Classified Ventures Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Classified Ventures President and CEO Dan Jauernig
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Pros
  • A vision for work-life balance with options to work remotely (in 10 reviews)

  • The wonderful culture and people are unmatched (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Salaries are competitive, but I think most people come to work here for a great work-life balance not for high salaries (in 5 reviews)

  • Sometimes the newspaper ownership can slow things down (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Classified Ventures

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, they are always looking for new ideas and appreciate insight.

    Cons

    The budgets are rather tight which makes doing your job hard sometimes.


  2. Accounts Receivable

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Classified Ventures (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, fast pace, great training classes and team morale

    Cons

    low pay and difficult to move up


  3. I worked for CV for 2 years before it became Cars.com

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Classified Ventures full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great office culture, very young and innovative, open to change and new ideas, great people to work with

    Cons

    While the bonus programs were well structured, the base salaries were very low

    Advice to Management

    Don't focus so much on annual bonuses if the minimum base salaries could be raised


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  5. Solid company

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

    I worked at Classified Ventures full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, strong products

    Cons

    Pay only average, uncertain future with new owners

    Advice to Management

    Try to preserve the positive culture as you change over to Gannett.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great working environment

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

    I worked at Classified Ventures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Casual wear. Decent benefits. A lot of smart and hardworking IT professionals. Upper management are easily accessible, no private offices.

    Cons

    Salary is not high. Some people got raises by quitting and leaving for few months and re-hired. It seems that you need to be friends with the right people to advance. Some team leaders are moody in rating team members.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees and expand the work life balance rules. Adjust employees evaluation and salary raises to keep up with the market and the demand of specialized skills. Too bad the employee have to leave the company for a significant pay raise.


  7. Great place to work with great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Classified Ventures full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nicest people you'll ever work with.

    Cons

    Folks should be paid more - under market value.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Typical corporate, cold-hearted money grubbers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Classified Ventures full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The HR lady is a nice lady, and very smart. Not your typical HR person. This was a very welcome touch; usually HR is the bane of a potential employee's existence.

    Cons

    Company does not have flexible policies for real life. Need to work from home because the cable guy gave you a 10 hour window? Too bad, and even if you do, when you come back, for the next few weeks everyone will just shake their head at you like you did something terrible. Have a family member die, but you're the only one who knows how a certain product works, because the co-workers on your team haven't been pulling their weight (they were working on their own side companies outside the main business, during company hours)? You'd think they'd tell you to take all the time you need. Instead, it was more shaming, and a "be sure to bring your laptop; we'll probably need you to work while you're there"... AT THE FUNERAL. Worst part of all is, the branch was managed by a non-technical manager. A manager that didn't know how to write code, read code, or understand anything we were doing. Tried suggesting Scrum, respone: "nah, we don't have time for that stuff". It was all, scribble his ideas on paper, and you build it. Terrible management. Then the general manager leaned on the engineers to do most of his job because he was non-technical and had no clue what was going on.

    Advice to Management

    Implement Agile and Scrum project management frameworks. Make senior engineers product managers and project managers. Especially if your current managers are completely non-technical. More importantly, improve work life balance. You have a revolving door there, and it's not a coincidence. Fix the former issues, and the work/life balance will practically fall into place.


  9. Helpful (1)

    CV

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Classified Ventures full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great work life balance, fun, fast paced, flexible hours, average pay

    Cons

    sometimes a little too political...more higher ups then needed

    Advice to Management

    be the trend setter, not the follower...what others are doing is not always the right fit


  10. Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Classified Ventures full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average benefits, great work culture and people you will work with. Lots of talent here and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Some difficulties with upper mgmt and too many people can work on one project so no real ownership. Benefits are good but salaries are lower than would be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your people to have more ownership of a project. Try harder to keep the good people when you have the opportunity


  11. Great culture, great people, lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Classified Ventures full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture at Classified Ventures is the best I've ever experienced. I started at an intern, and I felt valued from my very first day. The culture is very positive, the people are truly dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    It's a large organization, and sometimes it's difficult to get things done, or truly understand what department does what.

    Advice to Management

    More open forum discussions would help get multiple departments on the same page.



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