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Conversant Chicago Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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  • Upper management is very political (in 27 reviews)

  • No work life balance whatsoever (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Product Manager - 2 years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible time off

    Cons

    Bad top down management

    Advice to Management

    Need direction and get out of the retail and agency business. It's dying


  2. "Was Great Training"

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    Current Employee - Analytics in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analytics in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tons of investment in your development.

    Cons

    They pay seems to be below average and bonuses are light.

    Advice to Management

    Identify why there is turnover and build incentives in those areas to retain top talent.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "If you only care about work life balance this is for you"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Vacation, Casual Dress, Friendly Employees
    Opportunity to make an impact quickly

    Cons

    Compensation is far below market average with zero room for growth
    Employee turnover (i.e. 6+ engineers have left in the past 30 days)
    No room for growth in the company

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect employees to stay when you give them more responsibilities and look the other way when they expect fair compensation.


  4. "Data Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment; nice people.

    Cons

    Low payment; not tech-oriented


  5. "Promising platform, tough execution"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has some of the best data in the business

    Cons

    Multi layered organization that gets in the way of bringing client management

    Advice to Management

    Get closer to client needs


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Creative Technologist"

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    Former Employee - Lead Creative Technologist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Creative Technologist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team members were amazing and very talented

    Cons

    Management is just poor in the creative department from the top on down. The tools are proprietary so they make you learn their tools but you will never use them anywhere else, which does not allow any growth for anywhere as a developer. You will not grow at all here.

    Advice to Management

    Management's job is to convey leadership's message in a compelling and inspiring way. Not just in meetings, but also by example. Very poor leadership here.
    Educate and make reasonable expectations for your team. Reward and compliment your team especially when they achieve the impossible.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Zero Transparency, Petty Management"

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

    I worked at Conversant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Solid Work Life Balance (caveat: most managers strongly anti-WFH)
    - Decent Comp
    - Excellent Benefits
    - A lot of great employees, culture was solid but in decline

    Cons

    - Departments are highly secretive and keep things from each other causing distrust.

    - A frightening number of managers are quite petty.

    - Management has no vision. Today's next big thing will suddenly stop being talked about as management chases the next shiny object (this applies to product as well).

    - I can only speak for my department, but there is a strong visible bias against giving women technical projects/positions which are the main path to promotion. As such women are promoted less frequently than their male counterparts. I cannot definitely make a causal link, but over the 3 years I was there the correlation between gender and career progression/opportunity was strong.

    I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH:
    Your experience at this company will be HIGHLY dependent on who you report to and which clients you are assigned. Everything is extremely siloed with little standardization of process/procedure.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, your name is Conversant.
    Weed out poor managers.
    Examine your promotion/hiring practices for gender bias.

  8. "Overall a good company"

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    Former Employee - Manager, Software Engineering in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager, Software Engineering in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart, hard-working group of people here. Eager to solve problems.

    Cons

    Natural issues that come with expansion, a lot more new faces coming in, a lot of which seem to not carry the same amount of care and dedication as others that have been around longer. However, some new talent bring great ideas to the table.

    Advice to Management

    Keep teams small and tight, keep communication open and stay on target!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mediocrity meets politics"

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

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some friendly people. Some interesting engineering challenges. Work life balance that comes with a cost. Recently added two weeks of sick time.

    Cons

    Conversant is a startup that never grew up, they micromanage and cut payroll - it’s the worst case scenario.

    Engineering management is uninspiring. Most engineers have broken spirits. The rest have no idea what they are doing.

    They have weekly dictatorial meetings where every project and ticket is approved by VP or above.

    Directors can not even approve software purchases for their new hires. Everything bottlenecks through the incompetent ones.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate the authority to make decisions to your team. Micromanagement makes you look incompetent. Focus on the outcome not the trivial details and timelines.

    Put someone in engineering with some actual passion for building great technology.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Director"

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

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Great social team. Young intelligent workforce. Great location next to the commuter trains. Bagels are free on Friday.

    Cons

    Management is a bunch of bullies who rule with fear. Employees walk on egg shells. Toxic work environment with employees fleeing.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new management team. Bullying starts from the top down.


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