Marketo Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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Pros
  • The company is growing quickly and has been killing it (in 5 reviews)

  • Learn something new everyday, and extremely fast paced so you're never bored or unchallenged (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • I would not recommend it because: work/life balance, C-level views their structure with blinders on (the system feeds you leads that you then close (in 6 reviews)

  • No work/life balance, mostly work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Marketo is Exciting, Fast Paced, and has A++ Talent

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been at Marketo in the marketing department for about 3 years and I love it. There is a TON of energy at this company and I have never worked with better marketers in my entire career. There is so much that I have learned since I have been there. The pace is incredibly fast, but I love the challenge. The product is innovative and leading the marketplace, so it is easy to be passionate about and market. I also love that they let me be independent and creative to run my "own business". Once you build the trust with executives you have a lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    I wish that they had a more formalized career development plan and that they were more consistent with promoting from within. Although, I know they are trying to work on this. I also think that they could have some more perks like wellness programs, a cafeteria, work-out classes on site, etc. Work /life balance is also something Marketo needs to work on. They always say "this year we are going to do less" but I have yet to see this happen.

    Advice to Management

    You have incredible employees so you should do more to retain them upfront. Provide career development opportunities and promote from within and people will stay longer. It's a very competitive market out there!

  2. Great Company, Fast Growing, Hard Working

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Mateo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    -well known company - companies want to recruit from Marketo
    -leader in the space, making it easier to sell
    -great culture
    -work smart mentality
    -opportunity for growth, assuming you perform well (as should be)
    -fast paced
    -lots of snacks and drinks
    -lunch last three days of month
    -food almost always available on one of the 8+ kitchens (if you happen to forget lunch)
    -shuttle from SF and other areas in the bay
    -open and collaborative floor plan
    -pretty young environment
    -arcade, games, etc.

    Cons

    -people have to like a fast-paced environment, Marketo is growing A LOT
    -with it said being easier to sell into companies, you can't rely on what's in front of you - have to be smart about it
    -sometimes it can be cliquey, but that's any type of environment

    Advice to Management

    -invest a bit more into your employees. marketo is thriving to be a "google-like" company and want that type of talent, but you need to offer "google-like" amenities
     -make sure to keep the start-up mentality; just because we're public doesn't mean we have to turn corporate

  3. Awesome product in a exponentially growing sector

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great product that is constantly evolving
    Lots of very talented and fun people
    Great culture
    Quickly growing company with lots of opportunities to get promoted

    Cons

    High pressure high volume sales culture, not recommend for those not prepared to run many sales cycles per month.
    extremely competitive marketplace - the product is top notch but the competition is fierce

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and investing in company culture!

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  5. Software Developer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Marketo

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

    Pros

    Good working environment. Good nature of employees. Helping nature. They arranged presentation on the completion of my internship.

    Cons

    There was no such cons actually. All employees were friendly and helping to the new interns. They arranged presentation on the completion of my internship.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any suggestion to the management team of Marketo. San Mateo and Portland team always worked together by arranging meetings. I am very much impressed by the co ordination.

  6. Great Product. Horrible Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits were good if you worked on-site

    Cons

    Cliquish, cut-throat culture and non-responsive managers. Zero training for remote employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with candidates that you offer no training. Don't blame those on projects when your own internal workings cause obstacles to delivery.

  7. Blah! Comfortable, but not inspiring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketo

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good kitchen, pretty good compensation and benefits. Lots of talented people

    Cons

    bottleneck for getting promoted, lot's of gridlock with middle management and politics to navigate, you will be in line behind a lot of good employees who should have already been promoted long before you walked in the door.

    Advice to Management

    promote from within

  8. High Growth, High Expectations

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent people moving quickly to get stuff done. Will get all the experience and responsibility that may or may not want. Always stimulating and impactful work.

    Cons

    Standard challenges with fast growth - red tape, lack of openness. Need to forge your own path to get results.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize star performers, encourage openness and work/life balance

  9. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work know they have a problem but not willing to fix it

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benifits
    pay
    Flexible schedule
    Some fun people to work with

    Cons

    Has serious problem between what they say and what they do. Know that they have said problem and not willing to make the changes to fix it. There are also the usual issues with a growing company communocations is way off. Lots of "we have always done it this way", but wont change even iof they know that does not work.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your problems.
    Allow people and empower personnel to change things.

  10. Helpful (2)

    If you're sharp & work hard you can make a lot of money here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Marketo

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

    Pros

    The product is considered to be industry leading. Sales brings on at least 60 new logos per month and many of them are premium brands. Pay is competitive and bonus structure opens up another 25% on top of your OTE. The company invests in resources to enable the sales team and the solutions consulting group is some of the best I've ever worked with. There is a good program for recent college grads to get into sales or mgmt. Get 6-8 recruiters a week that reach out to me because Marketo sales reps are held in high regard. Fun place to work!

    Cons

    There are not large jumps in pay going from SDR to Sales and from Sales to Sr Sales. Monthly cadence sometimes makes it difficult to engage in solution selling and promotes transaction sales with discounting incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware that the OTE is in many cases lower than industry standards. This is acceptable with realistic quota goals and an incentive structure that makes up for the gap. Drastic changes in this area would impact your ability to hold on to top-talent.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Growing Fast Paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Challenging work
     - Fun Team and collaborative environment
     - Growing company means there are plenty of opportunities if you are smart and work hard.

    Cons

    - Runs fast and lean. Lack of people makes for long days and some priorities get delayed.
     - Open floor plan is loud and messy. It's hard for introverts.

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