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Criteo Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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Pros
  • The company is growing A LOT, which makes sense, as the product work (in 10 reviews)

  • Resulting superb work life balance (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Local India office did not respect work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • manque de middle management et de visibilit (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid, well-engineered advertising product that performs well in the market and should lead to a happy healthy business outlook.

    Cons

    While French management team is strong with vision and execution, business leads in London are uneven and US management was the worst. Workplace was paranoid and depressing even as the company marched towards its IPO, and degenerated after that. Not a happy place. Most US leadership has been blown out since then but the negative afterglow is a lot to overcome.

    Advice to Management

    You hire smart experienced people, let them do their jobs without constant micromanaging and second-guessing.

    Criteo Response

    Nov 11, 2015 – HR Director, Americas

    Hello - thank you for your feedback. It saddens us to see a review like this. With the rapid growth that we are seeing, there is a lot of new leadership in place, and a LOT of first time managers who ... More


  2. Helpful (4)

    "OK Company to START your career with but NOt to build one"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As the company is French, you will know the french culture. The technology is good but also slow to change. If you get a chance to work in Paris take it.

    Cons

    Paris holds all control and satellite offices are mere puppets responding to their whims. No internal promotions and company is aggressively hiring middle level management neglecting older employees. Compensation and benefits are lower than average.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond Paris and the world operates differently. Try looking at internal talent and please don't get manipulated by internal politics.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    It's a great place, great technology. Some exceedingly bright people. But probably highly underpaid.

    Cons

    There'es a ton of tension between Europe and US and a lot of unhappy people. Not a meritocracy at all, and compensation plans are capped at 200%!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Change your comp plans. And get everybody on the same page.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Needs a Revamp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great and intelligent people, lots of passion we do, the product sells itself

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized, growing so rapidly with layer upon layer that every task is tedious without looking at the whole picture. You've got people writing report after report to each other with no one ever reading them. You've got an archaic ticket system to troubleshoot problems with no proper way to escalate and teams that have no idea how to priortize big issues for important clients. Set limits for yourself fast or people will walk all over you expecting you to be available.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in being PROACTIVE, instead of rehashing what's going on ten different ways think to the future and what needs to be done.


  6. "Review working experience Criteo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Barcelona (Spain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There a lot of benefits the company offers you, a decent salary, high bonuses to achieve & perks

    Cons

    Very numbers minded and high work pressure

    Advice to Management

    More people than number management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chaos meets Old School"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Some good people, leading product, nice office space

    Cons

    Game of thrones, poor leadership, dysfunctional HR and high turnover, bad behaviour rewarded


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of perks but zero in employee's growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The perks are good
    Health insurance coverage is awesome
    Depends on the office location (and budget) you can get awesome pantry

    Cons

    Minimum support for employee's growth
    HR team sucks - they take too long to process anything
    If you are in different timezone with Paris HQ, everything will be slow
    Don't believe in their internal mobility - it still depends on your nationality
    Lots of reorg happened for upper management and it gives a shaky feeling

    Advice to Management

    You have to support your employee's growth in something that they actually have interest in. Not things that you only see as business opportunity. Understand that by the end of the day, it's all about the revenue. But if that's all that you care, then soon your employees are going to leave. I have seen some of the best of them left during my 3 years here.
    Improve your HR and TA's response. When a current employee needs something to be answered immediately, isn't it only logical that h/she gets faster response than outsider? My colleague waited 5 days just for a simple yes/no answer from TA and it wasted her time. And make the processes clear! Put them on the internal website or something where employees can refer if they need to know something and you're just too damn busy to answer their questions.

    Criteo Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – HR Director, Americas

    Hi there - firstly, thank you so much for submitting your feedback. All feedback, however good or bad, is welcome and appreciated. We are sorry to see that it looks like you're struggling here with a ... More


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Mass expansion in Asia with messy politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Very young culture so good fit to start first job for those who may have little experience or expectation

    Relocation mobility can also be quite fluid

    Annual global employee summit in Europe, party like you're in college ( ideal for those who likes to be rewarded in that manner)

    Cons

    Poor leadership skills, people managers are promoted when they are not the right fit. About 70% of managers are first time managers and may have no clear direction on handling matters (Drill them with questions in your interview so u get an idea)

    Rapid fire and hire culture in sales

    Lack of learning and development courses, Company do not nurture staff in personal development

    Start-up vibe with very messy internal re-org in Asia right now, so if you are looking for something stable and have commitments, it's not advisable

    Very very long working hours and Founders of the company do not encourage working from home policy ( maybe except for the US)

    No clear career path for non-sales + technical roles

    Depending on your role, decisions and control can be quite French centric

    Advice to Management

    Rapid expansion in Asia has caused casualties including pioneers.. Hope management will focus on promoting or hiring the right leaders.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not that great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Usually nice colleagues
    Nice perks like snacks, gym memberships, free breakfast
    Annual trip to France
    Big company, good image, looks good on resume

    Cons

    I can only second what a couple of people have already posted before me.

    1. Promotions have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with skills or expertise. You can be the best performer in your team, popular among your team members and clients, extremely motivated - all doesn’t matter. If the manager doesn’t want to promote you then it’s not going to happen. If they see you as a threat then you’re out. Rules for promotions formally exist but can be bent according to the manager’s wishes.
    2. Nationalism - There is one nationality which is preferred. Period. This is not limited to any specific department but a company-wide phenomenon and is well-known. This leads to extreme frustration and low morals among staff members.
    3. Managers are not held responsible for the performance of their team/market. This is probably the worst. I have seen managers repeatedly not hitting their targets. It was perfectly acceptable to having multiple team members being fired in the course of only one quarter instead of asking whether the manager was suitable for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Please take yearly performance reviews seriously.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Fun, for a while.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of benefits
    Nice office
    Company is making money (primarily from sucking up Google's leftovers)

    Cons

    No sense of direction
    Promotion has nothing to do with skill
    Management sucks

    Advice to Management

    It's not all about Paris


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