CoStar Group Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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CoStar Group President, CEO, and Director Andrew C. Florance
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Pros
  • decent benefits, decent location, so-so entry level exposure to commercial real estate (in 25 reviews)

  • Company provides good benefits, a good way to break into the commercial real estate marketplace (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • The main problem really is that upper management are like headless chickens (in 33 reviews)

  • High employee turnover, including in senior management and corporate officers (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    If you work hard - sky is the limit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I have been with CoStar for 10 years. I do not understand these bad reviews. Sure, we work hard and it can be stressful, but our culture is unmatched and I am proud to be here. CoStar is NOT for everyone. If you expect to take two hour lunch breaks, or leave early every day, then please do not apply. I think recent graduates come into the real world right out of college and expect a corner office, flexible hours and perks. Kids - you gotta work for it. If you do not have work ethics, you will not last here. So please do not bash the company - get a reality check before you start applying for jobs.

    We are very team oriented. If you are not a team player, CoStar is not a place for you. I have made friends for life and we are so proud of our culture. Just because you expected a corner office and got a cubicle instead - don't hate. You get a free breakfast AND lunch every day. Unlimited beverages. Unlimited fruit. Six different types of coffee. Think about it before you start writing bad reviews just because you had unrealistic expectations going into the real life after college. You have to WORK for that office.

    Cons

    There is none. Did I mention that we have free shuttle ride to and from the Metro? State of the art gym in the building. We also have a rooftop terrace and a garden. FREE yoga classes three times a week. And when the weather is nice, our yoga instructor takes us up to the rooftop terrace and we get all zen up there, in the fresh air and surrounded by flowers. No better way to end your day. Did your old job offer all this? I doubt it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. I am proud to be here.

    CoStar Group Response

    Apr 16, 2015

    It’s great to hear you not only enjoy working here, but take advantage of the day-to-day benefits we offer to our employees. It’s true that we’re doing our best when our employees are working hard as ... More

  2. Helpful (1)

    This company believes in it's employees. They expect a lot but they give you all the tools to do the job!

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

    I have been working at CoStar Group

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

    Pros

    the Culture is we are the best at what we do and no other company can give our clients what we have.

    Cons

    Working very hard and usually takes more than 40 hours if you are in sales and want to win.

    Advice to Management

    Very glad there is growth and advancement opportunities with all of the CoStar companies.

    CoStar Group Response

    Apr 1, 2015

    Thanks for the feedback, and it’s great to hear enjoying your work at CoStar Group! I’m glad you’re enjoying the culture here as well, because we truly believe that CoStar Group offers the best ... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    Its been awesome! Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working environment and training

    Cons

    None really. Great experience so far

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work !

    CoStar Group Response

    Apr 1, 2015

    We love to hear that you’re enjoying CoStar Group! We’re always working to provide our employees with more opportunities while they work here, so keep an eye out for new training opportunities to ... More

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great room for growth!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company always has a vision and executes it with Grandeur! CEO's visions are typically spot on and brings in big dollars with a very seasoned management team.

    Cons

    You work a bit more than the average tech company - but, it's worth the salary

    Advice to Management

    Keep making great decisions and provide even more opportunity for growth and this company will blow it out of the water.

    CoStar Group Response

    Mar 27, 2015

    It’s great to hear you’re enjoying your time at CoStar Group! As the company continues to grow and expand its reach in the commercial real estate information industry, we constantly work to provide ... More

  6. Helpful (3)

    Excellent Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The job has a lot of perks ( quarterly bonuses/ company events ( holiday party as well as baseball game day)
    Management is reliable and they work well to ensure researchers are getting the proper resources we need to get our job done
    The benefits are amazing
    Career growth & Stability

    Cons

    This is a job that requires you to know how to use good judgment
    It requires your flexibility-- there's tons of changes
    Must work hard to see results as well as good compensation

    CoStar Group Response

    Jan 9, 2015

    It’s great to hear you’re enjoying your time at CoStar Group. It’s true that our employees work very hard to get the results our clients need, and in return we want to take care of them as much as ... More

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities to make your way.

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

    I have been working at CoStar Group

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

    Pros

    Smart people, hard working, open to change.

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable client requests.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the cross collaboration!

    CoStar Group Response

    Dec 30, 2014

    Thanks for the feedback, and it’s great to hear you enjoy what we’re offering within CoStar Group. We love seeing our employees flourish at CoStar Group, and we’re finding that happens when we open ... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    You Get Back What You Put In

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    *If you put your all in and actually try to be a dedicated employee and learn your market, you will have a great experience.
    *Great place to gain experience in the CRE field
    * Lots of potential for upward mobility, promotions (raises) occur quite often for researchers
    * Clearly defined goals and expectations.
    *Great office with awesome benefits
    *Work force is very young and active.
    * Lots of side projects, special teams, and opportunities to get some spotlight.
    * Job is very stable if you come in and work every day.

    Cons

    *Calls can be a bit monotonous, but only if you make it so.
    * You are forced to ACTUALLY do your job, so if you want to not do stuff for 5 hours a day, look elsewhere.
    * Job heavily depends on who your manager is.

    Advice to Management

    * Ensure all managers have the same ideology when it comes to employee engagement
    * Focus on making the RAs feel like they are part of a team and passionate about their market.
    * Clearly illustrate opportunities for growth and allow your RAs to shine.

  9. Research

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

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time

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

    Pros

    This company has great benefits and has a free membership. They feed people very healthy and have good health ins. Also the training is amazing, they send you to Washington, DC for two weeks or a month and pay for your food and stay.

    Cons

    The work can get very monotone with each day, because it's pretty much doing the same thing every day. There is nothing really bad at this job, people are really nice around you. They only people you wouldn't really want to deal with are the once that you talk with on the phone sometimes sometimes

  10. Helpful (1)

    Grow up complainers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (More than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CoStar is a great company to work for. Hard workers are always rewarded regardless of what you may read on this website. I have seen many people succeed either by being promoted from within the company or by using the experience they have gained to move on to other careers. Before you apply or accept the position you should think about whether this is a job you would enjoy doing. If you love sitting behind your phone texting or browsing social media etc all day then this is not for you. The company prides itself on actually talking to people (you get a lot more info this way rather than sending 20 emails). If this is your first corporate job, you may feel that you are not being treated fairly however , calls are recorded for quality, cameras are there to protect proprietary software as well as the premises and I and many of my peers of not care to hear your personal calls. Entry level candidates should also understand that goals are set to reflect the overall business goals, not to punish you.

    Cons

    This is a fast faced working environment with directives that can change quickly. This is because any growing business needs to adapt to continue to expand and succeed. Those who do not like change and find it difficult to take directive should not apply.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Fast pace, rewarding, and challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Best technology company to work for in the DC area - we actually get our hands in cutting edge technology, unlike a lot of the federal IT consulting companies in the area
    - Rewarding, competitive pay based on performance
    - Great culture - they broadcast world cup games on 25 foot video walls, team outings have included white water rafting and pro sports games
    - Fast pace, growing company both organically and through acquisition, which creates new challenges and opportunities

    Cons

    - Fast pace, demanding work
    - Unpredictable schedule requires short notice travel and/or evening work
    - Growing pains as the company transitions from a small(er) business to an enterprise. Informal policies are evolving into formal policies, which means change.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication channels, both formal and informal. Focus on communications at the company level (intranet, all-hands, etc). Communications at the department level and team level (at least in IT) are very good.

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