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D&B Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
255 Reviews
3.1
255 Reviews
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D&B President & CEO Robert Carrigan
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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Place Where Careers Go to Die.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    It is a recognized brand and good to know how the data is generated.
    Flexible work environment for family, etc.
    Some good people for building your network

    Cons

    Culture is EXTREMELY political. Skills and performance mean nothing if you aren't buddy buddy with senior managers.

    No clear vision or teamwork within various groups and strategy seems to be a foreign word.

    Work tends to be more fire drills and band-aids then executing on a well-thought out plan.

    Stay away if you want a rewarding career and growth. If you are looking for a place to go 5 years until you retire, then D&B is for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in job where they actually have experience. It seems like every senior manager came from Finance. Nothing against Finance, but you would think that an operations VPor a product VP would have at least some background in Operations or Product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    They talk the talk but DO NOT walk the walk

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    They offer a decent benefits package. That's about it.

    Cons

    So unorganized. Had 5 bosses in less than a year. They beg you to be open and honest and then stab you in the back. You go through this insanely quarterly review process and if you meet you goals they always come up with a reason to low ball your ratings. BS. The worst place I ever worked. Don't accept a job there. You will regret it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an upper manager in HR (from Pepsi) in less than 6 weeks, that should tell you something. Pay more attention to the folks bringing the money into the doors and less about your stock options. They don't care about their employees at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Boiler Room - no respect for customers and employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    standard benefits are a plus

    Cons

    management as little respect for employees and customers - when senior management tells you to choose the numbers over intergrity there is a problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to revamp and go back to basic of courtesy and respect for employees and clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Don't do it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Short Hills, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President in Short Hills, NJ

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    in general they don't work you too hard. mostly because decision making is so concentrated that it takes a while to get anything approved.

    Cons

    senior management does not understand the business and has no interest in growing it.

    senior management is evaluated and compensated completely differently than rank and file, yet they claim to teamwork as a core virtue...go figure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retire and get someone in there that can save the business before you completely drive it into the ground...or sell it to someone else that cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    High School environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    Awesome business model, some very prestigious clientele, changing financial times and new technologies

    Cons

    Micro managing boss
    Stops you at door and asks "Why are you leaving so early"!
    Do a fantastic job, and it's a "silent acknowledgement" Mess up just once and it's almost a public rebuke, reminds you of your High School Principal pulling up on an errant kid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run a company, not your High School.

    Steve, stop selling company stocks ahead of quarterly results, sends out a bad signal, you know ?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is the best of times, it is the worst of times...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    D&B offers realitvely good products at a reasonable cost, has strong brand recognition and has forged strong relationships with third parties. This goes a long way in sales. Employee benefits are above industry norms. Many intelligent employees.

    Cons

    The work culture is comprabale to the TV show, "Survivor," excpet there is no prize at the end. Leadership's attitudes foster an unproductive, beaurocratic work environment that stimies innovation and accepts and expects the status quo. The company has numerous long-time team members who are arrogant, lazy and self-satisfied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to competition; they are sneaking in under your radar. Reward innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constantly changing focus and funding

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at D&B

    Pros

    The people at D&B are very nice to work with and deeply care about the work they do. They also car about the customers and try to do the right thing for their customers.

    Cons

    Senior management is a revolving door and often makes decisions without understanding the impact to our customers. They approve and fund projects and before the project is complete will take the remaining funds away so you can not complete the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to learn about D&B products, processes and customers. Develop and stick with a few long term key bets that will drive the future of the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    -Flexible Schedule
    -Lots of paid time off

    Cons

    -pay isn't competitive
    -every aspect of work moves slowly and everyone seems just fine with that, except for the customers.
    -High attrition rates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a risk on doing something special for your customer base or risk toppling a company that's been around for centuries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Financial Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Short Hills, NJ

    I have been working at D&B full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, casual dress code, new management turning things around

    Cons

    Extremely Long Hours!!! Managers in meetings all day and provide no guidance, no structured training for new hires. Everything is very manual on excel spreadsheets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in some better systems, cut down on meetings and institute dept. training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is the place for you if you like process over product and a 'CYA' culture...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at D&B full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - a great legacy in b2b risk management; over 170-year history
    - recognizable brand worldwide
    - most likely still the best, most complete data set for both risk and marketing applications
    - brilliant people in Analytics dept (Paul Ballew and team are very bright and well-respected)

    Cons

    - unbelievably difficult to do the most simple tasks internally; ask a D&B rep for counts of businesses in a specific geo or industry...unless he/she has his/her own license to Hoovers, it will take a few days for the count request to be fulfilled by outsourced, offshore partner
    - don't ask for the back-office team to help unless you have internal forms signed and ready (who are we afraid of?)
    - keep trying to justify the same service for more money; clients sometimes feel like they are trapped and often push back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate and be flexible (NEED TO ADDRESS INTERNAL PROCESSES!); Clients - especially larger firms - are not impressed by the off-the-shelf products and are looking for ways to build D&B information into existing processes (To be fair, this is one of Bob Carrigan's points of emphasis, "...delivery content where and when they need it..."); bring people together to work on projects rather than to pat each others ego, i.e., great subject matter expertise, experience, and ideas that often take a back seat to academic discussions or presentations...to much talk and not enough roll-up-your-sleeves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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