CareerBuilder
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www.careerbuilder.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

CareerBuilder Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson

Matt Ferguson

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Trending The Wrong Direction

Senior Account Executive (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

Pros- CareerBuilder truly is a great organization that employs some fantastic people.
- The bonus potential and rewards trip are excellent motivators
- Benefits are top-notch (wellness reimbursement is an exceptionally nice perk)
- You will gain valuable knowledge that will allow you to excel in other roles

Cons- Management. Hire people who actually know how to LEAD other people. Note: there is a big difference between management and leadership.
- To continue on this note, bullying and humiliating your salespeople will not make them more effective. A little positive reinforcement can go a long way.
- The blind devotion to becoming a SaaS organization has resulted in ridiculous product quotas in some groups. People's jobs are threatened not for lack of performance, but for failing to sell the product de jour in the way leadership wants you to sell it.
- Passing the buck. It's no secret that the support groups are not well paid. That being said, the people who (at least in theory) support the sales reps constantly shirk responsibility. It's always somebody else's problem with them.
-Training: In several business units, you are not provided with much in the way of training. Leadership is very good at telling reps what to do but not so much in terms of helping you develop the skills to do it.

If you are new to sales and are considering starting as an AE or SAE, save yourself the grief and just start in the Inside Sales Group. At least you'll receive the sales process training you need and the client interactions to make it stick.

Advice to Senior Management- Put leaders in place who actually want to and are capable of leading.
- You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar
- Develop your salesforce to have critical thinking skills and recommend solutions based on these abilities. You are creating an army of SaaS robots.
- Practice what you preach. Supposedly, your employment brand is "Growth Through Learning." Make sure this is actually happening. And, no, having 5 Lueco / Talent Network trainings per month is not real training.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning experience, but company size is an issue.

Inside Sales (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsThe compensation can be great, the culture is young and energetic, the benefits are outstanding. For somebody who is just starting to get on their feet, this is a great place to start.

ConsPoor decisions that demotivate employees, product isn't as effective as it used to be, management rarely appeals to an employee interested in development.

If it's important for you to see the full ripple effect of your work, and focus less on the messes of other or past employees, I'd choose somewhere else to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to learn as much from your staff as you teach.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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High Turnover

Account Representative (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsLots of young people, laid back environment

ConsWay too much cold calling, big accounts to national reps

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat Work Life/Balance with the option to work remote
Great Benefits
There is a lot of flexibilty to ensure that employees are able to balance work and home life.

ConsToo Many Cliques
Too Much Back Stabbing
Employees should focus more on compnany values versus worrying about what other employees are doing and how they are doing it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Repetitive

Media Account Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsGreat entry level position, learns a lot.

ConsAfter being here for a year things have gotten boring, repetitive and starts to feel well... "entry level"

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start your career, but you probably won't retire here.

Sales (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at CareerBuilder full-time for more than 8 years

Pros- Benefits (Health, Vision, Dental, 401K (company match), Wellness Reimbursement, FSA's, etc.
- Ability to "run your own business" if you prove yourself.
- Generous amount of Paid Time Off
- Recognized brand in the industry
- President's Club Trip award, annual "Kick-off" with great speakers, Learning/Development

Cons- Salary is low by comparison in some markets.
- Activity > Quota
- Need to be "in" with leadership
- Great sales reps don't always make great managers.
- Focused on only a select few products
- Some positions were filled without open interviewing
- The new comp plan

Advice to Senior ManagementSee "Cons" section

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company, Great Culture, Could Improve Retention of Top Sales Reps

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsCareerBuilder does a phenomenal job of building a great culture with excellent energy. Their annual kick off event includes some of the best speakers in the world. They provide employees with much more than just a job. On top of that, Executive leadership is extremely strong and they set a good example for employees to follow.

ConsOne of the biggest grumbles that you hear from current and former employees pertains to the compensation plan. The base salary is well below what you can make elsewhere and they recently deferred much of the bonuses until the latter part of the year. From a business perspective I can respect why this was done but I believe this is going to result in significantly more turnover of top performing reps who have been with the company a long time. Retaining top sales reps has always been an issue. It is far too common for a rep to have an amazing year and then be gone the next year.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to build an excellent culture that energizes employees and encourages innovation. Find a better way to retain top talent. Increase base salaries so they are competitive. Revise comp plans so reps aren't penalized as heavily when one or two large accounts don't renew. Continue to host awesome kick off events with great speakers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good pay, sales-driven culture

Major Account Executive (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgood pay and benefits, 401k match
young workforce
opportunity to advance in sales roles with consistent performance

Consaggressive quotas, moving targets in terms of ancillary goals, redundant reporting
young workforce
social circles influence career advancement too much, those who don't have an "in" often wait much longer to advance, even with good performance

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Pay- Volatile Management

Major Account Executive (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time for more than 8 years

ProsHighest pay in sales that I have seen
Very dynamic and fun company
CSuite is second to none

ConsRecent changes to the pay structure and sales rep quotas; top performers are quickly jumping ship and looking for new opportunities.
The Human Resources team has turned another cheek to several shocking manager situations.
Vertical movement is tough at this company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not the best company, but in a pinch, worth it.

Account Executive (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsThey have good benefits, and relaxed environment except for end of month

ConsToo much office politics, makes employees sit on pins and needles

Advice to Senior Managementcommunication

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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