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Updated 12 Dec 2019

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3.4
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Criteo CEO Megan Clarken
Megan Clarken
14 Ratings
  1. Helpful (6)

    "too much politics, old tech"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SRE in Paris
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Criteo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    hard to tell now, I guess they pay a good base salary because they don't have the choice anymore. It used to be great

    Cons

    If you are not into the circle of 3 or 4 people, you will be in trouble. You will see them more often at the bar near by than at the office. It's now too political, and those people blocks new projects, so they can keep their legacy infrastructure and maintain their job. Its totally outdated, bad atmosphere to work. Even perf review , its totally fake and not fair, management knows it, HR knows it, but do nothing.

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  2. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Criteo is an outstanding company to work for.

    Cons

    Not very flexible in terms of home office policy.

    Criteo Response

    May 28, 2019Criteo People Team

    We appreciate you taking the time to submit your feedback and share your thoughts.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Attractive, but too conservative to promote innovation"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    Good working conditions and the hackathon annual initiative

    Cons

    The politics is taking a prominent place in order to reinforce conservatism, without opening up to the acquisition of new ideas coming from new hires. People seem too focused on writing documentation instead of talking to each other. Hackathons, which are supposed to open the mindset, at the end dont really bring innovation in processes, which seems still too waterfall in the daily life. The mastery of standards is very low, and being based on the status quo (technology and reputation) is limiting the creativity. The lack of Agility prevents the healthy evolution of the product development. The products are late, face to competitors evolutions.

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  4. "THE best place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo full-time

    Pros

    A looot. It's almost impossible to list them all

    Cons

    They don't do their global internal summit anymore :(

    Criteo Response

    May 17, 2019Criteo People Team

    We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us how you feel, your opinion means so much to us. We hope you enjoyed the Kick Off Hub in your region earlier this year which was a great chance to bring many regional team members together in a new format.

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Back to reality - once a star now a usual tech company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great way to start your career/make huge knowledge jumps - amazing office view - you will be valuable for a lot of other companies - surrounded by very talented people - great office view Biggest pro: Found the love of my life

    Cons

    - taking away more and more responsibility - highly talented people are put into boxes - love for detail gets totally lost - a lot of pressure due to share prices - past achievements are worth nothing - bad communication between departments - totally understaffed - salary is high for Spain but nothing compared to what people would earn with international experience, tech background and multiple languages in other countries

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Still a lot of room for improvement"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Excellent offices, benefits & social events - Salaries are above BCN standards, but living-costs raises year over year - There are still fun, outgoing, smart and hyper-talented people in Criteo - I never taught of meeting people at work that would become lifetime friends, at Criteo I can say it happens - Founder rejoined as CEO, which sparked new vision & strategy - Internal mobility, after one year you can apply for jobs worldwide - Some positive changes in the management team, but still work to do!

    Cons

    - Still a lot of improvement for mid to upper-level management in MM. There are still some ego-trippers with no great ideas/leadership skills - No decent career pathing in MM, being promoted isn't challenging at all - Although Criteos core values always embraced `no fear`. Be scared when you're too vocal. You'll likely end up being labeled as a `bad influence`, although you act in the interest of the company - Tremendous employee turnover; people leave out of frustration/boredom/can't cope with management or get let go for not being a cultural fit/making their target (which mostly is the manager's fault of not knowing how to lead a team) - The product itself might not be future proof; Last year Apple was on our back with ITP, and if you read tech articles the future looks grim...

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  7. "Great Place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barcelona
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - amazing, young, dynamic people - everyone is super friendly and helpful - good career development - international opportunities - company feels structures but still has a start-up feeling - amazing offices with a lot of benefits (massage, sport classes, breakfast every day, health insurance, etc.)

    Cons

    - the career path could probably be improved but I know that they are working on it

    Criteo Response

    March 29, 2019Criteo People Team

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. It’s so great to hear that you have positive things to say about working at Criteo. Thank you for your review and for being a part of the Criteo family!

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Keep quiet and get your salary"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Barcelona in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Criteo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits Easy to get promoted if you know how to play politics or speak French If you don't have to be treated fairly and just get your paycheck, it might be the company for you.

    Cons

    -management is lacking professionalism in basic skills (although I do not blame them, as they never needed them) - code of conduct does not exist in some teams - team leads are given responsibilities but cannot make any decisions and yet still behave as managers and remind you about hierchy - no career path and no clear goals in most of the teams - senior employees are leaving or are unmotivated to help other team members and care only about their jobs and targets - lack of confidentiality in HR team, they are just gathering information for the managers (none of the meetings are confidential, if you are working in Criteo now, please remember this) - lack of cooperation between teams - employees are treated like children instead of professional advice and support - feedback is not welcomed, specially if given to French employees and ignored in many cases - employees who are the manager's friends are receiving special treatments everyday and nobody is reacting, because it is a closed circle of self-supporting and covering tracks (very visible recently - did you think we don't notice?) - junior profiles are hired because it is cheaper and easier to control, people come to have fun in Barcelona and do not complain, after a while they leave - specific people only are "asked" by the managers to add a positive review of the company (October) Criteo is creating an illusion and a bigger lie every month. All employees are playing along and clapping as we all want to keep our jobs. Things are getting worse with each quarter, targets are unrealistic and there is no support from management. People skills are missed, because what is important is "projects". People are fired as if they did not mean anything. Meanwhile some managers can spend budgets on their friends and their needs or take sick days whenever they want without documentation.

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    Criteo Response

    March 4, 2019TA Programmes Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreciate you sharing your personal experience at Criteo. We know, like any company, that there are areas we need to focus on to continue to improve employee experience. The People and Leadership teams continuously work on different initiatives to ensure that opportunities for internal roles are fair and open to all, and that we have diverse perspectives at all levels within Criteo. We remain focused on building career paths that are compelling for our team members in Barcelona and instilling a culture where team members can be open and express their perspective. If you’d like to discuss your feedback confidentially and in more detail, I will absolutely make time to listen. You can send me an email directly to s.chindalur@criteo.com. Thank you. Regards, Shruthi Chindalur – Regional Managing Director, EMEA MM

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist (Software Engineer) in Paris
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Criteo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Many talents and experts specialized in Software Engineering, Machine Learning, AI and Statistical Modeling, - Criteo provides multiple events and training to make sure employees stay at the top of the industry and get the opportunity to learn a lot. I received a ticket for NIPS conference (sold out in 11min) after 6 months within the firm. We have weekly events to meet and discuss research papers and industry applications of quantitative methods, - Criteo is constantly innovating, projects are extremely interesting and it is very easy to share thoughts within the team (managers are all good communicators - they are here to give you constructive advises), and across teams (Criteo also encourages mobility), - Management is constantly looking for new product opportunities and is open to new ideas (via a formal established process, or unformal talks). - Lots of free food, beverages, and social events, - Great Culture (go check the video Criteo gogogo), - Amazing work life balance, - The Paris office is extremely impressive, we go grab lunch on the rooftop with a view on the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur, we have all kind of goodies, lots of space and light, - Very generous vacation package, many small advantages (gym contribution, vacation contribution, transportation and other discounts) and strong compensation package. - Recruitment process is extremely smooth and clear, every interviewer went though a long training process to make sure the assessment will be fair, and HR does its best to make the process pleasant and constructive.

    Cons

    Once you get in here, it's very hard to leave.

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    Criteo Response

    March 14, 2019R&D Team

    Hi, Thanks you so much for your great review! We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience of working at Criteo. We love to hear the positive feedback you have on the company, and that you’re inspired to come to work every day. We feel so proud and lucky to be part of such this amazing Criteo family, and thank YOU for being an important part of what our culture so great!

  10. Helpful (14)

    "Not a good place at any point in your career"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Criteo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Boy oh boy, have I been waiting to write this review. I have been at Criteo for a sufficient amount of time to see the company go from a small BCN office where everyone was each others friend to the giant mess it became today. Only now I realise how many snakes there were (and still are) in the management, how necessary a French passport is to be promoted and how little I should have expected from this company at all. Let me kick this off with a few positive points: - You get well paid. Barcelona is a relatively cheap city (though getting more expensive), which Criteo knows very well. They pay you well so you don't complain, sit quiet and do your job without providing any sort of criticism. Be careful - if you get relocated as a new employee and get fired within the first 6 months you have to pay back the relocation bonus. Happened to many times. - Office is amazing. Great views, you get free breakfast (as you do in all Criteo offices), there is ticket restaurant (free lunch), by the beach. - Some employees you can actually learn a lot from and become friends with. Enjoy while they're there - high probability that they will be leaving soon!

    Cons

    After working for a long time for a company you would expect to be the go to point in case of issues, be acknowledged and be promoted. Not at Criteo Barcelona, here you simply get ignored, nobody cares about your opinion if you are not in a management position (where you only get to if you are French of have French friends). If you intend to get promoted expect to be spending your after works at Barnabier on the "management table", the one where all the managers gather and only people who want to be promoted try to glue themselves on. If you try to get promoted like in any normal company (working hard and being there for your colleagues), you get forgotten - they will do their best to make you get pissed off so that you leave yourself and they don't have to pay the golden handshake fee. To the juniors out there - stay home in your cold countries, do not be deceived by Criteo HR promising your amazing views and spamming their Linkedin profiles with it. It's all a nice cover for the mess that's actually happening inside and you will find out very soon after joining.

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    Criteo Response

    March 4, 2019Staffing Coordinator

    Thank you for your feedback. We take all constructive feedback seriously. The leadership and People experience team are working together to ensure there are opportunities for everyone and to make this a happy and fair place to work. The fact still remains that we are in a transition phase. While it comes with its challenges, we are committed (no matter what) to do our very best to make the employee experience a great one. Regards, Shruthi Chindalur, Regional Managing Director – EMEA MM

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