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Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work life balance (in 22 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. "Overall a good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Zero Transparency, Petty Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized and Petty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a flexible work schedule which helps with family.

    Cons

    Everything is about putting out fires and just getting through the day.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "So-So"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location, good office vibe
    Very smart people work there

    Cons

    The company is run by a bunch of bullies that seem to be arguing over turf... likely the result of many acquisitions over a short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    1975 called and they want their Neanderthal management style back! Quit being bullies, managing by intimidation and start building high-functioning teams. Additionally, the conflict between offices and within upper management is palpable - everyone knows it and it borders on pitiful to watch.


  9. "Good Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work life balance and company culture is great
    Very Collaborative- open to change and new suggestions
    Not micro managed
    Really gives you the tools to succeed

    Cons

    Not all the offices have free snacks


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Proceed with extreme caution..."

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

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

    Pros

    Only a few kind, genuine and hard working individuals. Oh and maybe the stale bagels on Fridays and the free tap water?

    Cons

    As per the other reviewer's spot on contribution; Insecure Management derives gratification and control from bullying and intimidation. Can get extremely toxic and hostile at times from the power trips. Be very cautious with whom or which team you are assigned to and don't think they or especially HR are your friends. Be prepared to be deceived and in competition with everyone on your team as opposed to working collaboratively towards the same goal. Some teams have it better than others as you can easily spot the ones who are miserable and ready to jump ship. Only a handful of management are professional, personable, and knowledgable mentors so, YMMV!

    There is no opportunity for growth. Detached and clickey upper management, private organization attitude with somewhat a high school type gossip, bullying and impersonable environment. No work life balance whatsoever. Wishful thinking on promotions or career advancements.

    Advice to Management

    Has the potential to be a good local company only if your in the right department and have a sane manager. Some managers have been there for over a decade with no advancement. Whom in turn will make ur life and position Miserable! I would pass or proceed with extreme caution.

    Company's social culture tries to be active and overall is ok to work with. Have a new departmental leadership shift for keeping a low turnover rate and retaining talented and dedicated individuals. Tips for the Exec's --- you can't walk on water! Check that ego!


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