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The Trade Desk Reviews

Updated 21 February 2019
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Pros
  • "The Trade Desk is an outstanding company" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is supported and encouraged as well" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes there can be a lack of work-life balance" (in 8 reviews)

  • "It really is difficult to come up with something that I feel is much more difficult at the Trade Desk than other places that I've worked" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (19)

    "An honest review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Support Analyst in Ventura, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Support Analyst in Ventura, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top of the line benefits (medical, dental, 401k, stock)
    Free snacks and food
    Ventura is beautiful-close to the beach

    Cons

    NO work life balance
    NO flexibility
    NO “real” HR
    Too many cliques

    Advice to Management

    Executive management at The Trade Desk is wonderful ... so it seems. Unfortunately, everyone is blinded by the stock prices and maintaining a false “happiness”. Work life balance is nonexistent. For women especially, moving up is quite challenging. They boast of collaboration yet your ideas are constantly shut down by the “older generation” who have fear of change ... fear that you will take their job. So improvements remain stagnant. In order to get promoted, you have to be on call 24 hours, 7 days a week, brown nose, and dedicate your LIFE to The Trade Desk. It’s much different than what they advertise publicly “Work Life Balance” and “Flexibility”. No one in my department has a life. There’s inappropriate behavior, borderline sexual harassment, discrimination … not a positive place to be long term. TTD is proud to be one of “The Best Places to Work” ... not if you have integrity, a family or an active personal life. TTD doesn’t care about you as a person like they used to. Honestly, they feel their benefits make up for the abuse. HR is nonexistent and are not employee friendly. You address what would be consider to be serious issues and you’re frowned upon. The cycle continues. You watch people come in with bright eyes, inspired and loving the vision… Yet one year later they are physically, mentally, and emotionally drained ... sadly it shows as new hires look aged only a year later. It’s hypocrisy. I used to think that the C level management may be not in the loop on these things, but they are well aware and choose to ignore it by offering great benefits, food, parties and stock options. You can’t buy everyone and will continue to lose great people by not correcting potential liabilities and bullying by middle-management. I love TTD, but something has got to give. Material things will not give a person their life, family and integrity back.


  2. "Great stuff"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    + Passionate team of high performing people
    + Solid, collaborative culture
    + Great business model
    + Offices all over the world

    Cons

    - Can be tough to manage lots of time zones (not much can be done about that)..

  3. "Great company!"

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

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    C-Suite is visible and transparent, employees come from a variety of backgrounds and all support TTD's vision and mission, great benefits and perks, opportunity to travel, strong focus on maintaining special culture with high growth

    Cons

    Processes sometimes get in the way of getting things done, no manager evaluations

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your team, listen to them, and truly help them grow. Your team's success is a reflection of your ability as a manager. Believe in them and don't set them up for failure.


  4. "Best Place To Grow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great engineering culture that strives to make sure everyone is satisfied and challenged. Asking questions is greatly encouraged, as is helping those who need it. Managers make an honest effort to hear you out and help you grow your career. Trustworthiness and humility are a TTDer's best virtues.

    Cons

    TTD is only near-perfect. The effort is there to fix things but management can be slow to figure out the right solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Growing the team is hard, please stay transparent, especially when we fail or are wrong.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Cliques, bullies, unequal pay for women, no HR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, stock, healthcare, global company

    Cons

    Extremely clique
    Horrible HR
    Mistreatment of employees
    Incompetent leadership

    The Trade Desk can be really good for some people, and really bad for others, depending on how you play the game. In most offices, there is a clique that runs the office, and if you get in with them you’re golden. TTD hides the cliqueness by calling it ‘culture.’ If you’re part of it you’ll be given promotions, HR complaints lodged against you will be ignored, and you won’t have to work hard. There are some truly evil people protected by these groups, and I’ve seen many people in my office bullied by them. If you aren’t part of that group, your life can be absolute hell. It’s high school all over again, except you’re financially punished for it because you’ll miss out on clients/career opportunities by not being friends with these people.

    HR is tiny and doesn’t even have people in most offices. There are too many people that have gone to HR with complaints of things that are blatantly illegal or horribly wrong, and HR just tries to shut them up and they don’t do anything. If they go to your managers, they just try to shut them up and advise them that the best way to get ahead is to feign happiness. There a absolutely miserable people here just trying to smile to get that next promotion.

    Women aren’t treated equally. The CEO essentially acknowledge that pay is unequal across the company last year and that they don’t have a plan of fixing it.

    A lot of managers were given their jobs because they got here early, or were friends with the right people. This goes all the way up to the top where there are some people that everyone knows are incompetent, but are kept around for cultural aspects, when in reality they just bully people in their own offices and don’t do work.

    Advice to Management

    Empower HR to do their jobs by putting at least one person in every single office. Let them run down leads even it the leads are against your best friends.

    Re-assess every manager and VP you have. Some of them might be your friends and helped build the company up to where it is, but it doesn’t mean they are suited for the job they are in anymore. Let there be a way to submit feedback on all of these people. There are some very depressed people in your offices that feel like they have no way to create change and improve the company they love.

    Culture doesn’t mean just one thing, be open to diversity of thought and way of being within your work force, don’t keep hiring people that have the exact same habits as you. Some of the people that are lifted up as the best cultural ambassadors are some of the people that are the meanest to the quieter people. Some of the people that are said to be the best cultural ambassadors are some of the worst workers you have, and should have been told to leave long ago. Don’t just focus on lifting up people that are popular in your offices, spotlight the shyer people that do amazing work that feel left out, and overlooked.


  6. "The best company I've worked in so far"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is really good, everyone is nice and helpful, high bar for engineers and lots of big challenging tasks, relaxed work from home policies, office is also great and has good location and kitchen is filled with snacks and drinks

    Cons

    The engineering team is highly distributed around the world, and work activity really never stops.. that can be good or bad depending on your lifestyle

    Advice to Management

    you rock!


  7. "Worth the Ride"

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

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Flexibility to pursue other interests within the company
    - Passionate environment
    - Possibility of Travel
    - Global company with exposure to global teams

    Cons

    - Becoming a manager requires more politicking than one would like (but it's no different than any other company and they have been re-investing in middle management)

    Advice to Management

    There is no such thing as a perfect company, or a perfect culture. Though TTD hides it's flaws well, we are not exempt from that truth. Over 3 years is enough time to know that upper management listens to every word. I give you a 5 because you know how to hire smart people who care.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Black Mirror Episode"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    Seemingly "friendly" work environment, all hugs and smiles on the surface. "Everything is awesome"...until it isn't.

    Cons

    Arrogant leadership thinks they have the best "culture", but in fact they are a bunch of small timers who have never worked in any REAL corporate environment. If you want to thrive you better drink the kool-aid. If you are not on CEO's good side, you are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Have the guts to do the right thing (but do it nicely). DO NOT sugar-coat everything. Your employees deserve constructive feedback (whether good or bad). Being a great leader doesn't mean you have to be the "nice guy" all the time, in fact that makes you a bad leader.


  9. Helpful (23)

    "Work/Work (where's the Life?)"

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

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They've definitely done well from a product perspective in pushing out quality technology. The trajectory is up and to the right, but it comes at a cost.

    Cons

    For a majority of the company, the work/work (no life) balance places a huge burden and creates resentment. While not explicitly required, by default, those with families that want to succeed have to (HAVE TO) sacrifice family time in order to keep up. The pace of play continues to stretch employees thin, and unless you're single and in your twenties and can solely focus on your career, you're going to inevitably sacrifice home for career.

    Advice to Management

    Get strategic. Hire better. Respect that your employees have familial needs and give them the ability to thrive and succeed without having to sacrifice so much at home.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Application Support Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, I can honestly talk to anyone and we will click. The benefits are okay also and lots of small perks to make you feel special. Management and CEO preach mobility within the company. Free snacks! and catered lunches!

    Cons

    The long work hours really take a toll on work life balance. Also the pay is not the great but in natural start up fashion they try to make it up by awarding stock options which vest over 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing whats been working, I think we should compensate employees better and allow for more of a work life balance.