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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company to work in but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good and friendly working environment.
    Fast paced environment with constant innovation on technology.
    Staff know there job and are passionate about it.

    Cons

    Lost in the growth between start up and publicly listed company.
    HR management not at the expected level for this kind of company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Worst management ever

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    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people in mid/junior level. Lovely benefits.

    Cons

    Far too many 'heads'-no room whatsoever for creativity or new ideas. There's a lot of two faced activity and job descriptions are vague. Has a culture of they'd rather pay someone to do it than do it themselves. Spend too much money on nothing. Don't dare attempt to prove the senior management wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas and give staff a chance to prove you wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. great

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    salaries are below market price

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Great people, culture needs some fixing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, fun colleagues, healthy work environment. Working hours are reasonable, even during crunch time. New MD (as of 5/2013) may have a positive impact.

    Cons

    In a growing company such as Criteo, the voluntary turnover in London is slightly too high. A few colleagues left because salaries stagnated (compared to the market and despite the company booming), others because of a few bad managers. Uneven management -- politics plays too big a role, unfortunately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The office is truly very interconnected... best to boost all departments and raise all boats

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great product at the moment (in a fast moving market), Criteo needs to keep innovating to stay atractive

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Teams are great: young and international, everyone comes from a different background, and a lot have a passion for tech. Sushi pizza Fridays, pool table, video games etc. What you should expect from a tech company. Criteo also keeps up with new tech (not always at it seems though), for example adapting its CPC model to a CPA model in order to suit advertiser's needs.

    Cons

    As the company is expending very fast, some decision can be slower to take, and everything new tech seems to be taking quite a while to be implemented. For example mobile is an area that a lot feel is exploding, yet Criteo seemed not to be dedicating lots of efforts in it a few months ago (things might have changed). Another point is that during my period there, a lot of management was hired directly from Yahoo, to leave afterwards, which certainly sent the wrong message to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all your teams are happy and proud to work in Criteo, and make sure communication flows freely within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Work hard and you'll be rewarded

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager-SMB in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager-SMB in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Especially the SMB department offers career progression. People are being rewarded and promoted if they perform well and show the right behaviour. New ideas are welcome and drive the business forward. You need to decide what you want in your career - if you are looking to work with the biggest clients SMB surely is not for you. If you are interested in building something new every day and career progression you should happily consider working for SMB. Your management will support you if you support them and they are aiming to pave the way for even more success.

    Cons

    Some employees dislike certain departments or Criteo products. Unfortunately, they tend to forget that a product or department does not say much about the people working there. It's all about career choices and not so much about the ability to work for one department or the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep hierarchies low and build good relationships with your employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    Disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great product, healthy growth rate

    Cons

    Hiring and firing culture unfortunately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

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    Former Employee - SMB in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SMB in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A company with a great reputation, product and growth

    Cons

    Bad Management of staff – Especially in the SMB team

    You will be promised progression, and that if you have any ideas on how to improve a growing company to please bring suggestions to your weekly 1-2-1 meeting / interrogation.
    The reality is that you will be stuck in whatever role they give you. Some roles even within the same team will favour some and hugely disadvantage others.

    While the staff that are being recruited are mostly great and intelligent people, the atmosphere that is created by the managers and middle managers, creates fear among staff and even backstabbing and misdirection by the more senior staff in order to make sure that they stay ahead of new starters.

    Making any suggestions of improvement and equality are taken as a challenge to set systems and structures already in place that are obviously in need of changing as the company and teams grow.

    Main topics of discussions ‘at the watercooler’ are mainly about how unhappy people are and when they will be leaving.
    I feel so sorry for those that have battled against all of this in hope of an internal promotion, only to find that they will recruit someone external (Usually form Yahoo) to come in and cause more disruption and create more systems that that will obviously fail.

    The best part is, that when all of these doomed systems fail, they use a member of their staff / teams as scapegoat to cover up their own shortcomings.

    The worst experience of my career, and a waste of a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow and nurture the talent that you have. They are all good enough to have leadership roles. People are not numbers, they are what make a company great!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful

    Right place - Right product - Wrong timing - Wrong department

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager-SMB in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager-SMB in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Strong technology
    - Young team spirit in an international environment
    - Reasonable targets
    - Some very talented people
    - Amazing office in Paris

    Cons

    - Absence of corporate culture
    - Low salaries VS competitors (for some specific departments)
    - Career prospects not in line with performance levels
    - Lack of transparency from top management
    - Repetitive tasks with no flexibility or "out of the box" thinking required
    - Having fun at work is not a concern in some specific departments
    - Lack of directions and communication from the top management
    - Reward not necessarily granted to the right person

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your existing talents, invest in them and they will always deliver beyond your expectations. Create a fun atmosphere at work, make people proud to be here, think about a corporate culture, and start caring. People are your best asset, rewards need to be on a meritocratic level and not on a friendship one. Finally, start listening to what your employees are saying, listen to their concerns, listen to their expectations, listen to their ideas and accept to be wrong when you are, that's how progress starts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Great Company depending on who you are and which part of the business you work in

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are new to digital, a graduate or a 2nd jobber. Alternating every two weeks are 1 of 2 events for staff: beer 'o' clock and sushi/pizza lunches, which is good for morale on those days. The Criteo product actually works, which makes the job a whole lot easier. The company as a whole is going in the right direction, it will continue to grow and will enjoy a successful financial event at some point in the future. It is great feeling to be a part of something so successful!

    Cons

    There is no staff development at all which leaves progression and the prospect for growth perpetually up in the air, there is not much of a meritocracy within the company and praise is not often given. The very, very senior management is impressive, but below your MDs and certain Directors, the management and senior staff are uninspiring, not there by merit but more because of relationship. There is a heavy Yahoo influence and legacy in the company which lends itself to the classic 'Old Boys' issues. There is also a very high churn of staff at Criteo which either shows they hire the wrong people or are not offering the right opportunities. Criteo is no longer a startup, it is a hugely successful growing global technology business, yet there is only IT support one day a week and the Wifi does not work properly in the UK office. The pay and remuneration is not as high as other companies and much lower than competitors. Partly this is due to how successful Criteo is and also partly why Criteo is so profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your existing staff and work with them to set measurable and achievable development and growth plans. Pay more; too much time is wasted and money spent on recruitment and strategy, when the right people are there looking to build a career you should look after them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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