OpenX Employee Reviews

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When will the ax fall next?
ENGINEER (Current Employee), Pasadena, CAFebruary 9, 2015
Pros: free lunch 3 times a week, nice office space
Cons: political exec team, moving target of overall strategy
In my time at OpenX, I've observed some very disarming staff "departures". While some of these exits may be employee desired, a fair number have been sudden, politically determined, and horribly executed (no pun intended). To see several colleagues fall (or be pushed) from grace has been humiliating and extremely stress-inducing. For me, OpenX fundamentally demonstrates its lack of stability within the company due to the senior team's turnover rate — not to mention poor character among the executive team. And that is why the rating I give it is so low. If relative job-safety is important to you, consider this warning.

Furthermore, there is weakness from the top down. The CEO wrote a LinkedIn article in 2013 speaking exclusively of the need to tell people of their weaknesses without once mentioning what a manager could and should do to help an employee overcome those deficits and grow both professionally and personally. He's essentially saying that all a coach needs to do is tell a player to throw the ball more often, when what's required is a much deeper discussion about strategy and timing and recognizing opportunities and calculating risks. He's viewing the relationship purely from his own needs (get something done) instead of his employee's needs (learn how to do something). I don't think I could, in good conscience, call him a leader.

NB: It's important to note that all the "good" reviews are done in a cluster in early 2013. That's no coincidence as there was an small, short-lived internal push to produce some positive reviews about working at OpenX so as to improve its image. Do take those reviews with a grain of salt.
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Cutting Edge company - Operates the second largest online ad- exchanges
Senior Account Manager (Current Employee), New York, NYJune 7, 2013
Pros: free lunches and breakfast, lots of snacks - fun environment in general
Cons: operates like a start up, but has over 300+ employees
Operates an online ad-exchange. Partners with Samsung, which recently invested $22.5 mil. to run a private ad-exchange on the electronic maker's phone and tablets.
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Challenging and fast paced environment
Manager, Business Development (Current Employee), New York, NYMay 28, 2013
Great company but management is a weakness of the company. This has become more apparent as we scale.
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Excellent company culture, room for growth, fast-paced, not for the faint of heart
Individual Contributor (Current Employee), Los AngelesMarch 11, 2013
Pros: compensation, benefits, perks, smart/amazing co-workers
Cons: work-life balance
-Great culture of advancement through merit
-Innovative organization
-Very fast-paced, always a lot of change to stay ahead of the curve
-3 weeks vacation to offset long days and always-on email work culture
-Excellent employee perks, meals, happy hours, game rooms, activities, they go above and beyond!
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Great start up with
Ad Network Account Manager (Current Employee), King of Prussia, PAJanuary 22, 2013
Pros: collaboration, great management, fast paced, great co-workers
Cons: job security
This company was formerly independent LiftDNA prior to being purchased by OpenX. That said, it still had the look and feel of a startup. Workers were required to be able to keep up with the pace, learn along the way, take initiative, and be assertive. Despite what seems like high pressure, the atmosphere was very laid back and team spirit was high. Unfortunately, it is coming to an end as OpenX is closing this office ans they merge the LiftDNA product with their services platform.
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Grotesquely Structured Software
Engineer (Current Employee), Pasadena, CAAugust 6, 2012
Pros: free friday lunches, ping pong table
Cons: hidden bugs everywhere, no documentation, unreadable code
Interviews are like a watered down version of Google's interview.
Typical day starts with a 20 minute meeting, and then heads down at the computer rest of day.
Management is non-engineering focused.
Tracking down bugs on a poorly structured system.
Many employees hoping to cash out when company goes public.
Very poor quality testing of product.
Lots of old, obscure, and one-off technology that will not transfer as usable skills else where.
Most people work 9 to 5 but you'll have to work longer hours and additional hours from home after a year.