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QuinStreet Reviews in Foster City, CA

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
120 Reviews
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120 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Just like everyone else has said, work-life balance is ok (in 11 reviews)

  • Bright people, great place to learn, laid back environment, stable company, fair compensation (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management don't give any importance to technical growth of company/employee (in 7 reviews)

  • Disorganized in most of it's verticals and upper management is a little old fashioned (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place, growing company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company Overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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

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

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Quinstreet is good for experience bad for career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    access to many departments and knowledge

    Cons

    bad management and poor career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adapt to new times please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stay away and if you are still there RUN

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    lack of structure

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Foster City, CA

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    a lot of smart workers here

    Cons

    lack of cohesion with teams and verticals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on talent retention!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad place to start

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PHP Developer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - PHP Developer in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    Not a bad place to start. Great team.

    Cons

    What training? Compensation not on par with the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good core values, horrible execution

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Foster City, CA

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity is here to work on a relevant segment of online marketing. They're well-positioned for the future in terms of web properties and traffic. The pay is reasonable if you're in software. You need to create your own career path. The technical opportunities are there, but you have to be proactive about it.

    Cons

    Don't expect to be mentored or have strong leadership in the Engineering team. The senior leadership is pretty in-bred and they tell each other that they're doing a great job, when in fact, there's a large vacuum of technical leadership. As long as the business-side of the company blindly accept whatever message the engineering group says, nothing is really going to change. Very little accountability. Promotions and attention give to those who kiss butt and never raise concerns or reveal problems in the code or teams. If you cross the path of the CTO or her minions, you should start writing up you resume and leave on your terms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourself why mid-level talent keeps leaving, but the top people don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager, Business Development

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    Former Employee - Manager, Business Development in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Business Development in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    The culture was pretty relaxed when I worked at Quinstreet with a nice work life balance. Fun events and amazing holiday parties. The office layout is nice and functional.

    Cons

    The company's vision was pretty poor and they missed several opportunities to stay competitive because they weren't willing to change their business model. The people at Quinstreet were among the best I've ever worked with, but unfortunately many of the best ones are no longer there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value mid-level talent more. I saw a lot of great talent leave to higher paying start-ups while I was there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Web Developer

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work from home and PTO

    Cons

    Compensation is not up to the market rate. Company had many Lay offs. Developers have to deal with bad quality code from offshore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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