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Quantcast Software Engineer Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Plenty of free food for lunch and dinner and snacks when you need them (in 18 reviews)

  • Smart people willing to help you tackle large problems (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • At the current moment, there is also no 401k matching, gym benefit or commuter stipend (in 6 reviews)

  • A company growing as fast as Quantcast is bound to have some growing pains (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "On the cusp with the world's best advertising product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *real time data set encompassing entire internet population, impossible to replicate
    *just a matter of time until company starts sucking up tv spend
    *prospecting tech
    *new headquarters in SOMA
    *visionary CEO

    Cons

    *pay slightly below larger competitors
    *some complaints about reorg, but I feel like senior leadership is righting the ship

    Advice to Management

    Please be more aggressive on the PR front


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Growth, growth and growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very bright and intelligent people, high bar for hiring
    - Focus on employee growth. Managers are responsible for growing employees
    - Engineering focused. Engineers are always put first
    - Perks, free food, bar in the new office, happy hours, parties, etc.

    Cons

    - Onboarding is hard, the ad-tech era is full of acronyms and new terms, and Quantcast is also full of internal names and codenames, many of them deprecated but documents are still lying around so a new employee has a really hard time understanding wtf is going on
    - Employer branding: Quantcast's size and scale is unmatched, and the company is doing great, but it's only known to insider and not many people outside of Quantcast know about this.


  3. "There are worse places to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good smart people that are easy to work with within the team. Individual engineers can be great. People are chill

    Cons

    People are nice off the job. On the job culture between teams can be suffocating. There is a tendency to be bogged down by legacy tech

    Advice to Management

    Be nice


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  5. Helpful (15)

    "Major Hidden Organizational Issues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As many of the other reviews mention, lots of smart and capable people. Interesting problem space and intellectual approaches to solutions.

    Fun happy hours.

    Cons

    The engineering culture seemed reminiscent of the much debated culture of amazon, in which everyone down to the individual contributor level must take responsibility of development work, QA, hiring, product management, client support, requirement gathering, and prioritization of multiple projects. It felt like the engineers were stretched far too thin which in turn created not only bad products but large waves of attrition.

    Also, they seem to have difficulty with appropriate resource allocation, in that they assign people to projects that don't cater to their strengths or approve teams who insist on spending their work hours building and supporting crazy things outside the scope of adTech (think Atlassian products...). The lack of organization between product, client support, and engineering made it very hard to get anything done here. I hope they have since or will change their methods.

    Advice to Management

    In the silicon valley era of "rockstar engineers", try and play defense to your work force so that they can *focus*, improve, perform r&d, get excited about their work, and produce most efficiently. You are a TEAM of individuals with varied strengths and weaknesses (sales, client services, product, etc), so why does engineering need to be so intensely scattered in its requirements? Your engineers and therefore products, will be happier with less context switching than they will with better lunches...and so will you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software engineering intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Williamstown, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Williamstown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Quantcast (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful mix of cutting-edge technology, great people, great compensation. Small enough to be placed on important projects but large enough to be part of a sizable organization.

    Cons

    A company growing as fast as Quantcast is bound to have some growing pains. Many administrative decisions were made with a smaller group in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! I found the management and big-wigs exceptionally open and responsive to whatever needs I had. The projects I worked on were well thought out.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Company with great challenges, but poor execution"

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

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

    Pros

    * Interesting problems to solve
    * Lots of data to deal with
    * Really smart people

    Cons

    * Too many layers of management, territorial managers
    * Little room for growth
    * Too much emphasis on hiring people, but not caring about people who are already there
    * Incompetent people with loud voices get further
    * Little interest/apprecation for trying out new things

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people, they are your biggest asset


  8. "Excellent Internship Program"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Internship program is well-managed - a few fun off-sites and good community among co-workers. Work component was excellent. Interns are provided with both a leader/mentor who oversees the project and a sort of "buddy" who provides day-to-day help and camaraderie. Internship was an excellent learning experience, as my mentor put a lot of effort into giving me an achievable but challenging product with real impact - something I could be proud of. Also, free food.

    Cons

    Quantcast sports fairly decent facilities, but doesn't quite rival the absurdity (read: Odawalla smoothies - I'm looking at you, Google) of creature comforts that one might find at a big-name tech company. Overall, for a ~700-person company, I found the perks provided to be excellent.

    Advice to Management

    Management does an excellent job of overseeing intern projects, and ensuring that interns can finish the summer having produced something of genuine value which has provided them with a learning experience.


  9. "Amazing Summer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Quantcast as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Quantcast has wonderful and interesting problems that they interns to solve.
    The summer was incredibly engaging.
    People are extremely helpful.
    Management is very down-to-Earth and it doesn't feel like a hierarchy exists.

    Cons

    Onboarding feels excessive for an intern.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with some of the most brilliant people in the world. Get to work on some most exciting technologies that are not open to the rest of the world.

    Cons

    San Francisco office is in SOMA. Housing is ridiculously expensive around the office.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Great combination of nice workplace, hot industry and good upside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture encourages innovation through elaborate hackathons and recognition.
    Good SWE technical level.
    RTB is interesting and hot. Quantcast is positioned well with good ML and big data tech.
    Good amount of internal promotions to leadership positions.
    The environment is somewhat similar to Google, energetic and dynamic. A number of Quantcast employees came from Google, a number of former Quantcast employees are now at Google.

    Cons

    There is pressure and stress from strong competition in the Adtech space. RTB is a 24x7 business and the technology is fairly new and evolving quickly. It can get a bit intense.