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Centro Overview

Chicago, IL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Centro is a provider of enterprise-class software for digital advertising organizations. Our technology platform, Basis, is the first of its kind SaaS advertising solution unifying programmatic and direct media buying, along with workflow automation, cross-channel campaign ... Read more

Mission: To become the most widely used media automation and intelligence platform in the world with the highest customer satisfaction.

Company Updates

  • “Audience extension was predicated on publishers offering a deep understanding of audiences, and so could easily find any type of customer not only on their owned and operated sites, but on other sites. The model today includes multiple tactics and channels including mobile sites and apps, video inventory, real-time bidding (RTB), and private marketplaces (PMPs)… But to truly “level up” their audience extension game and diversify monetization strategy in an organized fashion, I recommend these strategies for publishers.”

    Read more about audience extension trategies from Centro’s John Hyland in EContent:

    How Publishers Channel Their Inner Agency to Level-Up Audience Extension

    There's a limit to the audience publishers can attract on their owned sites and only so many ads they can pile on a page. To support more growth, a publisher has to enact audience extension strategies and sell on other sites beyond their own.

  • What does it take to market and sell technology? Centro’s Katie Risch provides insight on how the company launched its software, Basis, and gained adoption among agencies. She discusses the importance of personalization and customer education in introducing your product to customers and getting them to sign on. Read more of her interview in SalesTechStar.

    SalesTech Interview with Katie Risch, CMO at Centro - Centro

    What does it take to market and sell technology? Centro's Katie Risch provides insight on how the company launched its software, Basis, and gained adoption among agencies. She discusses the importance of personalization and customer education in introducing your product to customers and getting them to sign on.

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Centro – Why Work For Us?

We are good people who do great work and, every day, we aspire to be better people and do better work. We are a culture grounded by personal growth and well-being. We have a strong moral compass and know the difference between right and wrong. We check our egos at the door and believe we can make the world a better place. We roll up our sleeves, work hard and move fast. We hold each other accountable and solve problems. We care about each other, ourselves, our communities and the environment which we live in. We create raving fans of our customers and have a lot of fun along the way.

People are at the heart of everything we do. It should come as no surprise that our employees are our greatest asset. So to truly see who we are as a company, you need to take a look at who we are as individuals.  We expect these principles from each of our peeps:

Self- Improvement

Lasting happiness is achieved through continuous personal growth and self-improvement. We are committed to continuous investment in the growth of our team members while, at the same time, requiring each team member to actively take responsibility for their own self-development and well-being.

Do the Right Thing

We are guided by our moral compasses, which innately know the difference between right and wrong. We never compromise our integrity. We stand for what is just and right and hold ourselves to a high level of ethical standards,

Cultivate Raving Fans    

We create Raving Fans of our customers and of each other. Doing this requires a constant commitment to the service, happiness, and satisfaction of others.

If our customers aren’t raving about our people and our products, we have not achieved the level of customer happiness
we strive for.

Embrace Change

Change is the only constant. In a fast-moving world and industry, we seek, embrace and get comfortable that if we’re not continuously
changing, evolving and improving, we’re falling behind. No two years will ever look the same at Centro.

Believe Impact is Possible

We create lasting and positive impact in the communities and industries in which we operate. When we work hard, stay focused and act in service to others, we believe anything and everything is possible. We are limited only by our imaginations and our effort


We recognize there is no such thing as “individual success” in life. We are
magnanimous in victory and acknowledge those who have helped us along the way. Healthy team chemistry, creativity and collaboration is critical to achieving our goals. We check our egos at the door

Support Each Other

We are committed to building an encouraging, caring, and supportive environment. We share a responsibility to help our team members and do what we can to help support them and enrich their lives.

Work Ethic Wins

We hire the best and brightest minds in the industry. But we also know that intelligence means nothing unless it’s paired with incredible effort and a strong work ethic. The teams and companies willing to put in the extra effort, go the extra mile and be held accountable will be the ones who see their visions and dreams realized.


Working hard, building amazing products, and achieving success is an exhilarating and exciting way to live life. However, we also recognize the importance of keeping life in perspective. Making sure we’re consistently finding peace and joy along our journey is an invaluable component
to sustainable and lasting success.


  • Competitive total compensation – With base salary, bonus, stock options and much more- we provide our Centrons with competitive total compensation package against the market!
  • 401(k) employer match – Centro sponsored retirement plans allow you to save for retirement by contributing dollars and we will match your contributions up to 4% with 100% immediate vesting.
  • Centro funded HSA Accounts – We provide our employees on the medical plan with a health savings account. This allows them to save on deductible and other out-of-pocket expenses on a tax-free basis by paying through the HSA account. Employees can also contribute addition pre-tax dollars.


  • Flexible time off – Centro provides employees unlimited paid time off each year, which can be used for vacation, sick days, floating holidays or Ferris Bueller days for those days where you need to meet the cable guy or just need a mental health day
  • Change the world day – One day a year, you can choose to volunteer your time to a charity or non-profit event of your choice!
  • Paid 3 week sabbatical– Employees are eligible to take a three week continuous sabbatical in their fifth year of full-time employment in addition to their normal Flexible Time Off.
  • Generous Maternity, Paternity and Same Sex Partner Leave – Centro provides all employees with a generous amount of time off to enjoy their new bundle of joy.


  • Pre-tax dependent care – With the help of a Flexible Spending Account, you can set aside pre-tax dollars in an account to pay for qualified dependent care expenses.
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits – Our commuter  program allows you to use pre-tax dollars to pay for public transportation or parking expenses.
  • Extensive medical and dental plan – There is no need to worry about seeing a doctor or going to the hospital. Our extensive health and dental plans allow you to go to any doctor with great savings when you use doctors and hospitals inside the network.
  • Free vision insurance – The vision plan provides reimbursement for vision related services such as eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses.
  • Free preventative care – Through our comprehensive health insurance plans, you and your dependent receive free preventative at no added cost.
  • Free Basic Life and AD&D – Centro provides all employees with free Basic Life and AD&D insurance.
  • Same Sex Partner Benefits – All same sex partners are eligible for the comprehensive benefits package.

Besides the challenging work and amazing friends we have in the office, Centro also provides the below opportunities for us to focus on our well-being and work-life blend.

Celebrate Each Other

  • Raving Fan employee award – A raving fan is a person who recognizes a Centro employee for going above and beyond the call of duty for a client, a publisher, a Centron, a vendor, etc. It is beyond what is expected from a normal company or making an internal or external person feel special in a sincere and genuine way by doing more than what is required by exceeding particular expectations.
  • Monthly happy hours – Meet and greet all the new hires! It’s a Centro tradition to introduce each new hire in a way that is unforgettable.

Focus on Healthy Habits

  • Daily fresh fruit delivery – Take advantage of the daily fruit delivery. Enjoy bananas, grapes, apples, nectarines, oranges, and more!
  • Healthy snack bar – The snack bar offers healthy options including, but not limited to, milk, cheese, Greek yogurt, nuts, and more.
  • Gym Reimbursement Program – Receive up to $600 reimbursement through Bucks to Get Buff for all fitness reimbursements, not limited to, one-off classes, personal training sessions, work out equipment and race entry fees.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation program – Meditation is offered for all Centrons twice a week facilitated by an expert! Turn those screens off and enjoy the silence.
  • Free onsite yoga – Namaste – Find some peace by participating in free yoga on-site in select offices.
  • Get Riding with BikeShares – Centro provides free bikeshare membership in select offices.

Support for our Personal Goals

  • Centro Family Connection Program – The Centro Family Connection Program has a variety of programs such as Parent Coaching, Sittercity Membership,  and more!
  • Travel Assistance Services – While you are traveling for either business or personal reasons and need some assistance, we provide a 24/7 travel assistance service.
  • Adoption Assistance – For employees who are seeking to adopt, Centro is there to support them through the process.
  • Voluntary Egg-Freezing Benefit – For employees who are interested in preserving their eggs, Centro is here to assist them through the process.
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program – The Tuition reimbursement program will help cover tuition and book costs for up to two classes per year as long as you submit a passing grade.
  • Student Debt Contribution -- Centro provides support to help pay off student loans more quickly. Eligible employees receive an extra contribution of $25 per month from Centro towards student debt.
  • Financial Wellness – Being the best you doesn’t just involve emotional and physical wellbeing. Financial security plays a big part as well. Centro provides access to financial advisors to help you plan for your future.
  • Centro Career Education and Personal Development – Learn and explore many training opportunities such as manager and leadership training and have the ability to focus on your personal development

Support for our Well-Being

  • Yearly Wellnesspalooza events – An entire week of wellness! For one week during the year, Centro has Wellnesspalooza, a week of various events including health screenings, food and exercise classes, and financial wellness events.
  • Free annual wellness screenings – The first step to getting healthier is knowing where you start. By testing six metrics (blood pressure, weight management, glucose, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and cholesterol to HDL ratio), you can not only qualify for additional incentives on your medical premiums but also become the healthiest ‘you’ possible!

Support for Others

  • Giving Tree Charitable Donation – The Giving Tree Committee is focused on Centro’s volunteer efforts. The Giving Tree matches up to a total of $100 per person when you donate to your favorite charity, and Centro will too!
  • Annual Blood Drive – Centro hosts an annual blood drive, accompanied by some sweet treats for when you are done donating.


A Vision for Digital Media 

We despise inefficiency because it wastes our most precious asset: time. Centro is on a mission to change the way digital media is done. We created the most comprehensive media automation and intelligence platform in the industry that improves the lives of people working in advertising and drives optimum business operations and marketing performance for agencies and brands.

Decision Intelligence and Data Science 

Centro maintains a granular historical record of every campaign we've executed since 2007. That data, and associated meta-data, play a central role in the software we build. Our goal is simple: turn the raw data into actionable information and intelligence. The end result is even simpler: more effective campaigns for your advertisers and agencies.

Technology and Engineering 

Built on the twin pillars of Ruby on Rails and Java, Centro software leverages a modern SaaS 2.0 tech stack, a service-oriented architecture and machine learning. Our product suite is a marvel of efficient, high-performance, high-throughput software and systems engineering processing tens of billions of transactions per day at sub-10 millisecond latencies. These transactions are closely analyzed by Hadoop, Pentaho, neo4Js, R and some proprietary technologies that turn data into actionable insight. With RESTful APIs, we empower customers and partners and expand our ecosystem.

Centro Reviews

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    "Centro is the best company I've ever worked for (and perhaps the best company I'll ever work for)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
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    I have been working at Centro full-time (More than 3 years)


    The people at Centro are what make this company incredible. From our Founder and CEO Shawn, to our interns we call Centerns - everyone I've interacted with at Centro is kind, respectful, intelligent, driven and quirky. This is not by accident; everyone who works at Centro is carefully vetted, not only to determine if he or she is a good fit for the position, but most importantly, to determine if he or she is a good fit for Centro. Each new employee is sent to our Chicago headquarters for New Hire Orientation to not only learn about the company's mission and values, but also to be welcomed into the family. Speaking of family, Centro truly does feel like a big blended family of sorts. It's insane how much the executive team truly cares about us, and how much we care about each other. Recently, my family experienced a major tragedy, and several members of the executive team reached out to me personally to ask how I was doing. Centro went above and beyond in so many ways and I felt (and continue to feel) completely supported and cared for.
    Aside from the people, we have incredible benefits at Centro (our paid time off and maternity/paternity leave policies could not be better in my opinion), and the company is extremely dedicated to the personal and professional growth of its employees. For example, managers are frequently educated on conscious leadership principals to set them and their teams up for success. One thing I love most about Centro is our foundation in gratitude; it's common to see the words "I appreciate you" in an email from a colleague, and we even have a "Raving Fan" program that recognizes Centrons who go above and beyond their day to day job descriptions. This all creates contagious positive energy throughout our offices, which happen to be located in the best locations within each city. Humor is also a theme at Centro - we laugh together often, and we enjoy having fun with each other. For example, employees who leave the company and return after a few months or years receive Centro-branded boomerangs. It's amazing to see a relatively large company operate so succinctly, and I'm just happy to be a part of it.


    I haven't noticed any cons to working at Centro. I've heard that other companies in the industry might pay higher salaries; however, I imagine those companies' cultures and benefits do not remotely compare to Centro's.

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Centro Photos

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Centro Interviews



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    Associate Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Centro (Chicago, IL) in August 2015.


    I applied online and received an email back from a recruiter within the hour and had a short phone screen with that recruiter a couple of days later. The day of the phone screen they emailed asking me to set up a technical phone interview which I did the following week The day after the technical phone interview they offered to fly me in for an on-site interview which I schedule for the following week. The on-site interview took a few hours and consisted of technical challenges as well as the standard interview questions. I was impressed with their promptness throughout this process.

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Centro Awards & Accolades

  • Best Medium Workplaces(#9), Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2015
  • Best Medium Workspaces - #8, Fortune and Great Place to Work, 2014
  • Best Places to Work, Crain's Chicago Business, 2014
  • Best Company Culture, Moxie Awards by Built In Chicago, 2014
  • Best Place to Work - #1, Advertising Age, 2014
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