ValueClick
2.9 of 5 39 reviews
www.valueclick.com Westlake Village, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 2, 2014

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Largely positive experience, but senior management needs to communicate better internally and empower its talented staff

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis is a company with strong cash flow and operations. Their recent re-branding and divestiture are good moves. They have competitive strengths in some businesses.

    ConsCurrent CEO was rarely visible internally and was very rarely in HQ. Talented mid-level management was stripped of much of its decision-making power with CEO change. How all the businesses ultimately come together is a big question mark.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider empowering the staff to make tactical decisions to execute their duties. Tell people what you expect of them up front, and then let them execute. It's a very talented group.

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    An old boy's club with little chance for professional growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    ProsDecent benefits; some facilities have decent parking.

    ConsThere was only one female president of the branded entities and no females in executive management or on the BOD. The BOD was a very small board (of old cronies) for a publicly traded company of this size. The head of the department that I worked for could not manage his way out of a paper bag and was extremely misogynistic; only those that kissed a** were promoted and only the "boys" were invited to certain events. This manager was THE worst manager I have worked for; not only did he have no idea as to the work that I was doing; he had no idea as to the specific work the company was doing. He never lifted a finger to help his staff. I was astounded that a company of this size would put such an incompetent in place at that executive level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet real. Way too much smoke and mirrors. Only successful sales employees were valued. All talk - no walk.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Run

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee)
    Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBetter than unemployment, maybe. If you work here, you'll get to know the slimy underbelly of internet advertising that happens outside of a major firm like Google. Casual dress code.

    ConsSadly stereotypical jerkoff business types make all the decisions, and your job is to mindlessly carry them out. No stock options, no bonuses, NOTHING past base salary, which is low. The CTO, Peter Wolfert is a shifty, devious man who seems more afraid of losing his own job than doing anything right. And his underlings are even worse. This company is operated like a giant ATM for the founders and senior executives, and the rest of the employees are overworked and shortchanged, all while being arrogantly dismissed as replaceable and/or of little value. There is a complete lack of ethics here, where employees are routinely lied to, harassers are protected and victims of harassment are run out, and everybody is treated as a means to an end of making more money for the execs. They hire people who can be bullied and pushed around, and then treat them like giving them an underpaid job is doing them a favor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA company-wide 20% raise plus generous stock grant would go a long way to repairing the damage you do daily to the employees, but given your dismissive arrogance, there's really not any advice that could be given that you'd listen to anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning opportunity, future growth is limited

    Account Management (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSmall but nice office.
    Good people.
    Good salary, won't undercut you like more well known companies.
    They have a better outlook of their future with a recent name change and a company wide initiative.

    Cons-Upward growth is limited almost forcing you to look for a new opportunity.
    -Departments tend to stay amongst themselves. For a small office, not a lot of bonding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're a good company just make sure to follow your new "One" initiative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    In Transition

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood team environment, a lot of growth potential, innovative and fun products.

    ConsNeeds help with communication throughout the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOver communicate, it helps.

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    Great people, great experience if you make it one

    Senior IT Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsDynamic workplace, many intelligent and motivated colleagues. Lots of great technology, great ethics - the company helps to improve the reputation of the industry. It is on you to advance your career and strive to move upward - people aren't promoted just because they do a good-enough job in a given position to the right amount of time. This may be why people feel like there is high turnover in certain parts of the company - some people feel they don't move up fast enough, but from what I have seen those have been people who did not go out of their way to stand up.

    ConsThere is a lot to do, especially in Q4. It is on you to maintain your work-life balance.
    Some teams don't have a strong sense of ownership, the mindset of middle management plays some of a role in this. This is also why the Dotomi people are making major inroads and progress in forging the path for the joint/new company - their open cross-team communication, structure, agility, and very strong sense of ownership are things that need to be embraced more in the rest of VCLK.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe process for opening up reqs for new hires needs to be streamlined. The company is clearly aggressive about hiring and hires great people... but the process for a manager to open new positions puts a few barriers up for the manager. This leads to team leads/managers not being able to push it through with a reasonable amount of effort, causing frustration among team members who are in desperate need of help. This comes from our friends in Chicago more than anyone else

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lacking in solid leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Westlake Village, CA

    ProsSome undervalued talented people, who deserve better. Casual dress code. Decent benefits, for the most part, that's changing with what they're doing to the vacation policy.

    ConsWhen John Giuliani speaks of the business, it's clear he's not thinking of the other facets of his company, he's interested in re-telling and highlighting the Dotomi story. Employees of other divisions are concerned about how a company their parent company bought could have staged a takeover of their own and seem to be completely in charge.

    A new vacation policy is going into effect for 2014, employees won't accrue days anymore, you just request from your manager time off and you take it. It's supposed to sounds like a hip and cool perk, in reality it saves the company money on it's balance sheet by not counting it as an employee pay expense and they're counting on employees not realizing how few days they're actually taking off. They forcing employees to take their 2013 accrued time off now so they don't have to pay them out at the end of the year! They're willing to take less productivity in the 4th quarter over having to pay a few employees a check for their unused days. Nobody should have to be told what to do with their vacation days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the GM of the ValueClick Media Division. How many quarters does it take for one to not set realistic goals and hit them for that person to lose their job. The Media division doesn't need a hundred cheap sub-par salespeople, take that money and hire several great salespeople with connections that understand the business. Spend the money on engineers to build great products and have sales push those instead of always playing catch up with half finished solutions that only suit one or two clients that never fully deliver the dollars promised by sales.

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

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    Old school work culture

    Operations (Current Employee)

    ProsWear jeans, free coffee and tea, some great people, work regular hours

    ConsLack of transparency, more concerned about the clock than the results, most of decisions made in Chicago

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that you have untapped talent, and many locations and products to leverage.

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

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    Great atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, work/life balance, atmosphere, low stress level, friendly management, low turnover, company benefits and pay are great

    ConsAlmost no way to grow, communication from the top is not great, lacking direction, very distinct division between upper management and people in the trenches.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDig deeper

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company, but not the one for me.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Westlake Village, CA

    ProsGreat, talented people work there, the atmosphere is nice, great benefits, the company takes care of the employees, regular hours, as in the work doesn't follow you home.

    ConsDepending on the position, the work is very solitary, the work can be quite unsatisfying.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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