Yellow Pages Group

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Yellow Pages Group Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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2.8 106 reviews

58% Approve of the CEO

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Julien Billot

(12 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance - no pressure to take the job home, very flexible schedules (in 5 reviews)

  • Some great people with great industry knowledge (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • It is terrible for work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • upper management is not pro-active, they react when its too late & constantly trying to catch up (in 5 reviews)

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    Fun place to work, uncertain stability

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsMost of the employees seem pretty cool, they have a fairly laid back attitude and as long as you are pulling your weight you are pretty much free to go about your business. Fairly flexible schedules- pay was decent as well.

    ConsI felt that the benefits could be better- pick up more of the tab on the health insurance- because the employee shoulders most of the cost. There are lay offs from time to time- but more on the print side- so be wary of that... go for digital positions those are more likely to be stable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to play favorites. It discourages others from wanting to try to move up in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience. But transition through ownership. At time not much mobility.

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsA lot of independence given.

    ConsNot acknowledged for a good work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive credit to hard work.

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    The company encourages a close knit relationship with all coworkers

    Account Coordinator (Current Employee) Deerfield Beach, FL

    ProsEveryone is very supportive, and we are all very good friends. The pay is fair, and the benefits are outstanding

    ConsThe work is tedious and very detail oriented.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore interaction between office branches

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    it is a way to make a living

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Nashville, TN

    Prosthe commision structure is uncapped

    Conscold calling need a better way of leads

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunication

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    Great technology challenges - good balance between research and development

    Senior Java Developer (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsChallenges for this company are great. Since the venue of the new CEO, there is a clear difference with the previous one. It's full speed ahead closing the gaps that were created under the old guard. This means: exciting projects, being around people that have begged for the solution you are bringing for years, research (fail fast conditions allowed). I also appreciate the fact teams are not too much in a silo. There is a good philosophy of sharing between teams depending on the problem to solve. There is also not a single person I do not enjoy working with (good people as well as knowledgeable people).

    ConsWhile IT is awesome at YPG, other areas are tougher. Upper-management has a tendency to light-up fires for IT to code projects on a heartbeat (which destabilizes an entire approach that takes time to implement). That being said, I understand where they are coming from. They have a business to run and many pay-checks to write.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep at it. From where I stand (a R&D developer), I see some upper-management staff that understood the hard-way what it meant not to be a leader in its field. I think the knowledge is deeply acquired. Keep at it and become that leader.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Changing with the times ... Improvements or Hard road ahead?

    Sales (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsCompany is committed to change and wants to become a Market Leader / On-line Power House in Canada.
    Offer tremendous value to advertisers and constantly looking at acquiring partnerships to elevate performance + exposure for paying customers.
    Employees work hard and are dedicated to the company.
    Corporate culture has been a focal point and getting better over the last few years.

    ConsSMB's are confused with so many competitors in the market place, they do not always give you the time to present solutions and want bottom basement prices in exchange.
    Internal systems and procedures can slow down processing of accounts and very frequently you have to deal with frustrated advertisers as simple information is not updated correctly.
    Delivering innovative products at competitive price points has remained an issue over the years.
    Employees work hard and are dedicated to the company however work / life balance becomes a struggle with constant system changes, new ways of processing accounts, changes to tools, updating managers sales funnels and keeping constant contact with clients and their performance.
    Many moving parts that need to be brought in-line for future success for the company in today's market .

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to keep all departments in the loop with accurate information, offer support groups to alleviate confusion and offer additional training on products, process and internal changes.
    Talent has been leaving or has been phased out due to Organisational Changes,this could increase account churn or account losses.
    Account & Product performance follow up should not always be on the shoulders of the Sales force as they are not the ones implementing and delivering solutions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The heydays are clearly behind them.

    Marketing (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsThe company has a great culture and people, fantastic work environment.

    ConsThe company is now focused on rebranding itself as a web destination and it is attempting to squeeze against some hefty competitors in the online advertising space. YP has a large sales network, but it has an old user base and an even older customer base. The long term prospects look bleak. The company has been shaving benefits and cutting back on perks for awhile to better align itself with other web marketing companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe new management has to prove that they are able to be nimble and be willing to take risks while moderating the voices of conservatism in the company that held it back for so long.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, poor processes

    Multimedia Client Service Representative (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat family like atmosphere with people who genuinely care about you

    ConsThe processes are extremely outdated and redundant. Half of your job is writing the same thing in 3-4 different ways

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix the processes and like most others stated be PROACTIVE instead of REACTIVE to the constantly changing market.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had a very challenging and rewarding career.

    Sales Support Manager (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsI had the pleasure of working with some fabulous people. The company provided numerous avenues for self and professional development. The corporate values were strong.

    ConsAs the years progressed the hours, pressure and stress increased resulting in a very unbalance work/life experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    15 years and still enjoy working here.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with.

    ConsDon't give up on people who had good results in the past.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome management lacking people skills

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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