QuinStreet
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www.quinstreet.com San Mateo, CA 500 to 999 Employees

QuinStreet Reviews in Foster City, CA

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63% Approve of the CEO

QuinStreet Chairman and CEO Doug Valenti

Doug Valenti

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Opportunities abound.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

I have been working at QuinStreet full-time

ProsGood compensation, good benefits. Flexible hours. Flexible work from home policy. I've seen many people get promotions and move up. Also many people make horizontal moves to different departments.

ConsI have nothing negative to say. You might read some other negative reviews but some of those people will always find something to complain about. Quinstreet is not perfect, nothing is.

Advice to Senior ManagementAvoid recognition awards and ceremonies based on social popularity and not measurable performance. Awards based on popularity only demoralize those productive people who are not the social butterflies..

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fast paced and embracing change

Director (Former Employee)
Foster City, CA

I worked at QuinStreet full-time for more than a year

ProsHigh level of responsibilities provided from day 1
Leader in their marketplace

ConsPolitical
Change of directions w/o notice

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a long term plan and communicate with emplyees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not a startup, not a big company

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Foster City, CA

I worked at QuinStreet full-time for more than 3 years

ProsStill not that big that you will not have access to senior management. In general I feel people are very friendly and I am happy in general with the personal side of my coworkers.

ConsThe company has high aspirations, but it is eternally understaffed and that doesn't play well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place for smart people thriving on challenges

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Foster City, CA

I worked at QuinStreet

Pros- Tons of opportunity to take initiative and to switch roles/departments/teams.
- Many things are tried. Once it becomes apparent what works, resources are quickly aligned accordingly. This seems a very efficient way to behave in an environment as dynamic as internet marketing.
- Senior management clearly is working on building a large and world class company that will last. The IPO was merely a milestone along the way. Internal policies and priorities are set accordingly.
- The up or out policy clears out non-performers.
- Great employee training programs and off sites.

Cons- Pressure is always on, but... ...that is life in Silicon Valley with a company going places.
- CEO is ex Navy and has a saying "loose lips sink ships". The benefit is that QuinStreet keeps its leadership position. There are some downsides: Employees lower down don't always know the latest thinking and sometimes can feel left out. Rumors (both positive and negative) occasionally start which management isn't always aware of and/or doesn't address. This can be tiresome.
- Company doesn't always seem to be the smartest at deciding which projects to start/back. Senior leadership rather than the market or more knowledgeable people lower down seem to drive the projects candidates. Too often projects need to have near term revenue/profit capability. From time to time this seems to result in suboptimal long term resource allocation. Some projects cannot easily be justified with a spreadsheet. A gutfeel and monitoring of industry/technology trends should be enough. For projects originating from senior management that seems to be OK, for projects coming from the ranks, less so. That is a shame. Having said this, luckily management makes no bones about taking corrective actions quickly. Having a profitable company also gives scope for making some mistakes.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn a company with lots of strong people and characters, softer spoken words of wisdom can be drowned out. Take care to seek out and listen to those people. Otherwise: Keep at it!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Java Engineer (Former Employee)
Foster City, CA

I worked at QuinStreet

ProsGood Work Env, Positive Energy

ConsNeed Stronger leadership from upper management

Advice to Senior ManagementMake compensation more market friendly

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

I have been working at QuinStreet

ProsThe company offers many opportunities for employees to step up and contribute more to their group.

ConsKnowledge being shared amongst different groups could improve.

Advice to Senior ManagementSolid management team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Typical Sales Position

Sales (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

I have been working at QuinStreet

ProsLots of growth opportunity to sell. Lots of companies need good leads and QuinStreet is the leader. Lots of media to use to sell.

ConsToo separated from each vertical. Tough to hit estimated targets. Irrational expectations from both sales and marketing. No matched 401K plans.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize your people. People want to be loyal, but many feel company isn't loyal. Take care of your employees, they take care of company.

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Technical Lead (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

I have been working at QuinStreet

Prosprofitable company. Young and hard working people

Conssalaries are not competitive. People are stretch thin.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey are doing a good job in keep the company profitable.

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Work hard, play hard... but not a tech/developer paradise

Web Developer Intern (Former Employee)
Foster City, CA

I worked at QuinStreet

ProsQuin Street is definitely a very fast paced environment. As a new technical web development intern, you have an obvious paved road to moving up the corporate ladder quickly and securing a full time web development position which would eventually lead to a technical management role. The company has a reportedly rapid growth rate and new teams are very flexible and often merged or broken up in corporate restructuring. There is plenty of opportunity for expressing creativity and working on personal business related projects. The company even provides you with some resources to write a business proposal for an idea you might have and execute it within the company.

ConsThe focus of the company is marketing and there exists a sensible lack of technical knowledge from some of the management. It is after all a marketing oriented web development environment where technical advancement and new technology is not always highest priority. Making money is highest priority, and that might lead to quickly patched fixes instead of properly designed infrastructure. There doesn't seem to be much technical knowledge transfer among the teams. Weekly, or biweekly technology presentations by various groups would probably help with that issue. Teams who use internal tools often are not aware of the internal working of these tools and so simple internal configurations or bugs would take a long time to be resolved.

Advice to Senior ManagementStrengthen the technical management and allocate more resources to focused technology research and development

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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