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Edmunds.com – Why Work For Us?

Edmunds.com is a car-shopping Web site committed to helping people find the car that meets their every need.​​Almost 18 million visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next new or used car. Whether you're at the dealership or on the go, we're always by your side with our five-star Edmunds.com iPhone and iPad apps and our Edmunds.com Android App. Our comprehensive car reviews, shopping tips, photos, videos and feature stories offer a friendly and authentic approach to the automotive world. We're based in Santa Monica, Calif., but you can connect with us from anywhere by following @Edmunds on Twitter or by becoming a fan of Edmunds.com on Facebook.​​​​​




Sure, we've got great data, reviews and advice, but our most cherished assets are our enthusiastic employees and progressive corporate culture. We've been recognized as a top workplace by BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, as well as the LA Business Journal.​​​​​ Our employees pride themselves on going above and beyond for the Company and we like to recognize their efforts by providing a benefits package that leaves others in dust!

Some of the highlights of our extremely competitive benefits offering for full time, regular employees include:


  • Flexible Time Away From Work – no more counting your vacation days; take what you need; as long as your work gets done
  • ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) – we celebrate results, not hours worked; you're empowered to manage your schedule in order to integrate work and life so that neither gets neglected
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Plan with Matching Contributions
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • Maternity and Parental Leave Program
  • Educational Reimbursement Program
  • Subsidized Health Club Membership
  • Legal Services Plan
  • Paid Parking and Alternative Commuting Bonus Program
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Referral Cash Bonus Program
  • Employee Discounts
  • Fresh Fruit Delivered to our Office Daily, Cereal Bar Mondays, and Bagel Fridays!

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Ever since Edmunds began publishing printed car price guides in the 1960s, the company has been in the business of trust, innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers. When the company launched the car industry’s first Internet site in 1994, we established a leadership position online, and have never looked back.

Today, close to 18 million visitors come to Edmunds.com each month to do research and get advice including our True Market Value®, True Cost to Own® and our recently launched Price PromiseSM product which offers an instant, locked-in price that the dealer will honor. They're also contacting us for Edmunds Live Advice - the only free advice line and chat service for car shoppers provided by a company with nothing to sell.

Edmunds.com has transitioned to become a shopping site to give car shoppers a simpler buying experience. From our uniquely trusted position, we continue to work to make it easier for car shoppers to buy and for dealers to sell.


In 2010, Edmunds.com, Inc. faced slowing business growth and increased pressure to innovate from a highly competitive market. Our traditional method of building our product development road map with solutions dictated from senior executives was no longer producing the desired results. Employees wanted a say in what they built, and executives knew that we needed to innovate or fall prey to the competition. We made the decision to wholeheartedly adopt design thinking (user centered design), applying it first to the development of our 2011 product road map. Rather than executives identifying solutions to build, they drafted broad challenge statements and assigned budget and teams to each. These teams would ultimately build their own roadmaps, based on insights gleaned from research with real consumers. Teams learned how to quickly prototype ideas and to celebrate failures as long we learned something. Employees were no longer passive executers; instead, they were armed with tools and techniques that empowered them to innovate and drive product design.


In this video, see what employees have to say about Design Thinking at Edmunds and how we design products. You can also see what our CEO, Avi Steinlauf, has to say about it in his interview with the Harvard Business Review.






Edmunds.com Reviews

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Edmunds.com CEO Avi Steinlauf
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    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Edmunds.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of transparency - constant communication to everyone about earnings, strategy, what is working, what isn't, etc.

    Wide variety of technology and a lot of smart people. It's a great place to learn.

    Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) provides a ton of flexibility in terms of being at the office. There really is no expectation that you be there every day, unless it's required for something specific you have going on that is better suited to being in person (e.g. presentation to executive team, etc.).

    Fun, open, engaging office environment. Tries to be a bit like Google offices - wide open spaces, bright colors, couches, TVs, ping pong, video games, free snacks + coffee, in-office happy hours, etc.

    Compensation is middle of the road. It's fair by most standards, but it's definitely not paying Google / Facebook / Amazon / other dot com type salaries. Then again, Edmunds is not those companies. So I list this as a pro instead of a con. Being paid fairly is a good thing, right? I mean, we'd all like $3M in stock options, but that's not really a fair barometer to judge all other companies by.

    Cons

    Note: I gave 5 stars despite the cons listed here because it's still a fun and engaging place to be, which is more than most people get from a job these days. That indicates "Very Satisfied", which I am.

    Probably the biggest concern - I don't have a lot of confidence that the strategies in play will result in long term growth, or even maintenance of current revenue. There's just nothing obvious that jumps out as "hey, this is our 30% per year revenue growth engine". It just feels a bit stagnant and grasping at straws to maintain current state. Hope I'm wrong, but it makes it feel like it's a short term spot for me.

    Ton of turnover for a company of this size - seems like at least 1-2 people every week. Not necessarily a con, but usually an indicator of something bad.

    The wide variety of technology mentioned as a pro also has a dark side - massive complexity, mostly unnecessary. There doesn't seem to be a unifying technology platform strategy; it's a huge patchwork of every open source technology that has been hot at some point over the last 5-7 years.

    It's a bit clicky, as some other reviewers pointed out, but that hasn't really been a problem for me. It's much like other places - there's a culture and personality type that naturally fits in and flourishes here. If you happen to be that type, you'll do well. If not, you'll probably feel like you're on the outside looking in.

    It's a family run / owned business, so you have to deal with some arbitrary annoyances that you don't find at normal companies. For example, the elder Steinlauf (Chairman of the Board, son is CEO) roams the office, not appearing to do much, but more than once has unapologetically poked his head into important meetings (with Directors, VPs, etc.) for stupid reasons - he can't get into his email account (user error), or his wife's cell phone is acting up, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, really. I don't know that I have thoughts that are better than the ones currently in play. It's a tough business to be in, walking a fine line between building consumer trust in our independent reviews, while convincing dealers (who pay us a lot of money) that we aren't trying to screw them by helping consumers find the best prices. Fingers crossed, I guess?

    Recommends
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Edmunds.com Interviews

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Updated Aug 6, 2014

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    Account Executive Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Edmunds.com.

    Interview Details

    They reached out to me via LinkedIN. The recruiter was very nice (aren't they all!) but they seemed to really stress the high base. It almost seemed like that was supposed to make just jump ship. Then they set me up to talk with another manager and someone else. The titles were very confusing. There were lots of delays as if they were looking for someone else. They also did something that really confused me; they talked bad about the person that left! I knew that person! I turned down the position but they called me again; talked about the base and then almost got angre when I said it was a bad time for me to make a move.

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    • What dealers do you know that you could close tomorrow?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

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Edmunds.com Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work in Los Angeles (Large), LA Business Journal, 2012
Best Places to Work in Los Angeles (Large), LA Business Journal, 2011
Keynote Online Excellence Third Party Websites, Keynote, 2010
Best Places to Work in Los Angeles (Large) (#2), LA Business Journal, 2010
Top 20 Places to Work, HQ Magazine, 2009
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Additional Info

Website www.edmunds.com
Headquarters Santa Monica, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1966
Type Company - Private
Industry Media

Edmunds.com is a car-shopping Web site driven to make car buying easy. Almost 18 million visitors use our shopping tools every month to connect with over 9,500 dealer franchises across the U.S. Shoppers can browse our inventory listings for available cars and trucks, and with Edmunds.com's Price Promise, they can get an instant, upfront price on those same vehicles... More

Mission: Edmunds.com is a car shopping Web site driven to make car buying easy.

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