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Cvent Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Pros
  • An employee-centric company that pays well and helps maintain a good work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • The senior management is very approachable and people listen (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough but Cvent doesn't try to mislead people about what the company values (in 52 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours, especially if you are in Sales (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Great place!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cvent full-time

    Pros

    The executive team seems to really know the industry.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to learn"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a highly competitive industry, which translates to tight deadlines to adding new features and products. You can learn a lot, have flexibility on what technology you want to work on. The product development team wants to keep pace with latest architecture and technologies.

    Cons

    Pay is decent, but not good. Same with benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Merit and focus seem to have shifted to extrovert employees. Introvert employees can make significant contributions too.

  3. "Great place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cvent full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork is great and fun

    Cons

    Need to be open to change


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Good for first job but that's it"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cvent (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment but that is it

    Cons

    Inexperienced leadership
    No long term goals for the company
    Lots of deception


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Fine to work for a while but company is not open to change"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, getting better every year

    Cons

    Management doesn't portray a concise view of goals


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Decent First Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    young environment - great first job out of college to get phone and cold calling experience. fun culture for a younger crowd- gets old after a while though so keep that in mind

    Cons

    quotas are unrealistic. you have to fight for a bonus/reasonable comp plan to hit your numbers. benefits are nothing to get excited about

    Advice to Management

    Help employees have a work life balance with reasonable hours


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere - Benefits - Life and Work Balance

    Cons

    Compensation - Improvement - and Work Load

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Just Fine"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good immigrant policy, good insurance policy and work load is not that high

    Cons

    Short PTO and sick leave, bad WFH policy. People here followed hierarchy too much.

    Advice to Management

    Increase PTO, thanks


  9. Helpful (34)

    "Cvent -- Not Even Once"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good only if homelessness is your only other option.

    Cons

    1) Software engineering sweat shop -- 45-hour minimum work but 50-60-hour weeks are not uncommon.

    2) Cvent is cheap. They often pay way below market rate for various positions. Benefits are so-so. If you work in a satellite office and they wish to fly you to HQ, they will not pay extra to fly you out Sunday night so be at the airport Monday morning by 5 am to catch your flight. They sometimes will make you share a hotel room to save money. If you give notice they will not pay out or let you take accrued PTO if carried over from last year. They provide lousy monitors, underpowered computers, and torture devices disguised as office chairs.

    3) A frighteningly incompetent middle management -- What type of employee would stay at a company that pays below market rate (see #1 and #2 ) and expects your first born? The type that can't find work anywhere else. This results in a number of truly useless individuals who've stayed at the company for years and rose to the ranks of middle management.

    4) Command and control structure bolstered by title inflation -- if you think you're going to come to Cvent and enjoy a collaborative environment where ideas and designs are chosen on their technical merit and you have the ability to make a difference -- think again! This is a place where if someone cannot justify their bad idea rank will be pulled. And there is a lot of rank -- titles and promotions are handed out like candy to those employees who are connected. Middle management types mentioned in #3 love this arrangement.

    5) Scrum used as a weapon -- this place obsessives over scrum points, burn-down charts, and KPIs. Delivered code comes second.

    6) Terrible code base drowning in technical debt -- as mentioned in at least one other Glassdoor review, Cvent's core codebase is laughably bad. I don't think anyone at the company has ever taken a software engineering course or read Code Complete. Cvent has dozens of Architects, Senior Architects, Senior Principle Architects (see #4) but apparently, they do very little architecting.

    7) Equally bad infrastructure -- in the fall of '16 a single hard drive failure took down the company's entire internal infrastructure. Approximately 1200 employees couldn't get any work done for 5 hours. I guess they've never heard of RAID or hot-swappable. Incidents like these make sense when you read the Forbes article with the Cvent CEO saying "Cheap is the new religion".

    8) Mandatory IQ/personality tests for existing employees -- this one speaks for itself. Employees who refused the test were told they'd be fired. Management claims the test was for establishing a baseline for future hires and would not affect existing employees. I'd like to believe this but why did they ask employees to sign their names on the test?

    9) Recently bought by Vista Equity -- do some googling and you'll find out what happens to companies that have been bought/gutted by Vista Equity. It's not pretty.

    10) In a nutshell this company has no culture, no work/life balance, very little integrity, and limited career opportunities unless you thrive in a Machiavellian environment.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think they care.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Executive"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, fun work environment

    Cons

    lack of process, payroll inconsistencies

    Advice to Management

    Work on thoroughly vetting all internal and externally facing strategies before rolling out to the masses. Put in place a commission committee to ensure employees are paid correctly and on time.


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