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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. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great mid-size adtech company

      May 12, 2020 - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      proprietary offering with a product that actually works working alongside brilliant people collaborative environment

      Cons

      heavy middle management lack of streamlined communication across markets

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Decent

      Mar 28, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pretty good benefits, lunch/dinner/snacks, standard insurance, no 401k.

      Cons

      Engineers are company favorites, they often get special events and perks that are not included for other employees. Management training is pretty much exclusive to VP and above, much of middle management is lacking. Adtech industry in general on a pretty big decline. Company rarely promotes internally, and raises are often just barely keeping up with inflation.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Improvements Needed

      Nov 21, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      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.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      I Can't Recommend Working Here

      Oct 20, 2017 - Sales in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      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

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      9 people found this review helpful
    6. 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
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great People Awful Management, and Terrible Vision

      Apr 12, 2017 - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      You're gonna learnnnnnn Free Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Free IPO Stock Options ( But not sure that's a pro at this point) Very smart people who are willing to help and share their knowledge.

      Cons

      The best analogy I can think of when I look back at Quantcast is the Titanic. A company/boat that was built on the foundation of being the best ever and an incredible experience. That all was true and was an amazing culture and company until the Titanic/Quantcast hit an iceberg in 2016. Since then the company has gone completely downhill with awful managers/captains that have no way of navigating the ship and will literally throw their employees overboard to survive and save their own face. This is the sad truth of what has become of a once amazing place to work. The problem doesn't even start with upper management, it ends there, but the real problem is middle management that have created an extremely unpleasant work environment and an extremely toxic overall culture. This is not a place I would recommend to any of my friends to work anymore

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      31 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Struggling to scale

      Apr 7, 2017 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Smart coworkers - Good work life balance - Lots of opportunities to grow

      Cons

      - Deteriorating quality of middle management - You will have a hard time getting work done and will likely end up spending a lot of time navigating the bureaucracy and writing endless documents for management to review

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      7 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not the worst place to work, but huge organizational problems

      Mar 17, 2017 -  
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Day to day can be great; organizational structure is severely lacking

      Apr 18, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Free lunch and dinner - we just got a healthier caterer, so the food's now even higher-quality than it was before. Teammates - depending on which team you're on, you can spend your entire day working with brilliant, friendly people. The product - people at Quantcast joke that we all drank the Kool-Aid when we started, but we really do have an excellent product, and people at QC are genuinely excited about maintaining the quality of what we sell. Collaboration - QC has very little in the way of office politics. There will always be some, but the vast majority of people here have no interest in manipulating or stabbing you in the back in order to get ahead. We're all working towards the same goal, and most people you interact with will be highly supportive of you.

      Cons

      The re-org - it's been mentioned in other reviews, but there was recently a re-org of the entire sales/client operations side of the business, and it's gone terribly. There's a lot of bitterness and a lot of attrition, particularly from top performers. Attrition - in general, people stay at Quantcast an average of about two years, which means that we tend to cycle behaviors every two years as well, since nobody is around to remind us that we already tried something and either failed/didn't like it. Middle management - having a good manager can make or break your career at Quantcast. If you have a good manager, they will look out for your career growth, advocate for you, and help you find your passions. If you have a bad manager, you will have no idea how you're doing until you hit annual review, at which point it will be too late for you to make any changes that can affect your chances of a promotion or raise. Money - we're underpaid. The fact that we have catered food helps soften it, though. Workload - we're trying to scale while keeping headcount low, which means that everybody is stretched thin while we figure out how to become more efficient. This will probably last a while.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    11. 3.0
      Current Employee

      People are GREAT! Executive Management is Meh

      Nov 23, 2014 -  
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Almost everyone who works here is smart, friendly and fun! I can actually say I love my co-workers.

      Cons

      Upper management and middle management seems all over the place. Some of them are strategic and some of them totally suck and should have been fired months ago.

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      4 people found this review helpful
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