QuinStreet Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
124 Reviews

2.8
124 Reviews
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QuinStreet Chairman and CEO Doug Valenti
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-Life balance, Good training facilities, Not much hierarchies, Relaxed work environment, Good compensation (in 9 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)

  • Cultural problems stem from out of touch upper management and favoritism (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great to Learn, Hard to Talk to the Uppers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at QuinStreet

    Pros

    - Great people, workspace is friendly in the department you're in, and people within your department care about what you do
    - great training and experience to be gained

    Cons

    - concerning gap between upper and lower management
    - interdepartments a bit isolated from each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - pay attention to the limitations of lower management, and understand they aren't miracle workers. They work harder than you think

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad place to start

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    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
  3.  

    Total wrong decision career wise

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, PTO, work life balance

    Cons

    Hard work was never acknowledged. They treat employees as very easily dispensable - though this is a fact in case of any company - this attitude is made very obvious. Very low moral , high employee turnover and frequent layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 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 for 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
  6.  

    Fantastic time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at QuinStreet

    Pros

    Great, smart team. Family like atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lots of work and lots of expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great job -- people love it there. Lots of room for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8. 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 for less than a 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
  9.  

    potential growth opportunities, fast paced environment, top heavy

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

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    there are potential growth opportunities and advancement in the company, fast paced environment, good experience for newcomers, fresh out of college looking to enter corporate world.

    Cons

    Culture of the company changed over years, can be long hours with little pay, loss in incentive to do more than the task at hand do to culture change, mediocre moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-evaluate company values and strive to keep to them, a happy employee is a hard working employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Only take the job as a last resort and keep looking even if you are hired.

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    Former Employee - Low Level Management - Too Many "titles" to List  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Low Level Management - Too Many "titles" to List in Foster City, CA

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very little to speak of other than the liberal PTO schedule after 3 years of employment.

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Expectations of the employees are not nearly commensurate with the salaries. Upper management attempts to bribe their employees with worthless stock options (just check the historical track record) while selling their own options as soon as they vest (can be confirmed on any financial site).

    Management promotes and shelters their favorites even though they are inept in their roles. They also squash any constructive criticism and dissension.

    Management goes out of their way to advertise their "company values" (printed wall placards everywhere you turn) yet they are merely window dressing and not upheld or committed to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start holding yourself as accountable as you do your staff.

    Walk the talk and stop over-promising and under-delivering.

    Start to recognize the talent you have and the huge amount of talent that you have lost through the years instead of burying your head in the sand and denying the absurd attrition rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The kind of job you warn your friends about

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive coworkers, very relaxed dress code, some of the managers and leads are quite friendly

    Cons

    Customer service people are treated like cattle, kept as temps via Randstad for upwards of 2-3+ years, and provided no benefits or vacation time, save for 7 days a year of combined sick/personal time. Virtually no growth opportunities, outside of a handful of people who beg, plead, and brown nose, and if you aren't friendly with senior staff, you will go nowhere.

    The work itself - lead generation - is extremely shady and you are encouraged to mislead customers as to the true nature of the work, and what will be done with their information. Excessive scrutiny of what you say and do, combined with massive turnover, has cultivated a paranoid atmosphere. Executive and administrative staff has almost zero involvement with the call center side, save for the rare visit with call center leads and managers, but don't acknowledge or speak to reps at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform your business model to build the brand rather than just hiding it behind multiple layers of deceptive practices and front companies,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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