Taleo Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
73 Reviews

3.7
73 Reviews
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Taleo President, CEO, and Director Michael Gregoire
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Challenging, Great People, Work with lots of cool companies (in 7 reviews)

  • Leadership as a vendor in the Talent Management space (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Got acquired by Oracle - nuff said (in 3 reviews)

  • Long hours in a "hire and fire" atmosphere (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great at first, but no transparency contributes to rumor and speculation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Taleo

    Pros

    Great benefits. Agile. They treat you like an adult. Desire to be innovative. It is a hard to think of anything else.

    Cons

    Very secretive of important matters. Too top heavy with a countless assortment of VPs. Tout innovation, but do not deliver or give true incentive to innovate. Does a horrid job retaining its top talent, especially for a company that sells "talent intelligence".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hitting on all the buzz words and start innovating. Listen to your employees. Redesign and rewrite your products. Stop lowballing people you need to help your company thrive.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Mgmt maintains a very elitist attitude toward employees and disregards work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Taleo

    Pros

    East bay HQ location with proximity to BART station.

    Cons

    Long hours in a "hire and fire" atmosphere. No time for employee development. Stock grants are paltry or non-executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Taleo work place is not suited for someone with a family.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Taleo

    Pros

    Work from home is always good. Payscale is comparable with other companies. Good Benefits. Great company parties. Great conference to meet other co workers.

    Cons

    Not a good working environment. Not a place to work for a person with a growing family due to work load.

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

    Customer Support

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    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Taleo

    Pros

    Benefits including health, dental, vision, fsa, stock options, 401k, 3 weeks vacation as new employee, holidays and other pto

    Cons

    Proper training and immediate manager support for the learning process to do job. Manager's don't know or have never done the job and do not know how difficult the processes get in the way of getting job done in the time required to hit the numbers expected - this role is very much a call center role and no longer relationship management with set clients. Great for starters, but not for seasoned professionals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should not be based on who knows who, but who is truly qualified to support and work with their team for a successful future.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    May learn a thing or two, but be prepared for long hours, impossible deadlines and unappreciative management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Taleo

    Pros

    If you live in Alameda County and want to work for a company that is publicly traded and is in a growth market (HRIS) and probably won't run into any serious financial troubles in the near future. Also you may learn a lot of good software development practices and procedures. Benefits are standard and they have an ESPP program.

    Cons

    Long hours and long commute if you don't live near Dublin. Long as in weekends and working through the night. A typical work week is 60-80 hrs.

    The company is split into teams that support the enterprise product and those that support the product geared for the midsize market. The enterprise team tends to go through long (~6 months) development cycles whereas the SMB team tends to have short release cycles. Release cycles tend to be every 6 weeks.

    If you miss deadlines, you get berated. If you work 'till wee hours in the morning for an entire month, you won't get any recognition for your hard work...not even a "Thanks for the hard work.". Just a here's the next project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct 360 performance reviews. Anonymous reviews of employees for their managers would be beneficial.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    HR Company with Poor HR Practices

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Taleo

    Pros

    One of the leading on demand software companies with a blue chip customer base. Company is public and stock has been doing fairly well this year, with positive analyst ratings.

    Cons

    Upper management treats employees poorly which is ironic given that they are in the HR space. Compensation strategy is to pay only at mid point, they are very stingy with stock options so only officers of the company make good money, while the rest of the employees make so-so money. CEO is tyranical and makes it a practice to publicly humiliate people in meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach to your customers, talent is your best asset so take good care of it.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Integration Support Analyst

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    Former Employee - Integration and Reporting Support Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Integration and Reporting Support Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Taleo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Everyone on the support team is there only from 8 to 5pm.

    Cons

    Overall very low morale on team-mates
    Non existent training
    Extremely dissatisfied customers to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare your people properly before sending them to support clients.
    The software itself is amazingly buggy (I was there on 2011). FIX IT!
    The support senior and medium management is worthless. They have no clue what is going on with the clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sometimes being miserable pays well!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Taleo

    Pros

    Pay, benefits package, flexibility! In the public eye Taleo has a good reputation from clients. However chalk that up to a great marketing team!

    Cons

    Taleo's software is supposed to help companies from large to small hire and retain employees effectively! Unfortunately they don't practice what they preach!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your own advice and what you sell. People are not expendable, this their life you play games with. If your a bottom line company that's fine but don't sugarcoat things to make it seem that it isn't all that matters!

    Disapproves of CEO

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