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Updated July 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Very flexible with work life balance" (in 24 reviews)

  • "QuinStreet is an excellent place to start your career and grow through various phases of development" (in 10 reviews)

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

  • "There's been so many upper management changes due to the instability of the company and market place" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Smart people and great results for clients"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people really do make all the difference. Smart, determined, truly care about clients and media partners. It's cool to work with so many big brands, Fortune 500 types, and to be able to deliver such great results for them. So many people at QuinStreet work so hard to make it all happen. CEO and executive team push hard but also offer a lot of support and are always asking "what do you need to be successful?" It's a culture where people care for each other including senior management for less-tenured employees; everything is ethical and above board; and where performance is key - for clients and for career progression. You're likely to become an expert in digital marketing as a QuinStreet employee because of the depth of the company's digital media footprint and the depth of its performance marketplace technology.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to see the big picture of what's happening at the company because there are several verticals where most employees are focused in an in-depth kind of way.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain wfocus on performance for clients. It's helped us (and them) be successful this far and that won't change in the future.


  2. "Good place to start career and gain experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start career and get some training and experience. Easy to advance from associate to manager in 1-2 years, and then senior manger in another 2 years (even if you are not managing anyone or gaining more responsibilities). Everyone is very friendly, and mostly smart and good at what they do. Very relaxed culture, hours are flexible and unlimited PTO. Also nice to have half cubicles and nobody has an office, so very open for collaboration and easy to interact with higher ups.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low, raises and bonuses each year is barely anything due to "budgets". There was a big layoff and restructuring back in 2016 and since then there has been a lot of people leaving (low morale and people were overwhelmed with suddenly taking on 1.5-2 peoples roles ).

    Note for the summer internship program: you don't get any say in the team that you end up on after the training, and at the end of the internship there is a possibility they can't give you a full time offer due to that team not having enough budget. They may offer you a role in another team.

  3. "Straightforward Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at QuinStreet part-time

    Pros

    Management is more than willing to help you.

    Cons

    Work in one department becomes boring.


  4. "Adecco ruined everything"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    Dress code! And you can do whatever you want it’s a fun Envoirnment.. just unfulfilling

    Cons

    When Adecco took over everyone was getting fired and they sucked the fun out of everything

    Advice to Management

    Go away and bring back Randstad


  5. "Great potential, inconsistent management & transparency"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collective expertise across multiple fields, great culture, and interesting challenges which arise as part of the advertising/marketing industry.

    Cons

    Compensation is limited, and workload often results in long hours. Limited communication/transparency from senior management, with unorganized and vague execution to business model.

    Training is limited and the current training programs aren't sufficient to establish expertise - limiting employees to seek training during their free time, outside of the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example and invest in your employees, in order to improve visibility to your operations and future-proof your current business model.


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    "A place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    QuinStreet is an excellent place to start your career and grow through various phases of development. I have been given various opportunities throughout my career here to branch out into new areas both on the technology and P&L side. Opportunities to own and lead initiatives are fruitful. The Company's willingness to test new initiatives and explore your ideas is refreshing.

    Cons

    Often times prioritization of resources and opportunities becomes difficult given the vertical orientation of the company. It would be great to have a more holistic approach to this and more visibility into the pipeline of opportunity across the company. More collaboration on new ideas across verticals would also be awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to feed us more information around strategy, wins, and challenges. Often times we hear about everything after the fact. Given our momentum--there is much we can accelerate if we share more sooner.


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    "Worked at QuinStreet for almost 10 years and it was hard but great"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    QuinStreet is a challenging and interesting place to work. The company has a very performance-oriented culture which works great if you are ambitious, open to constructive feedback and hard working. As a company whose main product/service is digital marketing it is one of the best places to become an expert in customer acquisition, the various digital marketing channels and how big advertisers think about their digital marketing budgets. You will learn a ton and it will give you a pretty broad view of how the internet ecosystem works.

    QuinStreet also has a promote-from-within culture and rewards folks for working hard and contributing. There are good opportunities for advancement over time, and people feel valued so they stay (often 5+ years).

    The company navigated a big transition in its business (shift away from Education to Insurance/Financial Services) over the last 6-7 years which was hard to do and led to low morale at some points. To the credit of a lot of dedicated and hardworking people there, the business remained fairly stable throughout that process and has exited that transition and is now growing quickly. I would work there again.

    Cons

    The flipside of the performance-oriented culture is that your professional development and success at the company is evaluated based on the impact you are making. This can mean you won't get a lot of recognition for working hard on something that doesn't drive impact, and that if you are in a junior role it may be hard to make a big impact in your first year or two. You have to be open to feedback and enjoy solving hard problems to do well there.

    As a company in Silicon Valley where startups are continually raising tons of money from VCs and trying to dazzle with their innovative ideas, QuinStreet can feel a little stodgy. QuinStreet has historically been fairly quiet as a company, and has done virtually no PR or brand-building - which makes it a bit hard to understand from the outside. People who have been working in the digital advertising industry for a while will know QuinStreet, but it may not get much name-brand recognition outside of that.

    Advice to Management

    The company was one of the early innovators of digital marketing and could do more to strengthen its brand and position as a thought leader in the digital advertising ecosystem.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Works for me!"

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

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible with work life balance. Open environment. Solid and reliable employees that are smart, proactive and fun to work with. Hard work and execution of projects are recognized and rewarded. Very relaxed working environment.

    Cons

    It's not FB or Apple, but I don't think I'd fit in there anyways!


  9. "Great company great people great growth"

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

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    Very fun culture. The office admin department set up fun activities like Easter egg hunt and movie screenings at lunch. The people who work here are very supportive and more than willing to help. The company provides you with ample opportunities for growth such as being crossed trained in different departments.

    Cons

    I have no major concerns


  10. "Lots of opportunity for the taking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QuinStreet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to grow in responsibilities and roles. Gained valuable experience in online media, product and advertising (all of which helped me move internally and are in-demand externally). If you're driven and capable, you can create plenty of opportunities for yourself.

    Cons

    Being a public company can be hard at times , especially during those years when we were transitioning from verticals experiencing macro and regulatory pressures. Those businesses have now stabilized and we've also seen acceleration from other verticals to offset.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share and celebrate your successes. Develop and invest in your next round of leaders. They're the life blood of the company. Keep that momentum going.


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