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CareerBuilder Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
459 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance is really good, I never saw people burned out from overwork (in 41 reviews)

  • Great benefits with tons of learning opportunities (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • I witnessed mediocre sales reps who sucked up to the Sales Director and move from sales (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad company, but not a "tech" company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time

    Pros

    They pay well, there is a lot of good people that work there. Travel can be fun

    Cons

    A lot of your business is not in your control. If you inherit a bad book of business or lose a client, it can RUIN your career. Because of the commission structure, losing 1 big client will almost guarantee you won't be able to hit 100% of quota for the year. It's not a very high energy office, so mind your p's and q's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the commission structure. Find ways to work with new team members who take over a book that has a bad history. Spend more time continuously training and monitoring accounts for potential gains and losses within a salesperson's first 90 days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Non-sales experience in sales at CB

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's great if you are young and you want to do sales. Every road leads to sales or else you stagnate and cannot enter management.

    Cons

    Feel and function of products is completely subordinate to speed and sales. If you are in a non-sales role, you will find it hard to get ideas out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build careers - more internal training, more opportunities for people in analysis and IT to more into other roles and vice-versa. Finally, let at least a few "Ideas from Everywhere" be non-IT related.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
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  5.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than an year)

    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
  6.  

    Great work life balance / Poor base salaries

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Careerbuilder.com is an innovative place to work and you really do get an opportunity to chart your own course. There is a great emphasis on problem solving and finding new solutions to old problems. The benefits and work life balance are terrific and among the best I've seen. Careerbuilder is a great place to pick up lots of skills and add to your versatility.

    Cons

    Base pay is simply not in line with market value. While benefits are there, they are overstated in your year end comp summary. Turnover is high due to low base pay. Promotion opportunities may be limited until another employee in the hierarchy departs via finding a higher paying job opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are great and need not change. If base pay does not go up, longevity will never be there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Incentives Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Incentives Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with an awesome team. Everyone is very collaborative and flexible. You know your team has your back. Great place for someone to work right out of college.

    Cons

    Poor pay for non-sales. Can be overly stressful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company but "fraternity" at the higher level needs to mix it up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time

    Pros

    Gives you a ton of freedom to create your own path. Hands off approach and a lot of smart people. If you do what you are supposed to do, you get a ton of freedom in and out of the office.

    Cons

    Too many in upper mgmt level are not passionate or are not deserving to be considered leaders at the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    There is no perfect place to work...but this is a good one

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Great Training. Lots of room for growth and opportunity.

    Cons

    Some politics involved. I really do not have many cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Systemic Issues Cause Ripple Effects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are really good
    Culture is fairly relaxed

    Cons

    1. Product development leaves much to be desired. Product owners have a half-baked ideas that are quickly pushed through production, not properly QA'd, they're filled with issues and bugs, and there is no work done to determine how products that are interdependent will function together.
    2. For a company that is moving to a "tech focus", the only people who are still properly compensated are sales, which means the best operations teams and developers are leaving for better opportunities.
    3. Initiatives are passed down from upper management without thinking through the consequences of how these new programs will affect other parts of CB's business, which makes it difficult to trust senior leadership.
    4. There are core issues with how accounts and teams are set up. We don't have enough operational resources, so those teams are getting burned out and leaving. In regards to account management, those teams are poorly trained, unreliable, and turn over quickly so their familiarity with accounts is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1, Figure out your priorities. You can't be a tech company where the focus is developing the best products and services, and be a sales company where the focus is cramming a poorly slapped together "solution" down your client's throats.
    2. Compensate your people better. The market is better, as you keep saying, and paying your best operations people 30-40% below market value isn't going to cut it if you want competitive products and services.
    3. Change the configuration of teams to better reflect what the business needs versus what is already in place.
    4. Disciplined freedom causes variety and variety is a killer to business because it is not scalable, it cannot be measured (because it is an outlier), and it costs more money. Custom solutions need to be a thing of the past unless compensated accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account executive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (more than an year)

    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

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