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Pubmatic Reviews

Updated 7 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance and flexible working options" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Great Work culture, supportive managers (At least in the team I work into) less restrictions" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "They follow hire and fire policy" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Continuous tight deadlines will make sure you have a difficult work/life balance" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love it here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pubmatic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been here just under a year and love it
    A great team, great career growth and amazing perks!
    Table Football and Table Tennis

    Cons

    none that I can think of other than no parking at the office!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    Free office snacks & refreshments. A good social vibe in the UK office.

    Cons

    1) Redundancies, layoffs & a high turnover of staff was common in all offices
    2) Very few case studies were released
    3) Internal meetings were often prioritised over external client meetings
    4) In comparison to their competitors, they spent very little on marketing yet expected the same level of new business wins.
    5) There was a lot of negative sentiment in the UK market towards the PM brand, it was difficult to secure trust on many occasions, this may have changed under their new UK lead and probably originates from the massive round of layoffs they made.
    6) It was common practice for people globally to be let go without warning, this made many uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    1) Hire more managers that have a background in programmatic (like your competitors do), your clients will want to spend more time with them. Your pubs & buyer expect to learn from your leaders.
    2) Spend less time on internal meetings, encourage your staff to spend time with clients, this is still a relationship led industry (can inc long lunches & late nights)
    3) Give your managers the autonomy to do the job they were hired for, daily chasing from senior leads over small issues frustrated many in your regional offices, however, managers were at times scared to raise issues in meetings as they feared loosing their jobs if they were seen to be disagreeing with CEO, President etc.

  3. "Partner Development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company with a Publisher story that resonates with its customers.
    Friendly & dedicated staff
    Informal CEO that is available to all employees

    Cons

    Senior Management - Lack of (Product) vision and Leadership
    Too many changes within the Product Org prevent company to stay ahead

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on hiring Senior Leaders


  4. "Great place to work with fantastic people"

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

    Pros

    Nice working atmosphere
    Free lunches and drinks
    Smart people who work hard

    Cons

    Need for more focus on markets outside of the US

    Advice to Management

    Focus on offices outside of US for growth


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice social events
    - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - very high resource turn around at every level including senior level. Pubmatic tend to hire senior resources for a few months and then fire them or let them go
    - lack of transparency and honesty from management team
    - a lot of politics at every level
    - lack of accountability at every level
    - lack of processes, a lot of inefficiencies and lack of documented best practice have had a negative impact on successfully manage growth


  6. "Fun, challenging, but turbulent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A company with leading automated technology for programmatic media. When you work here you will always be learning at a fast pace. People are fun in the London office and keen to solve client business problems in a consultative way.

    Cons

    Structural issues and inefficiencies on the operations side. Product development seemed to have slowed and competition in this space becoming more fierce. An SSP is a volatile place to be and this is one.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more structured and thorough training when someone new starts.
    Consider experience outside of programmatic for commercial leaders as they may have a refreshing perspective.
    Express the vision of the business and the industry more often to employees.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "inflexion point"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to have a really good team ethos, good idea of where the industry is going and is prepared to invest in getting there

    Cons

    the recent and well publicized layoffs have had a huge impact and rumour has it that in the paperwork to those departing the company there is a clause banning critical postings on sites such as this one. I wonder why they put that in there...

    Tech isn't as strong as it could be, politics are out of control

    Advice to Management

    Stop the revolving door in product and fix the very manual back end. There are some smart people across the business that remain who need empowering

  8. "My time with PubMatic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Varied in London, England
    Former Employee - Varied in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I launched the UK office of PubMatic (and Europe with the then VP) and served with them for a little under four years.

    The Pro's of PubMatic, like most businesses, are the people. It doesn't really matter what brand people work for as long as there is commonality of thought and purpose. We had a cracking team and as far as I know very little has changed since I've left. The same people, generally, are there and they are a tight team that battles to win everything they set their mind to. As a satellite office it is self-managing with very little day-to-day interference/input from HQ which is exceptionally refreshing in the adtech sector.

    As a European business I suggest PubMatic is one people should aspire to work for. Not because it is holistic this, or proprietary that, but because it is a progressive business in a very busy industry that will allow motivated, smart, stubborn and focussed people to grow and make some real changes in industry as a person, not an employee number, a lot more than if they'd simply picked a "big-name" to work for, I suggest.

    As with all companies you get out what you put in, PubMatic is one of those companies. Sit back and your ride will be as bumpy as you'd expect; give it a good crack and you will do well here.

    Would I work there again based on what I know now; yes.

    Cons

    This really depends on what type of person you are as nothing is the same for everyone.

    PubMatic is in a constant state of growth, development, change and restructure as such there are changes (some big...some small) and with all growth there comes pains, so prepare for them as they're there. Realise what you're trying to achieve and the pains are quite bearable and certainly not unique to PubMatic.

    There are no real unique "cons" about working at PubMatic that you'd not get anywhere else so there's little point in going through them; I'm not perfect neither are they.

    Advice to Management

    Nope.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Long honest review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pubmatic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everybody knows that this company is not the best to work for. Though, I work in PubMatic long enough to know also that the bad reviews written here, without argumenting anything, are not reliable as well as the extremely positive ones.

    Let's be fair.

    PubMatic have many pros:
    - it is a known tech company, and working here means getting exposed to latest technologies, key contacts in the market, industry updates and trend, with consistent inputs upcoming from everywhere every day. Presence at industry events, conferences, round table. Learning is certainly not missing.

    - there is a lot of flexibility, you can work from home, no strickt working hours, as long as there is no productivity lack. Everyone manages his time without mandatory strickt rules and flexibility is always encouraged.

    - PubMatic is global and allow you to have international breath. It is true that at the moment internal travels across offices are freezed, but events and client meetings abroad are possible.

    Cons

    Let's make a distinction here:

    There are cons for the entire organization, and cons different from office to office.

    Cons valid everywhere are mainly related to the reaction the business is having to the current bad company trend.

    No more training travels, no more open positions.
    The employees are overloaded.
    Ticket system and escalation systems simply don't work and tickets are not picked up for weeks and weeks.

    Working across 6 time zones, 8 countries, 8 different cultures, is challenging. The most challenging part is the relationship with all the backend functions. Usually companies outsource those functions but in PubMatic they are internal, have their own KPIs and have power to impact the in market teams and their targets. This makes difficult to work properly as the company struggle to be competitive in the market. Operations have long and long and slow process to do everything, people in those teams are demotivated and not partecipating. Take it or leave it. You report client complains, and wait for the process to be complete. You get frustrated but it is not the end of the world and at the end it is not your company.

    Different is the case if you ask about the culture.

    PubMatic have offices in US and India, in London, Germany, France, Italy, Stockholm etc etc...

    The culture in the company is different according to the office, because the culture is not corporate, is defined by senior and middle management and it s local.

    If you talk with the emplyees in Germany they would tell you that the culture is amazing, because the German country manager is considered one of the best managers to work for. This is a win.

    If you talk with the employees in India, especially in Operations, they would tell you that PubMatic is the worst company they have been working for. That's because the management is hated. This is a loss.

    If you talk to the employees in London you would get positive review from those reporting into the UK country manager who is highly respected and loved, while the others reporting into other leaders would tell you the opposite because those leaders are hated in the office. Simple as that.

    Not the best company to work for. Not the worst. Just a corporate company, with some bad managers, in a fab industry, in a bad moment.


  10. "General overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Pubmatic full-time

    Pros

    Nice team, great place to develop leadership

    Cons

    Workload, it can be overloaded


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