Cardlytics Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Hands down, the best company I have ever worked for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech/Eng/Altx in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Tech/Eng/Altx in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cardlytics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In no particular order:
    * Interesting work; substantive and trailblazing.
    * Flexibility of hours.
    * Opportunity to move over/up to new positions and groups.
    * Free snacks, beverages, and frequent lunches.
    * Amazing facilities for collaboration.
    * Great coworkers that are smart and dedicated.

    Cons

    In order:
    1. No 401k matching.
    2. Project management at the enterprise level is not taken seriously.
    3. Frequent reorgs.
    4. Ho-hum compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Outstanding job on shaping and maintaining a fantastic culture. Keep doing it!
    * Commit to a project management organization to get higher profile projects done, done faster, and done right.
    * Keep charging ahead into new areas; don't be afraid to fail. We do this now and it's great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A great place...if you want to be overworked, underpaid, and burned out

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardlytics

    Pros

    - New insight to different aspects of a growing company
    - Casual, fun ambiance
    - Intelligent co-workers who don't mind questions (most of them at least)
    - Flexible hours
    - Excellent for self-motivators

    Cons

    - Overtime w/o pay
    - Weekly meetings that out-weigh production time
    - Favoritism towards certain individuals

    Your work will be constantly overlooked if you are not on the "right" team but you are expected to work overtime to meet goals when other teams are frantic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How can you possibly know whats going on if you never take the time to actually meet with each team?

  3. Intern review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Social Media Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Social Media Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cardlytics as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company and work environment. Smart people and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Not much communication between departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great Place to work and learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cardlytics

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities
    Fun and casual work environment
    Great work/life balance
    Fast growing revenue

    Cons

    Not compensate well their employees
    Low salary
    No bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to compensate their employees better to keep them motivated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to learn about healthcare and bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cardlytics as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    great intern program, very encouraging teammates, lots of opportunities for growth if you put in the time and know the right people

    Cons

    seems stagnant at times, slow to grow, often sweeping changes to structure without a lot of reasoning; some departments are clearly better than others in terms of enabling employee input and keeping folks in the know

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Comfortable, but top-heavy and stagnant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cardlytics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Familiar "startup" amenities; free food and drinks, relaxed atmosphere, fun parties
    -Very relaxed culture. Wear and say what you want; no HR department
    -Not afraid of new technologies, good resume builder for tech types

    Cons

    Extremely top-heavy and slow moving. 2 CEOs, tons of senior VPs, countless VPs and directors and managers and team leads. Cardlytics loves to use the term "startup" but they behave more like a blue chip bureaucracy with all of their excessive management and title inflation.

    A hierarchy this bloated leaves lots of crevices for under-performers to nestle in and collect a paycheck. Lots of clueless upper managers but also lots of people who simply don't have much to do.

    This leads to a really high burn rate and a sluggish, decidedly unstartupy decision chain. Groups within the company are protectionist and resemble a 1990's Microsoft: lots of design by committee and rubberstamp decisions with no unifying vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The type of corporate bureaucracy you experienced in the banking industry will not translate to tech. Aggressively trim your management tier. Don't make someone who has two people under them a "director". Constant hiring and headcount growth might look good to investors, but now that you've got your Series F you need to pare down the headcount to achieve profitability before an IPO.

    Be more hands-on. Cardlytics has 2 CEOs yet they are ghosts; totally disconnected from the day to day ops of the business. For big projects (especially customer facing ones) you need to be in the trenches, injecting your vision and making sure the product doesn't emerge like a Frankenstein monster from all of the design by committee created by the bloated hierarchy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager

    I worked at Cardlytics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Young company with good people. As a start up company, there was a lot to learn in a short period of time. As a sales rep, loved the flexibility and autonomy working remotely. In the beginning, many employees had the feeling of building something consequential or "the next big thing". If you put in the work there is room for advancement. Good benefits. Great Christmas parties or annual team building exercises at nice resorts. Great add on for your resume.

    Cons

    Pay was generally sub par though this may have changed this year. As this is a start up company, the rules were created as we went. Definite pressure to perform so definitely not for the meek. Many times we lacked direction or management flip flopped on strategy. Management needs to do a better job of listening to the sales reps on the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your reps. Management needs to understand that while we're working for them, they also work for us and have to clear sales obstacles, not create/perpetuate them. When there are bumps in the road, driving faster doesn't help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Many people have worked here for years and still love what we do every day!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cardlytics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great boss, flexible work schedule for commuting, decent benefits, free coffee, snacks and soft drinks, recreation rooms with arcade games, ping pong and basketball. Fast, fun company to work for. The company generally promotes internally.

    Cons

    Everyone at Cardytics needs to be self motivated and take responsibility for their actions. Being a start up can result in hard work and long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and go for gold!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Loved my job...at first.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardlytics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome atmosphere
    Great culture
    Friendly employees
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Lousy pay
    Lousy raises
    No room for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Good place to be burnt out

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

    I worked at Cardlytics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Self-driven environment. A good place for determined, self-motivated individuals. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    The kind of management that you wished you had left earlier. Best performers are definitely not the high-up. Very little strategic thinking. Everything is fix-on-the-go. Highly customized methodologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using 'start-up' as an excuse to make people work more hours. Squeezing every bit out of employees only gives you temporary performance boost. And if you keep recycling them, you'll get more negatives reviews

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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