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Updated March 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is decent for vast majority of people (in 17 reviews)

  • Overall Great company and great people (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Somewhat detached upper management (in 25 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is nearly impossible to achieve (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing Rotation Program"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Apprentice in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Apprentice in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly and intelligent coworkers, you get an opportunity to experience various roles within one rotation program

    Cons

    Clear hierarchy within the company - sometimes can be intimidating to approach upper management


  2. "Great Learning Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, Team building

    Cons

    inter office politics can be a bore

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  3. "Apprentice Rotation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility Culture Location Style Scale

    Cons

    The company pay could be better. Also there have been times where something conveyed to us was never executed


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  5. "No room for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some smart, good people.

    Cons

    Agency business is dead-end business in quickly changing ad-tech world. Management is un-involved in high-performing employees happiness/growth.


  6. "Happy employee"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  8. "Marketing analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Good people and vibe

    Cons

    No room for growth potential


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No culture & no career growth."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Office locations around the US (and internationally).

    Cons

    During my time at Conversant, I watched talented & self-motivated people leave the company in droves. There were countless reasons for this, which I'll include below:

    Busy work - The job itself was challenging, but on top of it the company felt a need to hire layers of middle management. These individuals created countless internal meetings & busy work for their respective teams. Most of which were unnecessary & felt like a check-list for their yearly reviews - not to actually help their teams.

    Wages & bonuses - If you decide to work here, ensure you leave as little bonus as part of your final offer. Nearly every quarter we received our actual goals in the last month (sometimes last two weeks), which made it impossible to play catch-up if behind. Over time this appeared intentional & left our team feeling helpless & frustrated (to say the least).

    Lack of career growth - The people that left while I was there did so mostly because the career growth at this company was non-existent. Several co-workers who had been with Conversant for years finally gave up & left due to this factor, most of whom were up for a promotion.

    Leadership - There is a noticeable lack of leadership here. Meaning, leaders who back their people & create an environment that promotes good work. This is a non-factor at Conversant. For instance, in response to several key members of our team leaving the company, many people on our team, who were past due on promotions & overall frustrated with the lack of positive movement, received a 1% raise (yes, 1% raise) - an attempt to keep the overall team motivated. This was after morale dropped to an all-time low & a handful of key team members left for better opportunities.

    Overall, I recommend avoiding this place altogether. The second I left Conversant, I realized just how bad it was there. You can do better - trust me.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great tech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people in analytics, marketing, and BD

    Cons

    Some senior execs are not nice people


  11. "Great Companh"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Management
    Former Employee - Account Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of opportunity to learn and grow if you seek it out. Formalized review process and bonus structure that is tied to performance management and company financials. The people are super smart and friendly.

    Cons

    Sometimes longer hours due to resource bandwidth

    Advice to Management

    Keep the feedback surveys and loops that you've started and listen to them



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