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Updated Dec 6, 2019

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  1. "unknown"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager 

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    great, fun group of people to spend a work day with

    Cons

    direction from upper management is unclear when discussing future career paths trying to do more with less

    Conversant2019-12-06
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Do we even know how to get there?"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable, public company that a lot of people hide in for how easy and little the work is.

    Cons

    Too heavy at every executive and VP level. No information passed down from upper management. Silos everywhere causing duplicate work to be wasted. No internal promotions or opportunities to transfer teams. No training or onboarding. Manager doesn’t even do performance reviews or one-on-ones. You just get emailed a 5 word summary of how you did lol. Technology is out of date and over reliance on tech written by engineers now in management even if it’s crappy code.

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    Advice to Management

    Split the company up!

    Conversant2018-10-12
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place To Start A Career"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great work life balance - Unlimited PTO - Culture is great. Conversant is filled with intelligent, hardworking people - Managers really care about your development as an employee, depending on who you are reporting to - Competitive 401k matching

    Cons

    - Upper management insists that this is a tech company first, but salaries do not reflect that in the tech departments - Your experience here depends heavily on what manager you report to

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I could give is to limit losing talent. Brainstorm ways to keep people around.

    Conversant2018-01-04
  4. "Decent Entry Level Start"

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conversant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unlimited Vacation. Working from home options. Relaxed working environment.

    Cons

    Upper management is very political. Only care about the employees that directly benefit their pockets.

    Conversant2017-11-09
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Proceed with extreme caution..."

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

    I worked at Conversant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Only a few kind, genuine and hard working individuals. Oh and maybe the stale bagels on Fridays and the free tap water?

    Cons

    As per the other reviewer's spot on contribution; Insecure Management derives gratification and control from bullying and intimidation. Can get extremely toxic and hostile at times from the power trips. Be very cautious with whom or which team you are assigned to and don't think they or especially HR are your friends. Be prepared to be deceived and in competition with everyone on your team as opposed to working collaboratively towards the same goal. Some teams have it better than others as you can easily spot the ones who are miserable and ready to jump ship. Only a handful of management are professional, personable, and knowledgable mentors so, YMMV! There is no opportunity for growth. Detached and clickey upper management, private organization attitude with somewhat a high school type gossip, bullying and impersonable environment. No work life balance whatsoever. Wishful thinking on promotions or career advancements.

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    Advice to Management

    Has the potential to be a good local company only if your in the right department and have a sane manager. Some managers have been there for over a decade with no advancement. Whom in turn will make ur life and position Miserable! I would pass or proceed with extreme caution. Company's social culture tries to be active and overall is ok to work with. Have a new departmental leadership shift for keeping a low turnover rate and retaining talented and dedicated individuals. Tips for the Exec's --- you can't walk on water! Check that ego!

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    Conversant2017-06-17
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Rotation Program"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Apprentice in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Conversant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly and intelligent coworkers, you get an opportunity to experience various roles within one rotation program

    Cons

    Clear hierarchy within the company - sometimes can be intimidating to approach upper management

    Conversant2017-03-17
  7. Helpful (20)

    "Meaningless work, Poor leadership"

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    Art Direction in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conversant for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Competitive benefits: health, 401k matching, recreation room (that you will probably never use, and if you do use it, your managers will just give you a bad review) free tea and coffee in the office - Clean workplace, kind receptionist, tasteful decor, - Looks good on a resume, they give you a lot of responsibilities that you can easily BS as more important than they actually are

    Cons

    - You may get assigned some meaningless responsibilities that don't generate company growth and get in the way of very important client work. If you fail to complete said meaningless responsibilities, your managers will not be happy despite the fact that they are tasks that the company can 100% survive without - IRONY: there is a horrendous lack of creativity in the creative department - Upper management does not listen to their employees, they pick their favorites and require you to take on more work than you actually can handle. - Mangers do not know how to logically divide the labor, so what happens is you have some people struggling, getting to the office at 7am to avoid going past deadlines while others are leisurely chatting going from desk to desk - Cliquey, difficult to make friends if you're the quiet/focused type of worker - DO NOT invest in their stock options... it has tanked since 2015

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    Advice to Management

    Recognize and promote the talent you have already before you publish an ad on the web seeking new employees. Stop discriminating against employees that are not outgoing go-getters. There is nothing wrong with a hard, focused worker who doesn't mingle with everyone. I was working here for a long time and had to witness some wonderful talented people leave out of pure frustration with management.

    Conversant2017-02-17
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Keeps on growing..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Company continues to grow despite of recent leaner years in terms of online media. CNVR now have a unified focus as opposed to being disparate collection of technology platforms. The technology stack together offers unparalleled user identification across multiple devices.

    Cons

    Somewhat detached upper management. Pay scale a bit below industry standards. Slow in delivering items on road-map.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing. Improve communications to employees. Improve pay scale and benefits. Deliver promised road-map items.

    Conversant2016-03-02
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Good Stepping Stone for Resume When Your Young and Learning"

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

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    As the review title alludes to, this company is a great company to learn for 1-2 years to build up y our resume. Once you've ramped up on the industry and your profession, it's a great time to leave as there are plenty other companies who offer the same value prop (most likely better product) and will compensate you at a much higher amount- base and commission.

    Cons

    The product is very inferior to other tech companies. Conversant is far from innovative and usually 'late to the game' when it comes to what is hot in the ad tech space. Their biggest challenge is the upper management set in their ways and not willing to work together on strategic initiatives if there is no benefit to them personally. They also have the mentality that they're the jack of all trades when in reality they need to work on all aspects of their product offerings.

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    Conversant2016-02-24
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Too Big for Their Own Good"

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     in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant

    Pros

    Smart people, decent benefits, casual environment. Overall not a terrible place to work.

    Cons

    Upper management + C-Level need to get out of the day to day decisions. In the Ad Tech field there are decisions that need to be made quickly to change with the environment. Clients don't appreciate waiting weeks in order to get upper level approval to add certain parameters to their campaigns. Hire from outside rather than promoting from within.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people you hire do their jobs, trust them. Otherwise, why did you hire them to begin with? People also appreciate being paid what they are worth.

    Conversant2015-10-23
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