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D&B Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
253 Reviews
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253 Reviews
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D&B President & CEO Robert Carrigan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The culture is positive and the company values employees work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • D&B had one of best work life balances which I have experienced in my career :) (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Because D&B is a huge company, implementing ideas or change can be difficult (in 26 reviews)

  • Senior management too focused on reaching their numbers (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great workplace - but could be better

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Technologist in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    Stimulating, high caliber people. Challenging job. Market leader in its sector.

    Cons

    Turgid and rigid bureaucratic processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think longer term when making investment decisions,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    D&B, A Fine Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Twinsburg, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Twinsburg, OH

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    D&B is a large organization with diverse opportunities. Employees are given the tools to, and encouraged to succeed. Telecommuting is available, and even encouraged. Compensation and rewards for going above and beyond are given, and are very generous. The leadership at D&B for the most part recognizes the expertise of its employees, and allows them to do what they are good at without much micromanagement. As long as you are meeting or exceeding your goals, no one bothers you. I think D&B has a good thing going, they trade in information, so there's none of the overhead of manufacturing or retail, they invest in the core business, and have a talented workforce.

    Cons

    The largest drawback is the fact that IT infrastructure is outsourced. D&B has purchased a few web based companies and doesn't seem to be able to hold on to the talent that made those companies successful. The result is a fragmentation of IT, a central outsourced entity that has become a self serving bureaucracy. D&B is becoming more reliant on web facing applications for revenue, and it seems there is some resistance to IT somewhere at the top. They need to have a stronger IT workforce, in house, that actually has a personal stake in the company. Failing to do that will make for some rough roads ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on technology, bring IT back in house.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Short Hills, NJ

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    The people are great. Good teamwork

    Cons

    Too many lay-offs. Very focussed on present at the expense of he future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Short term focused at the expense of a 160+ year old icon

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    Former Employee - Minion in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Minion in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    The people, the brand, and the market recognition. D&B is a recognized global leader in the B2B credit and marketing space.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership, financial decisions without regard for the work being done or knowledge the person takes with them, continual "financial flexibility" or "FF'ing" keeps morale at a constant low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You understand Wallstreet and my 401K performed tremendously during your reign. However, the quality of the information, the long term prospects (without significant investment in the key infrastructure supporting the database), and the loss of intellectual capital is an incredibly high price to pay. Competition is comparable, disruptive models are being pursued by Equifax and Cortera because of the Greenfield opportunity provided by eroded quality and premium pricing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good for a resume stop, nothing else

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    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in Short Hills, NJ

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    Stability. D&B has a very good financial model in place that assures the company hits guidence on wall street every quarter. The company is very stable.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership does not walk the talk. Bottom line. Very "Dilbert" in internal meetings, performance reviews, and advancement opportunites. If you can used to being a number and you perform well, then you will make good money there. It is a burn and churn organization below Executive Leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Pay for Performance" is a Dlbert phrase for we do not what to pay you comissions or raise your salary. With raises of 15% plus for executive leadership, and 0-3% for the rest, you have created a class system. I am being asked to grade Steve Alesio in the next question. As a stockholder he and Alan Loren get a "A". As a people leader he gets a "D". Hey Steve, eat in the Cafeteria every once and while.....unscripted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Mostly good... so long as you are willing to work hard

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    High caliber people... slightly aggresive management. That makes a good opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Work life balance was not as good at that time... do not know how it is now.... hopefully better :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic

    Recommends
  8.  

    Good company, products and co-workers on the west coast. Need innovation, integration & realistic sales expectations.

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    Great brand, loyal customers, good legacy products and good co-workers.

    Cons

    Slow to build innovative products. Too long to integrate acquisitions. Growth expectations for sales are unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More realistic growth targets. Reward reps for multi-year growth. Integrate all products. Reach out to the field for product improvements. Be innovator not reactor.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting experience - be prepared for constant change

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Marlow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Marlow, England (UK)

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    As long as you know the right people you get far.

    Cons

    Very short term focus, although think this is slowly changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the obvious sales mentality, motivate the teams, learn about the other functions in the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, a very good company to work for with a lot of great people around.

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    Former Employee - Group Leader Finance in Short Hills, NJ
    Former Employee - Group Leader Finance in Short Hills, NJ

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    Continuous focus on leadership. The leadership walks the talks and does a very good job coaching and developing talent. One of the few companies I have worked for that really puts a lot of effort behind building their culture.

    Cons

    Compensation package could be stronger, both their health care and equity plans need improvement. Need more focus on providing more equitiy to the very strong performers in the company. I have seen many very good leaders leave the business and believe that some of this attrition could be avoided if D&B had more hooks. The base salary and bonus are competitive but the equity side is where work is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting work, great co-workers, but fear of job loss is the primary motivator applied by management

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    Work can be very interesting and many co-workers are top notch people. A 167 year old company with huge potential and a leadership position in business content gives you an edge in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Short term focus; management by fear and decree; a decline in content quality caused by an almost solely automated content quality measurement process designed to tell management what they want to hear. The anwers you get depend on the way you ask the question; not necessarily the way clients experience the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on long-term and people not just quarterly earnings. Recent happenings in the market show what happens when you don't think ahead and when you don't value the people who make you the money.

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