Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $16 billion and more than 50,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Manheim (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products); Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms); and AutoTrader Group (automotive media and software solutions). The company's national consumer brands include AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, Savings.com and Valpak.
Cox Enterprises, Inc. was founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1898 by former schoolteacher and news reporter James M. Cox, whose ambition was to own a newspaper. At the age of 28, he borrowed $26,000 from friends and family and purchased the Dayton Evening News (now the Dayton Daily News).
James Cox's success with the newspaper led him into public service. He subsequently became Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. After losing the election to Warren Harding, Gov. Cox focused his attention on growing his media business.
In 1935, Gov. Cox started Ohio's first radio station, WHIO, just as radio was gaining widespread popularity. In 1939, Cox acquired The Atlanta Journal newspaper and WSB, the South's oldest and most powerful radio station. Cox's innovation continued in 1948 when WSB-TV in Atlanta became the South's first television station; WHIO-TV in Dayton began broadcasting later that year.
Following Gov. Cox's death in 1957, his son, James Cox, Jr., assumed leadership of the company and continued its expansion until his death in 1974. During his tenure, Cox Enterprises became one of the first major players in the cable television industry. Cox Communications began with the acquisition of three small cable systems in rural Pennsylvania in 1962. Today, Cox Communications is among the largest broadband communications companies in the country and serves more than 6 million customers in 18 states.
Cox demonstrated its foresight again in 1969 by acquiring Manheim Auto Auction in Manheim, Penn. Manheim has grown to be the world's leading provider of used-vehicle and remarketing services, and a marketplace for almost 10 million used vehicles that change hands every year.
Cox's next auto-related innovation was launched in 1998. AutoTrader.com is the Internet's leading auto classifieds marketplace and consumer information website that attracts an average of about 15 million unique monthly visitors.
Meanwhile, Cox's traditional media operations - newspapers, radio and television - continue to be major players in their industries. The Cox Media Group, Inc. subsidiary consists of: 4 metro daily newspapers; 57 radio stations; and 15 television stations, as well as Cox Reps, a major advertising sales rep firm. The subsidiary's other operations include Adify Corporation, a Cox TMI company, and Valpak.
Today Cox employs more than 50,000 employees in 300 separate businesses. Its employees are active in every community where the company operates.
James C. Kennedy, Gov. Cox's grandson, is chairman of Cox Enterprises. Under his direction, Cox has engaged in a major conservation effort, "Cox Conserves," across the company. It's part of a legacy that began more than a century ago
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cox Enterprises' revenues are nearly $16 billion, and the company has more than 50,000 employees
- Cox Communications
The third-largest cable TV provider and one of the largest broadband communications companies in the U.S., with services including residential and commercial video, data and voice offerings.
- Cox Media Group
An integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, Cox Media Group owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.
- Cox Automotive
A leading provider of vehicle remarketing services and digital marketing and software solutions for automotive dealers and consumers. Cox Automotive includes Manheim, AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, vAuto, NextGear Capital, and a host of global businesses and brands serving customers such as auto dealers, manufacturers and financial institutions.
At Cox, you don't just have a job, but the opportunity to grow and advance across many dynamic industries. We'll work with you to achieve this growth through career development programs and in our commitment to ongoing training and to hiring from within.
Diversity & Inclusion
We are committed to having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We embrace and foster an environment that builds on the unique talents that come from a variety of people and perspectives— employees, communities, products and suppliers.
For more than 100 years, Cox Enterprises has been guided by a simple belief: do the right thing for our employees, our customers and our communities.
We are committed to being good stewards of the environment and have long engaged in eco-friendly practices. We pride ourselves on being a good corporate citizen and an environmental leader.
Introduction to Benefits
We invest in the success of employees and their families by offering a variety of benefits programs that help meet their health, wealth, living and career needs.
Health & Wellness
- Mail-order drug program
- Long-term disability
- Life/accidental death and personal loss coverage (AD&PL)
- Flexible spending accounts (healthcare and dependent care)
Saving & Retirement Plans
- 401(k) plan
- Pension plan
- Retiree healthcare (for eligible employees)
Additional Benefits Programs
- Cox Employee Relief Fund
- Assistance and time-off options to help manage the unexpected
- Short-term disability policy
- Personal leave
- Adoption assistance
- Employee Assistance Program (in most companies)
- Mentoring opportunities
- Training opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
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Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Cox Enterprises.Interview Details
Was contacted by Company Recruiter and asked very specific experience related to job requirements. For example, recruiter asked about a step-by-step procedure related to working with SQL database and typed every word. I know because I was asked to slow down a bit because she wasn't a very fast typist. She was very pleasant and cordial.
Two weeks later another recruiter called to schedule interview and told me who I was interviewing with and that be prepared for a STAR (Situation,Task, Action, Result) type interview.Interview Questions
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- Interview was very technical. They literally asked 5 STAR questions from their interview sheet. The question went something like this, "Tell me about an important project or task you were working on where the specifications changed but the deadline was not extended. What did you do? What were the results?" Answer Question
Cox Enterprises is a family-owned holding company with operations spanning cable TV, broadcasting, publishing, and auctions. Its flagship subsidiary, Cox Communications, is the #3 cable system operator (behind Comcast and Time Warner Cable) serving more than 6 million customers with TV, Internet, and digital phone services. Its Manheim unit is the largest wholesale vehicle auction company in the US, with about 145 locations. Cox's media operations, overseen by Cox Media Group, include Cox Newspapers (eight daily papers), Cox Television (about 15 local stations), and Cox...