CoStar Group

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3 people found this helpful  

It'll pay the rent.

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Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

I worked at CoStar Group full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Being an RA at Costar is by no means the worst thing that can happen to you -- at the end of the day, the job pays $40,000 (at least as of spring 2012) and the benefits are good. In addition, you'll meet some great coworkers -- Costar has been able to benefit from the weak economy and hire smart, engaged, interesting employees who are hard up for full-time positions in the post-recession world.

Cons

Unfortunately, the negatives of the job are so strong that you'll only stay until you land a better gig. The RA position is a (well-paid) call center job. This is obvious. No one needs to have the downside to that spelled out. Unfortunately, in addition to the job being a dead end, a lot of your trainers -- and middle management -- are also in fairly undesirable jobs (example: imagine being a trainer at a corporation with a retention rate probably below thirty percent at the one-year mark). Because this isn't exactly a sales/commercial real estate company, it is hard for even middle management to find a place to go after Costar, meaning they are stuck in a call center factory just like you are -- so even when it's a good day at work at Costar, the bleak truth is that no one wants to be there.

HOWEVER -- despite these cons, "it gets better." Stick with the job for six months and you'll be able to add it to your resume, emphasize what you've learned, and land a more normal position at a company where you won't dread going into work every day. Have faith. Because of this, I don't think being an RA at Costar is a bad option for a first job out of school, or if you're looking for something stable between jobs. We all know how bad the economy is.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It's not really worth getting into, but your product is questionable and your employees are miserable. No matter how many company meetings you convene to talk up CSGP's stock performance and dangle promotion potential in front of RAs, it seems unlikely that these basic facts will allow the workplace to get better any time soon. Management should be ashamed of what a depressing workplace they run, and be taking DRASTIC steps to improve quality of life at Costar.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are intelligent and hard working, you can rise rapidly here. In the year that I have spent with the company, I have seen many deserving employees rise from the positions that they were in. If you recently graduated college, you can position yourself to succeed over the long term, because you have are already a step ahead of your peers.

    The pay is not bad at all, especially considering the actual job.

    Building is great. CoStar has built a superior product and brand within the CRE community as well.

    Cons

    One of the biggest problems that the company has is the lack of intelligent employees. Many of them are lazy and looking to cut corners. Many of the employees have not been able to find a consistent job since they graduated college.

    The job can get mind numbingly repetitive, so try to look for new opportunities or projects within the company. They have new positions opening constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better employees, trim the fat. You can make the portfolios bigger for the people willing to work hard and they will be much happier.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only as an extreme last resort. You'll hate everyday

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in White Marsh, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in White Marsh, MD

    I worked at CoStar Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, Decent benefits, it's a job

    Cons

    Read all the reviews. Heavy review of every action you take. Calling brokers and asking for every detail of every deal they make. If they don't answer keep calling and calling until something happens. You have to pretend you only work 40 hours per week, but in reality you're working 50+ and getting paid for 40.

    If you want to wake up everyday thinking your life sucks, this is the job for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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