QuinStreet Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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QuinStreet Chairman and CEO Doug Valenti
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Pros
  • Just like everyone else has said, work-life balance is ok (in 11 reviews)

  • good place to learn about online marketing (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Cultural problems stem from out of touch upper management and favoritism (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours can come to be expected as, at times, it seems like folks compete to see who can work the longest hours (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great First Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at QuinStreet

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

    Pros

    Great team work. Fun environment. Good place to start career and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Dull product. Disorganized management tools. Too much emphasis of creating own platforms.


  2. Opportunity and growth reigns supreme!

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Founder and CEO is active and inspiring and a true leader - Executive and Senior leadership constantly pushes for positive growth and success - Great company culture packed full of professional and social opportunities - Diverse work-flow with great start-up style methodologies - Incredible support staff from IT/DEV/UX to Recruiting/HR/Admin

    Cons

    - Main corporate headquarter's location is challenging to reach during commute hours - Public transportation options aren't as convenient as they are in other areas - Working from home is rarely an option as work-flows demand in person contact

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do exactly what you're doing. It's a winning formula. Quickly driving new ideas, incorporating the best of the best minds and talent, and focusing on key growth areas is inspiring to everyone involved.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Opportunities to learn and do a lot, but overall bad company culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to learn about online marketing, technology, creative design, client relationships, etc. The company truly gives you room to learn and do things yourself so as to learn on the job. They are not afraid to give an important project to someone new and yet unproven, and also are willing to try new things, see how it goes and learn from it. That remains an undeniable positive aspect of working at QuinStreet. I have also seen many people around me being promoted when deserved, or given new projects/responsibilities when they wanted to. Though I think the promotion track is not very clear, I still do believe that people are empowered to do what they wish as long as they work hard for it.

    Cons

    However the pros listed above tend to be sadly tarnished with many political issues in the company that can really make it impossible to do your job properly, if not to make you bitter and angry a lot of the time. There is a very strong favoritism at the top management level, executives clearly have favorites and make decisions on projects or promotions/layoffs based on who they like most. I have seen too many people throughout the company demoted from their position because someone on top didn't agree with them, or people promoted or given advantage because they had gotten along well with someone influential. At times it seems political connections within the company are the only thing that will let you win, and without it your future is counted. And this seems to apply to all kinds of levels (from managers to VPs), no one is safe. Everyone fears June/July time when annual reviews are completed along with annual layoffs. Such culture creates a blockage of communication from the top down and from the bottom up. Everyone is doubtful of one another, worried that what they say or do will be used against them in the future, so keeping information to yourself/your team is key and some people play that card very well. No need to say this is an incredibly negative environment to work in, and most of the time doesn't just make your life at work difficult, it makes you unable to do a good job. I don't recommend joining QuinStreet generally, however positive comments above still stand and may make the opportunity to work there actually interesting if you think you can put up with political crap, you will indeed learn a lot and have a lot to say on your resume after a year or two.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the people who play on politics, the ones who are just promoted because they suck up to senior management, they're the bad apples in your basket, they're easy to recognize: they always say yes to the CEO! The CEO needs more people who can stand up to him and say what they truly think, we had some of those people in the past but they're all gone now, so it's really going crazy down there. Wake up!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Annual Offsite: From the Palace Hotel to the Foster City Park

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great place to start & strong reputation for training. Just like everyone else has said, work-life balance is ok. Great co-workers. Free soda, tuna, bagels, ramen, coffee, gum, occasional pizza party.

    Cons

    Driving leads to For-Profit Colleges wears on you. High turnover rate and regular Layoffs. Pay is well below market (25-35%) No 401K match, stingy RSU grants.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat more than 8% at a time and start with the people that have been there the longest


  6. Great Company Overall

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

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are flexible. Work hard, play hard. Friendly culture - Everyone is willing to help each other

    Cons

    They do not match 401K. Benefits are average - Health, Dental and Eye


  7. Great place, growing company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vertical Marketing Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Vertical Marketing Analyst in Foster City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoy every bit of working at quinstreet. Not only are the people super friendly and capable, but the job is also interesting an meaningful. I am constantly on the job and never feel bored for a second. You decisions make an impact on the business and is respected by your peers. Management is flexible and transparent. Senior management is open to your ideas and will always provide helpful feedback so you can do better. You will never be discouraged to focus on side projects or skill sets you are interested in developing.

    Cons

    The company is growing so there are a few human resource constraints. Other than that, workload gets a bit tough at times, but there is always support when you need it.

    Advice to Management

    Invite speakers to come and inspire your workers! They would add to your employees' focus and drive to achieve more.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Stay away and if you are still there RUN

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some of the people you work with are fantastic! There are snacks but are given out once a week and go fast so better stock up when you actually get lucky and find them

    Cons

    This place is so toxic, demoralizing, and makes you feel like an idiot. Everything they make you do is wrong. You prove that it's wrong they will still make you do it then firedrill trying to figure out what went wrong. You show them what's wrong and it's not good enough because their ideas can't be wrong. They say they are data driven...but if some one does not understand how to read data then you can't say you are. Aside from the bad management from director and above positions there is sooooo much micro managing going on your head will explode! Very counter productive. There is no documentation around anything nor do they want you to document anything. No process, very weak tech team...you actually have to basically build out the logic for the developers for them to be able to create what you need. No training on anything and one person is expected to be an expert on everything..on top of that the pay AND benefits are absolutely terrible. They will lie to your face to get you in. Finally, the computers you work on are absolute trash. They will crash on you over and over again. I could write an entire book about all bass at this place.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire that have experience. They might actually have good ideas that work.


  9. Quinstreet is good for experience bad for career growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager in Foster City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    access to many departments and knowledge

    Cons

    bad management and poor career growth

    Advice to Management

    adapt to new times please


  10. lack of structure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Foster City, CA

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    a lot of smart workers here

    Cons

    lack of cohesion with teams and verticals

    Advice to Management

    focus on talent retention!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Not a bad place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PHP Developer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - PHP Developer in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time

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

    Pros

    Not a bad place to start. Great team.

    Cons

    What training? Compensation not on par with the market.



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