SEEK

  www.seek.com.au
  www.seek.com.au
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2 people found this helpful  

Great place to work but understand the reality of the workplace - its not the same as the pink brand.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at SEEK

Pros

SEEK has won numerous awards over the years as being a great place to work and these are well deserved. Big streegths are very social work scene, relaxed enviornment, great offices (from 2007), high performing and very successful company with a positive vibe in the workplace. People who work hard and get things done tend to do really well. People don't work long hours and there is a really strong focus on the happiness of the workplace and the workers as well as the company performance.

Cons

There's a disconnect with the relaxed / social / party culture and the fact that its a high performance workplace. A lot of people get mixed up by the culture thinking that it means you don't have to work hard. Just because the CEOs can wear board shorts in the board room doesn't mean its a holiday camp and working in the call centre doesn't involve call centre type work. There's a tough intellectual playing field of seriously smart people at management and more senior levels which means its hard for more junior people and newcomers to present ideas and get them implemented. The company retains a lot of staff because its a good workplace, but this is a negative sometimes because it cuts off new ways of doing things. Its not really very clear to a lot of people how decisions get made but the company performance shows that smart decisions are being made. In some departments like IT and Customer Service, the external perception of what SEEK does in these areas is quite different to the reality - IT is not really a core part of the online business that outsiders might think it would be. The economic environment in 2008 means that sales culture which is used to having it easy will be quite demanding and tough for the next couple of years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There's a risk that the executive and senior management are becoming more isolated from the shop floor as the company grows.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's like being a high school student in the movie "Mean Girls"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Kilda, Victoria (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Kilda, Victoria (Australia)

    I worked at SEEK

    Pros

    Seek is a very social place with lots of fun social events, lunches, after work drinks, the worlds best work Xmas party and lots of good looking young people. They have a well equipped break room with free espresso coffee, table tennis table, galaga etc. Seek senior managers are talented, strategic thinkers from a consulting background who make a lot of good decisions about the direction the organisation should go in. If you develop strong friendships and social connections with the inner clique who run the place then you can do very well and look forward to early promotion at a young age.

    Cons

    Seek senior managers are very hands off and have delegated their people and process management responsibilities to a group of young, inexperienced team leaders and managers. As a result there are some poorly organized processes and working methods which make it very difficult to meet expectations and there is a lot of politics and favoritism toward the IN group.

    Anyone who threatens this group of young managers and team leaders by criticizing the way they do things or by competing with them for promotion is undermined and forced out through a ruthless campaign of false accusations, constant criticism, faultfinding, humiliation, malicious gossip and slander. Some managers turn a blind eye to this. Seek HR and other managers blame the victim and participate in the harassment.

    The result of these poor human resource management practices is that quite a few high achieving people who challenged the status quo have been forced out with serious psychological injuries. Some have been unable to work again for some time.

    Working in this environment is like being a high school student in the movie "Mean Girls"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise that you have a serious cultural problem and fix it before you end up in court.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Great experience; good environment and some great people

    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at SEEK as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are pretty lenient as an HR Intern; you learn a lot from the other workers; really great foundation for someone who seeks a HR career in the future.

    Cons

    Minimum base bay; sometimes you would find yourself doing nothing; a lot of times you will have to listen at my location the boss would yell at people.

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