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Updated 15 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance - Unlimited PTO" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Fun, intelligent, great people surrounding you everyday" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management insists that this is a tech company first, but salaries do not reflect that in the tech departments" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Little to no chance of career advancement in certain departments" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Unique Tech and Data"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    -In such a crowded space of "me toos", they really do have clear differntiators.
    -Very smart people and SME's
    -Challenging work
    -Great benefits
    -Great work life balance

    Cons

    -Weak commission structure
    -Not very nimble or flexible
    -President sides with engineers and product over sales every time
    -SVPs are dinosaurs who are know-it-alls, but when it comes down to it they are far from that. Have had several clients ask me not to bring some of the SVPs to meetings.
    -Marketing is a joke

    Advice to Management

    -Reevaluate how to keep top talent
    -Make commission structure reflect the role and not just cookie cutter so its easy for you
    -Cut the fat of non-producers and duplication. They are way too accepting of mediocrity and just "wait it out" for people to leave on their own


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Flex time is a great perk

    Cons

    Pay is overall low in the industry

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

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

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    -Base and Bonus
    -PTO
    -Great team (at least the one I was on)

    Cons

    -Very Corporate
    -Hours
    -Management doesn't always listen to what it's employees have to say


  4. "Not a fan"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Some people genuinely care and will try to help you.

    Cons

    A lot of people have left and it's a bit of a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Try to come up with some new technology that's unique to the marketplace.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Associate Data Solutions Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Conversant full-time

    Pros

    Diversity. Smart young talent. Unlimited PTO. Catered breakfast on Fridays. Holiday parties. Engineering at scale.

    Cons

    Old school, conservative, management personalities still around. Cronyism is evident at the top of engineering. Agile project managers with little to no technical experience. High turnover rate. Culture can feel toxic at times, an "us versus them" divide between engineering and the business exists. Their PR is highly deceptive and claims they're an "interaction management company. "

    Advice to Management

    Some development groups are over managed, managers are afraid of embracing change. Hire managers with technical and subject matter expertise. Don't micro manage developers time.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Politics and Uncertainty"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is a ton of political drama that gets in the way of the work and collaboration. Engineering teams not getting along. Treating new members of the team with disrespect and loading crap work on them. Alot of uncertainty as the company is up for sale and fear of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing games. Stick up for your employees and stand up to the leaders.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great work environment with a few needed changes"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Delivery Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Media Delivery Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. Conversant does a great job of hiring competent people who, for the most part, are enjoyable to work with. All of the teams that I worked with were fantastic and the general sense that I got was most everyone enjoyed working with one another.
    The work/life balance is also great at Conversant, but at certain times of the year you can feel bored which is always something to consider. Conversant also takes care of the employees with what I consider to be a very fair benefits package that includes unlimited PTO! In addition to benefits they also have a summer and winter company party which are always high points in the year.

    Cons

    Conversant gives promotions and raises during what they call "cycles". The problem with this is it tends to breed a culture of incompetence where if you stay long enough you'll get promoted. This is not true in every case, but there are instances of it.
    The promotion cycles also leads to Conversant losing their best talent because when someone gets passed over for a promotion they know exactly how long they have to wait to be eligible again.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the promotion periods. You will continue to lose talent as long as your giving promotions and raises in cycles.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Get experience and Get out"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Delivery Manager in Westminster, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Media Delivery Manager in Westminster, CO (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, flexible schedule, good work/life balance, beautiful brand new office in CO

    Cons

    Low pay, no compensation/ overtime for working on weekends and holidays, takes a long time to get promoted, unequal pay between male vs female, poor senior leadership (SVP and above).

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your managers and employees. There's a huge disconnect between managers and and senior leadership - everything from pay and promotions to team orientation (specifically for those teams NOT located in Chicago).


  9. Helpful (21)

    "Antiquated tech, top heavy, embarrassing and sluggish organization"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Development
    Former Employee - Client Development
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conversant (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent hires at the associate level. You’ll work with some cool people. They won’t stay long and neither should you.

    Decent local coffee in cafeterias (but no cups because they’re cheap. This doesn’t have anything to do with the environment because senior leaders openly talk about not believing in climate change. Lol. Yeah.)

    Cons

    Company is downsizing because they have been unable to distinguish themselves from competition. The old Epsilon data story that Conversant spins doesn’t work anymore. All of the senior leaders are used car salesmen who have no understanding of technology at all. They seem to think that they have a “10 year head start on matching” and are therefore untouchable. Anyone who understands how a identity network works knows that this is plainly untrue. It took conversant 10 years because they have a comparatively small network. My prediction is that companies like Accenture and Facebook will continue to eat conversants lunch.

    The business is shrinking. I was there for several years and watched the client roster get smaller every year. Clients who stayed with conversant (with three exceptions) were shrinking or stagnating budgets. Business wise- it’s not healthy.

    Culturally, VP and up tend to be sexist, misogynistic and standard “old boys club.” Its hard for me to complain because I guess I was complicit but they way certain leaders in the CRM sales business would roll their eyes when female leaders were presenting made me sick. Conversant will pay women 70 cents on the dollar. Conversant will tell a woman who’s negotiating a salary that she’s being “too high maintenance.”

    This place is toxic culturally. The business is also in the toilet. Word on the street is that they’re about to be dismantled and sold for parts because ADS doesn’t want them anymore. Good luck.

    Advice to Management

    1. Retire - you refused to value technology and instead rely on old school agency used car sales tactics. Modern marketers don’t care.

    2. Remember that every time you make a sexist or homophobic comment, it hurts someone who’s a human like you or your kids.

    3. Get rid of senior directors who literally sleep at their desks and have lost the cognitive ability to write a coherent email. They’re clogging your proverbial (and perhaps literal) toilet.

    4. VPs- stop bragging about how you don’t believe in climate change... you’re embarrassing yourself and the company. Seriously. Cut it out.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Sr. Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very positive working environment and culture. Makes you do your best and work towards their slogan of "1% better every day".

    Cons

    Personnel hire/fire/exits are not communicated like they used to be from 2012 through 2016. Now one has to resort to the "grape-vine" sources.

    Advice to Management

    While there is formal top-down communication, encourage cross-team communication culture - to prevent teams from gravitating towards working in their own silos.