Classified Ventures

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I'd go back to work there in a heartbeat - best job ever!

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Former Employee - Director Technical Operations in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Director Technical Operations in Chicago, IL

I worked at Classified Ventures full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Stability and Creativity - rare combination

Cons

Constantly changing management methodologies without actually ever changing management just creates confusion and weird bureaucracies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go with your gut and stop hiring management consultants to tell you how to run the place. You know what you're doing...trust yourself.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to work for an ILS, try ForRent or Apartment Guide instead!

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    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Classified Ventures full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No commuting to an office before heading out to the field. Places high value on IT.

    Cons

    Company completely lacks value in their sales people. At every sales summit there are about 25% new faces in the room. If you've never been on a performance plan, you will at Classified Ventures! This is not a place for a long term home or possibility for advancement.

    Base salary is about average and the commission structure appears to be doable however it is not setup for success. The cyclical nature of the multifamily industry sets reps up to drop revenue mid year and feel the effect on their commission through the bulk of the year. Those who make good money there are few and far between.

    Compete for credit for sales with too many people internally. There are Advertising Consultants, Account Managers, Regional Account Manager, National Account Managers, Rental Home Plus reps and managers that can and will sell into your account base. Constant fight to get credit.

    Management and corporate office are not approachable for the sales staff. Employees are told to not call into support. Questions to managers are asked to be "Chattered" (a tool through Salesforce).

    No longer term viability for the company. As a "dot com" being run like a newspaper, Apartments.com is failing to the free alternative, Craigslist. It is only a matter of time until the multifamily industry wises up and realizes they no longer need to pay for advertising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a product Apartments.com is not viewed as superior to the incumbents. It is your people that will differentiate Apartments.com not a color or a catchy new phrase on a key. Treat them well and think long term.

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

    A 21st Century Company Held Back by a 19th Century Mind-set

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Support Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Online Support Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Classified Ventures full-time

    Pros

    CV (Cars.com, Apartments.com) is a delighfully social company, with a lot of great opportunities to make friends and find dates. The basic advertising products are a sound investment for the company's customers

    Cons

    The company makes too much money for its own good. Managers and Directors have to fail spectacularly before they face consequences for their mistakes because "how can we say that any leader here is a failure when we're making so much money?" Managers often reach a certain level where they realize that opportunities for further advancement are limited, prompting them to enhance their visibility by expanding the size of their current department and finding new projects and new problems that they can own. Many departments and cost centers that could be staffed by 50 have swollen into confused bureacracies of 150. As one recent Manager noted "Cars.com is more proud of the number of meetings it has than the number of products." Managers and Directors are easily charmed by technology salespeople and like to buy expensive systems to solve small challenges that in fact create enormous problems when the Director fails to plan in advance for how the new systems will integrate with existing systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flashy, clever ideas are not necessarily effective ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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