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Updated April 19, 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. "Quite a lot of smart folks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Client Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Client Development in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Conversant is boning up on the technical side even more rapidly than they were before. And it's a good thing as we continue with a target on our back, leaders in the digital display media place

    Cons

    You pay for the technology/platform. Our premium product comes with a premium price tag.


  2. "Marketing Rotation Program"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Meaningless work, Poor leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Happy employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "great tech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Still a Struggling Merger"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good way to get your foot in the door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are awesome

    Nice way to learn the industry

    Cons

    Very siloed, account teams are favored, you are not allowed to bother product or engineering teams.

    Pay is low compared to industry.

    5 holidays off. It is a battle to get time off at one point they wouldn't allow time off during Q4.

    No training provided.

    Advice to Management

    You're attrition rate is through the roof because you run the young ragged. Invest in the young so that they can provide a better service to clients so that you clients do not continue to leave.


  9. "Account Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people working together towards the same goal.
    Interesting clients and an interesting product offering.
    Hours are somewhat flexible which is a requirement for me.

    Cons

    Product is complicated so the learning curve is long.
    San Francisco is a satellite office. Most of the team is in Chicago, and it's easy to feel like an afterthought.
    Way too many meetings.
    Feels very corporate compared to other SF companies.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on meetings as much as possible so that your teams have time to do their jobs.
    Be clear about expectations and over-communicate with your employees.


  10. "Needs Overhaul"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with

    Cons

    Workload is not distributed properly. A major disconnect between multiple teams that result in negative outcomes for all parties including clients. Sales goals cannot be feasibly met based on lack of human resource, current product sets, and overall sales technique to produce new business and renewals

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait for someone to leave before you acknowledge their work (both in praise and monetary compensation)


  11. Helpful (6)

    "It's ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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