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CareerBuilder Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
452 Reviews

3.6
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Pros
  • Work life balance is really good, I never saw people burned out from overwork (in 37 reviews)

  • Great benefits with tons of learning opportunities (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • I witnessed mediocre sales reps who sucked up to the Sales Director and move from sales (in 22 reviews)

  • No office culture or morale due to extremely high turnover (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    The sky's the limit

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    Former Employee - Major Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    CB really is a great company to work for. It's great for those just breaking their teeth as well as experienced executives. They will always recognize hard work and reward and promote accordingly! If you're in sales and performing, you can write your own ticket.

    Cons

    I honestly have to stretch to think of cons for CB. Yes, I've read other reviews about Micro - Managers, but it IS a sales organization first and foremost. The only con that I can think of is I have seen top performers, who have truly done above and beyond work, not get total support when needed. CB tends to be the type of place that so long as you're "problem - free" and hitting you numbers then all is well. Again, I'm stretching to find cons...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to the employees, the "Ideas from Everywhere" competition is awesome! The Wrigley Field event was always my favorite thing (other than trip) and keep killing it at Kickoff, it provides a great "refresher"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great benefits, Work life balance, tech company, always training on sales and the products. Always innovating in the HR space.
    I have worked in sales positions for different companies before and none have come close to the incentives, training, leadership and support as CareerBuilder does.
    Culture is amazing, happy hours all the time. The sales teams work together wtih the manager to plan events and strategies to discuss with clients.
    Technical support is something you learn as a sales rep. Good and bad you arent just asked to sell and say goodbye to the customer, you are given the opportunity to fully ingrain your services into the companies that need help.

    Cons

    Need to work hard
    You are not only sales you do have some rolls as a technical advisor. I enjoy this aspect as it brings me closer to my clients and help me builder deeper more meaningful relationships but some would say this is a waste of a sales person time. I disagree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep heading in the direction you are going and stay private! we have power over the public competition this way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Awesome pay, awesome work life/balance, top notch sales training, great entry level job

    Cons

    This job is what you make of it, cons are simply opinions here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Awesome training and development. Great leadership. Amazing innovation in the space.

    Cons

    Growing fast and constant innovation is leading to a stressful internal culture because the lack of organization and process improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating, improve internal process, develop leadership more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    3 years in and still loving it!

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Fantastic people, quick opportunities for advancement, high compensation, freedom to run your business the way you see fit! Benefits are amazing and products are state-of-the-art.

    Cons

    For some of the initial roles, there's a bit of hand-holding. But there has to be! As we move into software business, change is rapid and we've got to stay out in front of it. If agility isn't your thing, this might not be the sales company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep allowing the disciplined freedom approach!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great sales building block with a lot of upward opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The company culture is by far the best things about working for CareerBuilder. There are a lot of company events/happy hours, half day Fridays in the summer, and TRIP. Trip was one of the best experiences of my life. A 1 week all expenses paid for you and a plus 1 to an exotic location. Everyone is really nice and will do anything they can to help you.

    Cons

    Activity - hitting stupid metrics that do not necessarily result in sales to stay off "plan". Change is the only constant not that this is the worst thing in the world but sometimes changes are not communicated very well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep evolving to keep up in the market place. Things have changed so much in the 3+ years since I have been here and in a great way!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great room for growth.
    Pay is above average
    Disciplined freedom
    Senior Leadership is solid!

    Cons

    At times communication from upper management is not as clear as it could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same as above. Communication can lack at times.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Employer, Great Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    - some of the brightest minds all in one place
    - highly competitive compensation for winning sales reps
    - work-life balance

    Cons

    -non-sales roles tend to pay lower than the market average salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An AMAZING career opportunity for those energetic, passionate & driven leaders who are agile & deal with constant change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    -Great Fast paced Culture,
    -Constant Innovation and is never boring,
    -Advancement Opportunities up to VP level,
    -Exceptional Visionary CEO,
    -Solid diversified solution mix with many solutions that truly impact almost any business,
    -Environment where you can be rewarded for achievements when you perform,
    -Amazing Kick-off and Incentive Trip Events,
    -Uncapped High commission potential (hence below industry base pay references),
    -Energetic and Caring Peers,
    -Great flexibility if you are asserative and confident,
    -Strong Senior Leadership, a maturing company that grows and expands,
    -Top Tier Sales Professionals - work with some of the best and brightest,
    -Opportunity for Work/Life Balance,
    -Company open to employee ideas at all levels
    -Discriplined Freedom after you earn the right and pay your dues!

    Cons

    Really these are areas of Opportunity...
    -Lagging Sales Training on complex software solution selling at the AE/SAE level,
    -Compensation Plans created mainly by finance anaylsts do not work in real-world scenarios,
    -Sustainability of larger deals based on solution scalability and internal processes which hinder high net worth client relationships at the Enterprise level,
    -Account Support personnel pay is far below average for desired role and responsibilities which can hinder even the best of sales professionals, client satisfaction/account transitioning,
    -Success Measurement is at times skewed in certain areas so at times good people get passed up over others who are perceived to be a "better" performer,
    -Product Management and Middle Sales Management is somewhat out of touch which can impact the pro of having Strong Senior Leadership and their decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal war exists of what CB is becoming, a SaaS company or to remain a job board with access to tremendous amounts of data...Clients are somewhat confused and the message being placed out to the industry is very much mixed at a time when it should be unified and clear from the Top Down orginating from Corporate Marketing/Communications to the general public. Market the evolution of CB and let the feet on the street reinforce the message. Align internal teams to work together not as silos, therefore measurement needs to be structured so that as a team, each have skin in the game vs. everyone having their own agenda. When decisions are made that effect clients directly, proactive consideration should be given for the impact to the relationships and on a case by case basis, modification should be proactively considered vs. a standardized talk track. Management should be more open to career pathing/development for their employees. Get the sales managers to work their own 1-2 house accounts to stay connected with the trends in the sales process and industry. As others have stated, attrition of proven sales reps has been a negative trend (but many appear to go onto great opportunities), Those who are consistent, top performers and loyal need to be heard and listened to more with regards to constructive criticism and trends noticed in the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work and grow!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work! Management truly cares about their employees and encourages growth. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    There are not cons - truly a fantastic place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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