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  • "Business seems to be going downturn as compared to before, but still strong revenue due to ad tech industry" (in 2 reviews)

  • "tv had been declared end-of-life multiple times by AOL and now Oath and lost many of the good people" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "AOL is a good place to work - made up of lots of smaller acquired businesses"

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    Current Employee - Technical S in London, England
    Current Employee - Technical S in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good social life, good benefits, chilled work environment

    Cons

    Not a lot of integration between all AOL teams

    Advice to Management

    More integration is needed between all AOL teams to create a more unified company


  2. "Good technology"

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    Former Employee - TAM in London, England
    Former Employee - TAM in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good tech, really well ahead in the market, good compensation

    Cons

    needs to have better management

  3. "Was excellent in the glorious past, lost in the present."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Excellent scalable design. RIBS framework was truly revolutionary and ahead of its time. Too bad that it did not get recognition in the open-source community, mainly due to lack of detailed documentation. Very good exposure to system-design due to custom implementation of web-servers, key-value pair stores and aggregation framework.

    2. Very good and sensible investment in developer productivity: One of the very few completely autonomous CI/CD pipelines ever, better than most yahoo teams.

    3. Very good engineering culture. Few of the brightest folks I have worked with. Excellent team spirit.

    4. Respectable pay. Though not comparable to the top companies, they still manage to pay well.

    5. Good environment: The San Mateo office was very homely and cozy. Though the Sunnyvale office is fancier in terms of facilities and space, the San Mateo office has a lot of memories.

    Cons

    1. Lack of roadmap: Since the last few years, adap.tv had been declared end-of-life multiple times by AOL and now Oath and lost many of the good people.
    2. Complex code and lack of documentation: The documentation is non-existing and the code is messy with lack of unit-tests, code structure and design.
    3. Poor resource utilization: Some people were too burdened and some people did not have work at all.

    Advice to Management

    1. Simplify the system: Lot of components which had to be custom built due to the need of the day can be replaced by current open-source products and save money and time.
    2. Work on resource utilization: Talk to people and understand the engagement levels.


  4. "Senior Manager, Software Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams, competitive pay, also good culture

    Cons

    Business seems to be going downturn as compared to before, but still strong revenue due to ad tech industry


  5. "A lot of lay offs"

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    Former Employee - Product Support in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Support in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The money and people were good.

    Cons

    Frequent lay offs. Hopefully with the Yahoo acquisition this will add stability to the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully with the Yahoo acquisition this will add stability to the organization.


  6. "Senior software engineering manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, great work environment

    Cons

    It's getting downhill after AOL accusition

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in great engineering, which is the money printing team


  7. "Ad Tech company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good team, relaxed work place and free food

    Cons

    old technology, lots of changes due to merger with AOL, Yahoo etc

  8. "Good work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Tech Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Tech Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work not too challenging
    Pays well
    hands-off management

    Cons

    products aren't that great
    bloated org chart

    Advice to Management

    focus on lean & mean


  9. "Innovative, challenging experience in a start-up environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People who worked here were very smart and easy going

    Cons

    Career path structure was lacking
    Cheap pay


  10. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - ASE in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - ASE in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adap.tv full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible timings and Good platform to learn

    Cons

    micro management and less opportunity to reflect your skills


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