Cobalt
3.6 of 5 275 reviews
www.cobalt.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Cobalt Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.6 275 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Cobalt President and CEO John W. P. Holt

John W. P. Holt

(216 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work-life balance is here is you are willing to sacrifice any career advancement"
    in 43 reviews
  • "They allow some positions to work from home on a part time of full time basis"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Preference is given to employees who have no work/life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Low pay, clueless upper management, many people in jobs above their ability level"
    in 11 reviews
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    Cobalt is where I finally found the job I was looking for my whole career.

    Business Intelligence Analyst (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsI work with some amazing people at Cobalt. They are smart, and very good at what they do. Politics are at a minimum. You can't get away from them, but they don't hamper progress. The managers I encounter look out for their people. They support us and make sure we have the tools we need to do our job. They embrace people here. If you are honest and do your job, you will do well here.

    ConsCobalt as a part of ADP no longer has that start-up vibe as far as culture; for example there are no giant parties (but there are some good ones). Still some of this is actually good.
    Some of the things that you would expect they would have down-pat they do not, but I am stretching to come up with this Con.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA more consistent and intuitive review system would be nice.
    There is a great work/life balance. I think the balance between making the "new and innovative" and "supporting the existing/infrastructure" is pretty good, but there are still some frustrations when the established tools/processes/products break.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One great company

    Engagement Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsCutting edge technology. Great developers and progressive thinking

    ConsWork in silos. Not good for career development

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe culture is laid back, need more cross training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A couple of the best reasons to work at Cobalt is the Culture and the Managers.

    Digital Advertising Analyst (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThey have excellent benefits compared to all the other companies I have worked for. I can only speak from experience in the Digital Advertising department but from my experience Cobalt really cares for their employees. I also have noticed that if you have the drive to succeed, you will.

    ConsPromotions take longer at this company than I have seen at other companies I have worked for. That being said I have never worked for such a large company in the past so the competition is fierce here due to the great talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience has been positive.

    Account Advocate (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsCobalt offers a great work life balance.
     My manager is very positive and does not micromanage me at all, she is very trusting.
    They have a gym on the first floor so I am able to work out everyday.
    I am looking into moving to another position within the company and my manager is helping me in the process.

    ConsThe work can feel a little redundant at times.
    It's a big company so sometime I feel we are just judged on the numbers we produce and not quality of work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rising tides raise all ships

    Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsFast moving business in growing digital advertising industry. Innovative company in a great location in SoDo. Decent pay and positive work/life balance.

    ConsPoor leadership with little to no vision. Customer takes a back seat to revenue, no commitment to anything but revenue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWipe the slate. Focus on solving real customer problems...what benefit does Cobalt deliver to dealers outside OEM mandates? The company will never win until they start listening to the people who actually drive their business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay Away No Matter What They Tell You!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe office in Seattle has a great view of Puget Sound and the downtown area. They also provided a free Orca pass, but that's pretty standard in downtown Seattle.

    ConsThe office culture at Cobalt is awful. Upper and middle management are more concerned about protecting their jobs than delivering innovative products to market. As stated in previous reviews, Cobalt is a terrible place to work. Seattle has much better employment options. Stay Away.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt this point, I don't think anything can be done. Even the founder and CEO is jumping ship soon. Never a good sign when the Executive Team starts to leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn about website management and online advertising.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThis is a great place to learn how websites are maintained and online advertising works. Many folks are hired at entry level with little to no previous experience. You will be brought on with little training and do quite well if you have a curiosity for the industry and the drive to teach yourself what you don't know. It is a very informal work environment and allows for moderate growth. Use this place a a resume builder and then leave to get paid the industry standard.

    ConsThe business concept results in slower pace of development/product improvement. Since Cobalt's primary revenue stream is focused on contracts with large Automotive OEM's instead of individual business owners, the development work is slowed. This makes for an interesting dynamic where account managers want to service the individual business owner's (Dealership Owner's) requests, while aligning with the OEM's compliance standards. Refining the art of telling the client we are not able to provide them with the exact solution they want and offer what we are able to provide, hoping the "consumer's perspective" will win out in as the ultimate influence.
    There are major inefficiencies in the sales through implementation process. It is very difficult for the sales teams to easily submit an accurate order for any product correctly. Cobalt utilizes a spreadsheet for 300 products and the exact product must be identified from a spreadsheet that is most of the time outdated. Implementation ends up being a major bottleneck, as only 2 staff members are tasked with manually entering all orders from an email que. There is a huge opportunity for refinement here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDig in to the tasks that your front line staff do on a daily basis to better understand and measure success. Investing some time to develop and utilize Salesforce (CRM) to it's fullest potential will help to measure client engagement quality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting place to work, but not an inspiring or motivating industry.

    Client Technical Analyst (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood work schedule, good location, nice work environment and people. Company paid bus pass (for now at least.) Some attention is being given to career advancement, but it is slow.

    ConsPay is poor. There are no bonuses and the health plan is very poor.
    Workgroups have too much to do to effectively communicate amongst themselves and other workgroups.
    Company parties are available to some employees, but it's not fair that some groups can not attend due to their work schedule. No one in management seems to care.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees. Reward and inspire them. Make it easy for me to do my job better. Remove hurdles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    if you enjoy mind boggling incompetence at a management level - come work at Cobalt!

    Account Advocate (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsOrca card, weekly bagels, nice view from the office window, centrally located in International District downtown Seattle transit hub

    Consutterly incompetent upper management, a mind boggling array of middle management suck-ups who add no value, a training team that at the core provided no assistance or real worth, you have zero voice and nobody listens to your suggestions or warnings

    Advice to Senior ManagementWow, where do I start? I worked here for 4+ years and this was by far, the weirdest place I've ever worked. You had so many "team managers" on the floor that literally added no value to the company that it was mind boggling that they were ever give a management level position to begin with. There literally is no chance for promotion unless you are buddy-buddy with upper management. Promotions were given to people who were so horrible at their job, but had "the look". Middle managers ran amok and would have very public affairs with co-workers. Two managers were so bad that their teams of 10-12 employees would stage walkouts. HR was a complete and utter joke while this was all going on. All the while the CEO put his head in the sand and did nothing. I'm at a much better position now and suggest if you are still at Cobalt GET OUT while you can before the rest of the job market punishes you for having them on your resume, because word is definitely getting out. And if you're considering a position there, by all means stay away unless you are one step away from being homeless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Account Advocate; not what they describe it would be

    Account Advocate (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsLocation, benefits, gym, Orca card, flexibility

    ConsManagement, repetitive, not a consulting job like they advertise it as.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people with dignity and degrees. Most of the management don't know what they're doing and are completely biased and political. One of the managers there - a Raider's fan, had 10 out of 12 people leave his team because his management style was so bad. It was all about numbers and metrics. He REALLY needs to leave the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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