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D&B's Core Competency -- Expense Cuts and Headcount Reduction

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Former Employee - Product Management in Short Hills, NJ
Former Employee - Product Management in Short Hills, NJ

I worked at D&B

Pros

D&B is a near-monopoly with a strong competitive advantage in the underlying data it uses to create its business database. While the business is currently limited to Risk Management Solutions, Supply Management Solutions and Sales & Marketing Solutions, this business can extend into many areas that are yet untapped. Pay is generally higher here than for similar jobs elsewhere. There are a lot of smart, fun folks working here too.

Cons

Good times and bad, D&B is in a constant state of reorganization, cost cutting and headcount elimination. It's typical to average a new job role every 9 months and to have a new direct leader every 6 to 9 months. Roles that involve management of projects are riddled with project starts, stops, and restarts as part of the ongoing expense management. D&B is a place where your individual results are less important than how you present yourself. It takes a while to figure it out, but it's sort of a dilbert-land, where if you're checking off completed tasks you're a winner -- even if they were the wrong tasks to begin with. Messages from senior management are full of hypocritical double-speak, but many folks are unable to see it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Energize the company with a true vision that is inspiring -- x% revenue growth, __ Customer satisfaction score and __ Employee Satisfaction score don't create an emotional reaction. Something like "D&B will be at the center of every commercial transaction globally" or "$3B in 3 years" could go a lot farther. Also, double-skip-level meetings would help the good ideas bubble up. Folks one and two levels below the top are afraid to speak up when the tasks and plans are the wrong ones to pursue in the first place.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough environment in a perpetual state of chaotic change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Short Hills, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Short Hills, NJ

    I worked at D&B

    Pros

    Brand is well recognized, though in danger of eroding. Mid level managers are good people leaders.

    Cons

    Constant uncertainty about job security; "financial flexibility" is an euphemism for cutbacks that have now doubled the workload for most people and are cutting into bone. The result is more stress and less work/life balance for those that remain. Strategy keeps shifting, and I believe it's headed in the wrong direction due to obsession with short term numbers (which drive stock price, and in turn senior executive compensation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the reviving the brand; less emphasis on the short term; take time to see what is happening at the ground level to the average employee. Ensure a holistic approach is taken to re-engineering, rather than a top-down, reductionist approach. Give senior managers and Senior executives time to master a function before moving them to new areas and causing chaos that only begins to clear just before the next wave hits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
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