    Cons

    The company is full of two faced people. All the way from your colleagues to the executives. They may say something nice to your face about your performance, then go behind your back to your manager and complain that you are not performing well enough. They will fire people for false accusations with no proof. No matter how hard you work or how well your performance reviews are, they do not promote people or give raises. Some of my co-workers who have been here for almost 3 years have not gotten a single raise or promotion. Your performance reviews are based on rumors or only on the mistakes you may have made, while your successes go unnoticed or unmentioned. The managers are all inexperienced and have no clue what they are doing or how to run a team properly. The front door might as well be a revolving door. People are leaving as fast as we are hiring. The company absolutely plays favorites, if someone is underperforming but is someone's favorite they will hire people to help them improve. However, if you aren't and someone doesn't like you, they will do everything in their power to get you fired even if you are a top performer. No matter how well you perform if you make one mistake they will use it against you and fire you. Every department has incompetent people who aren't doing their jobs properly but nothing happens to them because they are someone's favorite. There are people with engineer titles that don't want to code and people who aren't even in your department who try tell leads and managers how to run their teams. They don't allow working from home for most employees, except some employees can work from home once or twice a week or even go on a trip and work remotely without giving notice. The company used to be a cool place and a lot of fun but that all changed after they hired a new HR team last year. The company runs like a high school or fraternity with people constantly gossiping about other coworkers, watching your every move, making up rumors or straight up lies about each other. You can't trust anyone, plus anyone with any real talent has either been fired or left the company. There are a few great people still here, and it is only a matter of time before they leave.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dirty politics. This company is far too small to have such backstabbing. You are making money, give raises and promote people. When you do reviews, included the success that people accomplish and not just the last mistake that they made. Train your managers and directors how to properly run a team and assess performance rather than going on just rumors or whoever complains the loudest. Stop playing favorites and stop firing or laying off people who are working hard. If someone is underperforming give them a mentor or help them perform better by giving honest and consistent feedback. Also, stop calling people engineers who aren't actually doing any coding.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Improving all the time!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vungle full-time

    Pros

    Team is very engaged and wants to do the right thing. In a great space and executing very well in spite of challenges.

    Cons

    Still growing and maturing so you need to be OK with things not perfectly organized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the momentum for improvement


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Scaling Start-Up (Operations)"

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

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

    Pros

    Good balance between being able to create new things from the ground up, and iterate on existing process, infrastructure, strategies that have already been successful to scale a business. Each person's work matters every day. It's a major reason I joined.

    Leadership is committed to developing all levels of employees in all areas of the company through customized career development plans for each employee. That's backed up financially as well.

    People are often looking for start-ups or earlier stage companies that they can put their mark on, have a chance to make a large impact on an industry, and are financially viable (profitable). Vungle offers this to every employee in spades.

    The past - Vungle has experienced challenging times in the past. Those that have persevered and come out the other side have had a massive impact on the culture in a positive way. With the success we are now experiencing people are more understanding of how rare that opportunity is in a career and are fighting everyday to take advantage of it. This is a culture where focusing on what can be done, and taking initiative to fix broken windows when you see them is a tangible part of the culture you experience every day.

    Cons

    My observation about certain teams is "the work life balance" - It's a bit of the nature of the beast though. Advertising runs 24/7/365 and when things need to be addressed you need to jump on them right away. We're also a 170 person start-up. Working hours aren't always a 9 to 5, and as long as you're ok with that you'll be fine.

    SF office location - Not the greatest neighborhood in terms of food options, but the company caters in lunch twice a week, and comps orders for people to use the other three days a week.

    Advice to Management

    The engineering team has seen a good amount of change in the last 18 months. Simon will bring some great stability to the organization, and continuing to emphasize our success and opportunity to that group in a way that resonates is going to fundamental to our long term success. I have all the confidence in the world that this is a top priority for Leadership, and will be figured out.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Want to "punch above your weight"? Work here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Liberal with Responsibility: People are given responsibility if they are able to prove efficacy. Personally I've been asked to do things that I was some what under qualified to do. The company trusted me and things got done.

    + Career Growth: I've have 4 promotions in 3 years. As the company grows this will slow down but since the business shows no signs of slowing down, I don't see how we wont promote others as well.

    + Colleagues actually like each other: Unlike other "high growth startups" Vungle has a strange culture where people hang out after work and on the weekends together. This freaked me out at first but I've grown to love that. Personally I've referred 10 friends and had 4 hired.

    + International: We have 7 international offices. I've traveled all over the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America because of Vungle.

    + Benefits: Most underrated thing here. Insane perks to cover things like meals, transport, etc. Because of this I can go to work and not have to worry about basic daily issues.

    Cons

    - Not a WFH Culture: If that's a deal breaker for you I wouldn't work here.

    - Always On Culture: Since our business generates money around the clock, problems can occur beyond business hours and can't wait to be solved.

    Advice to Management

    > The company is almost 200 not 2000, make sure policies aren't built for a much larger company.

    > Connect International Offices: The company is growing internationally, make sure to put effort and resources on connecting them.

    > Celebrate: As the company continues to break records, make sure that celebrations happen. This has slowed down.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Industry leader with huge upside"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Vungle has grown revenue exponentially over the last year and is one of the giants within in app video. Tons of room for growth personally and company-wide. Exciting time to be part of company with truly explosive growth.
    2.Unparalleled opportunities for international travel, exposure to different cultures, and understanding of emerging markets.
    3. Highly autonomous work environment with very trusting management in most departments.
    4. Some of the best perks in SV. you have to be here to believe it.

    Cons

    1. Certain department have carried Vungle while others are playing catch up. Aligning performance expectations interdepartmentally will allow Vungle to win long term.
    2. lack of collaboration between some departments has lead to a breakdown in growth at some points.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep culture "fun" and start-up vibe as we scale.
    Keep investing in product and engineering to help us get to that next level of growth.
    Ensure all departments are held equally accountable and report back to the entire company on progress to goals.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Great Company - Growing up"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Established leadership in COO and sales
    - Opportunities to travel domestically and internationally
    - Visibility into management objectives and goals
    - Feedback culture. Management and peers provide positive and constructive feedback regularly.

    Cons

    - Working through engineering and product changes/challenges. It has created a political environment in their respective departments.
    - Career progression opportunities seem to be limited.
    - CEO seems a little disconnected - offset by strong leadership from COO and sales
    - Communication channels between departments can be difficult to manage
    - Work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Keeping mapping out career progression routes for ICs!


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Unbelievable culture"

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

    I worked at Vungle full-time

    Pros

    - Culture supports a really friendly and collaborative environment
    - Insanely great perks including the standards plus phone plan, paid international travel, lyft/uber transportation
    - A "Do, Don't Ask" atmosphere. They support action over complacency
    - If you're actually effective at what you do, you will get recognized and pushed forward
    - The company is doing extremely well in the industry. Numbers-wise, everything is in the positive.

    Cons

    - Young management so immature systems for bonuses and feedback that may push for the wrong behavior
    - Gossipy culture that can turn toxic
    - Engineering team can't be effective due to competing priorities (sales vs. product) and inefficient project managers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep managers accountable. Right now, the managers' goals are more about getting projects done or hitting a specific sales goal, but their performance should also be tied to employee retention. They are at the frontline in the war for employee happiness. Give them the tools to succeed and make sure they take care of the people in their teams.


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