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Updated April 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is decent for vast majority of people (in 19 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Engineering Teams in a larger slower company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The individual engineering teams in this company are amazing. They are focusing on such specific technologies that you really get to focus on your work. Work life balance is great. Benefits have been great as well; however, I wish they still offered the California HMOs

    Cons

    The parent companies can be slow, and unfortunately can kill the momentum that the smaller teams can have. Pay is based on the parent companies location, which is Chicago, meaning if you work for one of the teams in San Francisco, your pay is drastically lower than surrounding companies.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "great tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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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


  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Well respected in the industry with top leadership understanding the direction of the company and helping shape the future of digital marketing.

    Cons

    Very old school culture requiring employees being in the office regardless of activities. Employees have been there along time which narrows perspective to run the team.

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. Helpful (3)

    "I would not recommend working here"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Sometimes there's social work events- like three times or less a year.

    Cons

    Sales - I've seen them constantly mistreat account managers and sales coordinators. They lack integrity, work ethic, professionalism, and professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Stop over-reacting and micromanaging


  6. "Not perfect, but a good place to be"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Great, smart people.
    --Strong culture of ownership.
    --Leadership isn't always aligned, but there's clearly a renewed effort to clear roadblocks and ---support the front line in delivering the best products to our clients.
    --The work is never boring, and often feels innovative.

    Cons

    It can take a long time to move decisions through the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Alignment at the top fosters alignment throughout. Ensure you're modeling clear vision and action.


  7. "Client Integration Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Integration Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Integration Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, relaxed environment, Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Training programs are elementary, Upper management does not advocate, compensation below par.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, advocate for your employees, focus on innovation and product support.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "ConversantValueClickEpsilonSETGreystripeCJDotomi thing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bagel Friday
    Trees in the front
    It smells like Subway's in the bathroom sometimes
    Opportunities for advancement or department change
    Great people across the map: Chicago, LA, NY, SF ++

    Cons

    Office sucks - but it's OK because we have a lot of space for activitiesss
    Sales people (except for like 4 of them, sometimes)

    Advice to Management

    Stay Fly


  9. Helpful (14)

    "Watch your back"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Information Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Conversant (formerly ValueClick) for over seven years. It used to be a great place to work but the good old days are clearly long gone, along with many of the great people who worked there. There are still some very talented people there but the herd is thinning rapidly.

    Cons

    There has been a big shift in the company over the past several years. It used to be a fun and exciting place to work but they have been investing heavily in HR (who now pretty much run the show) and upper management without investing in their workforce. As anyone who has been around the corporate environment knows, more HR is not a good thing for regular employees.

    There is a lot of talk (mostly through HR) about company values like transparency and integrity but they don't walk the walk. They expect these things from employees but don't model them as a company. Most employees have no idea what is going on at the higher levels of the organization. A lot of lip service is paid to how important 'our people' are to the company but there is no action behind those words. They just try to squeeze as much as they can out of each employee while they are there.

    This has led to a mass exodus of people from the company over the past few years, and there has been almost no re-investment in new talent. They just keep shifting the responsibilities of the people who leave on to the remaining team - who are already overworked.

    Compensation is weak and there are very few perks. Company events are infrequent and low-budget, hours and schedules are largely inflexible. Benefits are ok but it seems like every year they tweak things a bit to cut costs (for the company), which makes it worse for the employee. So whatever benefits you get, expect them to get worse, not better every year. Here are a couple of recent examples:

       - In the past few years they forced everyone to use up their accrued vacation time and changed their vacation policy to a 'flexible' model - which means you don't accrue vacation time, you just request it from your manager. They spun it to the employees as a 'plus' but all they really did was remove the liability of having all that saved vacation time on the books without giving out any more vacation time or flexibility. Another big score for HR!

       - This year, they took away two paid holidays. Just took them away. So now there are only 7 or 8 paid holidays a year.

    The office environment (except the Chicago office) is depressing. Nothing but dull gray cubes with bright flourescent lights. Being in the office feels like 'corporate prison.'

    The company has no path for career growth. This is one of the reasons they lose so many good people. It's tough to stay at a place that provides no opportunity to further your career and clearly doesn't appreciate you. They are good at saying all of the right things to make them look like a great, forward-thinking, employee-friendly company, but they don't back that with their actions.

    Be wary of the slick, 'friendly' HR team and remember they are not there to help you - they are there to help the company - which is likely at your expesne. The corporate HR tagline is "it's all about you." But it's not about what the company can DO for you, it's about what they can get OUT of you.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. The penny pinching when it comes to talent and culture will only hurt you in the long run.
    Focus more on running a great company than on TALKING about running a great company.
    Keep the entire company informed about the vision and direction of the company. A big meeting once or twice a year where you promise to communicate more doen't cut it.
    You SAY a lot of the right things about what it should be like to run and work at a company. Now you need to walk the walk.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Sales people, run away"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not enough to make any reasonable sales person go here.

    Cons

    People are hired, their goals are changed and they can't make their quotas they are told some story. Look online to see all the sales professionals that have left. You will burn your book here. Sr. leaders have no clue what is going on. A lot of click fraud,

    Advice to Management

    Leave and let new people take over.


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