Centro Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
57 Reviews
4.6
57 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible and generally a good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Great benefits and pay is very comparable or slightly above the industry standard (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is growing fast, but not as linear as a normal agency that many employees are used to (in 4 reviews)

  • This is more a con of the industry but it's fast-paced and fragmented (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I actually enjoy going to work!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Centro full-time

    Pros

    One of the best places I've had the pleasure to code at. There are good benefits, including generous PTO and flexible work from home. Refreshingly, this is the only place I've been where people use their PTO as they see fit and feel no pressure to fake being sick. In addition I feel that Centro is a transparent organization that values its employees and respects their personal life.

    As an engineer Centro is an exciting place to be right now. We're working on an ambitious and sophisticated project that will change the face of the company and industry. There is good leadership, and solid development plans that are being executed with an agile approach. I feel that the current dev team is really doing software right, and there are a lot of smart people here making it happen.

    Cons

    On the petty side, we are running out of room in the office and snacks, drinking glasses, etc. disappear quickly. More significantly, I think we'd be better off if there was more cohesion between the different departments and offices of the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Account Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Centro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Company culture- people are amazing and the company goes out of its way to make sure their employees are taken care of. There's a reason so many people have worked here for several years

    - Hard word is rewarded- if you are good at your job, work hard and have a goal of reaching another position within the company, there is a great chance of getting promoted. There have been a lot of employees who started at Centro at entry level positions in account management and are now in senior sales/management roles

    - Vacation- Upon hire you get 3 weeks and additional personal days

    - Management- I've always respected any manager I have worked with- never a feeling of being micro-managed

    Cons

    - Advancement may not be as linear as other companies- you must be proactive and voice your goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Strong Product Vision, Cares About Employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Centro full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best thing about Centro is the leadership, the culture and the people mixed with a strong product vision for the future of digital advertising. Leadership operates the company as transparent as possible and you can tell there is a genuine and authentic desire to do all they can to ensure employees are really happy and fulfilled. At the same time, the company has a huge product vision for the future and it expects to change how the advertising industry operates forever.

    It's an incredibly exciting time to work at the company! We're hiring tons of people across all aspects from engineering, product and design to sales and media operations. The company is growing fast and I feel we have an excellent leadership team that works incredibly well together.

    Cons

    The biggest challenges have to do with managing the rapid growth of the company and keeping the amazing culture that Centro has worked hard to build. Building an awesome company and culture is really difficult to do in any environment but keeping it as you grow rapidly (now over 500 employees) will always represent a great challenge. That said, if any company can accomplish this, I believe Centro can do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My best advice to management is to keep doing what you've been doing but work hard to ensure that all employees know how much you care about them. As the company gets bigger, and people are further away from top management, it's important Centro keeps it's "personal' feel about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great company unless you are looking to develop quality software

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    Former Employee - Engineering Team  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Team in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Centro full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits. HR people are very nice and customer support is great.

    Cons

    This is the worst development job in my long career. It is sad because the company has some great potential and some really smart engineers. The problem is that the relatively new CTO (MR) is absolutely clueless on how to manage anything. Yes, he is technically smart and has some good experience. Unfortunately, that has not translated into someone that can lead a team to success or manage people. The tech organization has been stalled for a number of years. The CTO sat on his butt in California thinking about how smart he is and how much better California is than Chicago (where the company is headquartered). Meanwhile a year goes by the tech team has not produced anything and the architecture is a mess. Then the CTO points fingers at everyone else and can't understand why nothing is happening. He hires this "executive wannabe" woman from a consulting company who really screws things up. Bottom line: If the CTO's initials are still MR, do not think about taking a development position here in spite of all of the hype.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CTO and his cronie. He is doing nothing and she is only causing strife and politics to spread in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best job I've had so far

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Centro full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is energetic and constantly pushing you to learn. I am surrounded by highly skilled teammates and everyone pulls their weight. The yoga and constant food is also amazing.

    Cons

    Fast paced. As long as you are willing to put in the work this is only really a pro.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work and grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I work with great people in a great environment that is trying to make a difference in the industry. I love that I'm encouraged to be a resource and help in any way I can to make a clients day better.

    Cons

    We move fast and have big dreams for the future. Sometimes that is hard to keep up with the changes that come along with that, but we try our best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Centro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great benefits, wonderful people

    Cons

    Raises are not given out unless you are promoted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company Evolving Business model

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is one of the most progressive companies you can ever hope to work for. The company truly cares about and fosters the growth of it's people. The company is experiencing rapid growth and the business model along with the industry is changing rapidly. There are lots of smart people that work hard ot make the business successful.

    Cons

    The positive culture can result in people worrying about being nice over addressing critical performance issues. Must be more honest about the business and what must be done to address the gaps. Industry is changing rapidly and Centro must change to keep pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The vision for the company must be crystallized and communicated more effectively. Centro cannot be all things to all people. Must move from a human based business to a business that is run off of data and technology in order to succeed in the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A collection of fun, smart people who work to do their best every day.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Campaign Analytics  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Campaign Analytics in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Centro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love the work I do and the company I do it for. There's a great mix of regular/routine work and new, challenging requests and responsibilities that makes the work interesting without being overwhelming. The greatest thing about Centro, though, is the people. I've never experienced another company that has such smart people who both understand what the work they do AND genuinely care so much about what they're doing. Layering on Centro's excellent culture creates an environment where relationships are more akin to a close friendship than to simply being work peers. It drives you to work that much harder when you know the people benefiting are working just as hard for you.

    Cons

    While our "slow to hire, quick to fire" mentality ensures that we only have the right people working here, it also means that when we're understaffed (usually due to new business, rarely to employees leaving) it takes a while to get some relief.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best media advertising culture in the business. People are valued!

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

    I have been working at Centro full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Senior leadership is transparent and available, know how to have fun, fess up to mistakes, and are genuinely concerned for the people that work from them. This bleeds through the entire company and makes teams more collaborative, across departments and markets. You can read about all the other great perks on the website. :-)

    Cons

    This is not always a con, but Centro is a very sticky place and individuals sometimes lack outside experience. This creates a lack of perspective and objectivity in some situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity is severely lacking, which is also an industry problem, but Centro has the type of culture to make a real impact here if they would make the effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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