Centro – Why Work For Us?

A Vision for Modern Media 

We despise inefficiency because it wastes our most precious asset: time. Centro is on a mission to change the way digital media is done. Our holistic approach streamlines and organizes digital media operations across 100% of online advertising channels and inventory, eliminating silos and complexity.    

Decision Intelligence and Data Science 

Centro maintains a granular historical record of every campaign we've executed since 2007. That data, and associated meta-data, play a central role in the software we build. Our goal is simple: turn the raw data into actionable information and intelligence. The end result is even simpler: more effective campaigns for your advertisers and agencies.

Technology and Engineering 

Built on the twin pillars of Ruby on Rails and Java, Centro software leverages a modern SaaS 2.0 tech stack, a service-oriented architecture and machine learning. Our product suite is a marvel of efficient, high-performance, high-throughput software and systems engineering processing tens of billions of transactions per day at sub-millisecond latencies. These transactions are closely analyzed by Hadoop, Pentaho, neo4Js, R and some proprietary technologies that turn data into actionable insight. With RESTful APIs, we empower customers and partners and expand our ecosystem.


We, as individuals, employees, and leaders of Centro, BELIEVE

Lasting success can only be achieved through dedication to the growth and wellbeing of the individual, not the corporation.

Every employee is responsible for his or her own improvement, the improvement of the corporation, and the improvement of those around them.

We live by the following PRINCIPLES: 

Self-Improvement – We desire to grow and learn continuously. Our happiness is determined by the amount of personal investment made in our own growth.

Integrity – We live our lives with the highest level of moral, ethical, and “true north” principles. Integrity is the national principle for lasting success.

Humility – We realize there is no such thing as individual success in life and acknowledge those who have helped us along the way. We are grateful for the opportunities we have received, though may not deserve.

Idealism – We believe we can make the world a better place. The future of our lives, our community, and our country lie in our hands, and we have the ability and responsibility to change them for the better.

There is a commonality among Centrons, exhibited in our CHARACTER TRAITS, and we look for these traits in new employees: 

Courage – We have the strength to do what is right at all times, regardless of the consequences, and the strength to move beyond our own comfort zone.

Honesty – Honesty is integral to everything we do. Honesty leads to trust, and trust is a basic element in all forms of human communication.

Unselfishness – We know true happiness comes from being able to give to others and enrich their lives. We accept as much joy and happiness as life offers us but strive to give back more than we receive.

Self-Discipline – We implement change in our lives and have the fortitude to see things through.

Self-Respect – We respect ourselves, which leads to respect for others.

Accountability – We have a responsibility to follow through on our commitments and know that accountability is the foundation of organizational effectiveness.

Dedication to Others – As the company is dedicated to each employee, so are we dedicated to our colleagues’ and our customers’ wellbeing.

As LEADERS, we strive to live by and lead by these additional qualities. Although all Centrons should strive to embody these qualities, we require them of our leaders and managers: 

Positive – We maintain a positive attitude and help others see the positive in themselves, the company, and the world.

Supportive – We are supportive of others both inside and beyond our department. When dealing with others, we focus first on their good qualities before turning to the areas where we can help them improve.

Team Oriented – We win or lose as a team. There is no room for personal glory or statistics. When one department wins, the entire company wins. Each of us is responsible for everyone’s success.

Emotionally Responsive – We are emotionally aware at all times. We use positive emotions to convey passion, excitement, happiness, approval, gratefulness and fearlessness.

Transparent – We realize that knowledge is power, as is access to information. We put knowledge and information in the hands of our employees, so that the entire organization is as confident and capable as possible.

Tough – We are tough. We make difficult and unpopular decisions when necessary. We hold ourselves and our people accountable for our actions and decisions.

Inspirational – We accept the responsibility of inspiring those around us. We motivate our colleagues and employees through inspiration.

Proactive – We take initiative and act rather than react. We empower our employees to make decisions and have the patience to accept mistakes.

Solution Oriented – We offer solutions when we identify or discuss problems.

Dedicated – We are dedicated and keep working until the job is done. We focus our energy on the task at hand rather than offering excuses or explanations.

Magnanimous – We give credit where credit is due. We recognize our people and our teams for success but accept personal responsibility for our teams’ failures. We are gracious in defeat, and we allow others to retain their dignity when we triumph.

Centro Reviews

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    Benefit Perks are AMAZING! Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    The culture is remarkable! I would consider every single person on my team fun to be around. They're always there for you if you need support. The compensation is satisfying, the benefits are great (Free office massages & free food), the holiday schedule PHENOMENAL (Ferris Bueller Days), monthly social events, and the company is growing rapidly.


    A lot of young driven employees, competitive market.

    Positive Outlook
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Centro Interviews

Updated Oct 12, 2014
Updated Oct 12, 2014

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    Campaign Manager Interview

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    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Centro in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Introduced to the opportunity by a 3rd party recruiter. Phone screen with HR, then national department director, then hiring manager, then panel in-person interview. I did the initial phone screens with HR and the national department manager within a week and then they decided to table this position (and all hiring company wide) for about 6 weeks. Once the process proceeded, I had a phone call with the hiring manager and then an in person interview with the hiring manager and a few staff members within ten days. The interview questions themselves weren't very difficult, there were questions on background and a few technical questions as well.

    I thought I knocked it out of the park and got along really well with the staff that I interviewed with and impulsively checked my e-mail and phone messages for the next few days expecting an offer. After about a week I resigned myself to the fact that it was unlikely to happen and when I got a call a couple of weeks later confirming that they had moved on with another candidate, I wasn't surprised. Although, the hiring manager told me it was roughly 6 months from his last interview to when they offered him a position, so I guess you never know with these guys.

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Centro Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work, Crain's Chicago Business, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For, Crain's Chicago Business, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For, Crain's Chicago Business, 2011
Best Company Culture, Moxie Awards, 2013
Best Company Culture, Moxie Awards by Built In Chicago, 2014
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Additional Info

Website www.centro.net
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Mediaocean, Turn, MediaMath

Centro (www.centro.net) provides unified, cloud-based software to simplify digital media operations. Our media management platform streamlines and scales ad buys across all channels, accessing both guaranteed and biddable inventory, to achieve any campaign objective. Our holistic approach gives marketers a single system of record to fulfill their research, planning, buying... More

Mission: We want to provide a unified software platform that helps marketers buy media across all guaranteed and biddable inventory, on all channels, with all ad formats. We are... More

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