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CareerBuilder Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
466 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance is really good, I never saw people burned out from overwork (in 39 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 22 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance did not exist - neither did a true career path (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account executive

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    • 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
  2.  

    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

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

    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
  3.  

    A great sales building block with a lot of upward opportunity

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    • 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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trending The Wrong Direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - CareerBuilder truly is a great organization that employs some fantastic people.
    - The bonus potential and rewards trip are excellent motivators
    - Benefits are top-notch (wellness reimbursement is an exceptionally nice perk)
    - You will gain valuable knowledge that will allow you to excel in other roles

    Cons

    - Management. Hire people who actually know how to LEAD other people. Note: there is a big difference between management and leadership.
    - To continue on this note, bullying and humiliating your salespeople will not make them more effective. A little positive reinforcement can go a long way.
    - The blind devotion to becoming a SaaS organization has resulted in ridiculous product quotas in some groups. People's jobs are threatened not for lack of performance, but for failing to sell the product de jour in the way leadership wants you to sell it.
    - Passing the buck. It's no secret that the support groups are not well paid. That being said, the people who (at least in theory) support the sales reps constantly shirk responsibility. It's always somebody else's problem with them.
    -Training: In several business units, you are not provided with much in the way of training. Leadership is very good at telling reps what to do but not so much in terms of helping you develop the skills to do it.

    If you are new to sales and are considering starting as an AE or SAE, save yourself the grief and just start in the Inside Sales Group. At least you'll receive the sales process training you need and the client interactions to make it stick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Put leaders in place who actually want to and are capable of leading.
    - You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar
    - Develop your salesforce to have critical thinking skills and recommend solutions based on these abilities. You are creating an army of SaaS robots.
    - Practice what you preach. Supposedly, your employment brand is "Growth Through Learning." Make sure this is actually happening. And, no, having 5 Lueco / Talent Network trainings per month is not real training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Better Than Expected Experience Overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company perks. Camaraderie. Great pay and benefits. Innovation.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management. Company politics. Too much reliance on the "Kool Aid" - people reciting company values that don't have any idea what it means.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better training for management. Sales leaders don't always make for great managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open, supportive work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Managers, Directors, even VPs always have their doors open and they are more than happy to take suggestions and offer advice
    High-emphasis on keeping employees health. Physically, mentally, financially.

    Cons

    Communication between departments can be difficult, especially given how spread out the company is geographically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote conversations across departments at every level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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    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 first sales position for new grads

    Cons

    Sales so expect to work hard for the money. Not for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, tons of growth potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you're willing to work hard, you can make a lot of money and climb the ladder at CB

    Cons

    Sales people were promoted into management with no idea how to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create paths for sales reps to be managers and don't promote someone to manager just because they can sell.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a great company to learn how to sell, call 120 people a day and learn a great industry.....all while working in a young hip hop work place with a ton of benefits. The healthcare benefits, college, and transit programs were top notch. Having a chance to have a place in the world where you get to put people back to work is truly rewarding.

    The T1, T2 and T3 training is truly unmatched by any other sales group

    Cons

    You will enter a sales role in which the true value of selling what a client wants is thrown out the door and be forced and or rewarded to sell products that the executive team wants you to sell. The flavor of the month will at times switch to flavor or the day, which is all micro managed by your manager who has the ability to listen to every phone call you make.

    The comp plan is very hard to get used to if you have any financial responsibilities, but because everyone is under 27 years old CB (CareerBuilder) leverages that workforce who don't truly care about long term career plans or money. As a slap in the face, CB will bring in a financial consultant to tell you how to manage a paycheck that is 50% less than what your industry competition is paying. Yes, Monster will pay you $60k plus bonus when CB will only pay $30k plus bonus. Linkedin, Simplyhired, Indeed and ADP will all pay almost double for a starting salary.

    If you make it more than 9 months, the 4th quarter payout of the comp plan will finally pay what it needs to. Each sales division is also set up differently. Enterprise is set up on revenue so you get paid when your clients use the product..........thus you will force your clients to post jobs when they don't need to, with clever training seminars to tell you how to create that talk track.

    If you get a job, make sure you make your manager and every equal or greater manager in the company as your friend. Nepatism is top of mind at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of my coworkers believed and wanted to convey the following but true candid feedback is never welcomed at CB but only viewed that you were not part of the team. It is sad that managers see it as that rather than a way to truly become great.

    1. Change the comp plan / account base growth plan so that reps can stay in a sales role with the same book and territory. This will allow customers to have the same rep for more than 6 months and truly grow win win relationships....Instead you have bread an internal thought process that after 1, 2 and maybe 3 years, the most successful reps are forced to leave their role or be fired or make no money. This is so common that reps will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to win and hit thier number. You have lost the equal amount of business since 2004 that you have brought in....This may be a factor

    2. Protecting bad managers and bad sales people will only hurt you in the end and you will never truly grow from good to great. You are very top heavy in your management for the ROI that they bring to the market, teams and overall growth of the company. Salesforce can truly allow you to stop micro managing and reduce manager headcount as most of the leaders just look at data anyway. Rarely are they ever helping a salesperson get better and improve their craft. It is okay and actually very healthy to bring in new management to multiple segments of the business. Mark Landwer is a great example of this. STOP promoting or pushing great sales people into leadership..............they don't want it but it is their only option.

    3. It is great that SaaS is a offering however, selling sticky products at 90% discounts without proper training or to just hit a number will ruin your name as a quality player in that space. You cannot scare or force reps to sell such items as they will sell them unethically................BUT maybe you don't care as the technolgy is sticky enough that the client will stay and your 100% turnover rate in sales will continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going Down Hill FAST

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Exceptional Training
    - Amazing pay IF you crush it
    - Innovative

    Cons

    - Sales is lead by total fear tactics - Most feel thier job is always threatened
    - The company has ZERO loyalty to tenured employees. A guy who had made president's club 5 or the last 6 years was let go after a few bad months of revenue production
    - Extremely high turnover
    -Constant reorginization
    - UNREALISTIC GOALS unless you are given a good "book of business"!
    - Mass voluntary exodus of top tenured sales talent over the past year leaves you wondering
    - Sales morale so low that they stopped all satisfaction surveying
    - Middle management (Director level) is a JOKE. Most haven't sold since the company was selling just job postings so they have NO CLUE what it takes to sell the SAAS solutions the company has now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The constant churn you are creating for sales is HURTING your business. Your top performers are those with tenure but you are so quick to kick newer folks to the curb when they don't hit their number for a month or two. Put two and two together...if you want to sell in the SAAS arena, you need to keep people around long enough for them to learn the solutions and build relationships with clients.This space is NOT the quick transactional sales cycle that you experienced slinging postings in 2006! You actually need to get to know a would be customer and understand their process and problems to properly position a solution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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