Conversant Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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Pros
  • There are some really great people here (in 4 reviews)

  • good for entry level to gain experience (you'll be overworked from day 1 and be forced to become a Macgyver in online advertising) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management says they listen to their teams but they don't (in 4 reviews)

  • They make you think the vacation policy is a pro, but it really isn't (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Growing Pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Constantly updating, innovating and creating new solutions to clients' challenges. - Purchase by Epsilon and on-going integration has enabled creation of advanced and unique products and client solutions - Good 401k (includes matching) and employee stock purchase plan

    Cons

    - Structure of the sales teams creates distracting and demotivating internal competition and conflict -- and management doesn't want to deal with it - Rapidly becoming very "top-down" with more and more layers of upper management constantly added. - CEO is particularly emotional and reacts poorly to criticism;. Unfortunately, he works hard -- but unsuccessfully - to hide the fact that his sole concern is for his own reputation and his personal profit. - Extremely high turnover that slows progress down considerably -

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling employess how they SHOULD feel about things and how great they've got it and LISTEN. Obviously this type of turnover wouldn't occur if things were great.


  2. exciting technology company to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    work with smart people. very hardworking group.

    Cons

    in the chicago office, you're here to work. people are very focused on work and it's rare for anyone to chat. Mood is tense.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Manager Software Engineering

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool technology. You can expand your skill set. Lunch and learns are great. Some very bright people.

    Cons

    Senior Engineering leadership lacks vision.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to innovate or die. C-level should step in. Things are off the rails.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Was once great, not so good anymore

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were fantastic. Great learning experience and I got to work with a variety of technologies.

    Cons

    Things started to change after the dotomi acquisition. Now, most of the control seems to have shifted to Chicago and upper management seems to make some truly horrendous decisions.

    Advice to Management

    I think you've lost the trust of a majority of the employees that aren't based out of Chicago. You're losing good people left and right and you ought to do something about it.


  6. Helpful (5)

    The times they are a changin'

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some incredibly smart people. Innovative solutions were always found.

    Cons

    It would be nice if they allowed more telecommute, but the were so good about PTO, that it almost makes up for it. The power struggle between Dotomi and the traditional VCLK management effectively destroyed the company.

    Advice to Management

    You killed the goose that laid the golden eggs, but that's why you get paid the big bucks.


  7. Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Breadth and depth of solutions, smart sales and ops teams

    Cons

    sometimes limited and convoluted comp plans and not a ton of investment into technology to stay relevant

    Advice to Management

    invest in people and product, not necessarily in acquisitons


  8. Helpful (5)

    Come with Eyes Wide Open....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Conversant is genuinely made up of some great people who are work partners and friends. The concept behind the unification of their six brands made sense to follow market trends and offerings. For, a young person getting into this space and the sales side, its a good starting point/ foot in the door to get your feet wet..

    Cons

    The unsuspecting will be disappointed after 3 months when they realize what they stepped into. There is infighting, favoritism, non-culture (unless you try to develop one yourself) and inconsistencies in putting best business practices forward. The revolving door will continue and given the large open opportunities on the website, you'll be hard pressed to avoid the bleeding..

    Advice to Management

    ADS/EPSILON if you're seeing this, you need to do a full audit of the business to make sure the right people are in place providing equitable results. There is significant FAT that needs to be trimmed to meet the returns and profits needed to engine this business. You WILL continue to have a revolving door company wide if you don't pay attention or ask the question WHY quality employees are leaving for other opportunities. You need to make sure that innovation is at the forefront of what will make the company excel and not lose business and marketshare to competitors. there has to also be compelling reasons what make Conversant different. Maybe aligning the EPSILON senior sales leaders to drive the Conversant business makes the BEST sense....


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good experience, but time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to get a well rounded view of digital, with programmatic and direct tag sides of the company. Young and energetic atmosphere, unlimited vacation policy (at least for right now), and a general feeling of camaraderie with team members.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive, and upper management is not concerned with investing in their employees in terms of compensation. There is a lack of clear leadership, and direction for the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize dedication and talent, and compensate appropriately. Invest in your employees so that they want to stay, and not have to look elsewhere for a decent raise. In terms of company direction, choose a lane and stick with it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A Great Industry Stepping Stone

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Learn by doing. Most managers are hands off. Interesting problems to solve if you want to tackle them, however if you want to scrape by you can do that. Fast pace at times.

    Cons

    Sales driven organization. If you're in an operations role expect to be secondary. Lack of focus. They offer every product under the sun. Backend is a spider web of processes and approvals. Training Motto: "Like drinking from a fire house" Reactive to the market place. No organic growth, that is why they buy so many companies. High attrition rate for acquired companies. Office looks as out dated as the tech. Interior design inspired by Perl.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on culture and the customer.


  11. Good place though lots of change

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, many ways to contribute. Technology from multiple divisions that have been pulled together.

    Cons

    Part of a much larger organization which brings additional change and uncertainty.



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