Monster Worldwide

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Monster Worldwide Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
63 Reviews
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Timothy T. Yates
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Pros
  • In the beginning the work life balance was great but that quickly changed about 2 years in (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits, free soda, and they bring in lunch at end of months and quarters (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has lost focus - more concerened with tracking metrics then actual selling (in 18 reviews)

  • The threat of being terminated loomed over your head by upper management every single day (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    What are they thinking?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    The fundamental work Monster does -- helping connect people who want a new job with employees looking for candidates -- is a worthy mission, and people at Monster are dedicated to that mission. There are some talented people who really care.

    Cons

    Leadership is a train wreck. Executive team is handpicked by the former CEO and they simply feather each other's nests. They have presided over the demise of a once iconic brand due to head in the sand syndrome. No brave or important decisions get made. Ironically, the culture is absolutely terrible -- a climate of fear, constant layoffs, little ability to share one's ideas or be heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the executive level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Management is lazy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    The benefits were great. Some people were great. (Most were overworked and burnt out). Nice modern office.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. Old, decaying tech company that doesn't know how to get back on track. Got rid of anything that would help morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new leadership. It's killing the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    IRC

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Good money good benefits plus

    Cons

    Terrible management terrible micro managing and they spy on everything you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. let them hire qualified managers they never worked there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    I doubt the doors will even be open a year from now

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At one point you could make money here. That opportunity ended about a year ago. (Coincidentally occurring around the same time that a specific sales "leader" was brought on board).

    Cons

    in most sales organizations you get what you put into it. Effort = Commission. Not Monster. You can work yourself into the ground and still not get compensated. Not because you aren't doing the right things, but because the company has taken away a large portion of your accounts, decreasing your opportunities to make money while dramatically increasing quotas and demanding that the sales team force specific products down client's throats. It's a lose-lose situation for the sales team, which seems to be just the way upper management likes it. There has been a huge eradication of seasoned sales talent. Which seems to work well for their goal of not paying people the money they are owed. It's no surprise that the best ones have already jumped ship.

    On a larger scale, the confidence in the company is at an all time LOW. Management (the majority of which have no business being in their roles) have no clue what they are doing. The products they have invested in are about 3 years behind schedule and, at this point, look like a pathetic game of 'catch-up'. The morale is dismal and perhaps the worst part of all of this is how horribly this organization treats it's staff. Mistrust, blaming, bullying, threatening, questioning, attacks and verbal tirades are all you will get from your so-called 'managers'. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone looking to advance their career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to begin? Open your eyes. Listen to your staff. Listen to the genuine feedback. Fix the problem. Remove the bad management. FOLLOW THROUGH on HR complaints - which you're probably drowning in right now. Stop treating your employees so horrendously.

    Bottom line: If you are going to restrict your staff from making money, don't be surprised when they decide to move on to greener pastures. And when they leave, don't take away the commissions that they have earned. Your poor handling of former dedicated employees is making its rounds. Perhaps the best advice I could give would be to fix your terribly poor reputation and DO THE RIGHT THING. Which you haven't done in a while. And which you are now paying the price for. Right the ship, or sink as predicted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Customer service

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working from home and vacation. Get ready for high school all over again

    Cons

    Micro - management. High school atmosphere. Promotions based to friendship rather than the most qualified person.
    Lots of underhanded back stabbing. Company focuses on what they have done in the past (pioneer of the industry) when it should focus on the modern age follow LinkedIn's lead (trying different things)
    Stock plummeted $2 in 2 weeks & CEO sent company wide email saying everything is ok. Either he think all the employees are stupid or he thinks all the employees are stupid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your ship is sinking fast. Look around pay attention. Employee morality is at an all time low. Look at your stock
    Just saying

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Was great in it's prime but is on a slow death spiral.

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Back in the day (middle '00s), Monster had the talent, technology and atmosphere that made working there quite fun. They practiced the work hard play hard approach. And were poached regularly because of the top talent they had. However, those days are long, long gone.

    Cons

    Most of the good talent left after significant management changes/decisions and missed opportunities -- not buying Linked in for pennies on the dollar, half attempted "facebook" lite projects like BeKnown, questionable acquisitions, and they even had a stock scandal.
    The rest of the talent soon followed. Their Maynard location (in the old DAC mill) used to be cool, but they have moved most of the development out to Cambridge and Weston, and filled in the holes with cheap outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it's too late to save the company. Linked-In, Glass Door, hell even Craigslist has taking huge chunks of the market share. Why pay premium prices for stuff that other sites have for free? Unless they gut, and refocus I don't see how Monster can make it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good solutions, poor leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good solution set and technology, great team members, especially the more tenured folks who are willing to help

    Cons

    focus is on spreadsheets and micro managing, rather than providing solutions to clients' needs... and karma. Bad systems will ruin good people every day of the week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ceo's #1 priority is shareholder value... which is non-existent at MWW. Not sure how the board hasn't relieved Sal of his duties

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    Stay away, don't bother!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There used to be some Pros to working at Monster, now, not so much.

    Cons

    Where to start? Terrible management (micro-management), no bonus or salary increases on years, yet the CEO takes a $2.3mm bonus on 2013 (Forbes.com), leadership only cares about numbers and their ego, to hell with employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your own way. Give up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    It's a sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for at one time... when the management truly cared about their employees and your success there.

    Cons

    New leadership is terrible. TERRIBLE. Especially in their western region. Sal listens to nothing that people tell him, and even just the Regional Managers are just out there to micromanage and not actually care about you succeeding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Keep on moving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance.
    Most of First line management "gets it".

    Cons

    Review their last 8+ quarters of financial reports and you will not need to read anymore of this review
    Huge revenue losses despite multiple rounds of layoffs, office closures and limited marketing spend.
    Quotas change every month and every quarter. The goal seems to not pay sales people.
    Several years of bad bets on technology and solutions that have been major misses with clients.
    Customers wont return calls (need I say any more).
    CEO is an accountant.....that line of thinking rolls down hill (ie MicroManagement)
    No one, I mean no one is interested in any feedback from the field. In fact it is frowned upon by senior leadership and by some managers.
    And most important is the morale is really low and no one seems to care to change it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales force is too large for the limited opportunity. Consider changing that to improve commissions and morale. Willing to bet you win more in the end.
    If not, step down and move on yourself. Time to concede and let new leadership try and revive a once darling brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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