Competitor Group Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. Making Progress

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

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

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

    Pros

    Our new President has made positive changes not only with reporting structures but also with morale. We finally got a staff party which helped bring the company closer together as well as rewarded us for all the hard work we have been putting in during these changes. He is staying true to his word which is all you can ask.

    Cons

    There is still a lot of work to do. We need bigger budgets and less hours. But the pros still outweigh the cons.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate the business plan, and follow through on initiatives.


  2. Was exciting at first

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

    I worked at Competitor Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pro's with the company include extremely good health insurance for a family. They also do a good job of keeping the employees engaged with health activities as optional way of getting fit. In my department, everyone was very nice, but I did hear other departments had their own internal controversies and issues.

    Cons

    If you want to move up the ladder, don't hold your breath here or you are bound to turn blue. Upward career movement is slow, and virtually unheard of. Communication and project management is not fully optimized, and communication between departments are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized and hire an experienced technical project manager, also consider getting more connected with your staff and do personality assessment to find the diamonds, within your staffing. Encourage career growth within the company to motivate and cultivate the work environment.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A good company that could be great

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great events, fun environment, lots of opportunities, great brand loyalty; great media/publications; many experts in their fields of running, triathlon, cycling, registration.

    Cons

    private equity ownership; inconsistent leadership; too many leadership changes, not enough delegation of responsibilities, unwillingness to change; archaic technology, not innovating fast enough

    Advice to Management

    Leverage all of the people in the business for innovation and results. Hold everyone accountable for actions; create a set of 3-5 programs and management them daily for great results; stop the idea of the day mentality; reinvent marketing


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  5. Helpful (2)

    One of the worst places on Earth to work

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

    I worked at Competitor Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There are few, but the only one I can think of right now is that HR wasn't too much up your butt and you didn't feel like management was constantly watching you. As long as you got your work done, no one really cared what your schedule was.

    Cons

    There were so many cons to working at Competitor Group I can't even begin to list them all. Let's just say the company crushed my soul.


  6. This USED to be a great company.

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

    I worked at Competitor Group full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Medical, Dental and vacation policy is good. Living a healthy lifestyle is encouraged.

    Cons

    The company is run by male dominated executives and managers and owned by a private equity firm (all male!!) whose only interest is to try to regain all of its financial losses. Hard working people are not compensated and taken for granted. Individuals who don't live, breathe the sport of triathlon or marathons are looked down upon and will have a hard time fitting in. Not a lot of transparency - people are on pins and needles wondering who will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Major overall needed. Better communication needed between all departments. Caring about each individual worker will get you farther than just focusing on the big money at the end of the finish line. Hire an open minded and friendlier workforce. Give the females some power!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Headed in the right direction

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

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

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

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity. Changes have been made for the better by breaking down the silos between top brands in the endurance market.

    Cons

    Processes have to be created so that departments can fully maximize opportunities by leveraging each other's expertise. No real cons with the way things are headed.

    Advice to Management

    Great start so far. Stay hungry and encourage innovation.


  8. 13 years of non promotion, heart and hard work lost to lack of communication, poor management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pre Production Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Pre Production Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Competitor Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    learn event planning basics, travel, flexible hours, fast paced, young and quick thinking, witty, hard working but play hard staff. Needs group meshing, cohesive training and much more.

    Cons

    Dont ask the right questions you'll be left out.

    Advice to Management

    The experience loses the value unless the person behind the scenes is truly valued.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Life Support

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

    I worked at Competitor Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Those that get to work remotely get to sleep in, never hear from their boss except on weekly calls, run/ride/swim whenever you want and even get a cool trip to San Diego once a year for an annual sales trip. And just above minimum wage too! Those in the SD office; executives are never around, the office is so quiet you can hear a pin drop, and you can go for runs whenever you want to no matter what. And there is a brewery across the street where you can pretend you enjoy your job under a few pints of suds. Private Equity owned..hint hint, and they do not understand endurance sports..and the company is for sale AGAIN..Shhhh!! The company does bring great events and the publications are wonderful; to bad the consumer/ reader doesn't know how bad the shape of the company is and the only goal of the events/ magazines is to get the Private Equity back the $ they lost on the buy.

    Cons

    Management has zero clue on how to create, predict, and manage expectations when it comes to sales goals and departments; nor how to treat employees. Company is sinking faster than they can shed weight (ie: employees, events, publications) No communication from management; at least non-that is realistic End of 3rd quarter/start of 4th quarter is firing time!!! Watch out!!! And no one is safe; and I mean NO ONE from IT, to Events, to Sales.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the core of why CGI was created: to benefit the endurance community. There is not 1 new hire on the C- Level that provides any value. So much smoke and BS. You are loosing good people and funny how they all land on their feet and at better organizations. Its a shame because the events are declining because the RNR brand is not what it used to be. And you are saturating your own markets if that is possible. The publications, well Competitor is a free booklet. Stick to markets where the event actually works (SD, Philly, Chi, DC, Nola, Nashville) the events/ product are diluted. Bottom line Management, quit; or do whatever; the company is doomer regardless.


  10. Helpful (3)

    No Hope on the Horizon

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

    I have been working at Competitor Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Travel all over the country -Great co-workers! The hardest working bunch of people you will ever meet! -Flexible hours -Group runs/exercise classes. We like to stay fit!

    Cons

    -Over worked and underpaid. -Long work weekends at events. (3am wake up calls, 12+ hours of manual labor...) -Compensation is extremely low. Don't expect to ever get a decent raise. -Culture is getting better but by only way of the employees. -You will work LOTS of overtime and NOT get paid. This is regular occurrence for most employees. -There is little to no training for any position-be prepared to be thrown into the fire! -High turnover rate for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees that work hard and stick around. Culture starts from the top. Compensate employees properly for overtime worked.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Sad to see a company with such a great legacy be ruined by private equity ownership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Event Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Event Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Competitor Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Consumers love the brand, are unaware of behind the scenes chaos

    Cons

    Currently run like a fraternity- if you aren't " in " with a certain crowd you will eventually be undermined and forced out by a management team that doesn't understand all areas of the company but is being given free reign to run the company anyway. Turnover is very high due to low pay for long hours, lots of travel and event weekends. You'll be told that you can take time off to make up for the event weekends, but you will be so overworked you will never have the chance. In the last year all the more senior Vice Presidents that had core competencies in their areas have found jobs elsewhere or forced out. It is now a company of young people being managed by someone who has no people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Look closely at the number of long term employees that have left and why you are loosing talent. Managers aren't allowed to make decisions without being second guessed on the most minor details, yet they are told they are responsible for their events...



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