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Updated Mar 8, 2014

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1.9 15 reviews

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John Giuliani

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13% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    You Can Do Better

    Associate/Analyst (Former Employee) Monrovia, CA

    Pros-Moderate flexibility
    -Casual dress
    -Fun employees
    -Down to earth people

    Cons-Childishness
    -Abusive/bully mid-level managers
    -No advancement potential
    -Lack of transparency
    -Women are second-class
    -Delusional expectations/problems executed
    -Terrible product
    -Power grabbing & politics
    -No strategic vision

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop squashing your talent. Understand your shortcomings and staff against them at the leadership level. Stop promoting abusive and power-grabbing middle management. Show a little bit of concern for your people and not just yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay Away From This Company

    (Former Employee)

    Prosmost of the employees are friendly.

    Consabusive managers, power grabbing environment, HR does not exist in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the abusive managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    All things come to an end

    (Former Employee)

    Pros-Casual dress
    -Employee stock options
    -Flexible schedule

    Cons-Majority of upper management don't know what they are doing 99% of the time.
    -They expect you to put 4+ weeks of notice prior to your departure from the company. The standard 2 weeks is frowned upon.
    -Transparency is non-existent.
    -Upper management will not recognize you for all your hard work and contribution, but they will definitely call you out on your mistakes and poor performance. Sometimes out loud and in front of others too.
    -The company has a history of hiring odd people that cannot do their job. Good luck if you are stuck working with them.
    -Morale keeps suffering. Nobody has faith in this company to pick itself back up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees and let them do their job. Don't question and meddle in their work when you are not the expert in that area.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst Place to Work

    (Current Employee)

    ProsBecause all the bad, nothing else really matters.

    ConsTop management enjoys playing politics and power grabbing more than actually lead, or he/she is simply incompetent. Good and talented people were forced to leave at the end. The only way to survive in this place is either to suck up or keep your mouth shut, or both. What a shame. Once upon a time, it was actually a fun and exciting place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Potential Poor Execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsReally friendly people, casual work place, flexible hours, good benefits and stock options. Senior management have opportunities for travel and incentive bonuses.

    ConsRecent changes in leadership and senior management have lead to an uncertainty of where the company is going, and have had a negative effect on job security. Communication between different levels of management and departments is poor and in some cases non-existent. Little job satisfaction to be had, as upper management neither knows, nor cares, what employees do. Pay is too low for the work being done. Little to no chance of career advancement in certain departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Uninspiring and Demoralizing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Monrovia, CA

    ProsVery casual work enviroment. You can even wear shorts to work if you'd like. Stock purchase plan at a discounted rate (if you make enough to afford)

    ConsSo many cons I just don't know where to start. I read the other comments and these are legitimate negatives of the company. Management really doesn't know how to manage people and strategy. They care more about their bonuses than the people that actually helping them hit the bonus target. Junior people are not part of the bonus pool. Morale is low and the pay is low. If it wasn't for the economy, I would not be working here.

    I notice that the senior management team is not very professional. VP don't act like VP. They act as though they are still a small organization. Decisions are made at top but never communicated down to people executing. If something goes wrong, they blame it on the people executing.

    One recently promoted VP is the worse. He does not give enough directions to managers to execute. I heard that the previous VP was also incompetent. There was also a Director that was bad.

    President of the division is not transparent about any actions. Very cold and top down. Great at managing up to corporate.

    HR is a joke here.

    Advice to Senior Management-Do a better job of hiring leadership (you can promote within but do a better job of grooming the person to go to the next level).
    -Be transparent about actions taken.
    -Communicate openly and clearly about strategy and decisions.
    -Pay better. If the economy comes back, you will loose a lot of people.
    -Less favortism

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No Value at Valueclick

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Monrovia, CA

    Pros-Flexible work schedule, ability to work from home
    -Casual work environment; jeans and sandals type casual
    -Good benefits including discounted stock purchase program

    ConsTerrible management team (director and above). Middle managers are ok but senior managements don't communicate well. They lack professionalism. Recently promoted VP is very incompetent. He doesn't know how to run a group and is not appreciative of the middle managers that actually do the work. Don't know how to communicate and really should have never been promoted.

    President of division is good at hiding problems from corporate. He made several bad hiring decisions and created a lot of problems. He doesn't make an effort at connecting with the people working in organization. Top down decision making without communicating to middle managements.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement need to do a better job of hiring/promoting people into the senior management positions. There have been several incompetent VPs and directors put in position that ended up being let go.
    Less favoritism. Too many blatant unfair treatments of employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Management, Poor Environment, Poor Communication. Decent Benefits + Work/Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Monrovia, CA

    Pros- Casual working environment
    - Decent benefits as part of ValueClick Corp package
    - Flexible / Relaxed Work Schedule
    - Free drinks + snacks

    Cons- Poor Management - little to no communication, inexperienced management .
    - Staff is made up of 80% junior staff (industry experience 0 - 2 years)
    - Office is library - like; no talking, everyone with their headphones on
    - Environment is very somber; staff is not encouraged to mingle / speak to one another

    Advice to Senior Management- Get to know your employees - make them feel valued!
    - Hire management that has actually managed a staff (who has not managed in China, where the environment is very different).\
    - Invest in people's careers; there is no training or learning going on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Leadership, No Communication, No Long Term Strategy, Stale Environment

    (Current Employee) Monrovia, CA

    Pros-Decent benefits
    -Easy to maintain work life balance
    -Casual environment

    Cons-Dysfunctional senior management team
    -Senior management is never held accountable for their terrible business decisions, lack of knowledge and experience and short term money making schemes (will never invest in long term strategy no matter how often they say they will)
    -Broken, ill-maintained internal systems and tools
    -Absolutely no transparency and embarrassingly low interdepartmental communication
    -Lack of upward mobility
    -Non-existent company culture (they are trying to fix this but have a very long way to go and it seems far from genuine at this point)
    -Little to no training and resources are made available (unfortunate considering most of the staff is very junior)
    -Very high turnover
    -This Valueclick unit does not have an HR presence and this becomes very obvious when working in this office
    -Office is stale, bare white walls, pictures sit on the floor forever rather than being hung up, no one speaks out loud and you will end up feeling more like you are in a hospital than you are at a fun, exciting place to work

    Advice to Senior Management-Leadership is learned and you can do a lot of damage to an organization by placing an unfit VP in roles without ensuring they have the skills necessary to successfully manage teams
    -Promote people to management who have true leadership qualities (experience, people skills, self-awareness, innovative)
    -Take a genuine interest in your employees, invest in their careers and encourage career development
    -Stop worrying about your bonuses and stick to a long term strategy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ValueClick Brands is an exceptional place with exceptional people-- tremendous learning opportunity.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Monrovia, CA

    ProsThe people here have AMAZING personalities. The office and leadership really value work-life balance, and everyone is committed to making this a happy place. Your experience here really is what you make of it. If you are someone who brings value to the table -- no matter your age and position -- leadership will be receptive to you. This isn't a place where you can sit back and expect a pat on the back for no reason at all. It's a place that really challenges you to learn and thrive on your own. Leadership has an extremely positive and forward-thinking attitude -- they recognize shortcomings and make an active and genuine effort to improve and grow. You can learn as much as you want to, and you won't advance unless you push yourself to do more-- that's good and healthy.

    ConsSometimes, the energy level can be kind of low. Leadership is also spread thin, so they aren't always available to provide individual-level attention-- which can be tough for young people who have just entered the workforce. It gets really quiet at the office, and sometimes, communication breaks down. BUT, if and when you do come out of your shell, it's completely welcomed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe office could really benefit from more mid-level managers to bridge the gap between leadership and young employees. Encourage people to talk more! Increase group collaboration & meetings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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