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Blue Book Network Contractors Register Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
57 Reviews

3.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • At the home office in customer service we also have many wonderful people that remain (in 9 reviews)

  • There is a great 401K match, decent yet crazy expensive benefits, and great people to work with (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Distrust, micro-management, fear and intimidation are the components of the current culture (in 8 reviews)

  • Current UPPER management should be analyzed on their credentials and what they really contribute to the company (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Blue Book was a great company in 1999 but became a micromanaged nightmare as the IT side took over the sales force.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    TBB had an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Sales side had to constantly report all activity to Big Brother -each year we reported more. A lot of the reports took time away from selling!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic in your goals and allow sales professionals to sell!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent Company!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    As a past customer and current employee owner of almost 5 years, I see nothing but great things coming for anyone that is a customer or employee. This company truly cares about it's employees and customers, trying to make the product offerings and employee experience a better one.

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    We're now an ESOP ! How cool is that??

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jefferson Valley, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jefferson Valley, NY

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    We are now Employee-Owned! Career advancement opportunities are frequent in many depts. at HQ. If you want to pursue an advanced degree, there's a tuition reimbursement program. Great benefits, including summer Friday's at HQ. Incredible 401-K with a 10% match ~ unheard of anywhere else I've worked. Lots of great people ~ and a family atmosphere. We've never had a layoff in 100 years ~ not many companies can say that.

    Cons

    HQ is not on a train line ~ we all have to drive, but for most of us, it's a really easy commute. There could be more PTO, but if you don't use sick time, additional PTO is the reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold Town Halls quarterly, if possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good 401k, ESOP, nice people and work environment but low salaries!

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    Current Employee - MIS  in  Jefferson Valley, NY
    Current Employee - MIS in Jefferson Valley, NY

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time

    Pros

    Good 401k, now is ESOP, good benefits, half day summer fridays, nice work environment and never had layoffs in 100 years of business.

    Cons

    Very low end salaries, You want to be on the lowest paid in your profession look no further!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people decently and you might attract better workers and produce a higher level of service/products. Stop rolling out products that have never been tested properly. Having tons of products that perform poorly is not as good as one or two that work well and are polished. Sales micro management is not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    My experience with our company is good and getting better. Not perfect but a good place to call "Home"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I love working with fellow co workers who really care about one another, our customers and building our company for another 100 years. Our sales group was asked, not coerced, not forced IF we wanted to we could share our feelings (anon) we could. It bothers me to have read from some past employees who said they "had to". How stupid.
    I was given a chance to work here over 10 years ago and have been treated with respect by 3 different managers. I had a few pretty bad years and was helped but was told I needed to improve
    because I was better than my numbers showed.
    I bought into this job and my last 3 SALES jobs because I love some freedom but know nothing is free and I'm fine with being responsible. I know my RM was stressed about his job even though he never said anything. He counted on me and our team and we wanted to do well for each other and him. I have a ton of friends in SALES and when I tell them who we are, how we are treated and our culture they get jealous. It is not for everybody, obviously.
    If you don't want to work super hard, be responsible for yourself, help others, do work that may not make quick money with doing some things but can build or learn new things then DO NOT work here. Simple as that. If you think you can make 70k - 100 k without working then leave so we can get people that see the real opportunity and aren't complacent whiners.
    I want to stay here and do well especially now as a real stake in ownership.
    Thank you for extra EB Bonus.....$10,000 wow!

    Cons

    More scheduled time for training. We get so busy running territories that our managers heads are spinning. We need to spend more time with reps in other areas to get ideas. We need more training material as resources. Listen more. Suggestion box is good idea but a joke because we never hear back a lot of times. I know we made and make changes from input but some recognition would be nice with kudos from home office. More people need to be able to go to Presidents club. Our RM is good and works a ton but if 3rd or 4th out of 30 they stay home-

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I did above in comments. Be genuine. Tell us the truth. Doing better with product roll outs but be careful not to expect miracles over night. Don't lump us in with the minority that are clueless or looking for a handout or complain. It's a great but hard job. Understand that and keep working on letting us know whats going on and why we do things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A Great Company That Cares About Their People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Blue Book values their employees and they just don't say it.....they back it up with actions. Every employee owns a piece of the company and every employee has a 401-K plan that contributes $2 to every $1 the employee contributes. The Blue Book encourages creativity, ideas and allows every employee to be heard. Their policy of promoting from with-in allows for upward mobility and a long career. Employees who have been with the company for 20, 25 and 30 years is common. The company has a progressive attitude and is always working on new products to stay ahead of the curve and keep the company growing. The Blue Book is 100 years old and has NEVER had a lay-off because of hard times. Basically the Blue Book is old fashion in the sense that it fosters a culture of loyalty....much the way companies in the 50's 60's and 70's did. I've had the privilege of working with some of the best people I have ever met and I really feel lucky that I joined this company so many years ago

    Cons

    Because we put out superior products and treat our customers with loyalty and respect, our competition like to talk trash about us. They continually spread falsehoods about the company because they can't compete with their inferior products and poor customer service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to take the time to study the needs of the industry and create products that serve those needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good company and benefits. But salaries are not very good

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits offered to employees, especially the 401K plan

    Cons

    Starting to turn into a corporate environment, used to be more family friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have higher salaries.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Time Burnout of reps...they work their reps to death and don't listen to ideas

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Money was great if you are willing to work 7 days a week

    Cons

    Horrible customer service reps who treat outside reps like they have no value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Glad to hear you sold the company to the reps. They deserve ownership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Last one to leave, turn off the lights.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register full-time

    Pros

    There is a great 401K match, decent yet crazy expensive benefits, and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Micro management runs rampant as does the culture of passing the buck- you can point out areas of opportunity at every turn and yet nothing will ever be done about it, it's always business as usual. The salary is paltry and not enough to live on which is why you see either very young people who took one of the few jobs offered to them in the toughest economy since the 20's or you see older folks who have a pension to live off of and are doing this to make extra money or to keep themselves busy. You'll find this place will never be a career, it's a stepping stone to bigger and better or it's a second "job", which is a shame because this could be a great place to spend many years at if only you were paid enough to eat. And it's not like the company is bleeding money at all, they're constantly sending people here, offering competitions there, buying useless new equipment for departments. If only they invested that money in their people and trusted those people to drive the company forward they wouldn't have all of the open positions that they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Knock off the kitschy business of promoting us as an "open door, everyone is valued" company and start getting your hands dirty. Spend the money to fix the products so they do exactly what they say they will every single time you use them, pay your employees enough to live and not just scrape by or have to work multiple jobs, and train your staff the way they should be trained. You have a great concept that's being poorly executed in recent years, and it shows. Stop accepting mediocre and hold the decisions you make to the same standards you want to hold your employees to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    I Love The Blue Book Building and Construction Network! Who Wouldn't?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Book Network Contractors Register

    Pros

    It's one of the only companies in America that has and continues to hire for top talent for positions during times of recession. The company always provides an opportunity for employees to attend educational or training seminars to help employees grow professionally. The company provides a tuition reimbursement program for employees to utilize to become more proficient and knowledgeable in their field. The President of the company has an "open door policy" in the sense that if you have something on your mind, his door is always open as well as his phone line. Senior Management is always friendly and approachable.
    Working at The Blue Book is a great experience. Everyone is friendly and gives you a sense of "family" oriented. It's not "cold" like a major corporation is; even the buildings at Head Quarters location carry a sense of welcome; there are always beautiful flowers at each entrance; maintained grounds and extremely clean working environments. Employees have the best interest for each other and continually help one another. Everyone provide ideas and feedback. It's a true pleasure to work at The Blue Book.

    Cons

    The cons of the Blue Book are ........well, can't seem to think of anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Management - have round tables or employee/management forums on different topics of the business each quarter or semi-annually. Provide an environment for the forums where employees can feel comfortable that their feedback, ideas and suggestions are wanted, heard and appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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