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QuinStreet Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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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)

  • There's been so many upper management changes due to the instability of the company and market place (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "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


  2. "Terrible Upper Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    The teams you work with makes QuinStreet a worthwhile work environment. I've met hard working, passionate people through QuinStreet.

    Cons

    With that said, people tend to gain experience and leave QuinStreet, or leave burned out because of the upper managements inability to cultivate teams. When targets are not met there are expectations of huge layoffs.

  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. Helpful (2)

    "B2B"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    dress code i guess

    Cons

    I f you have concerns dont tell HR as they will discuss it with Team leads who are their friends

    Advice to Management

    Uber and Lyft are both worth Millions if not more so i dont want a donut when i get a match.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks and decent coffee machines
    Friendly people
    Depending on what team you're on, you can WFH

    Cons

    Uncertain future
    Salaries lower than average industry salary
    Depending on your team, work-life balance can be horrible
    Some teams were more valued than others and it was obvious
    Overworked and undervalued
    Systems and tools tend to break down often

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees feel valued. Give more incentives to work hard and stay longer than a year.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nothing good about this company what-so-ever.

    Cons

    everything, you get trained in a classroom setting for a couple days and then you shadow a couple people that honestly have not been there very long, because in realty no one could stand being yelled at, cussed at, and basically treated like a child since the so-called customers, have no idea how to use the internet. medical benefits are terrible and not even worth the money they take out of your check.

    Advice to Management

    close your doors (shut down)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Vertical Marketing Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    Great team, awesome co-workers, strong middle management, great benefits

    Cons

    Senior level management is not too stable, political conflicts that you hear about in office

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place to build a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at QuinStreet full-time

    Pros

    There are still some good people left here if you meet the right ones. Depending on the role, you'll get exposure and experience working with data. Also, there's free bagels on wednesdays and pizza the last friday of every month.

    Cons

    There's been big layoffs, which doesn't make for a good work environment. A lot of the old timers, especially management seem more concerned with job preservation than company progress. Mistakes get covered up and blame is assigned to others. Not a productive environment when people spend more time defending themselves than finding real solutions. There is a high turnover rate as employees get frustrated by all this and keep leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Play less politics. Value employees that have worked hard for you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Disconnected Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Progressive and willing to take risks. Fun perks, but only at the headquarters.

    Cons

    Nepotism and a senior leadership team who never left the mothership made it difficult to convey field challenges and successes. Headquarter promotions trumped satellite working employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office and away from your desks. Spend more time meeting the distributed work teams and offices that contribute their talents to increase company performance metrics.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "QuinStreet offers an insecure job with a lack of benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A pizza here and there doesn’t make up for an insecure job, a lack of benefits, and a toxic work environment.

    Cons

    QuinStreet clearly demonstrates that it does not care about its employees. The company frequently has mass layoffs, usually about once per a year. In fact, a few months ago twenty-five percent of the employees in the main office were laid off, which means roughly 60 people lost their jobs. Instead of creating a new business strategy and repurposing the talent they have to better serve the company, QuinStreet simply lays tons of people off. Then they hire a bunch of new employees and stick to the same business plan, and when the company predictably doesn’t do any better, they turn around and lay everyone off again. It’s a vicious cycle. Aside from knowing your job is insecure, the constant layoffs cause an atmosphere of fear and panic in the office. There’s an unusually high amount of pressure from your manager to do well, since there is intense pressure from his manager to do well, and so on up the managerial chain. This is because they don’t want to have to lay you off, but also because they are scared for their own jobs. Ultimately it amounts to a sour and sometimes mean atmosphere in the office, which further harms productivity.

    Another way the company shows its lack of appreciation for its employees is by not offering a 401K match. I had a QuinStreet HR specialist actually say to me that it doesn’t make financial sense for the company to offer a 401K match. I don’t know how much more clearly she could have said that the company is only concerned about the company and not the well-being of their employees. I’ve worked for companies that really value their talent and provide special benefits for the sole purpose of benefiting their employees; these companies also make a special effort to use each employee’s skill set to the fullest to avoid the need for a layoff. QuinStreet is definitely not one of these companies.

    I see that QuinStreet is hiring again, and it’s only a matter of time until they let more people go. If you have any other options, I’d advise you not to work for QuinStreet.

    Advice to Management

    Start to actually value your employees, and make changes in the company accordingly.


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