QuinStreet Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Tons of opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QuinStreet (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can truly do whatever you want here, as long as you are willing to do the legwork to figure out HOW to get things done. Compensation is fair, politics are minimal. Friendly, smart people who are totally open to new solutions.

    Cons

    There is very little process here, which means it can be frustrating figuring out how to get things done and it can feel like a lot of time gets wasted. Hours can get long, depending on the role.


  2. Okay Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Media Associate in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice. I enjoyed my team. The company is public.

    Cons

    I did not love working for an online marketing agency. My job was very tedious and mindless. Link building is not creative or exciting.


  3. Nice office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the kitchen is stocked with basic breakfast and lunch options

    Cons

    Stock price was low and only got lower


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  5. So much potential

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    Current Employee - Media Associate in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Coworkers are generally great to be around. 2. You'll learn a lot, probably because your teammates keep quitting and you have to do their work. 2. It's in Foster City - right in the middle of the peninsula - so it's commutable from north or south bay. 3. CEO is a cool guy. He gets it. Too bad he's surrounded by an upper management that's never heard the term "holistic strategy." 4. Free food* *breakfast foods, mostly just cereal with bagels twice a week. Don't expect to be pampered here.

    Cons

    1. The business model was based on being able to game the system (black hat SEO). 2. Be prepared to go full Jackie Chan when you see QS's strategy for monetization. 3. As far as tech companies go, this one is pretty un-techie. 4. It's in Foster City which means everyone commutes a fair distance and after-work events are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Want to make more money? Every one of your producers can tell you how. Just listen and keep an open mind.


  6. Okay opportunity for supplemental income

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work was flexible, and editors were responsive and easy to communicate with.

    Cons

    Pay was only $.15/ word and many assignments were only 200 or 400 words, and it was expected that writers would do thorough research for articles. It was hard to make much money.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Leaders don't lead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good work/life balance - can WFH when needed - good opportunity to learn if you want to - great place to start a career

    Cons

    Employees have either been here 10 years or 1 year. High turnover rate due to the senior management having the mentality of "we've been doing it this way for years and it works fine". Not much room to change/update processes and practices. Old technology and laptops. Everything seems rushed to be completed to start generating revenue. Which causes many problems in the building process that only get band-aids once pushed live. Recruiting, HR and admin push "fun" activities but only they partake. Verticals are extremely segregated. The edu team has absolutely no idea what the financial services team does.

    Advice to Management

    Find some urgency and passion again. You've all been here so long, no one knows what you even do. You set the bar, so raise it a little for yourselves and then maybe new hires will want to stay longer because they're actually motivated to. The CEO is great, but the senior managers hold on so tight to him that he doesn't know what's really going on.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great First Job

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    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Foster City, CA
    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.


  9. Opportunity and growth reigns supreme!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Please stay away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is probably the only positive

    Cons

    Handful of employees have been working there a long time. For other new ones, it is almost impossible to make an impact. Favoritism is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Move away from age old lead generation business that doesn't do good to anybody - board, executives or the employees.


  11. Paid Search

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career! You get a lot of training and support from many different teams. - Advancement is pretty fair. If you perform well, you can expect a promotion every 1-2 years depending on your level. - I can't complain about my co-workers and manager. They are all awesome! - Quarterly meetings where the CEO and other leaders present and discuss past and future initiatives and the status of the business and industry. - Some free food (tuna, bread, fruit, cereal, and some more) - Casual to business casual environment. - Friendly environment. You can join teams such as volleyball, soccer, softball. Once a year you can expect a company get-away day with fun activities. - Company parties are fun. You can expect it to be at a fancy place in SF most of the time. - Great Benefits (vacation policies - starting at 15 days per year, 401k, health insurance)

    Cons

    - Turnover is a bit high (~2yrs) - people get out with lots of experience so they are highly demanded. - Work could get a bit repetitive - Depends on the clients that you get. Some are difficult to handle. - Overall future of the company is not always clear.

    Advice to Management

    Make goals clearer and check progress constantly.



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