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"great place if you're looking for a work life balance and like working among smart people"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Foster City, CA
Current Employee - Manager, Business Development in Foster City, CA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

People are very nice. You can achieve a work life balance. If you work hard you will be recognized. It's a "tech' company culture but large enough to have its formalities.

Cons

The work is not intellectually rigorous and most folks are essentially in sales. You're either managing clients, publishers, or campaigns which require good people and strategic thinking skills. Its hard to stay challenged and excited when life becomes mundane.

Advice to Management

Invest more in your employees. Be fair about comp structure. Many people are underpaid and are not looking for a better brand of cereal in the kitchen area.

Other Employee Reviews for QuinStreet

  1. "Good place for smart people thriving on challenges"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Tons of opportunity to take initiative and to switch roles/departments/teams.
    - Many things are tried. Once it becomes apparent what works, resources are quickly aligned accordingly. This seems a very efficient way to behave in an environment as dynamic as internet marketing.
    - Senior management clearly is working on building a large and world class company that will last. The IPO was merely a milestone along the way. Internal policies and priorities are set accordingly.
    - The up or out policy clears out non-performers.
    - Great employee training programs and off sites.

    Cons

    - Pressure is always on, but... ...that is life in Silicon Valley with a company going places.
    - CEO is ex Navy and has a saying "loose lips sink ships". The benefit is that QuinStreet keeps its leadership position. There are some downsides: Employees lower down don't always know the latest thinking and sometimes can feel left out. Rumors (both positive and negative) occasionally start which management isn't always aware of and/or doesn't address. This can be tiresome.
    - Company doesn't always seem to be the smartest at deciding which projects to start/back. Senior leadership rather than the market or more knowledgeable people lower down seem to drive the projects candidates. Too often projects need to have near term revenue/profit capability. From time to time this seems to result in suboptimal long term resource allocation. Some projects cannot easily be justified with a spreadsheet. A gutfeel and monitoring of industry/technology trends should be enough. For projects originating from senior management that seems to be OK, for projects coming from the ranks, less so. That is a shame. Having said this, luckily management makes no bones about taking corrective actions quickly. Having a profitable company also gives scope for making some mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    In a company with lots of strong people and characters, softer spoken words of wisdom can be drowned out. Take care to seek out and listen to those people. Otherwise: Keep at it!


  2. "Have been here over five years and plan to stay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Editorial in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Editorial in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm surrounded by amazing and scary-smart people. I feel privileged to work in this group. The things that our department and others come up with are original, high-quality and inspiring. At QuinStreet, you work very hard to prove yourself, and everyone I know who has worked here has had little trouble finding jobs when their lives take them elsewhere. It's a company where women, minorities, lgbt folks, etc., don't get crushed by an old boy's club. After nearly 30 years in the workplace, I discovered what it's like to work for someone you like as well as respect. I know how this sounds, and I'm not with HR. My opinion is formed by years in the corporate world and knowledge of just how bad many companies are. When you find a good one, you appreciate it.

    Cons

    It's not all roses and puppies. You do work very hard, and the younger and newer people do get a heavier burden. But if you stick it out, you are rewarded. It can be uncomfortable -- QS has a policy of dropping the lowest 10% of employees when things get tight, so yes it can be unsettling if you're on the"bubble." On the other hand, QuinStreet experience makes you highly marketable. Communication could be improved. things change a lot and you don't always find out about changes until you make a mistake. So you're trained to have very high expectations but not always given everything you need to meet them. And the self-reviews at fiscal year-end are awful to do.

    Advice to Management

    It would be awesome to have feedback that is somewhat automated and reliable. For example, when someone says something good about your work, you could with a click send that for inclusion in a file about yourself. When it's time for performance reviews, you and your boss would have access to the good stuff that you did during the year. And everyone HATES the way performance reviews are done right now. I have resorted to copying over the previous years and then tweaking it a bit; otherwise that's hours and hours away from your "real" job.

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