Commission Junction

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Commission Junction Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
32 Reviews
3.6
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Casual environment, good management, a little bit bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Commission Junction as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - fun, regular events at the HQ location in SB
    - intelligent, helpful coworkers I was able to learn from
    - interesting project

    Overall I really enjoyed my experience with CJ.

    Cons

    ValueClick (its parent company) is definitely more bureaucratic than the startup environment I'm now used to. The office in Westwood was mostly full of sales people, and phone calls can be disruptive in a cubicle environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you're happy settling for "okay".

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good reputation with clients, leader in the space, atmosphere is pretty good.

    Cons

    Upper management has been so focused on making the company look good to buyers, that it's not paying due diligence to its' employees. Little room to grow as people stay forever. Any advancements in technology TAKE FOREVER and tech is not as brilliant as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in employees or they'll continue to leave, work on being more nimble or better technologies for clients will hurt revenue and clients will defect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Mehhhhh

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    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Collaborative team environment. Frequent team building and networking events. Bagel Fridays.

    Cons

    CJ was a great place to get your foot in the door in terms of online advertising and marketing, but it is not a place to build a longterm career. There is way too much bureaucracy. They are behind the times with how a modern online company should work. For example, you are never allowed to work from home. How is this possible in this day and age? Also, you accrue 3 hours of "time off" for every paycheck. This means that if you are to take 1 day off (8 hours) you would need to work for 6 weeks. Talk about blast from the past! The worst, bare-bones benefits package I've ever had.
    Working in the SF office is really tough because CJ can't compete with these other online and tech companies that provide unlimited vacation, pay for your cell phone, or even provide daily lunches. Because at CJ you will get a pat on the back once a year for your loyalty. Getting promoted will take 3+ years, which is also insane.
    If you are in the SB area, then it's prob not as bad considering there aren't a lot of options down there. However for living in SF, it is like working back in corporate world 1990. Not for creative or overly ambitious types. This is the place for a mundane working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO is a JOKE. No one takes her seriously. Invest in culture - it will do you some good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company has great people, which makes for a great working environment.

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    Former Employee - Associate Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Having a diversified portfolio of accounts allows for great networking and the ability to learn about different industries.

    Cons

    Commission Junction is not competitive with pay or training programs. There is not much to aspire to once you are there. It is mostly a stepping stone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pleasant work environment. Short-sighted management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commission Junction full-time

    Pros

    The people that work there are fun, energetic and create a nice atmosphere. Working in Santa Barbara does NOT have its downfalls.

    Cons

    The management continually says that are always trying to improve and are asking for feedback, yet nothing seems to really change. Constant re-prioritization based on the next big client makes for a lot of thrashing, slow throughput and frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devise a plan and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Lavish Performance-Based Technology

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    Current Employee - CJ Affiliate and CJ Publisher in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - CJ Affiliate and CJ Publisher in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Commission Junction part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    career growth and a chance to run a small enterprise

    Cons

    has soft spots in dealing with bad economic conditions via temporary deterioration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    additional helpful tools,more inviting presence and set high standards to get the most out of the business.delinquents may cause a slowdown among others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people, fun/challenging clients that always keep you on your toes, always something happening. I know that several offices have fun around holidays such as Halloween. Lots of offices in the US. Several people have been able to move offices from the east coast to the west coast offices, and vice versa.

    Cons

    Sometimes bad employees stay on a little too much longer than they should. Does not let people work from home. Does not allow for lots of travel.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun culture

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    Former Employee - Program Manager - Key Accounts in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager - Key Accounts in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Many are very creative and artistic.

    Cons

    Career advancement ceiling and limitations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back junction functions. The culture is what kept my at CJ for so long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company by engineers for engineers

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westlake, LA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westlake, LA

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

    Pros

    This company is great. There is a very laid back and engineer friendly environment. People at CJ are very passionate about computer science and will happily share their knowledge. The company promotes from within all the way to the top.

    Cons

    Sometimes the parent company Valueclick creates certain levels of red tape that can be kind of intrusive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Got to work with great people, acquired good business skills, and maintained work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Advertiser Account Representative in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Advertiser Account Representative in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    ~The people. I worked with intelligent, kind, compassionate, witty, interesting people. There are always bad apples, of course, but overall, I can't say enough about the people at CJ.
    ~Good benefits package.
    ~Interesting industry. Always learning new things.
    ~Work hard, play hard.

    Cons

    ~Like every industry, the affiliate industry has its quirks, so sometimes work involves schmoozing semi-sleazy people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Articulate the bigger picture better. Drop the silly project code names, and tell us what it REALLY means.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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