The Rubicon Project Seeks Engineers
When Rubicon Project employees show up for work each day, they step into the set for the Counter Terrorist Unit in the TV show “24.” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brbAtR3jn-4] The Los Angeles-based company uses cutting-edge technology to run an online advertising marketplace that handles more than 120 billion ad trades per month between ad space buyers and sellers, reaching more than 600 million viewers monthly. With more than 1,500 servers deployed worldwide in four redundant data centers, it’s a pulsating moment-to-moment operation whose real-time readouts on giant screens looks more like a financial trading floor rather than an advertising business. Why the bustling open plan layout? Mallory Maske, Director of People and Culture, says it ties into some of the company’s 11 cultural values that have been part of the corporate DNA since day one. “Our office design helps us with transparency, communication, and speed,” she says. “We believe that we build better products in teams than we could as individuals, and this environment encourages people to pull up chairs and start whiteboarding ideas. No one is intimidated to speak up, and we find things actually get done faster this way.” [vimeo http://vimeo.com/35712228] Guided by a small and very hands-on circle of executives who, among other things, host a monthly “all hands on deck” meeting to communicate the company’s current status, tech teams work together to innovative the “big data” solutions that billions of monthly transactions demand. One tech topic that’s top of mind at the Rubicon Project is DevOps, the enabling of collaboration and integration between software development and IT operations teams. Bridging these two domains is vital for a transaction-dependent company that’s focused on rapidly producing software solutions and services.