Cvent Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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Cvent Founder & CEO Reggie Aggarwal
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Pros
  • The senior management is very approachable (including the CEO) and transparent (in 23 reviews)

  • I've been able to travel to our India office multiple times to train and mentor my colleagues (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is tilted heavily towards 'work' for most of the developers (in 20 reviews)

  • Tight deadlines which leads to periods of long hours and stress (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Passionate Company. Be ready to prove yourself!

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

    I have been working at Cvent full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very empowering organization that provides plenty of growth opportunity. The work is challenging and you are rarely operating within your "comfort zone." Cvent really invests in the career development of their people. There's plenty of opportunity to go around as long as you're willing to take advantage of it.

    This company isn't for people who just want to come in and do the bare minimum. But it's the perfect stage for those who want to excel.

    Cons

    Long hours. Core hours are longer than average but be ready to work even more hours if you really want to prove yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the growing company and allow for more hiring of resources where necessary.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Vibrant tech culture for those who put in the effort.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Cvent full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have worked in a number of organizations, from nonprofit, service industries, and now in technology. Cvent is one of those companies where you get what you put in. If you are looking for a 9 to 5 where 75% of the time you're reading blogs and TMZ, this is not for you. If you are someone who likes to reap the rewards of your hard work, then the company provides that atmosphere.

    Put in the sweat equity and you will find a lot of different growth paths available. The company also promotes internal transfers if the role you're in isn't the right fit. Cvent would gladly keep the talent than have to replace it with someone externally, especially if they're a great cultural fit. The onsite interview is typically a half day, which may seem long but you get exposure to multiple members of leadership, and vice versa they are doing their due diligence.

    Cons

    For families, monthly costs for medical benefits can get pricey (especially for the highest level of coverage) but the company will offset those costs if you tell them the difference in price during the interview process.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a solid job of keeping a finger on the pulse of their team and colleagues - getting out with them more often or doing more frequent 1:1 meetings will be even more helpful.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Cvent provides great growth opportunities and resources for a successful career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Cvent full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Employees are given a lot of responsibility very early on in their careers
    -You won't find many other companies in the DC area that are growing as quickly as Cvent
    -Many opportunities to work closely with the Executive Team, including the CEO and other C-level leaders, even for entry-level employees
    -Strong, lasting relationships with colleagues. I call many of my colleagues friends, and enjoy spending time with them at the office as well as outside of work.

    Cons

    -Hours can be long, but the work is rewarding and challenging so I don't mind the long days spent at the office. Employees are given flexibility, so you might work a long day but work fewer hours the next.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your employees and be transparent about the direction of the company.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    pretty good.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great environment, interesting products

    Cons

    terrible second tier management , young and immature

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company to start at, bad company to stay at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Cvent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of independence given, flat management style overall, easy ability to move within the organization

    Cons

    Good management is tough to come by, work/life balance is non-existent, decisions seem to be made on a whim without much thought or consideration given.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and get stronger sales leaders that aren't just 'good sales people' that happened to float up into management positions over time.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Roller coaster ride of politics, ego's, poor leadership and a sea of technical debt drowning innovation and improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA

    I have been working at Cvent full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to learn hands on with an assortment of technology, there are some very smart Sr engineers to learn from (if they have time) and job security is pretty stable for the moment as long as you deliver.

    Cons

    Sr management does a poor job of communicating a cohesive message and communicating amongst themselves. They continually show their inability to delegate or trust people, and there is way too much cronyism which leads to disfunction on a daily basis.

    There is no 401K match, the benefits package is setup for college grads who are hungry and willing sell their souls for a chance to earn some money, healthcare for family is not affordable, and the vacation benefit is extremely weak due to very small amounts combined with lack of ability to roll over more than 40 hours. On top of all of this, the Non-compete is one of the most restrictive I've seen in any industry.

    The new office space is one step above call center digs, and is pretty close to sardines in a can. The company refuses to offer basic things like paper coffee cups or cups in general (they sell it as them being green although it's just another example of the cheap attitude towards employees)

    Employee travel is about the cheapest I've seen in any industry, often forcing people traveling for the company to share hotel rooms with each other, even though they've never met leading to some extremely awkward situations.

    Company paid training opportunities or technical conferences are only provided to a few elite if at all. Investment in employees is by far and large extremely weak in this area, especially considering the constant demand for everyone to become experts on new technology.

    Advice to Management

    1 - Invest in your employees - quit being so damn cheap. Examples include:
    * 401k Match
    * Family healthcare benefits that are actually affordable
    * Provide opportunities to get technical training, or even education reimbursement would be a start
    * Consider other equity opportunities like RSU's vs the Options program you currently have for some
    * PTO is meant to allow employees to not burn out, provide more of it, allow people to use it when they need to, and allow for more rollover year over year -

    2 - Delegate to your employees, stop micro-managing every decision and trust that your employees are making the right decisions. In addition, coach them on how to improve when a mistake is made rather than insulting them publicly for your own amusement.

    3 - Figure out how to set a strategy and stick to it, and drive the same message down through your rank and file, you have too many people trying to set their own direction, no cohesion, and too many ego's are being left unchecked -

    4 - Realize that we continue to miss out on hiring the talent needed because of the reasons stated above, combined with the disfunction in our hiring process that often leaves candidates hanging for weeks on end. This is not acceptable, especially with the size of our organization and our need for good talent.

  8. Helpful (9)

    Employees forced to give positive reviews for the sake of IPO, 2 years of Legal Bond at All Levels.

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

    I worked at Cvent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    None, as the absence of CEO from India office has been taken as an opportunity by management to ruin the culture of a once great organization. I have personally never seen grown ladies and men coming out crying from a board room. Highly unprofessional attitude of HR management.

    Cons

    Non-progressive Work culture. Height of office politics and involvement on personal lives of employees. Highly focus on Facetime rather than boosting productivity. Questioning by senior management on Who you go to lunch with? Who you talk to and why? Absence of Owner and CEO in India office and free run being given to few faces.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on boosting productivity in India as well. Stop using India only for the Offshore outsourced version of the company. Reggie your visits to India office are far and few in between and you are being shown a very rosy picture. Just have a look at the number of people quitting as soon as the bond expires. Please look at the HR department as an example, when 70% of the team has quit within the last 6 months. Losing people at all levels, has hurt the structure of the company leading to promotion of undeserving individuals.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Cvent Software Engineering Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cvent

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Manager was involved in helping the interns learn while providing real work for them to perform
    Possibility to work in teams
    Flexible projects to fit the desires of the interns

    Cons

    HR was a bit slow in getting back to me

  10. Helpful (3)

    Great place to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You might find another company with creative, whip-smart employees who are friendly and considerate to each other, but it won't be easy--and it still probably won't be as good asCvent! Cvent has truly cultivated a unique and enjoyable office culture that's conducive to putting out great work and growing professionally.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is a little lopsided right now. The hours are long compared to the same type of positions at other companies. Add in a typical commute (taking into account the bad traffic in the DC metro area)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great products, friendly coworkers and room for growth

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

    I have been working at Cvent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly and helpful, office space in HQ is great (lots of free coffee and soda) and open concept, product is excellent and well respected in the industry

    Cons

    Training is intense and not for the faint of heart. The products are highly technical and requires either willingness to learn or some background.

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