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Criteo Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
69 Reviews
4.1
69 Reviews
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Criteo Co-Founder & CEO JB Rudelle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great product makes everything else easier (in 5 reviews)

  • Smart people, fun colleagues, healthy work environment (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Being a global company out of Paris can be challenging (in 3 reviews)

  • In a growing company such as Criteo, the voluntary turnover in London is slightly too high (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Criteo

    Pros

    Great benefits. Awesome office manager in Palo Alto.

    Cons

    Poor management; everything is run out of Paris so there is a lot of miscommunication. Terrible internal support. They have a rule that says you cannot switch roles until you have worked there for a year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Criteo Response

    Aug 26, 2014HR Director, North America

    Hi - thank you for your honest feedback. It's important to us so we know where we can focus our efforts.

    Firstly, glad you like the benefits and are giving our Office Manager a shout out
    ... More

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's starting to go downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Criteo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The product itself is very good

    Cons

    The culture is on the decline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    US tier 1 needs to stop hiring middle management. Their output is minimal. Use the equivalence of their salary and expenses to hire 2-3 employees that handles the day to day work. AB test it and let us know how that works out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Criteo Response

    Jul 30, 2014HR Director, North America

    Hi - sorry to hear that you are having a negative experience. Appreciate your honest feedback, and we'll make sure that this is passed on and taken into account. Thanks for putting this through.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pain in the neck online test

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Criteo

    Pros

    The company does seem to be experiencing some success

    Cons

    The online test does has flaws

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rotten from the top down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Very strong technology that is known for working well in the industry

    Cons

    This company is rotten from the top down, doesn't actually care for its employees (don't let talk of the benefits fool you) and runs on gossip. Top talent leaves and few people are truly happy. I would not recommend coming to work for this company unless you desperately need a job. There are plenty of other tech companies that are better to work for. Criteo is also known in the industry for having very poor retention. Wish I knew this before I joined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst management ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people in mid/junior level. Lovely benefits.

    Cons

    Far too many 'heads'-no room whatsoever for creativity or new ideas. There's a lot of two faced activity and job descriptions are vague. Has a culture of they'd rather pay someone to do it than do it themselves. Spend too much money on nothing. Don't dare attempt to prove the senior management wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas and give staff a chance to prove you wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great product, healthy growth rate

    Cons

    Hiring and firing culture unfortunately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't be lured by their product and reputation. Poorest management and HR.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Product is great and has a strong reputation on European markets.
    Good international expansion and momentum as a company.

    Cons

    (SMB Department only)

    Management is awful. Low-profile mid-managers, inefficient and heavy processes that leave no room for flexibility, creativity, innovation. "Go-getter" attitude and proposing new ideas are seen more as a risk than as the right thing to do: you always have to bear in mind that appearing smarter than your boss will make him/her feel endangered and thus may hinder you from moving forward in your career. Managers rarely congratulate you, and emphasize on criticizing instead.
    There's a relation of fear to your boss and to hierarchy in general at Criteo. Managers are afraid of their manager(s), which makes communication and decision making very centralized in this department.

    Things are written in stone like nowhere else. Employees are asked to stick to their prerogative, to do no less, no more than their scope: this is called Fordism. SMB execs always brag about Criteo being a startup, but it couldn't be any further.

    Unfair and unethical decisions: not the best people are promoted. No transparency whatsoever on roadmap or just general department information. You barely know what future is made of (but an educated guess makes you realize that the future is elsewhere).

    SMB is just a cash-machine that attracts no attention from Paris HQ at all. You don't feel important to the company. No HR, low salary and inexistant perks, you're just another brick in the wall.

    Most boring office I've seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Your employees are smarter than you think. Value their potential. Yes, it's on your own interest too. Get the most out of them, reduce churn, build something on a longer-term basis.
    - Question yourselves. How am I perceived by my employees ? Am I a good manager ? Do my employees feel free to tell me what they really think, or do I make them being hypocritical ? Do my employees fear me ?
    - Care about your staff, they are people, not just workers.
    - Encourage creativity, idea sharing, cross-team work, etc. Criteo has a lot more resource than the average, but use it far less than it should. Find synergies between teams, departments, offices, etc.
    - Be more transparent: product roadmaps, future as a company, etc.
    - Create a real office culture. Give them more than just a chair and a desk and they will like meeting each other, discussing ideas instead of complaining all the time. Inspire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expand Your Job Search

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SMB in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SMB in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A company with a great reputation, product and growth

    Cons

    Bad Management of staff – Especially in the SMB team

    You will be promised progression, and that if you have any ideas on how to improve a growing company to please bring suggestions to your weekly 1-2-1 meeting / interrogation.
    The reality is that you will be stuck in whatever role they give you. Some roles even within the same team will favour some and hugely disadvantage others.

    While the staff that are being recruited are mostly great and intelligent people, the atmosphere that is created by the managers and middle managers, creates fear among staff and even backstabbing and misdirection by the more senior staff in order to make sure that they stay ahead of new starters.

    Making any suggestions of improvement and equality are taken as a challenge to set systems and structures already in place that are obviously in need of changing as the company and teams grow.

    Main topics of discussions ‘at the watercooler’ are mainly about how unhappy people are and when they will be leaving.
    I feel so sorry for those that have battled against all of this in hope of an internal promotion, only to find that they will recruit someone external (Usually form Yahoo) to come in and cause more disruption and create more systems that that will obviously fail.

    The best part is, that when all of these doomed systems fail, they use a member of their staff / teams as scapegoat to cover up their own shortcomings.

    The worst experience of my career, and a waste of a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow and nurture the talent that you have. They are all good enough to have leadership roles. People are not numbers, they are what make a company great!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overhyped...not worth it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Criteo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the companies where many people want to work, Great knowledge sharing and education - you'll learn a lot about the industry. Has a good reputation overall..

    Cons

    Stay away from smb department!

    You'll be sold on all the awesome benefits of working at Criteo like bonus, equity, opportunity to advance, a lot of responsibility bla bla bla. The bonus minuscule to the point of being worthless as the targets will be set so high that you won't be able to achieve 100%..

    The company is hiring a lot of middle managers and not promoting from within.

    Politics have started to creep in and take a major hold.

    Management is very self-centered only caring for their gross margins specifi. Every step taken is very tactical and the human aspect of the job is not even considered. Its all about numbers numbers and again numbers..you are as good as your last week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Life is not all about money and numbers. Make it fun to work for Criteo..everyone is so disgusted that your ego even prevents you from noticing it..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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