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Quantcast CEO and Founder Konrad Feldman
Konrad Feldman
274 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smart people and ambitious KPI,(in 35 reviews)

  • "The usual tech company pros - Free Food, Health Insurance etc(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "lack of 401k matching, the company offers stock options but that's not liquid nor guaranteed money (though we all hope it is worth something, someday)(in 17 reviews)

  • "This is not something I blame on the middle management directing our business but instead goes right to the top of management(in 15 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Contractor, less than 1 year

      Culture

      Jun 19, 2020 - Technical Account Specialist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Colleagues are super super helpful in terms of helping each other out with work. Pre-Covid 19, free lunch at the work place was delicious(free food is always delicious) CEO is a nice and an awesome dude as well! The first week of work, it was about only 11 of us new employees and we were having an onboarding meeting. I guess he comes in whenever there are any new employees and takes like 2 hours answering any questions or concerns, that was just something I thought was great for a CEO to do.

      Cons

      Been there for about a year, I have not experienced any cons worth mentioning.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Just alright, wouldn't stay here long-term

      Sep 17, 2020 - Tech Ops 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Usual perks like free food in the office, work-life balance was good. There are some smart people working here. People in general are helpful and collaborative.

      Cons

      Saw a couple rounds of layoffs when I was here. Company's business strategy didn't know how to stay ahead of competition. Didn't make sense that the company let go of some people who actually knew what they were doing, but kept some inept people.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Short Term Job

      May 10, 2020 - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people in certain aspects of the company - free food. Two stars for culture only because the reps I've met here are amazing.

      Cons

      Quantcast has been on a continual decline as other competitors continue to innovate (validated through Google trends). Their business model is extremely behind the times, price gouging clients for a “managed service”, and selling customers unnecessary packages stating that prospecting will find “net-new clients.” Outside of them being a revolving door for top tier sales talent, validated through the average tenure of account executives on LinkedIn, they continuously raise quota expectations quarter over quarter. Do you like working harder for the same amount (or less) money quarter over quarter? If so, this is the job for you. Additionally, their sales process is screwed. Since the industry is in consolidation, the majority of accounts that are of value are in either in existing AE’s names or have an approved agency of record that you as a new AE can’t touch. This significantly hinders your ability to create “net-new” conversations, that by the way factor into your quota. Also, if you're struggling to schedule pitches you’ll have your back seat “sales” managers waffle between two levers. Do more outbound (total volume), or be more tailored in your outreach. If overall outreach numbers decrease, which they track and hound through SFDC, they’ll inquire why. If you’re doing a bunch of activity, but not setting meetings, the inverse will apply, and they’ll scold you for lack of tailored outreach – overall a lose-lose. There are only a few managers I’ve seen that care for their employees and don’t “back-seat” sell are and the internal director only cares about topline revenue, not solid sales practices (never run an incrementality test here), misleading AE’s on promotions, and burning bridges with past long term employees. All in all – take this job for an external promotion from an SMB rep or SDR, and for the first quarter’s guaranteed quota. Negotiate your salary, they pay 75-85k, don’t offer 401k match and offer diluted useless equity for a company that will never IPO. Look to leave after a year, year and a half - at that point they will have hiked your quota so high anyway, that you’ll be making less money than you were when you started.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great company!

      Jan 30, 2019 - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free food and drinks! Tight knit community and very talented people.

      Cons

      Low base salary for Bay Area

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      ancient products, endless reorgs, disregard for morale

      Jun 4, 2018 - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Some of the best and brightest in tech still work here - Free food - Access to coveted first party data - Comfortable offices - Latest leadership hires have heads on straight

      Cons

      - Sales people incentivized to sell through unworkable accounts leading to beginning nearly every new client relationship deep in the red -Very poor product commercialization - new products unsellable, unsupported and/or dysfunctional - Product leadership allowed to stay on and let business offerings stagnate for last two years of tenure, customer teams ultimately blamed for stagnating/churning accounts - Customer teams embroiled daily in nitty-gritty troubleshooting tasks - Much-needed positions not backfilled for an entire year, leaving many ICs to shoulder the burden of 2x their original workload with zero promotions/comp increases - The forthcoming reprieve in all the above that management tries to sell customer team ICs on is much, much too far in the future for anyone who has lived through the irrational upheaval of the past year to either care about or believe

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      17 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Used to be a great place to work

      Mar 2, 2018 - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great, really fun people (but high, high turnover--especially as of late) - Free food! - Awesome work/life balance

      Cons

      - High turnover of senior management -- we've had several new executives over the past year, and then they've been let go. Does NOT seem stable, and the culture follows that. - Poor, poor career opportunities. Although the HR team has been trying to establish better review cycles, pay is severely under market, and they do a really poor job of promoting (and giving raises) to people who are high performers. I.e. even if you are at the top tier of performers, you will NOT get promoted OR get a raise. As a result, many of these high performers end up leaving. - Company goals are constantly getting reworked. There is also no transparency into who is actually deciding what direction the company is going in. Projects that you'll start working on in the beginning of the year will get completely halted, and you'll have to pivot. This happens about 4-5x a year (and that's being generous). It's extremely difficult to get anything of value done, and even if you complete a project, it's reworked a month later. A complete inefficient use of everyone's time.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Toxic culture but some people like it

      Nov 1, 2017 - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      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.

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      19 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not the worst place to work, but huge organizational problems

      Mar 17, 2017 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Free food - Flexible work environment - Interesting product - Very nice coworkers - More structured than your average startup (in terms of formal reviews, HR, etc.) - Highly aspirational (wants to become the next Google or Facebook)

      Cons

      - Quantcast is going through major growing pains, including multiple reorgs that have caused instability in the customer facing orgs driven by new sales leadership, who all come to Quantcast because they know someone. They, in turn, bring their friends to fill senior roles without having much context in the industry. - Products are constantly being released without being tested, causing tension between sales and product/engineering. - Everyone is more than willing to point the finger at another team when something is wrong, instead of working together to fix it. - Mediocrity is rewarded, especially for folks who are highly political. Middle management is really young, and many managers have no interest in learning the products or in learning to manage. It's easy to get away with doing the bare minimum. - Despite all of Quantcast's boasting about being the next Facebook or Google, our benefits don't even include 401k matching.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Growth, growth and growth

      Feb 11, 2017 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      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.

      2 people found this review helpful
    11. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Customer Success Review

      Feb 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free Food, Decent Pay, Fun crowd for those in their 20's

      Cons

      The company has invested too much in using 3rd party software instead of developing its own internal tools. My boss asked for feedback regarding how to make processes more efficient, but when I provided it my boss felt I was complaining. There is too much responsibility on the Customer Success Division since the reorganization. The Account Executive and Account Manager will not do their jobs or give you misinformation, but the Customer Success Specialist is blamed for their mistakes. Your job requires dealing with all day fire drills.

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