Criteo Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
62 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great product makes everything else easier (in 5 reviews)

  • Annual trip to Paris for the Summit :) (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Being a global company out of Paris can be challenging (in 3 reviews)

  • In a growing company such as Criteo, the voluntary turnover in London is slightly too high (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best tech opportunities in Europe

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

    I have been working at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Criteo is global tech company with a European HQ. That means that the product, R&D, and management decisions are taken in Europe. This means there are much more interesting roles here than in the satellite (sales) offices of the US tech giants in Europe.
    The quality of employees is very high, especially in the Paris HQ, and motivation is very good.

    Cons

    Lots of travel and videoconferencing needed as the business is spread out throughout the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work in but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (less than an 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
  3.  

    Dynamic and always evolving company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Great tech company. Company changed significantly over the period I worked there from needing to educate the market / chase budgets. Almost to the point where they would inbound. Kudos to tech team for asking such a disruptive product that worked.

    Cons

    Bigger the organisation the bigger the political plays start to come in. Salary was not particularly competitive but that's because so many people wanted to work there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Worst management ever

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (less than an 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
  6.  

    great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    salaries are below market price

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, culture needs some fixing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Criteo full-time (more than an 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
  8.  

    Great product at the moment (in a fast moving market), Criteo needs to keep innovating to stay atractive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Work hard and you'll be rewarded

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great product, healthy growth rate

    Cons

    Hiring and firing culture unfortunately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't be lured by their product and reputation. Poorest management and HR.

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

    I worked at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Product is great and has a strong reputation on European markets.
    Good international expansion and momentum as a company.

    Cons

    (SMB Department only)

    Management is awful. Low-profile mid-managers, inefficient and heavy processes that leave no room for flexibility, creativity, innovation. "Go-getter" attitude and proposing new ideas are seen more as a risk than as the right thing to do: you always have to bear in mind that appearing smarter than your boss will make him/her feel endangered and thus may hinder you from moving forward in your career. Managers rarely congratulate you, and emphasize on criticizing instead.
    There's a relation of fear to your boss and to hierarchy in general at Criteo. Managers are afraid of their manager(s), which makes communication and decision making very centralized in this department.

    Things are written in stone like nowhere else. Employees are asked to stick to their prerogative, to do no less, no more than their scope: this is called Fordism. SMB execs always brag about Criteo being a startup, but it couldn't be any further.

    Unfair and unethical decisions: not the best people are promoted. No transparency whatsoever on roadmap or just general department information. You barely know what future is made of (but an educated guess makes you realize that the future is elsewhere).

    SMB is just a cash-machine that attracts no attention from Paris HQ at all. You don't feel important to the company. No HR, low salary and inexistant perks, you're just another brick in the wall.

    Most boring office I've seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Your employees are smarter than you think. Value their potential. Yes, it's on your own interest too. Get the most out of them, reduce churn, build something on a longer-term basis.
    - Question yourselves. How am I perceived by my employees ? Am I a good manager ? Do my employees feel free to tell me what they really think, or do I make them being hypocritical ? Do my employees fear me ?
    - Care about your staff, they are people, not just workers.
    - Encourage creativity, idea sharing, cross-team work, etc. Criteo has a lot more resource than the average, but use it far less than it should. Find synergies between teams, departments, offices, etc.
    - Be more transparent: product roadmaps, future as a company, etc.
    - Create a real office culture. Give them more than just a chair and a desk and they will like meeting each other, discussing ideas instead of complaining all the time. Inspire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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