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QuinStreet Foster City Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Foster City, CA

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Pros
  • Company provides great work life balance and opportunities to those who are willing to invest sincere efforts (in 23 reviews)

  • You're going to work with smart people who are really trying to do the right thing (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Training is not thorough, management is corrupt, high turnover rate (in 9 reviews)

  • Poor senior management which always rotates (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free cereal, bagels, fruit, snacks, great coworkers, free coffee, milk, plenty of places to eat in the plaza. There is also a Safeway so you can shop before you go home

    Cons

    Not to many cons except for no raises and a pretty bad bonus. Wish they had a work form home policy that was 3 or 4 times a month


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Shady Immigration practices and deny engineering jobs to US citizens"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    There are some really good talented folks.

    Cons

    - They are abusing EB1 green cards. They manipulate the books to show ordinary employees to be international managers, individuals with just 1 or 2 reporting line with no other authority are being sponsored EB1 green cards.

    - B1 Visa is being abused as well, individuals are being transferred from India/Pune office on B1 Visa for actual work. (B1 Visas are supposed to be used only for training purpose only).
    - US citizen (Non Indian) employees will eventually be laid off and replaced with identical(or inferior) skills from India on L1 Visa.

    Source: I was one of the manager who was forced to do a B1 and the individual was here working instead of training. Had to put together a fake schedule for visa approval.

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing the Visas and hire more americans or atleast folks who can speak english

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Resume Builder. Not much else."

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of people that have worked here have used this as a way to gain experience to move on to better positions at other companies. If it's your first job out of college, it isn't terrible. Most people leave after a year anyway.

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant, especially from the senior management. If you work harder and accomplish more than the rest of your team combined, you'll be treated as if you don't exist. Compensation is terrible, they will low-ball the crap out of you. They just cut cash bonuses this year, right after the president cashed out 6,000 shares of stock for $23,000.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly. Rewards and recognition are based on favoritism here and nothing else. Performance is irrelevant.... Change that.


  4. "Great place to learn, but outdated practices and lacking in direction and security"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Foster City, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - lot of opportunities to build different skill sets
    - bagels on Tuesdays, break room always has snacks/drinks
    - clean, casual work environment with friendly/smart coworkers

    Cons

    - lack of transparency between upper management and lower management; leads to job insecurity and confusion about the direction of projects
    - outdated software and inefficient practices slow down the pipeline and make improvements/changes difficult
    - pay is below industry average

    Advice to Management

    Please be transparent with your employees who give you their trust and hard work. Modernize/streamline pipeline and overhaul proprietary websites to keep up with competitors.


  5. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits and friendly people,

    Cons

    Always increasing productivity demands on shrinking budgets; high churn rate


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A decent stepping stone into digital marketing(and not much else)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly talented people (on media teams), tons of opportunities for growth and professional development (if you assert yourself), good benefits and generous vacation time for veteran employees

    If you work at QS you have to be very mercenary about it. Chances are if you're new to the industry you will not be paid well initially, but view your whole QS tenure as a paid internship to build up the skills training and, more importantly, X years' experience in the industry to move on to something more lucrative. You have to be assertive and nag nag nag your way into extra trainings and access to platforms, though, or else you will get pigeonholed in your lane and become grist for the next round of layoffs. Additionally, it helps if you have an inside contact to steer you towards the right vertical, as salary bumps and promotions are tied highly to team revenue performance and certain verticals are in an apocalyptic death spiral.

    Cons

    Blatant almost comical favoritism between management and certain employees; painfully process oriented on highly informal if not outright broken processes (no waterfall charts, no Scrum, nothing); high turnover and consequent loss of huge data silos/institutional memory; little communication between account managers and media teams; most of the business is built around a business model that is being weened out of existence; mediocre pay and HR/recruiters who WILL lowball the young and naive

    Advice to Management

    If you don't like being known as a training ground for grads to get compensated training in direct marketing skills, not having org charts is not going to solve it. Create an environment where people will want to stick around(better base pay, more defined processes, less horrific clients) and a business model that actually adapts to the modern world.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Mass layoffs make it harder on everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    There are some genuinely smart and helpful people at the company. HR tries to make a more fun company culture.

    Cons

    The company is constantly doing layoffs due to poor performance, which leaves the entire company future questionable. In addition to obviously making it difficult for those who are laid off, the layoffs also decrease morale and leave the remaining employees scrambling to get the same amount of work done with less manpower. There is no transparency among upper management, and it's clear that the company, at least as a whole, does not value the employees as much as stockholders.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Work/home balance highly variable by department. Company is overly fond of mass layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    View employees as people and not just assets to be cut in downturns.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Cautiously optimistic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You're going to work with great clients with big brand names. You're going to work with smart people who are really trying to do the right thing.

    Cons

    It's hard to get things accomplished, and there's a significant lack of senior leadership. This is evident by the stock price and the constant changes in priorities. This leads to confusion and fiefdoms that lead to an atmosphere that, at times, is driven more by politics than trying to do the right thing for the business and/or the customers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good balance, bad salary"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Flexibility options are also good.

    Cons

    Compensation is not very good. Yearly lay offs.


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