Monster Worldwide

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Monster Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
344 Reviews
2.6
344 Reviews
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Monster Worldwide Chairman, President, and CEO Sal Iannuzzi
Sal Iannuzzi
219 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In the beginning the work life balance was great but that quickly changed about 2 years in (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits, free soda, and they bring in lunch at end of months and quarters (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has lost focus - more concerened with tracking metrics then actual selling (in 17 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't act on problems (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Experience, in a fun company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Fun place to work
    Colorful and energising environment

    Cons

    Office Politics
    Location in relation to a city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees better informed of changes in the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work, if you work hard

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Developer in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Pool Table, Games
    - Free lunches, coffee, etc.
    - Fun atmosphere.
    - Nice people (overall)

    Cons

    Projects change frequently. People work a lot of hours. There is alot of re-org and you never know when your job will be eliminated. There is a good level of who you know in order to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut expenses from the Senior Level instead of the regular works. Senior Managers travel with huge expense accounts, and seem to be ordering their expensive lunches.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Monster Worldwide

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Good place to work. Good environment lots of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    No real cons of note. A lot of organizational changes here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to offer at the moment.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Honest appraisal: Monster is a great place to work, if you're willing to work hard.

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    Current Employee - National Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Going against the grain here to praise management. When others went immediately to layoffs, ours has aggressively pursued cost reduction to retain talent--though in this environment, one never knows what will happen tomorrow. Our competitors are crumbling every day; profits are down, but the company's investments have helped many of us have the best story to tell in our industry. We ARE taking market share away and our offering is better than anyone else's. I see it every day in the trenches; all the message board and blog b.s. is kind of deserved--we were really tough to work with for a number of years--but it's completely wrong and doesn't match the reality now. Those doing business with us now know that we are a changed and improved Monster. I would recommend Monster to anyone that's lucky enough to get in. Tons have left for greener pastures over the years; most are now out of work or hurting. Lots of opportunity to grow; we still deliver the greatest results in our business.

    Cons

    It's a high threshold for pain organization. Your managers will work 70+ hours/week and if they don't expect the same hours out of you, they will expect commitment and performance. Benefits are okay, but could use being overhauled...though to Monster's credit, they have not reduced their contributions or raised anyone's rates for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be strategic in the acquisitions. Trovix and the relaunched rocked. The main threat is not CB, it's LinkedIn--but despite the hype, they've started to weaken recently, so now is the time to thrust harder into their market share and make them hurt. Buy or put HJ out of business; pick up or pilfer their newspaper partners. If you have to swing the axe through sales, drop it and use a scalpel instead. Don't lose your performers right now. Sales management is solid, don't lose them. Beware the competition beating us on contextual search; there are others out there. Buy the business from CB if you have to, they're limping; we can seriously hurt them right now if we set our minds to it. Freeze all reqs; we can survive as is through 2010.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great brand, great vision - can we fix the plane while flying it?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Employee in Maynard, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Gret opportunity, great brand. This is a company undergoing fundamental changes - if we get it right, the sky is the limit.

    Cons

    Lots of change means not much stability. The siloed nature of the company makes cross-functional initiatives more difficult. Very sales-driven culture int he past means a lot of investment to make up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the structural changes required in the business model - sell fewer, higher quality products for a premium. Listen to the job seekers - they are the most important asset.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A little dysfunctional, but I liked it anyway!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Large company with an opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    They have some communication issues. Often times there is overlapping work or even conflicting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communciation and overall vision needed to succeed.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not the best, not the worst...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Exec  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Exec in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Career Opportunity is there for some

    Cons

    Heirarchy at this company not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity. Far fewer downsides than other companies I've worked for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Maynard, MA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Company's turning around. New CEO is great. Lots of changes for the better. Very good benefits. Monster has good reputation. Looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Many organizations used to be siloed, and now need to work together. Taking a long time for communication to happen naturally. Has to be mandated to work currently. Few written procedures or standards, but that's starting to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure there's a downside to bad team behavior, lying, and sketchy performance. Creates frustration and anger when a person who needs to leave the company isn't dealt with just because they have one good skill. It isn't worth it. The rest of the team is furious - every day. Have 360 degree feedback reviews so senior management can be assessed, as well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Monster Worldwide - trying hard but still falling behind

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    Good opportunities for advancement, the organization is mostly a meritocracy, vacation time is above average if you can find the time to actually use it.

    Cons

    Monster is a big company and it struggles under it's own weight. In a market that's filled with younger, more mobile companies, innovation at Monster is stifled by corporate bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monster is a web 1.0 company struggling in a web 2.0 world. Adapting current best practices and focusing on getting beyond the keyword/zipcode job search would be a step in the right direction. Focusing on user experience and interface would go a long way toward increasing the consumer value proposition.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Leading Web 2.0 Company Finds Its Own Niche

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide

    Pros

    The people at Affinity are what makes this working environment light and exciting. People are allowed to have fun and are encouraged to work hard. Because we're still very young but have great potential, everyone is motivated to be the best, to top last month's numbers, to always be improving. Our company feels transparent and strong.

    Cons

    I'd have to say that its hard to keep up with the pace - we're growing fast. It feels competitive at times, which can be good or bad. Also, there is not much room for vertical growth - everyone plays their own role and that's it. Of course, these are all common downsides of a start-up-like company, which comes with many benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the company is intimate and hardworking, I feel uncertain about my performance because we don't receive enough feedback. I'm proud of the work I do, and I hope others are too.

    Recommends

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