Challenger Gray

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Challenger Gray Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    personalized support for clients

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

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

    Pros

    Continues to be focused on provided personalized support to clients, unlike other outplacement companies. Most of our programs include at least a full day in person with a client one-on-one. For the last year in particular, the executive team has been listening to employees and implementing strategies to improve morale and help us feel valued. Lots of professional development opportunities where we are provided updated information for today's job search to help our clients. Reasonable coach to client case load ratio - much less than the competition.

    Cons

    The salary is fairly low ( but there are year end bonuses and a weekly travel bonus). No benefits. The internal client management system website needs an overhaul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the internal system so inputting notes is quicker and more efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent to work for.

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

    I worked at Challenger Gray part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They fostered a team spirit attitude.

    Cons

    The challenge was that they weren't willing to pay local taxes outside of Iliinois.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interviewed here--unimpressed

    Current Employee - Job Coach in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Job Coach in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Challenger Gray

    Pros

    None that I saw--but didn't work there...but the only options below are current and former employee.

    Cons

    Found the interviewer to be very condescending and disrespectful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging, autonomous, satisfying work

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

    I have been working at Challenger Gray full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A change in management in the past year has made a huge difference in work/life balance, employee morale and ability to customize training sessions to the needs of each client. Helping people with their career transitions is very satisfying.

    Cons

    Constant travel-which can be fun, can also be challenging especially in the winter. Work tends to ebb and flow with the beginning of each year being extremely busy and then summers much slower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Continue to provide regular training and development to coaches to stay on top of trends in the job marketplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst outplacement company ever

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

    I have been working at Challenger Gray

    Pros

    The coach had a few suggestions on how to answer some interview questions.

    Cons

    1. Scheduling can be a pain as they don't follow up on changes to where you'll be meeting.
    2. The verbal and written material is geared towards the newbie.
    3. The handbook is an absolute joke as it has few pages with no useful information. You can find a lot more useful and pertinent information on the web.
    4. The resume writers are generic with a basic knowledge of using the "right" words and terminologies. I found that they stripped my resume and made the Summary and job descriptions better but they left out a lot more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the physical & online material they have to decide who their target audience is. I have over 15 years of experience and I strongly believe they're geared to the inexperienced crowd.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Place I've Ever Worked

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

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

    Pros

    We change peoples lives in a positive way and it works. So much better than the other guys, I know I worked there.

    Cons

    We are as dysfunctional as any other business or family.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Embarrassing

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

    I worked at Challenger Gray full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to help people, let you keep your frequent flier & hotel points.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, terrible pay, but worst of all- no transparency. The company is supposed to be all about helping people during a difficult time and assisting HR departments in doing the right thing by their employees, yet they don't even have an HR department. No benefits are provided, little vacation, and extremely low employee moral. The company has no desire to grow or train employees, and instead treats their client-facing (supposedly "most important") people as replaceable hourly workers. Steer clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect. It's starts from the CEO, who shmoozes with you when he sees you, but offers nothing to employees behind their backs. There is no existent middle-management, so no opportunities for growth- create these. Incentivize employees! Offer benefits! You will continue to lose your best talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    If you like helping people, but don't mind being burned out.....work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Job Search Coach in America, IL
    Current Employee - Job Search Coach in America, IL

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

    Pros

    Coaching and helping others. The concepts and program is effective and really does work. The product that Challenger sells is an exceptional concept.

    Cons

    Follow a rigid plan, micro-managed, no autonomy, no respect for employees well being. No raises, no benefits, and an easy 60-70 hour work week which includes 98% travel which is not luxurious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way you do business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A deeply experienced, client-facing, sales team and best of breed job search coaches.

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

    I have been working at Challenger Gray full-time

    Pros

    You can make a true impact on peoples lives while making (hard-earned) very competitive income.

    Cons

    Expected to work hard and you're measured by outcomes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Would return

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

    I have been working at Challenger Gray full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn new things. Also I enjoy to travel and you will be a road warrior if you take this job.

    Cons

    Somewhat low pay. You will be coaching people that will be making 3x your salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try a little harder to retain the talent that you have instead of mass layoffs and mass hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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