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Updated February 5, 2018
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  • Clear hierarchy within the company - sometimes can be intimidating to approach upper management (in 28 reviews)

  • No work life balance whatsoever (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "0 to 60"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced culture, things and people are always moving similar to a busy New York City street. If you like a highly competitive organization this is the place to be.

    Cons

    The office is growing at an exponential rate and can be crowded at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Tech company on the surface, old-school in reality"

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

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent and fun people, definitely a younger vibrant vibe in the office - even while there are still quite a few 30/40+ people, which I think is a good thing.

    Cons

    Not a super collaborative environment, a lot of things kept behind closed doors or "secret". Can be rather competitive as well, so these things together breed a high tension atmosphere. Meetings can escalate quickly.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good entry level position, but don't stay too long."

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, unlimited vacation policy.

    Cons

    There's virtually no way to grow as a developer in this position. You're locked into a very small developing environment that doesn't challenge you to learn more. Most of your projects will be different variations of the same exact issues repeated over and over and most of your day will be occupied by meetings . Compensation is below average and despite promised opportunity for growth it is unlikely.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees competitive wages or at least utilize them to their ability. Otherwise you'll continue to lose talent.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place To Start A Career"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great work life balance - Unlimited PTO
    - Culture is great. Conversant is filled with intelligent, hardworking people
    - Managers really care about your development as an employee, depending on who you are reporting to
    - Competitive 401k matching

    Cons

    - Upper management insists that this is a tech company first, but salaries do not reflect that in the tech departments
    - Your experience here depends heavily on what manager you report to

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I could give is to limit losing talent. Brainstorm ways to keep people around.


  5. "Work hard, fun people, prepare for constant stress and little room for growth"

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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

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits including unlimited PTO, competitive 401k matching, ESPP
    Conversant is filled with intelligent, hardworking people. Employees, especially in AM, Sales, Analytics, will learn a great deal about the industry while working here. It is expected of you and it is worth it.

    Cons

    The sales team is reliant on the business assigned to them once closed by the biz development team. This means you are not (entirely) in control of your destiny and much comes from both chance and the senior sales leadership decision making. Many clients come in not entirely bought into the measurement and KPIs thus creating tension from the start. Your success depends on the management team you are under. It is mostly a boys club and with (non-sexual) harassment quietly looming. Many remain quiet about altercations had with direct managers for fear of being pushed out via no new account assignments or getting the least desired accounts as punishment.

    Sales management up to the top is in need of a shake up perhaps by including top tier women who have earned their right but have not been given those well-deserved promotions. Desk assignments are determined by success in hitting numbers. A juvenile approach to showing off a team's success by filing everyone in order of success or favorites. Most salespeople don't buy into this approach, only those who are self-validated by titles and by their VPs and SVPs. They value this sorted admiration approach.


  6. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, some friendly faces

    Cons

    a lot of favoritism, if you arent in a 'click' you wont get far

    Advice to Management

    look at employees overall when promoting, not their location but their skills


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Terminated without just cause"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work environment overall is nice and relaxed.

    Cons

    Allowed a Team Lead to circumvent Manager and terminate an employee without the Managers knowledge of what was transpiring.

    Advice to Management

    Should listen to employees when they have personality conflicts, especially when it involves an immediate superior.

  8. "Data scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice people

    Cons

    projects are not interesting, not research side


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Data Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    This is a decent first job to get some industry experience on your resume. Depending on the team, you can get trained in rigorous software development and production grade code.

    Cons

    Your experience here will be decided by your manager, who can create an environment that is stifling toxic and unbearable, giving you no recourse but to leave.

    Interrogate your prospective manager intensely and at great length. If you do not get strong confirmation of openness, respect, and honesty you should move on. It is a job seekers market, these skills are in extremely high demand.

    Advice to Management

    None, do as you please.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "mostly boring"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    They look after their own, relaxed culture and unlimited vacation.

    Cons

    My god the work is boring. Managing ancient code bases and almost no time spent on fixing old architecture just making business happy with new features.


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