Monster Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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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 and work life balance (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • direction has been lacking from senior management for a number of years (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't act on problems (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Software Engineering Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Weston, MA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Large amount of autonomy regarding group projects - Great work environment (Weston, MA office) - Competitive intern salary ($30/hr in MA, you won't get much more than that anywhere unless you go to Google/MS/etc..) - Lot of learning opportunities - Other interns are interesting people - UI/UX engineering team here is amazing, too bad I wasn't part of it

    Cons

    - There is no technical interview so some of the interns lie on their resume, get in, and then are horribly incompetent and drag down the group projects. - Many of the mentor (individual) projects are very boring and not technically challenging. There are two interns this year (out of 10+ SDE interns) that have projects I would categorize as "good". - Is a Microsoft shop, meaning .NET/C# is used almost exclusively, with small portions of code in other languages. (Could be a pro to some people I suppose) - Very 9-5 ish atmosphere, many people just play ping pong all day and don't care about actually getting stuff done, feels unprofessional, with little serious code being written.

    Advice to Management

    Have whoever is doing hiring for the UX/UI team do the hiring for the entire company, and PLEASE add technical interviews for incoming software engineering interns.


  2. Great internship, some good perks, trying to be innovative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Weston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's really 3.5 stars. As an intern, you get involved in actual projects that the team your placed in is working on. Your assigned a mentor, who guides you and essentially becomes your number one resource throughout the summer. I really loved getting to work in a team with other interns on our own project as well because it gave us a chance to do something creative, our own, and that could actually be implemented at Monster down the road. Pool table, ping pong, walking trails. and cheap food!

    Cons

    Some of the work can be very boring and tedious, but it's like that in any internship. There's a ping pong/pool room with a wii, but it almost feels like its frowned upon by some managers to take a break and go in there. I definitely see what many other past reviewers felt - Monster is definitely trying to be forward thinking and innovative by coming out with new products and they have come a long way from before, but there's a lot of upper management and people throughout the company thinking uber traditionally, holding the company back from really achieving what it could.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the advice from newer employees/management you bring in. They are seeing the company with new eyes and have fresh ideas that Monster could probably benefit a lot from actually taking into consideration.


  3. Life is better here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Weston campus is absolutely amazing! Beautiful grounds and walking trails; subsidized prices on a healthy variety of foods in the cafeteria; a fully equipped fitness center; professional security; free beverages every day; a large kitchen/break area on every floor; and ample parking space. The people are so nice and friendly! Passing strangers always smile or say "Good morning." Everyone is very collegial - if introduced, taking 5 minutes to get to know the other person and what they do at Monster is almost expected. Mentors put a lot of effort into exposing their interns to every learning experience possible and training them in practical skills. The work is mostly engaging and because innovation is how an internet company thrives, big-picture thinking is very much encouraged. Connections across departments are active, and the long-term projects are helped along by every resource available.

    Cons

    The work is good exposure and great experience, but it is not necessarily challenging all of the time. It can be difficult at first, but once over the short learning curve the work can lose its appeal very quickly. Then it just becomes difficult to stay busy and engaged day-to-day. The graduate and professional students should be paid more because they already have undergraduate degrees and are expected to take on more responsibility accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clearer direction for the cross-functional intern group projects. Ambiguity is inevitable with any new endeavor, but more concrete goals would have helped interns make more progress, even if only in very small increments.


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  5. Working at Monster

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide as an intern

    Pros

    great people and environment, lots of interns in many departments, opportunity to learn, cross-functional projects to understand the work of other interns, lots of freedom, good pay. Great first internship.

    Cons

    Work load is inconsistent, don't expect to always have something to do or help with. Free time is not necessarily a good thing, the day drags on much slower without work.


  6. Intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The hourly salary is great and the material is interesting.

    Cons

    Commute is a bit tough


  7. Helpful (2)

    Account Manager

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

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - I had an excellent Manager and a great opportunity to grow - The days were tedious but always had good opportunities to go out and sell some stuff - A lot of Inbound leads and opportunities to make money for the company - A great building to work in with a free gym and great cafeteria selection - If they like you and you work hard there are plenty of opportunities to move up in the company and develop a good career

    Cons

    - The commission package is unreal - after 6 months I only hit the number once - Expect 30% growth YOY - Only not in fear of your job if you hit over 95% of your number - Unrealistic quotas - Force you to sell certain products in order to make certain percentages of your commission money - Think that the same sales plan fits every market type - not interested in having different plans for each market segment

    Advice to Management

    My manager was fantastic but higher managers need to talk to the younger employees more and make them all feel included - kind of an old boys club up top


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management team that takes excellent care of their employees. I was recognized by management for my accomplishments and rewarded appropriately. Given a promotion after 2 years of working with the company. Everyone that I have met that works for my company has been professional and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Upper level management has changed quite a bit in the last year. This may ultimately be a positive thing, as some changes needed to be made. For the time being it is a little unsettling because we are unsure of exactly what changes will be made by new management.

    Advice to Management

    Direct Managers are doing an excellent job and hopefully the new upper level management team will listen to the suggestions given by seasoned managers beneath them.


  9. Great Learning Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Weston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    For me it's the people. There are bright minds and great personalities regardless of what department you are in. From day one I was able to interact not only with my manager and fellow interns but with upper management as well. The company is in a state of change at present. This is a good thing! Monster is beginning to focus more so on developing its internal products in order to increase its revenue base instead of acquiring myriad companies. For me it is a great time to be at Monster as I am able to work on a number of these products.

    Cons

    Monster is a bit management heavy at times. It often takes permission from several levels of management in order to get the OK to complete a simple task. Interning here I am beginning to see a change in this structure and the company as a whole is becoming more nimble.

    Advice to Management

    Don't focus on re-branding through your corporate image. In the internet age products speak for themselves. Keep building amazing products and never stop innovating and watch the company reap the rewards. Give Software engineers more leeway to "play" with the API, GUI and other aspects of our UX. These are incredibly bright individuals who need to create beautiful web pages, not get hung up on corporate policy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work back in the day

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

    I worked at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Even at entry level, received exposure to senior management. Ability to wear different hats. Fast paced environment. Good brand.

    Cons

    Had a lot of different bosses which can be unsettling at times.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back/foster the passion and noble purpose of the early days.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been working in Monster for a year. I really enjoy working for this company. It has a great work atmosphere. There is a lot of trust on employees and flexibility. Competitive salary and good benefits, as well as in office perks like free lunches from time to time, outing activities, etc. Overall, positive environment.

    Cons

    Moving up in the company can be a bit complicated because there are not many manager jobs, which could be frustrating. Because of previous management, employees in general were demotivated and working culture wasn't at its best. Seems to be improving with the new management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you've been doing to return things to the way they were and keep moving forward.



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