The Trade Desk Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2020

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3.4
62%
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The Trade Desk Founder & CEO Jeff Green
Jeff Green
147 Ratings
Pros
  • "The Trade Desk is a fast growing business with a fantastic product but more importantly it is support by a great teams(in 26 reviews)

  • "Employees feel lucky to be a part of the TTD family(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hard work - work life balance can suffer(in 13 reviews)

  • "While TTD does offer great benefits, the compensation is a joke compared to other tech companies(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company"

    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 The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic company full of smart and driven people - Very innovative product suite, which is constantly evolving and expanding - Good communication between different teams and functions - Great leadership in the C-suites and SVPs - Really high percentage of supportive, friendly and collaborative people. Employees feel lucky to be a part of the TTD family!

    Cons

    - It's always very busy and hard to feel fully on top of your workload and priorities - Some managers have a tendency to micro-manage rather than giving their reports freedom and discretion

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Still a great place to work, with tons of opportunity"

    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 The Trade Desk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is going through some growing pains as it transitions from start-up to mid/large-sized company, but overall it still has a great culture and many friendly, caring and genuine people. This starts from the CEO, who is incredibly smart but also very caring and thoughtful, and permeates down throughout the company. The programmatic advertising industry is expanding rapidly and still has a lot more potential to grow, especially with the shift to connected TV. This means that TTD continues to grow quickly, and employees have lots of opportunity to make an impact and achieve career progression. It's fun to compete against the "big boys" (Google, Facebook etc.) and feel like you genuinely have a more transparent and superior product offering.

    Cons

    Take on board the feedback in other reviews about mid-level and senior management. Remember that sometimes the high-profile managers are acting selfishly and to the detriment of their teams, while the soft-spoken, lower-profile managers are the glue holding their teams together and are critical to TTD's success.

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  3. Helpful (7)

    "DISGUSTING LAZY SELFISH NON ACCOUNTABLE Management who care only how they look!"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Trade Desk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Free lunches twice per week. • Sociable vibe. • Company stock shares. • Company pays 8% pension for you for free. • Free drinks varying from soft to alcohol. • Game’s room which includes game consoles & a pool table. • Generally nice people. • Good salary. • International trips work or fun related.

    Cons

    • Slavery hours which you’re forced to do if you want to get things done and perform, as the team has always been understaffed. • Incredibly appalling finance UK management (Supervisor, Director/VP) who handle Accounts Receivable; they’re rude, aggressive, non accountable, condescending, can’t take constructive criticism, micro Managers, arrogant. They value people based on their title, so if you don’t have a management title they’ll think of you as a lesser person & don’t value your points. They’ll listen to those that are higher than them even those individuals are the wrong people to listen to as they’re not on the ground doing it themselves. They’re a massive suck up to management which they have to be, as if they got judged on performance alone they’ll be long gone. They only care how they look in people’s eyes & just to save themselves they’ll throw you under the bus even at fault of their own. They try to avoid responsibilities of their roles & ignore certain actions to be taken even if it’s their job. They’ve managed to destroy the team in just 2 months of trying to take over. • Due to an appalling skill of picking the right candidates even when there are 4+ people involved, rude & lazy individuals get employed in a sociable environment... As a result you get a somewhat high turn over in the department. People from Sales & BD always amazed how constantly we swap our staff. •Long hours, hard work, results & reliability as an employee - means nothing to them & they’re ready again to dismiss everything because you’re not from management. • Management are not worthy of their positions not even at the slightest. It’s absolutely bizarre to make such basic mistakes regardless of title as this is just common sense & logic.

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  4. Helpful (8)

    "A Successful Corporation"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Trade Desk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Trade Desk is a solid and incredibly successful corporation. Its success can be directly attributed to the founders' vision. Their original thesis, that technology and data can transform the advertising market to function more like equity markets, has been proved beyond doubt. The leadership's focus on fulfilling this vision is why The Trade Desk is as successful as it is. Company leadership values its employees. Salary is competitive and the equity compensation is generous. Anniversary experiences are nice and reflect the leadership's desire to reward and maintain high morale. There are many good, hard working and passionate engineers at The Trade Desk. The engineering projects are often challenging and rewarding. You get to work closely with engineers from all over the world.

    Cons

    Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him. The Trade Desk is a solid and incredibly successful Corporation. Your chance of career growth will be based in large part on the integrity of your manager and/or your own integrity (or lack thereof) . The Trade Desk's growth has created the space for middle managers to exercise their more natural paternalistic tendencies. The vision and leadership of Jeff and Dave that previously inspired and empowered engineers to do great things is being suffocated by small, grovelling, little men who have only ever demonstrated engineering their own career growth. Cronyism, favoritism, and nepotism is rife. Doublespeak is management's lingua franca now. Mediocrity is not a mortal sin and certainly not an impediment to promotion. This is all standard fare for corporations. Its just such a shame.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Good foundation, deteriorating conditions"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are top notch - ESPP, healthcare, and a pretty fun office environment I've worked with some of the smartest and most well rounded professionals I've ever met. Depending on your client, there are huge opportunities to do very cool projects that influence the company. I believe when senior management says they want to improve things, despite executional challenges The company is in a generally strong position and set up well to work remote.

    Cons

    Work life balance is challenging at best despite generous leave time. Consistent rotating changes on the business team that allow you very little say in what projects/clients you're assigned Growth opportunities outside of the org you're hired into are next to impossible An outstanding company culture is starting to deteriorate

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  6. Helpful (12)

    "Why bother writing reviews?"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    Pay is OK but what does it matter when you write a review that will only get taken down a little while later?

    Cons

    More who you know than what you contribute.

  7. Helpful (11)

    "A small sales focussed company trying to act like a large company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    Great & growing market cap Visionary leadership Strong engineering

    Cons

    Immature middle management lacking experience tries to make themselves important by creating silos and hierarchies Several very senior people managers with a total of 5 years experience panic at the first mention of discord and this the ICs are at fault While the C-level has strong views on product direction several layers below have no idea what that is and fail to articulate the vision in a timely fashion. This causes endless planning loops

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  8. Helpful (13)

    "Great place to work but doesn't pay well"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Trade Desk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    TTD is home to some of the smartest people in the industry that are truly inspiring and great to work with. TTD has some of the best product and engineering teams, which is one of the reasons that TTD blows out other competitors and has an increasing stock price. They really aren't lying when they say how important the culture is, as this is reflected in the people they are hiring. The benefits (free healthcare and amazing stock program) are great as well.

    Cons

    While TTD does offer great benefits, the compensation is a joke compared to other tech companies. This is true across positions, but especially apparent in Sales/Client Services. TTD wants to hire all of these amazing/intelligent people but expects these candidates to take a SIGNIFICANT pay cut. The overall compensation structure is confusing and often times non-transparent. With any start up culture, there are always a group of people that have been at the company for years and are now just collecting a paycheck and getting a huge piece of TTD stock. This is unfortunate because there are a ton of people that are in positions that should not be there anymore, but are too close with leadership to ever get let go.

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  9. Helpful (33)

    "Micromanagment, egos and bad leadership"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time

    Pros

    - Company is doing well and there is a strong vision - Generally smart, motivated coworkers who care - Good benefits

    Cons

    I'm only writing this because the CEO dismissed these reviews as being irrelevant on a recent company all-hands. Well I'm a current employee and everything in here is happening now. - The company operates under extreme micromanagment starting from the top. The CEO is very involved in the day to day and CMO reviews everything and controls every decision. This might create good results in the end but also means no one on the team can make decisions or bring new ideas to the table and their roles are diminished. - The marketing leadership team is ineffective and full of huge egos who are trying to build big teams. People get hired without clear roles and this leads to confusion and inefficiency. Some people on the team are overworked while other of the more recent hires have nothing to do. Some of the leadership team likes to remind everyone they are friends with the CEO or other c-levels but are largely ineffective in their roles. There have also been complaints of sexism which have been ignored. - There is a general lack of caring. Plans are constantly changed- often at the last minute which means people have to scramble and work/life balance doesn't exist. People across the company are fired and disappear without any mention. We keep hiring senior people so most people have no chance of moving up. Complaints made to HR and others aren't ever addressed.

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  10. Helpful (10)

    "Culture is changing for the worst as we grow and become more corporate"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Trade Desk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone at The Trade Desk is intelligent, and extremely hardworking. Our upper level leadership truly care about everyone, and when they speak, it feels like they are speaking directly to you. It's feels humanizing and inspires motivation.

    Cons

    Lots of work and very busy. Upper mid level managers add no value because they tend to manage without vision. They are too far removed from the ground work to appreciate the complexities and nuances of the work which is highly demotivating. Lacking intimate knowledge slows decision making, impedes innovation, and unfortunately leads to maintaining the status quo.

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