Monster Worldwide

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Monster Worldwide Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
365 Reviews
2.7
365 Reviews
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Timothy T. Yates
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Review Highlights

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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Account Manager

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

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Direct management is great, but unfortunately that's where it stops.

    Cons

    The company is in a state of constant "catch up" with the competition. For someone who consistently hit their quota for 12+ quarters in a row, growing their book of business by nearly 200%, Monster is making quotas almost unattainable. This unfortunately causes the same amount of production from the entire sales team, but without having to pay bonuses and compensation to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With such a tremendous turnover rate, why not focus on the the overall morale of the sales force to assure that you are keeping the best talent. Raises? The only way to get a raise is the threaten to quit for a new opportunity. Why not change that? Incentives? They offer company stock (which is at an all time low) as a sales incentive, with a 4-year vesting period! With a high turnover rate, employees and employers know that going into the contest, that there is no chance they will still be an employee by the time the shares vest! Lastly, the company is led by a group of people with a "banker" mentality with only focusing on bottom line numbers. It feels as if, they focus on how they can "screw" their own employees to save money, than to become the market leader that they once were. Change the executive teams thought process to more of a "sales" mindset, to not only encourage more productivity, but a better work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Constant Chaos and Clueless Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Market Sales in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Mid-Market Sales in Florence, SC

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and nothing more. The company pays a base salary higher than the average for this part of the country but they treat employees terribly and cannot retain their talent.

    Cons

    After over two years at this company, I have watched the revolving door of talent steadily increase. This is due to the poor treatment of their employees that begins with the Site Director and works its way down through nearly every person who identifies herself or himself as a manager. The management style here is hostile and grinding.

    My sales goals have been met 7 out of 8 quarters with this company. I have been there just over 2 years and I have watched the management steadily decline. There used to be an HR person onsite but with her departure, it has become open season on all employees in this call center. There are constant inappropriate conversations and vulgarities used by management as a whole to "motivate" people. There are standard practices here that would never be allowed by any other publicly traded company.

    Employee development here is also very poor. This is very much due to trainers who have no idea about education. The people in charge of training are chanting mantras that were abandoned in the 1990s. They do not understand how to connect to employees. This results in new employees coming to the floor completely unprepared. Many of the newer employees become frustrated and leave. This company does not understand that you train a dog but you educate people and employees.

    Managers manipulate numbers, results and accounts in order to favor and punish those they are in charge of. If you question these practices, you are marked as a troublemaker. There is a level of dishonesty that is an understood part of the corporate culture in this office. The managers force the results they want to produce by switching accounts from one employee to another when the account contact decides to stop doing business with the company. This leaves the employee who receives the account with a goal he or she cannot possibly attain.

    There is no value on work-life balance here. Until recently, employees were coerced into taking home their laptops while at the same time being denied overtime. Overtime pay, by the way, was part of the original offer letter that all employees received. These practices are just a few that are resulting in people leaving on a weekly basis.

    Products here are simply renamed once they stop performing. In the period of 18 months, the recruiting service has been renamed four times. In addition, the company has tried to re-brand its previous failures by acquiring new partnerships with Talent Bin and Twitter in the hope of being seen as a leader in the industry. They constantly ignore market trends until a competitor becomes successful and then they try to copy the model of the competitor. Few clients and potential clients are fooled by this tactic. Meanwhile, employees are forced to sell specific products regardless of their effectiveness or relativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the attempted re-branding and forced product selling. Stop loading down your product and service offerings with solutions that do not perform. Find competent managers who understand the market and who will listen to the many employees and customers who are leaving you on a regular basis. There is a message there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Product Management more like Chaos Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Weston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great Great people! I worked with some really awesome people I would have loved to have more time with many team members. In the beginning the work life balance was great but that quickly changed about 2 years in.

    Cons

    When I first started here I loved Monster but since the team re org I find that my only solution was to leave. The chaotic micro managing and the sr director becoming bitter before my eyes were my main motivators to move on. Sadly there is no way to give constructive criticism as management is not able to see their part. After having no support no one to ask questions to and realizing I can do all that I do on my own it was clear i could make more money have more control and work in a better organized company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your people maybe your CEO isn't the best but try to be a good leader for your employees. Don't be what you always complain about. Also, it would be nice if the VP just maybe said HI to his staff. Your staff struggles because you do not support them, train them or offer an environment where taking ownership of their roles is even possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    SeeMore and Solutions team has Management problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology! The technology Monster is developing is goof but they don't know how to sell it. The company is very transactional and cant leverage the technology.

    Cons

    Very divisive environment. Management always involved in trying to "take credit" for sales peoples successes and distancing them from failures. Management offers no support. I would NOT recommend joining.

    Sales are very low and looking for someone to blame!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being insecure. Stop hiring people from CareerBuilder. CB'ers are ruining the culture. Hiring people that fail at CB and making them managers at Monster is a recipe for failure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked alongside of and the compensation before that was changed.

    Cons

    The new upper management is strictly about numbers and does not care to understand the business and more importantly the people that get the job done. The culture at Monster has quickly deteriorated to the point of what can only be described as toxic. If you are looking to be a yes man and sell out others than this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to read their own core values because as it stands now the only core value they are following is that of the almighty dollar.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't expect to be rewarded for hard work

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

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Some cool people, nice new office

    Cons

    Lacking in technology. HR takes WAY too long to do anything. Upper management doesn't act on problems. They do nothing to retain talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they bring things forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    NOT ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO WORK!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, SC

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers everyone makes you feel like family. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    The pay and management SUCKS! The pay is way less than expected. Monster made so many promises when they came to Florence, SC. They pretend that the pay was awesome and that there would be plenty of bonuses and there is plenty of room for advancement. Well.....WRONG! It was all lies. The pay sucks, they handed out maybe 2 bonuses (that they taxed 60%) in the past 4 years, and it is like pulling teeth trying to advance in the company. Management don't care about anything but numbers. The only reason that people are staying is because there are not many jobs out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about numbers and pay attention to the great help that you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Account Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accunt Manager in Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Accunt Manager in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Work Life Balance They will pay you to team on a sale so essentially they pay the commission twice for the same sale when they shouldn't. Some good people. 40 hours pay even when you don't work it no one really tracks how long you actually work when in sales.

    Cons

    Very poor management all the way to the top. There are some good ones that know what they are doing, but they are far and few. There are so many employees ready to cut your throat if possible. There is to much favoritism from the managers they don't treat all employees equal. There are managers who know an employees that come in at 9:00 leave by 4:00 with an 1 hour or 2 hour lunch they put in a time card for 8 hours worked. While the same manager will get on another employees case about being 1 hour off on their time card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring managers with the actual ability to manager people not just move them up from sales people because they achieve sales quotas and they are liked. There are some that are good managers, but many that are not qualified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    The field sales team was great to work with. Other than that I can't find another positive thing to say.

    Cons

    There is little to no decision making capability amongst the management. No direction and no focus. There was no business plan and a culture based on preventing teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the middle management and start over. You have the data to be a good company

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just not moving forward

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    I have some co workers who are so smart and so great to work with it. Monster is pretty good at work life balance. The overall stability of the company does seem better then what it once was.

    Cons

    It just seems like there are a lot of people who do nothing. We have started trying to be more innovative, however just aren't heading in the right direction. Just seems to me we are mirroring our competitors instead of getting a head of the game. We have a lot of people who stop things from moving forward and everything gets trapped in process. There is a lot of time making up for where Sales seems to lack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean a little more house and get the sales team to sale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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