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Updated February 17, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is decent for vast majority of people (in 17 reviews)

  • Overall Great company and great people (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Happy employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Amount of work never slows down


  2. "A good company"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conversant as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The location and facilities are great, and the working environment is also very good. You have very nice teammates.

    Cons

    There is no obvious downside of Conversant. For interns, the only problem is that most departments do not recruit interns.

    Advice to Management

    The management is generally good, we have one-to-one meetings with manager every week, and small team meetings each morning. Maybe they can arrange one-to-one meeting with directors or higher level members.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Meaningless work, Poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Art Direction in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Art Direction in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conversant (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Competitive benefits: health, 401k matching, recreation room (that you will probably never use, and if you do use it, your managers will just give you a bad review) free tea and coffee in the office
    - Clean workplace, kind receptionist, tasteful decor,
    - Looks good on a resume, they give you a lot of responsibilities that you can easily BS as more important than they actually are

    Cons

    - You may get assigned some meaningless responsibilities that don't generate company growth and get in the way of very important client work. If you fail to complete said meaningless responsibilities, your managers will not be happy despite the fact that they are tasks that the company can 100% survive without
    - IRONY: there is a horrendous lack of creativity in the creative department
    - Upper management does not listen to their employees, they pick their favorites and require you to take on more work than you actually can handle.
    - Mangers do not know how to logically divide the labor, so what happens is you have some people struggling, getting to the office at 7am to avoid going past deadlines while others are leisurely chatting going from desk to desk
    - Cliquey, difficult to make friends if you're the quiet/focused type of worker
    - DO NOT invest in their stock options... it has tanked since 2015

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and promote the talent you have already before you publish an ad on the web seeking new employees. Stop discriminating against employees that are not outgoing go-getters. There is nothing wrong with a hard, focused worker who doesn't mingle with everyone.

    I was working here for a long time and had to witness some wonderful talented people leave out of pure frustration with management.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Still a Struggling Merger"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leading, interesting technology attracts great employees.

    Cons

    The cultural difficulties of a merger from a few years back still dominates the environment. One was a very old-school ad agency, one a dot com. There are too many highly-ranked people who don't produce and make poor management choices affecting multiple departments from the old guard.

    Advice to Management

    Get. Rid. Of. The. Bad. Apples.
    We all know who they are, including HR.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "It's ok"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    - Ice cream during summer, bagels on Fridays. Lake Michigan boat party in May, House of Blues for Christmas
    - Good office location. Very close to Metra, L
    - Friendly people working well together
    - For the most part initiative is encouraged and supported
    - Work-life balance is decent for vast majority of people
    - Computer options - MAC or PC

    Cons

    - Benefits are expensive for company of this size
    - Compensation is weak
    - Recruiting is ... inability to bring qualified talent is painfully evident
    - Product is disconnected from Engineering. Effort is being made to fix this, but … don't mistake activity for achievement
    - Not enough work space is allocated per one person
    - Not enough conference rooms. Those in an office don't seem to have an answer to this
    - Communication from above is getting better, but still very much sub-par. Near zero communication from CEO. Hi John G.

    Advice to Management

    Fix cons


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Conversant AM"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Benefits options are good after being acquired by ADS. Compensation is competitive when starting with the company. Innovating technology and products. Driven people. Good location and work/life balance. Also, depending on your manager, work from home policy is laid back.

    Cons

    The account management department is cliquey and leadership is very set in their vision for who they want each person to be. Distribution of account work is unclear. Uneven hiring in this department – probably 90% women.

    Commission structure is more in line with Sales now, but there tends to be division between who owns what between Sales and Account Management. Relationship should be more collaborative, not “us vs. them”

    For a technology company, the understaffing in Analytics and Data is alarming. Custom analytics requests take far too long to complete, which builds distrust from client’s. There is a process for everything in this respect, which frustrates co-workers when projects just need to get done for the sake of client success.


  8. "Great place for early careerists"

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    Current Employee - Apprentice in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Apprentice in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Product and sales trainings are constantly available for all levels of positions. Easy to interact with leadership and leadership has laid out long term goals for the company and steps on how to achieve them

    Cons

    needs more office space, other than that nothing really comes to mind


  9. "No bad, not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned alot, like my co-workers. Creative environment to work independently. Not micromanaged. Trust to get work complete.

    Cons

    Got so big after beinng bought out several times. Was told there was no career growth for me. That I should be happy with what I have. With that I have no sense of pride in my work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. The communicate should go both ways. And stop saying you want to have a career path plan, when in fact your telling people there is no where to grow.


  10. "Great place to work!!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Conversant full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great people to work with. Very supportive and skillful.
    - Positive and energetic environment.
    - Work is challenging. Its a pro if you are passionate about Software Engineering.

    Cons

    - Desk space is too tight
    - Nothing else comes to mind really.

    Advice to Management

    - Get bigger and comfortable space for employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Solving Hard Problems with Bright, Motivated Engineers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart engineers working in a highly collaborative environment. Projects are challenging, all engineers enabled to propose, design, and develop solutions within a team environment. Collegial atmosphere. Opportunities for advancement and movement within and between departments based on personal goals and abilities. Awesome annual holiday party (House of Blues) featuring an all-employee rock band (Epsilon CEO on guitar last year) a definite highlight.

    Cons

    "Free ice cream Wednesdays" only runs through the summer months and the band plays just once a year. Seriously, like any large company there are occasional conflicts to resolve between business/product and engineering needs. However, these exist in every technology-driven business I've experienced and are generally mild.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving forward.



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