Ampush Reviews

Updated 19 May 2020

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3.7
64%
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Ampush Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Jesse Pujji (no image)
Jesse Pujji
41 Ratings
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  • "Long hours are required, and it can be taxing on the mind and body(in 8 reviews)

  • "Not much work life balance, expected to be always on(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Never Settle: Hyper Growth Career Launchpad"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ampush full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The bar is high, and those that are creative and insatiable in how they reach that bar will be rewarded with experience, exposure, and skills that make you impressively valuable as a growth marketer and/or a general "builder" for any hyper growth startup. Client management skills, the ability to and support in rapidly pivoting to win, and even some invaluable people management mentorship are all aspects of a typical Ampush experience that make it a unique and admirable career launchpad. This is in the context of the business / growth and operations teams. Stay for long enough (3+ years) and you'll be very pleasantly surprised by the mixed bag of experiences and challenges faced as a company.

    Cons

    Not a particularly damning problem, but squeaky wheels get a decent amount of grease. They do not overshadow the real builders, but it's a natural problem that one should be aware of: the type B builders need to be vocal. Opportunities and experience make up for relatively tolerable but not impressive comp.

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    Ampush2020-05-19
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great to Learn Digital Marketing"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to various types of digital marketing - paid social, affiliate, email, web design, influencer, etc. Ability to work on what you like and also opportunity to develop areas you're weaker in. Managers are extremely focused on your personal growth.

    Cons

    Whenever your ads are live (24/7), you are responsible.

    Ampush2020-01-01
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Go-getters will succeed"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Growth Marketing Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Leads in the direct-to-consumer space, partnering with some of the most promising brands: Birchbox, Blue Apron, Dollar Shave Club, etc. - Prides itself on transparency across the org. Senior leadership is always open to ideas and pushes you to question the status quo. - Young culture/awesome benefits inclusive of unlimited PTO and an annual offsite - Opportunity to get a wide range of experiences in paid media, digital marketing, and, most importantly, business strategy here with frequent rotations

    Cons

    - Company still operates much like a startup. Mentality is scrappy and go-getter, resulting in projects sometimes having limited resources. - Transparency and honesty cuts both ways. Management will be honest, and at times harsh with you in an effort to help you grow. - Company can sometimes be disorganized. Those who do best here proactively seek opportunities.

    Ampush2019-04-19
  4. "Training ground for entrepreneurs and growth marketers"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Growth Marketing Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great people (top mentorship + fast friends) - Great pay/perks - The job is great if you are excited by using data to solve problems - Creative + analytical (never bored) - Genuinely encourage people to take time of - Lots of responsibility and ownership for a first year role

    Cons

    - Ads never turn off, so neither do we - Standard for analysts is really high (+ a lot of early responsibility) so the learning curve is sharp and steep

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    Ampush2019-04-22
  5. "Great responsibility and ownership, not much work life balance"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Growth Marketing Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time

    Pros

    A ton of responsibility and ownership for an entry level position Learn a LOT about growth marketing Clear path to promotions Lots of fun and great people/perks

    Cons

    Feedback culture can be intense at times Not much work life balance, expected to be always on Org structure changes a lot (comes with working at a start up)

    Ampush2019-04-29
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Product Management roles: Be very careful in what you're signing up for. Lots of potential deal breakers, read below."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Digital marketing problems being solved at Ampush are relevant across the industry. This experience is invaluable. 2. Business teams are very dynamic and move quick to solve problems. Ownership of problems is encouraged; risk taking is appreciated. EXCEPT when it comes to technology (more on that in the cons) 3. Generalists are more likely to succeed here, which means you suspend any notion of building a traditional career. May work for some, but not for most.

    Cons

    1. General ignorance about technology (processes, people and systems) and some major unresolved issues with Sr. Leadership on "Product Managers" in general (You'll get the feeling they think PMs are out to screw the company (if at all they understand what a PM does)) Advice to new candidates in product roles: Make sure you talk to leadership and business teams before joining to calibrate your understanding of what tech-enablement and Product management means with theirs. You will be very surprised at what you find. 2. Organizational structure is not setup for the best ideas to win. Just the loudest voices and ones closest to ones making financial decisions are often heard. Not unique to Ampush but a 100 person company should be able to move quicker and make better decisions. (I've seen fortune 500 companies move faster) Advice to new candidates for Product roles: Make sure you have a path and team to execute on your plans and showcase success within mutually acceptable timelines before you join. Rookie mistake on my part, neither had the path nor the team but expectations were sky high. Get that alignment right. 3. Company does not invest in industry standard teams in Data Analysis and Data Science which means lost time in building differentiated solutions and a very unreasonable burden on Product managers to create Analytics solutions instead of building products. As head of product it took me 10 months to get 1 data analyst, when all along being labeled as ineffective. Advice to new candidates in product roles: Understand clearly where the company stands on this, get commitments on when you will get the resources and make sure the company understands that your success is dependent on this. In my mind this should be non-negotiable.At the very least know what you are getting into. 4. Advice to candidates for Product roles: Know that there is no Product function at the company right now (early 2019). Which means your career aspirations are probably in the hands of people who have never been product managers (or successfully delivered a product). I've seen PMs get burnt out and languish in their careers here at Ampush because some ex-consultants and general managers decide whether a PM was successful or not. This sort of behavior can ruin careers, so think about this very seriously if you decide to talk to Ampush for a product role. At this point I have no solution to recommend but at least have this discussion with your hiring manager.

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    Ampush2019-01-05
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sharpen your knives, experience incredible growth, and add tons of value"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ampush full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Founded by former consultants and bankers, Ampush combines the analytical rigor of banking and the strategic thought leadership of big 3 consulting with an obsession for growth marketing. The resulting skill set is close to unmatched across the opportunities available to fresh college graduate. Regarding the company itself, its most valuable components are its people and culture. Ampush is really a tech-enabled people product. In other words, at its core are people. Most Ampushers come from the T-25 undergraduate schools and are all extremely intelligent. That raw intelligence, intellectual curiosity, and hunger for growth makes for an engaging work environment. As mentioned, the culture is a point of strength. Ampush's cultural fabric is a combination of solutions-orientation, moving quickly, learning through iteration, and having fun.

    Cons

    The hours: "work life balance " gives way to "work life harmony", which means you will be at work more than you will be at home. That's great if you are hungry and enjoy working, and bad if you like a 9-5 lifestyle. Cutting costs to the point of pain: in an attempt to control costs Ampush can be very tightfisted with hiring. The result of which is an attempt to constantly pile the work higher and higher on fewer people's plates.

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    Ampush2018-02-10
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn growth marketing, entrepreneurial skills"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Growth marketing is a surprisingly interesting field - intersection of data, strategy, psychology is a fun one -Ampush is trully one of the best places to learn how to do this. No one really knows how to do it well, and you can't learn in house like you can learn here -Really fun, smart people who push. Managers respect younger members and encourage them to contribute. Overall flat hierarchy -Company has made entrepreneurship a core value and has a good culture of encouraging people to enact bold ideas

    Cons

    -Hours. If you're stuck in a rough client situation, will pull long hours in a difficult grind. Consistently understaffed due to stringent hiring process. -Leadership can be too enamored with big ideas at times. Need to consistently do well at taking care of employees, company.

    Ampush2018-02-04
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn growth marketing"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time

    Pros

    - Coworkers are extremely bright, hardworking, creative and entrepreneurial. - Work is interesting, challenging and on the cutting edge of digital growth marketing - Get lots of responsibility up front - Work with exciting brands - either large established companies or high-growth startups in interesting industries

    Cons

    - Leadership expects a lot of its employees - work life balance can be challenging at times

    Ampush2018-01-12
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to grow and learn in the AdTech world"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Growth Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ampush full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -The caliber of employee at Ampush is something you'll be hard pressed to match at another company. Everyone here was a distinguished student at a top tier university and has an impressive intellect. -The startup culture is still alive here. While the company has matured during the last couple years, there is still time made for pool/ ping pong/ pop-a-shot/ fun events. -Leadership is very transparent. While some employees complain that it isn't transparent enough, this is mostly a product of people having not worked at other companies before. Compared to any company of 100+ employees, Ampush is extremely transparent. -There is a strong "take action and own it" culture at Ampush. People here are only limited by their own ambition. If you are a self starter, you will love it here. If you are someone who likes their hand held through things, don't even bother applying. Ampush is a place for people who get sh*t done. -SLT is always open for a 1:1. True to the startup categorization, you can always grab the C suite for a coffee by just tapping them on the shoulder. This is heavily encouraged, even for new hires. -Ampush is doing cool things as a business. I've seen highs and lows in my 2 years here, but the last few months have shown a ton of promise for Ampush's future. The money is starting to roll in and we're definitely capitalizing on it. -The pay is really solid. Starting for a Growth Marketing Analyst is $67,500. Senior Growth Marketing Analysts start at $83,500. Bonuses can be as high as 20% of salary.

    Cons

    -Some people think the hours are heavy but I disagree. A typical day might look like 9:30 - 7:30, which really isn't bad compared to any other job in this space. The hours are not fixed, so people who can get work done efficiently often get out earlier. For a recent grad, it's hard to beat Ampush's salary without venturing into a profession with much worse hours, like investment banking. -Turnover can seem high to those who have not worked at a startup before. Startups tend to have pretty high turnover; it's the nature of the beast. Ampush's biggest struggle as a company is that you learn so much that you quickly become very valuable to other companies. People here get flooded with offers after the first year and sometimes the offers come from companies like Facebook and Uber who simply offer more than Ampush can pay.

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    Ampush2017-10-10
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