Cbol Corp Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
18 Reviews

1.6
18 Reviews
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Spencer Kim
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  1.  

    What You Make Of It

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time

    Pros

    Financially strong and stable company. Full benefits. Reasonable work hours. Paid vacation & sick days. Nice co-workers. Will learn a lot about international business. Company is expanding so there are opportunities for promotion if you excel.

    Cons

    It’s a job, like any other. If you don’t enjoy working in sales, this may not be for you. There’s also a culture gap between management and the general staff: old school immigrant versus young American. At times, this can create misunderstandings on both sides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the sales team leaders (not all) are old school and micro-manage staff members. This can come across as lecturing rather than training and supporting. Try to get all managers to empower their staff by trusting them more and encouraging them. Overall, the company should do even more to create an open, cordial environment. Give people the space to be themselves. Foster an atmosphere that inspires people by making them feel comfortable so they want to come to work, not because they have to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Half the people writing the reviews on here are part of the reason CBOL sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time

    Pros

    How can the reviewers/ex-employees whine about work/life balance? You never have to take any work home. Clock in, start work. Clock out, go home and don't care at all about work.

    Consistent pay

    Good camaraderie

    Cons

    Upper management is pretty narrow-minded.

    Job doesn't require much thinking.

    Incompetent coworkers complaining about basic/simple things.

    The quality of the reviews speak for themselves.

    For example: "Too many responsibilities, overwhelming work"
    Really? The job isn't that hard. It's not some complicated job. That's probably why you, and I, got hired in the first place even though we didn't study anything that pertains to exporting chemicals/raw materials. And if you did, you must've messed up in school because you should be able to find a better job.

    Don't get me wrong - CBOL is a badly-run company. But that's partially due to the dimwits they hire. They should stop hiring so many incompetent asshats, fire the ones that are there right now, and split up their pay amongst the competent ones.

    That'd lead to more efficiency, better company morale, more competitive applicants, and a better rating on glassdoor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring so many people that can't do the job. Start firing people if they don't pass their probation. 3 months is plenty of time to learn the job.

    Tell Spencer to go home.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Clarification of No Sick Leave from Previous Review

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

    I worked at Cbol Corp for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people that I worked with that were not in management.

    Cons

    Just a clarification for the "no sick leave" written in others' reviews. At the time I left, CBOL had combined 10 days to be used as vacation days or sick days. A co-worker had had to use one of his vacation days for his grandparent's funeral, instead of bereavement leave. I've heard that since I've left, they made changes to the sick leave/vacation day policy, so I'm not sure what it is now. If you interview with them, you should ask to see what it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good training ground for better jobs in the near future.

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

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time

    Pros

    Decent place to learn and accumulate experience, for desperate fresh college graduates.

    Cons

    Badly run and badly managed company. High turnover rate, to a point all eligible employees jumped ship for better opportunity; only the ones without hopes and dream remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn and adapt as the company gets bigger. The old ways worked when the company only had 20 people; adapt with your expansion plan, or people are quitting as fast as you can hire them. Sorry I can not be more constructive by being more specific, it would waste too much of my time. There are too many things wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chatsworth, CA

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good starting job for new graduates
    Some good coworkers
    Casual dress code

    Cons

    Micro management
    Upper management incompetence
    Not a career oriented company, the ownership is more concerned about saving as many pennies as possible
    High turnover, more than 50% per fiscal year
    In the last 2 years there has been more than 80 employees who left out of a 120 person out fit
    Lack of HR department, the "director" of human resources is the owners personal secretary
    The upper management don't speak English well, it is hard to understand
    Raises are very small, yet they feel they are being too generous as is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees
    You can't just brush the obvious problems in the company under the rug and not face them.
    This is why your company has not grown at all during your past 2 years of "expansion"
    You are worried about efficiency, yet isn't it waste of money and resources to hire employees just to see them leave in 6 months?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Cbol Corp Response

    Aug 1, 2014HR Director

    This post contains a factual error. CBOL does not have a 50% turnover rate and 80 of 120 employees did not leave. The turnover rate in 2012 was 27%. If you are thinking of applying for employment ... More

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worse place to work in on a very hostile environment brought upon by upper management.

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

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time

    Pros

    Aside from hiring good people who has been there less than a few years (with the exception of one or two), there's not many good thing to say about CBOL.

    Cons

    I never thought I worked in a place where misery was hatched from. There are too many hats to wear and no organized structure. The environment is hostile, brought upon by the upper management (with the exception of one or two). Most if not all upper management are NOT qualify. They have no training skills or guidelines to be training the newbies or PC. They use intimidation and condescending tone to speak with people below them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, you are the problem! You feign ignorance and sweep problems under the rug instead of facing it head on. You are the main reason why employee turnover are high. Professional workplace uses professionalism when addressing problems, not yelling and cursing. It would be nice if you can all get the proper management training you need so that you would know how to approach matters when situation arises (which it often does).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eye-Opening

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

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, 401K, Casual dress atmosphere, high co-worker camaraderie

    Cons

    Punishment and Criticism are the only motivating tactics this company uses, No sick days, Company redefines the term "micro-managing" to a whole other tier, the grading system that is used to yearly evaluate all employees WILL change without notice every year, you will NOT be properly compensated or adequately recognized for any positive contributions or achievements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, collaborate and value the lower-tier grunt workers that generate the revenue for this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good starting place for fresh college graduates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Chatsworth, CA

    I worked at Cbol Corp full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On-the-job training, No experience required, Possible business trips

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive, Not much room for growth

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    WTF

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

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time

    Pros

    You get to learn the international business.

    Cons

    No sick days. No sales commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Cbol Corp Response

    Aug 1, 2014HR Director

    This post contains a factual error. CBOL does have a sick leave policy. If you are thinking of applying for employment at CBOL Corporation, we encourage you to make up your own mind about the ... More

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not expect career growth with this company. I plan to leave soon.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager  in  Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Chatsworth, CA

    I have been working at Cbol Corp full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to learn about international trading business, and they will pay you on time. Provides not-so-good HMO health insurance, but employee share is low.

    Cons

    Low pay, hostile environment, no career growth opportunities and many more. Many managers will offend you personally, including (or especially) the top manager, Spencer Kim. There are not too many works to be done, but the company keeps on hiring new people. Many have quit and many have come. Performs annual employee evaluation and uses it to reason why there shouldn't be any raise in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to hear what employees think of the company. Try manager evaluation. Or at least, have a "voice of employee" box.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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