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Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Overall Great company and great people (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Somewhat detached upper management (in 26 reviews)

  • No work life balance whatsoever (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Product Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is fun, they have plenty of social events and the people are smart. They also pay a fair wage.

    Cons

    They're VP heavy although VPs aren't empowered to make decisions without presidential approval.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your working staff. Eliminate layers of managerial waste that have no knowledgeable working experience.


  2. "Was Great Training"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (3)

    "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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    • Senior Management
    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 (1)

    "Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Upper level Management! They gossip and really don't hear what their employees are saying. Feel like women don't get a chance to be heard or promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team and give constructive advice. Weed out the bad stuck on themselves managers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for and contribute to.

    Cons

    AC always on. I get cold easy.

    Advice to Management

    Turn down the air.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "So-So"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Relatively competitive salary
    Good CRM products

    Cons

    No product vision
    Too slow to adapt to new technology in the adtech space
    Too top heavy in leadership


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