Monster Worldwide

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Monster Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
338 Reviews

2.7
338 Reviews
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Monster Worldwide Chairman, President, and CEO Sal Iannuzzi
Sal Iannuzzi
215 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 Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Maynard, MA

    Pros

    Good compensation. Advanced technical solutions.

    Cons

    Poor organization structure - makes simple things complex and slows down overall progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your team is appreciated and is allowed to grow, you too will.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crazy busy schedules

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer in Maynard, MA

    Pros

    Lots to do, opportunities to learn, good people. Monster has decent upper management and I believe they are trying to do the right things. They continued innovating despite the difficult economy over the past couple of years and tried to be fair to employees.

    Cons

    Crazy schedules and processes made it hard to do the right thing at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on development processes and procedures

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Monster government solutions (MGS) is a pretty decent place to work if you are not afraid of a bit of hectic env

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mc Lean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mc Lean, VA

    Pros

    multitasking environment - you won't get bored, convenient location (Tyson's), decent salaries - although they were very stingy last a couple of years on cash bonuses, office space is good if you get an office with a window.

    Cons

    no recent 401k matching, somewhat disorganized but they have good relationships with clients and work just keeps piling up - although it's all manageable, badly planned and setup office space, especially cubicle areas and inside offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cleanup office space, pay a little more attention to employees (more spot bonuses, whatever other minor perks), don't be too stingy on US workers - you are working for US Government for God's Sake!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good and friendly environment. But very bad for growth in career.

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

    Pros

    Flexible, senior management treats you with respect, benefits.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities at all. Even a yearly appraisal is not done. Senior management is very poor in making decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont re-org too much..

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Monster Worldwide - a brief review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Monster Worldwide has a great work live balance. If you're interested in the job search market this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Maynard is in the middle of nowhere. This isn't a technology company, it is a job search company that uses technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to offer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    "I'm not going to search a resume to hire someone, I'm just going to hire someone I know " - Sal Iannuzzi

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

    Pros

    Occasionally fed us free food. Willing to change your schedule to help accommodate life. Cared about the well being of their employees at that moment.

    Cons

    Raises where horrible no matter how well you preformed. To get anything done including your own job you have to jump through so many hoops, approvals, cross checks, different software screen, ect... just to get something very simple accomplished. Backend software is a joke, if anyone saw how complicated and mismatched the software to run the company was, no one would deal with Monster. Moving up in the company only goes so far, unless you've worked with Sal Iannuzzi before, they you get straight promoted to VP of (fill in the blank). When Sal said the quote I listed in the review headline I was floored that he just came out and said "I'm not going to use the product we sell to hire someone, I'm just going to network with people i know...." if thats the case, what does that say about the product?

    Management does not communicate to one another, the company is not really one company, its 12 different silos all trying to compete with one another acerting their dominance as "the reason the company still stays afloat"

    Most of the management is like dealing with high school drama, they do not see the big picture, they do not want to change anything, they just want to coast along their set path and when they do change something, its only to make them look good.

    They say "we want to invest in your education and further career advancement" You can move about one level up from where you start and thats about it. After that, doesn't matter what you do, your not going anywhere.

    Constantly want you to "prove your worth" to a point of obscurity, like how many hours and how much product do I need to be producing before I'm proving beyond my worth and you realize there is more work than one person can possibly do?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The product needs to be rebuilt from square one. Not 10,000 different products and services that are pricey and don't work. Take a look at Craigs list, extremely simple product with great rewards, rethink the machine that drives the business. The product and services are too complicated and confusing to the customer. Invest in your employee's future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The company was good before they were purchased by Monster.

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    Former Employee - Various  in  West Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Various in West Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    It is a great company if you are a college student needing flexibility. .

    Cons

    No long term career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your roots. Get back the start-up atmosphere that was present before being purchased by the corporate Monster. This is why they are not thriving as they were in the late 90 and early 2k's. At one time they encouraged ideas and did much for their young bright employees. Now Monster underminds their creativity and simply keeps them to lock up the college market and make upsells to Monster.com.

  9.  

    Lot's of vision, no prophet, no followers, no heart

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours in product development, plus fun, young, and fast-paced.

    Cons

    No direction, changing direction, communication vacuum between management and workers about future direction of company and lack of true commitment from senior managers beyond what's expected to appear professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love it or leave it. Get involved. Be there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for opportunity and responsibility, with many frustrations everyday.

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

    Pros

    I chose to work for Monster because of the many varied opportunities that it had in store for me. I have had the chance to work on many high-profile projects and really make a difference, even directly out of graduate school. There is a lot of room to make a large impact right out of the gate if you are a self-starter and you work hard. That being said, the work days are not long, and you can enjoy the benefits of a nice work-life balance. Overall, despite Monsters many flaws, this is a great place to work for a little while.

    Cons

    There are some downsides that makes Monster not the greatest place for everyone to be. The senior leadership thinks that it is making a huge change with Monster in focusing attention on the new, hip, innovative products, and aligning with the "culturally relevant" brands. However, what Monster really needs is a good look in the mirror - what strengths does it WANT to have after everything is said and done? Monster's only strength currently is it's name recognition, but it could be so much more. To their credit, they are focusing much more on the user experience, which is a good first step, but the common theme around Monster is "that's not the way we do things around here." If Monster will truly succeed, it will focus on job search, and make that killer - uproot the stagnant and bring in people who aren't only saying "i'll do my job and go home."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the people at the lowest level, install some PROCESS, get in the people who actually care about how their product is doing, stop letting product folks run the show, get rid of ego, and make some really great products grounded in what USERS actually want. We are getting there, but too slowly.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Don't get eaten by the Monster. It can be a great place to work for some, but many are disappointed over time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive

    Pros

    Talented people throughout the organization, great energy and once the market leader.

    Cons

    Quotas for salespeople are set without much insight into the potential of their client list or territory. Quotas are often irrational. Too often, the same sales efforts are not compensated fairly, simply because the quota setting process is so messy and irrational. Some salespeople make a great deal of money while others make no commission simply because the quotas are given in a range of 30% to 160% growth year over year. There is still alot of turmoil related to upper management changes over the past 3 years and it's probably not over yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out which innovations made Monster the leader in this space years ago. Go back to the drawing board and treat your customers like you want to keep them and value their loyalty. Don't treat them as if Monster is the only option. Somewhere along the way, senior management became greedy and tried desparately to capitalize on Wall Street with short term thinking and long term consequences. Greed and pressure from Wall Street was followed by manangement setting unrealistic numbers for client growth and that pressure ruined many relationships.

    Product doesn't work that well for job seekers any longer. Every manager should set up an account as a job seeker and see how satisfied they are with the results.

    Disapproves of CEO

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