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Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Plenty of free food for lunch and dinner and snacks when you need them (in 24 reviews)

  • Smart people willing to help you tackle large problems (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Like a typical company that is growing, there are growing pains (in 11 reviews)

  • Another strong criticism is that there is no 401k matching at all (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Technology is unmatched in the space"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office perks. Young, energetic sales team with opportunities for growth. Compensation is competitive. Where Quantcast fits in the adtech space is highly differentiated from any other player. Data behind our approach is unmatched in the space which leads to a (relatively) easy sell.

    Cons

    Turbulent. As with any growing company, reorgs have been frequent & roles/responsibilities are constantly changing. Definitely not going to be a good fit if you are not ready for some bumps along the way. Take care of their employees well but frustrating to see compensation differences between external hires & internal promotions. While training on product knowledge is top notch, day to day functions of the role must be learned on the go.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly communicate change with a clearly defined road map for the upcoming changes down the pipeline. We need more light beer options at beer carts on Thursdays, it's not the weekend yet and I don't like IPA's.


  2. Helpful (21)

    "Industry is moving on without Quantcast, Complete culture shift"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Lots of camaraderie among local teams in different markets- also some amazing international teams
    2. DR modeling and performance product that actually works- very interesting technology
    3. Strong Product, Client Services, and Legal leadership
    4. Early days were absolutely amazing- company built an amazing culture and leadership team across the organization early which led to its quick growth about 3 years ago

    Cons

    1. Absolute worst sales leadership, specifically for major market field teams- No desire of senior sales leadership to actually UNDERSTAND the Quantcast product and no one hired in senior sales leadership has brought any valuable relationships or clients to the table that have moved the ball forward. Spend a lot of $$$ on client events for entertainment but don't move the needle, instead of investing that money back into talent at Quantcast.
    2. No strong marketing presence, message, or partnerships to support the sales teams- no brand recognition with enterprise agencies and clients; lots of confusion in the market about what "Quantcast Is"
    3. No iterations to platform for years and no product growth with the market- product has limited flexibility or customization opportunities, still based on publisher based pixel network (which arguably will be irrelevant in about 2 years)
    4. Lots of inappropriate behavior amongst sales org- many situations where there is bias and behavior against women, no strong female leadership, very much a "boys club"

    Advice to Management

    -Focus quickly on defining the Quantcast GTM strategy to harness any existing value in the market and then make moves; otherwise, the industry is evolving much more quickly and will leave Quantcast in the dust.
    -Cater more to larger agency relationships and focus on more flexibility in the product to create more opportunities for partnership
    -Read the negative Glassdoor reviews and listen to the voice of your employees, then make actual changes to improve. Don't respond with internal and external PR in the form of Glassdoor reviews-
    "A Real AI Powerhouse!" is clearly written by someone on the Quantcast marketing team who is out of touch with the reality of the situation.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "The Flawed Ex Whom You Love Dearly, Yet Can't Support Their Bad Habits"

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

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

    Pros

    The people. Quantcast knows how to hire. You will work among the smartest, kindest, and most knowledgeable in media. You will learn more than you thought possible. You will respect how they play by the rules and do the right thing. You will enjoy the bevy of snacks. You will be trained appropriately – which is a rarity. You will have a really nice, new office. You will revel in the honeymoon phase... but it does not last long.

    Cons

    - Many, many orgs within QC have no clear growth path.
    - Pay is insufficient for the work they give you, in my department and others (roles encompass what is 2-3 jobs elsewhere).
    - For my friends in sales, the classic AE role is basically an SDR with added pressure. Add in archaic KPIs and call metrics (literally – a portion of how you are paid is based on how many meetings you have – LOL) and its clear why all of the good sellers jump ship (which in turn makes other orgs' life miserable).
    - You will work hard here for years to be given the tiniest raise.
    - Your friends will leave because it has become a revolving door.
    - Veterans of the company will also leave - for lack of vision, because your new structure essentially demoted them, or because they don’t want to be around when the aroma of downfall is too strong to shake off. They will unfortunately leave a trail of mediocre middle managers behind in their place.
    - Finally, you will leave, because you realize that as great as Quantcast once was, it is just one of many of its kind, and clients truly do not understand nor care about the difference. Have you seen the Lumascape? Trying to find Quantcast on that thing is like playing a very boring Where's Waldo.

    Advice to Management

    Your solutions need to keep up with the times – self-service options, in-app targeting, transparency – maybe then you’ll have a real shot and establish longevity. Also, make pay and promotions commensurate to PERFORMANCE not favoritism/tenure. Like any Ex, I truly wish you the best of luck. But... for the record, it's not me, it's you.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Revolving Door, lack of communication and completely unaware"

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

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

    Pros

    -Worked with some really smart and cool people
    - Snacks were good
    - Opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Its completely mind boggling to me how QC has no self awareness. OR worse, they just do not care.

    Change is a constant. If you aren't changing (or growing) you are dead. Ad tech is ever evolving, changing, re-orging, etc. It's how you handle change that really matters and sets you apart as a true leader.

    QC is beyond terrible at communicating change management. Something that is extremely important for culture and the well being of employees. The lack of transparency is so disheartening. There is ZERO trust with the executive team. They are completely unapproachable and disconnected to the field. Truly Truly sad to see.

    This company is going downhill fast and I would run as soon as you get a better opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Be better. Care more about your employees. Speak up when something is wrong and just don't go silent when an uncomfortable situation arises. Be adults.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Improvements Needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like many bay area tech companies, you will receive awesome snacks, catered lunch/dinner, and endless amounts of sparkling flavored waters.

    HQ host many fun events that get different teams involved with each other and supports cross-team collaboration.

    CEO and ELT are fairly transparent with future goals and current internal problems.

    Konrad's passion is exciting at first but loses steam once you deal with middle management and poor ELT decisions.

    Training is always extremely valuable to keep on top of new trends in the industry.

    Cons

    Constant employee turnover and rarely see people stay longer than 1 - 1.5 years.

    During my time at Quantcast, I saw three reorgs that directly affected my role. This causes you to move laterally vs making steps to advance your career.

    Middle Management is laughable. They have no experience and are given no training to be successful in the role. If you are unlucky and have a manager who cares more about their personal agenda and advancement, you will soon be fired or blamed for any mistake that happens. Or they will just take credit for your work.

    Finger pointing and blaming others happens constantly and is not looked to be a negative for managers. Instead of working together on a common goal, you will find the excuse "that's not part of my responsibilities", and then play the blame game on teammates all day long. No one wants to take something on that they believe is beneath them or outside of their roles and responsibilities. It's utter laziness.

    Advice to Management

    Middle Management needs major training. You're creating a culture where everyone has the mentality "That is not my job or responsibility" so hot potato gets played until someone gets frustrated enough to just do the job or it just never gets done.
    Invest in the employees you have. The grass is always greener but historical knowledge within the org is invaluable and ensures new employees miss mistakes that were already made.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "A Real AI Powerhouse!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quantcast is the real deal when it comes to Artificial Intelligence! While the company has been under the radar, it has quietly built an amazing AI engine to help brands, agencies and publisher get a real-time pulse on the Internet. It's now measuring over 150 million web destinations and the company is just at the beginning of it's growth cycle. The upside here is phenomenal! With the hiring of new talent to help amplify the company and it's story, I'm excited that I joined so I can help impact and grow the company. So what about the company? Well, the CEO is wicked smart and one of the nicest people. The talent is amazing - everyone is super-smart, nice and people do enjoy spending time together. The food is amazing - especially in offices like SF, NY and London.

    Cons

    Like a typical company that is growing, there are growing pains...nothing out of the norm, just need leadership to lead and for teams to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the bigger picture, this is Quantcast's opportunity to lead in the AI-era!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great independent ad tech company with real tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong engineering culture. CEO is a visionary in the space and sets a high bar. The company is well-run and you will work on interesting problems, resulting in generally good people at the company overall.

    Cons

    Very competitive space and have yet to articulate products as "must buy."

  8. Helpful (7)

    "I Can't Recommend Working Here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -free lunch and good healthcare benefits
    -Konad's dedication and passion

    Cons

    -there are about 5+ other display advertising companies that have better and more sophisticated products for online prospecting and retargeting
    -executive leadership is all over the place and there is never a clear message of which direction the company is going in
    -there is some type of major organizational restructure or realignment every 6 months
    -overall, employees seem to be pretty pissed off about pay, middle management, and sales goals
    -extremely unprofessional behavior in middle management
    -a lot of teams bad mouth other departments and its quite obvious no one is working towards 1 common goal

    Advice to Management

    -hire some professional and competent people for middle management
    -HR should actually take some sort of action when managers are completely unprofessional
    -decide on a clear and cohesive direction for the company to focus on
    -cultivate a better culture of inclusion, excitement, and positivity


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of transparency & communication; poor management training"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quantcast full-time

    Pros

    The culture and people are great, fun events and awesome lunches/happy hours.

    Cons

    The company has been through so many changes in leadership the last few years and there is absolutely no transparency. Employees don't get promoted due to merit but rather how long they have been here / nepotism among managers.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers better. Communicate with your employees.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Toxic culture but some people like it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quantcast (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have free food and snacks

    Cons

    - Top and middle management are ineffective and opaque to employees; they just want to feel good about themselves

    - It's a wonder how they manage to get employees to trust in their vision. The company mission was not easy to visualize. Not many people seem to understand.

    - As an engineer, it is unlikely that you will learn hottest skillsets of the time. Quantcast does some machine learning but it is not the AI powerhouse as some reviewers call it. Nor is it the best company to learn distributed systems. They say "big data" but it's not that hot (or hard) anymore.

    - Because of the above, the breadth and depth of your skillset can vary depending on your team. Some people get in as very good engineers and leave as bad engineers. It's hard to translate the skills you use at Quantcast to those required by other companies, and even if you get lucky, it's even more difficult to be the most sought-after assets. If you want to do cool things, you must be at companies working on the hottest problems. If you want to build core skillsets, you must be at companies with a variety of learning opportunities. Quantcast is not the strongest in either one of those.

    - Work is all politics. Engineers (especially ML engineers) do nothing interesting due to bottlenecks from office politics and favoritism by managers

    - Some managers don't care about wellbeing of their subordinates. They want to feel powerful and that's why they stay. Some of them are new and are not trained well. Some of them don't have people skills. Some simply follow the books and don't know how to manage people. Good ones who care either become one of those bad ones, or leave early.

    - Programmatic advertising (imho) passed its peak and hence almost no upward potential for your career from company growth. So don't expect to grow as the company scales; if you imagine Airbnb, the chances are you are wrong.

    - Some products have rooms to improve and it's possible to do better. But no one wants to speak up because telling the truth will make people angry. The culture is set in such a way that any critical thinking on their product is not welcome. Flatter may not help the company, but it will help you.

    - On the same line as above, if you still want to join, you must pretend problems don't exist so that the management, 30000 feet above the ground, wouldn't notice it. If you care too much, you won't do well at Quantcast. If managers can't feel good about themselves because you question them, they will blame you for everything that is or is not an issue.

    - Every moment of post-mortem is a grilling session. For those who don't know what post-mortem is, it's a meeting in which people should go over any past issues (e.g. server failures). Some managers at Quantcast use it to blame engineers who work for other managers they don't get along with. Being good at blaming and embarrassing engineers is a must.

    - Fraternity culture. Heavy drinking, heavy hangout. If you enjoy it, this can be an advantage. But remember that give or take exceptions, post-work drinking somewhat relates to your "performance" - it happens in many places and Quantcast doesn't look like an exception. You have to get in the right group otherwise your life can be hard. Well, same is true for many other companies. Quantcast is one of them that doesn't address the problem correctly.

    - Favoritism is conspicuous. And it hurts. Won't get into much details here because it can feel serious. Just know that it can hurt your feelings and trigger you to leave. Enough said on this.

    - The performance review is scheduled so that your politics is rewarded at least as much as results. Regardless of how much results you deliver, you will not be promoted unless managers approve your "sphere of influence". Easy to write down but implemented differently at every company. Quantcast seems to use this principle very politically and consequently wrong people get promoted while good people leave.

    - The company celebrates meetings. More time is spent on meetings than doing work. There were a sizable number of people who start the conversation by "let's schedule a meeting", or "let's meet to prepare for the standup". There were meetings, and pre-meetings, and meetings for meetings. And of course, how often you schedule meetings is one way to measure your influence.

    - Meetings might look bad for engineers who need to focus, but since there's not much engineering to the product, selling (yes, selling) your product to non-engineers (e.g. ops, sales) takes higher priority. So if you like selling your product to people at your own company, this may not be that bad. Some people love it, and their perspectives should be respected as well.

    - Middle management doesn't want to address issues in their technology in fear of exposing themselves to blame. It is possible to wonder if the management would rather have engineers sit around than do something. This is probably due to lack of trust in their culture.

    - Couple of managers love to show off their power. These people have been at Quantcast for a very long time and contributed to building their culture. They can be really rude if they feel their authorities are challenged. If you can hurt your self-esteem by having your manager being extremely rude to you, make sure you get a good person to manage you. Some people (as in many other places in the world) go to work to simply "feel powerful".

    - They don't pay well. They can tell candidates to take a paycut to work at Quantcast because everyone is getting paid less for "amazing work". You can guess how wonderful the work environment would be at a company that doesn't want to "invest" in you. Do extensive cost-benefit analysis on whether the "awesome work" at Quantcast is worth your paycut.

    - Too many layers of management. Due to the intense office politics across the company and the kind of people it attracts, lots of engineers want to shift to management. The company promotes them to keep them, who are then coached by existing (toxic) managers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employees. You are too detached and you care less about your team than you think you do. Some people are good, but few are toxic. Many of these toxic people are powerful enough to form your culture. Many people join your company as new grads, learn very little, and leave with narrow world views after a few years at Quantcast. If you pay attention and offer them opportunities to experience more, they will grow more. Employees are not a disposable asset. Investing in your employees - at and beyond Quantcast - is better for you and the society in the long run. To keep good people, you should pay attention.


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