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Pros
  • Great flexibility to work from home (in 8 reviews)

  • Constant support from some of the BEST in customer service (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Micro management of Sales force (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management not taking ownership that many of the companies issues are their doing (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Being 'Steered' into the ground!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401k. Great morale when I got on board. Ability to work from home, which is now being micormanaged to a whole new level. December Vacation.

    Cons

    micro managing to the point of needing to put down bathroom breaks on my itinerary. rolling out new products and services faster than we can update/polish what we already have. did I mention micro managing?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that have got the company to where it is (or was). stop hiring people to 'steer' us. Stop trying to make us feel like we are not working hard. Morale is at all time low since I have got here. In speaking with many around the country, they are all looking for other careers. Turn over has to be at an all time high right now.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great job if you're a slacker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401k, half day summer Friday's, some work from home, snow days

    Cons

    Micro management, salary, no advancement

    Advice to Management

    This job is great if you like to sit and play on your phone all day. If you're a good employee you will get no recognition. If you slack off, you won't get in trouble. If you ever had dreams of moving up in a company for being a good worker, don't come here. It won't happen. People get advanced for doing the wrong thing. There are managers who shouldn't even be employed let alone in the position they are for what they do to people. 401K is the only good thing. They want everyone to become a salesperson eventually. Every other day something is changing and yet there is never any formal training. They like to give a lot of ridiculous perks to make up for the lack of pay. This is the definition of a dead end job. Nothing makes up for not being able to afford lunch or dinner or not being able to get to the doctor half the time. This salary is so bad you just can't make it and they won't acknowledge it.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Run

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Customer Service is great, and many of our customers are too. Not to mention many of the good people who continue to do what it takes day in and day out, only to be told constantly they are not to be trusted, and are no good at what they do.

    Cons

    The Commercial Construction Industry is booming! The Blue Book Building & Construction Network is struggling. The Commercial Construction Industry is why the Blue Book exists. What are we missing here? Oh yea, the company is struggling because the Business Development Consultants are not working hard enough. Unfortunately, the company does not pay that well. With a $30,000+ Salary, one cannot afford to work here unless he/she is selling and making commission. Why would someone work here for the salary, and not do what it takes to be successful? Anyway, one could go on and on and on regarding how this company mismanages their best and most important asset, their people! I used to be very proud of this job. I am now disengaging and looking for a new opportunity, literally like every single person I encounter in the field is. Run Forest run! We don't like it here anymore, our customers are not near as happy as they used to be, and OMG, our families are praying for us to get out of here.

    Advice to Management

    Someone recently said you should sell this company. That's a great idea. Hurry up and sell before it's to late and everyone has read all 72 or 73 reviews. The arrogance from upper management is absolutely amazing. It is clear you are not using the Harvard business review to help turn this ship around, which leads to the last and final question? What blue print are you using to create such incredible low morale, distrust and misery? Or do you honestly believe this culture of fear and mistrust is really the right plan to turn this ship around. I am afraid of your answer.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Their Mantra, BLAME SALES,BLAME SALES...BLAME SALES

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some outstanding employees still remain, although turnover is at an all time high. Customer service will always be there to help. 401K match. The remaining loyal customers we have, but are slowly losing.

    Cons

    If you enjoy being treated like you forgot how to sell this is the company for you. We are treated like an entry level sales team. They micromanage beyond, driving the reps and managers crazy. Sales is consistently to blame for poor results with no blame at the top. Our evauation of their products and leadership is UNSATISFACTORY. Which brings me to the next conclusion. It is great job security the most senior management have created when they also sit on the board. THEY ANSWER TO NOBODY and get to keep THEIR POSITIONS. That is seen at no other company I have ever worked at EVER! Research that when you get a chance. The products are faulty. We should focus on exposure and shut down the leads. We would be better off to pour all the money into SEO for our customers. The competition has changed and so has the game. We are no longer the once great company that was run by our past GREAT owner. If you join, you will see the fall of Blue Book. The ESOP is a joke as we have no say, are told very little and obviously the people that will benefit sit on the board and also run the company. We are constantly under the microscope, trained and retrained. A kid in college stated to me that they treat their sales team the exact opposite of what they should in order to get the best results. Morale is beyond bad.

    Advice to Management

    WE WANT TO BE SOLD SINCE THERE IS NO CHANCE OF A POSITIVE CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP! Have the guy that did our home page and sold many companies get us ready to be sold or HIRE HIM AS CEO. Let us review you and your leadership.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Enough New Products & New Positions....Think Smart and Keep it Simple!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros & some Cons: Good benefits, 401-K, flexible schedule, but that has even gotten more limited. Opportunity to make some bonus money with the compensation plan this year. SOS has made some updates and has helped sales preparing for appts.....when our system is working!!

    Cons

    We have way too many people training, consulting and managing with big titles. This company does not need the "fat" of management ....put that money in the employees that work hard to help pay your salaries! We are not a Fortune 100, 200 , 300, etc., company! We are employee owned and do not have a say in anything. This company had a great leader who owned Blue Book and a few years ago was generous enough to let us buy it. We miss his leadership, generosity and heart for his employees! The current President and upper management "think" they are doing what's right for the company. They are not "in touch" with the sales field.and what the customer wants. We pride ourselves on our data and projects.....prove it and find new opportunities for our customers because that's what they want. We are buying companies and "creating" new positions with big salaries and basically over spending and answering to no one! I understand there is a board of directors but I'm not sure who they are?? Management should just let sales people sell instead of recording calls in detail and the overload of admin.

    Advice to Management

    Read the reviews on Glass Door and see the "real" of what is happening. It's not the professionals in the sales field not doing our job, it's a system that consistently has technology issues, poor project leads and very poor management! I believe we have a Board of Directors, do they have a say as to whether management is doing their job?? Blue Book can still be a great company. !f the tiers of management would pay attention and listen to the people who are in the trenches with the contractors, sales would be up! Give our clients what they want! If you want to introduce a new product, introduce "one". not two that compete with the other! The Blue Book has a lot to offer that no other company can....we are unique, let's not complicate it. "Think Smart and Keep it Simple"! It's about QUALITY not QUANTITY. Please don't bring out another new product!!


  7. Helpful (10)

    Don't believe the hype

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401K is the only great thing and the people working in the trenches day in and day out. If you went to John Jay highschool then you may have a chance here.

    Cons

    Ever since the owner has been out of the picture this company has gone downhill. Senior management is filled with greed and zero and I mean zero leadership skills. They are so far removed from reality that its impossible to communicate. Unless they hear dollars being put into their pockets then they do not care about what you have to say at all. Its sad. I loved this company and did everything to make it a great place. But again with the new leadership all you are fed is lies. Such as "do this and we will give you this" but when you accomplish the task you are given you are told "we changed our minds" what's the point of making them money??? Hopefully when the greed is removed and the nonhelpful senior management is removed then this company can become the great place it once was. But as long as its leaders are in place then this will continue to spiral downward as it has. Nobody I speak with is happy and senior management is oblivious to the needs of their employees because they are making 30x what rest of the staff is making. Its disgusting. And again zero leadership skills. They use threats to encourage. Sorry but that doesn't work. Lead by example is a foreign language to them. Good luck to anyone that falls into this horrible trap. If Jim only knew what his replacements have been doing he would be sick. But they keep him in the dark to line their pockets at any cost. They have chased out any employees that cared for this company and replaced them with friends and relatives. Skills are not needed for a position. Its all about who you know. The talent is all gone. I see this place going under in about 5 years. That's my 2 cents. Hope it helps. I'm looking to move on now. Thanks for all the years but its no longer a place I like going to.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what management means. Take some courses on how to manage and I don't mean micromanage. Or replace all of yourselves with people that know how to run a business before the doors of the Blue Book are closed forever.


  8. Helpful (12)

    Quality Control Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Half Day Summer Fridays - 401 K Match up to 5% - Snow Days - Health, Dental, and Vision

    Cons

    - Terrible salaries and yearly raises - Incompetent Management - Poor Communication - Childish Employees - Double Standards - Not flexible with employees unless they're favorites of management

    Advice to Management

    All upper management, including HR, needs to go for management training and learn to change with the times. For the salaries you pay employees, it is unreasonable to expect them to give up as much of their lives as you ask or force them to do mandatory overtime. You reply to employee comments on here saying they shouldn't remain anonymous, but in the past when employees have come to you with a problem, you turn it around on them and use it as an excuse to reprimand them formally for ridiculous, made up reasons of insubordination. Management bullies their underlings, favorites are played - it's like being in high school over again. You want to know why there is so much turnover? It's because real talent is not appreciated, and you treat us like children in kindergarten. The company is not going to grow or retain employees if you keep treating them all terribly, and keep coddling the ones that are the real problems and bring the morale of everyone else down (I'd look toward the Paid Order Processing Department if you want examples of low morale and bullies - you can't turn your head in there without finding one).


  9. Helpful (9)

    The Definition of Dead End Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Headquarters in Jefferson Valley, NY
    Current Employee - Headquarters in Jefferson Valley, NY

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Snow Days -1/2 Day Summer Fridays -Health Insurance is good

    Cons

    -There is absolutely no room for growth with this company unless you want to sell or listen to people yell at you on the phone all day about how terrible our products are. -Too many products that are not properly supported/broken/confusing. -Awful communication. One hand does not know what the other is doing in this company. -A variety of executives who are never on site and seem to do nothing. Have no idea why they're even on the payroll. -Complaints about management that go nowhere. It doesn't matter how many people complain or how well documented the problem is, they look the other way. Employees are talked down to, or harassed until they quit and nothing is done. -Treated like idiots and children who are not entitled to their own ideas or opinions. -Forced to work overtime without compensation. -Absolutely no work/life balance or flexibility. -Company is overrun with nepotism and management plays favorites to a level that has caused it to become a company wide joke. -The company has been "restructured" a number of times in the past several years with no real results. -It doesn't matter how hard you work, you will not be compensated for it. Base salary is a joke and raises are pathetic. -Systems are outdated and behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that most of your employees are miserable and are searching for other jobs. Try to actually appreciate the talent you have and try to hold onto them. Reward the people who work hard, not just the people who have a certain last name. Put some pride in your products and focus on making them better instead of creating more. Focus on actually getting customers to pay rather than counting the money you're supposedly going to get as "growth".

    Blue Book Network Contractors Register Response

    Jan 7, 2015 – Director of Human Resources

    It is unfortunate that, as a current employee-owner, you have chosen to remain anonymous. Remaining anonymous precludes us from having an honest and productive dialogue about your feedback. Please ... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    This is not the place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros to work at the The Blue Book . It use to be a great place to work

    Cons

    YOU CAN SUM IT UP ON ONE WORD MICRO MANAGEMENT AT ITS FINEST. UPPER MANAGEMENT HAS NO CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. THEY NEED TO SELL AT ONCE

    Advice to Management

    SELL THE COMPANY THE CEO HAS NO CLUE


  11. Helpful (6)

    Great Product - Company lacks professionalism and integrity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant
    Former Employee - Business Development Consultant

    I worked at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Promote themselves well with a great product line industry specific to construction and are growing the product line to meet industry needs.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Training managers drank excessively and were so hung over in the morning they were ill. Every pay check was a struggle to get paid correctly. No market research done in region to support sales teams. Micro management to the nth degree so if you are considering this company do not believe them when they tell you they do not micro-manage.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking out of both sides of your mouth. i.e. "you're working too hard - you need some time with your family - but don't do that during working hours - save that for after hours in your downtime." Really listen to your sales team - don't just pay them lip service.



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