Hoover's Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
51 Reviews

2.3
51 Reviews
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Hoover's President-North America Emanuele A. Conti
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  1.  

    Fun, lots of free food and team building events but also really high turn over in the sales department.

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    Former Employee - New Sales Acquisitions  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - New Sales Acquisitions in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great money! great benefits lots of free food

    Cons

    Very easy to get burned out. Very high pressure, even top performers look to get out after a couple of years

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    QA Engineer

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Hoover's full-time

    Pros

    Smart peers, most people are great to work with. Flexible schedules and decent pay and location. Helpful team of developers and dev management. Great diversity.

    Cons

    QA management is confused and always unclear. Stuck in the 90s and incapable of innovation and change. D&B ruins the Austin vibe that once existed at Hoovers. Micromanaging at its worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times and quit chasing good talent away with petty bs. Understand the meaning of a "flat" organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    HQ didn't want Hoover's to succeed

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working, nice people -- other than a few bad eggs who were allowed to remain.

    Cons

    Dun & Bradstreet seemed like it didn't know what to do with Hoover's. Only saw the CEO once, and she lied to the entire company by relating a story as if it were personal, when it actually came from a book. That was a former CEO. But the company still seems to be struggling with not keeping up with changing times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incubate some internal new businesses. Maybe one of them can keep the company from going the way of Corona typewriters or Polaroid cameras.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked here only for a short time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My experience is prior to acquisition by D&B
    Great group of talented people with the right work-life balance
    Casual work environment

    Cons

    Management challenges. Unclear what the strategy was and what personal growth opportunities existed.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership changes went from bad to worse - definition of MICRO manager

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Peers were fantastic, a good group of folks have past through there over the years

    Cons

    Specific managers - passive aggressive, micro managing. Several people dissuaded from taking vacations etc. Comp Plans changed monthly/quarterly/ and so complicated they would schedule several hour meetings to describe all of the intricacies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to valuing hardworking, great performing PEOPLE....not cogs in a wheel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Awful..."From great company to sweat shop"

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    Former Employee - Acquisition Sales  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Acquisition Sales in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with, and decent pay.

    Cons

    The definition of micromanaging.
    ZERO Growth and complete dead end job
    A D&B company that ruined Hoovers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another career or go work at Dell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dun & Bradstreet is destroying this once-proud company.

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    Former Employee - Research Editor  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Research Editor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    All the free perks for employees, such as the holiday events and free bagels on Fridays. Plus, it's in Austin, Texas, which is an awesome place to live and work.

    Cons

    After D&B bought the company in 2003, life was good at Hoover's for several years. Revenue and profits steadily increased year by year, until the financial crisis of 2008 hit. After that, management was constantly running scared, and the pressure to improve profitability was intense. The editorial department, once considered the company's greatest asset, was decimated by layoffs in 2010, 2011, and 2012. D&B likes to tout what it calls "financial flexibility." A middle manager once explained to me what that means. "Financial flexibility means you lose your job and I get a bonus for making my numbers," she said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just give up. Stop calling the company Hoover's, which does a disservice to the founder, Gary Hoover. It's just another dreary outpost of D&B now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hoover's

    Pros

    Dynamic, exciting environment working with multiple sites in across US and learning new technologies.

    Cons

    Uncertainty around the future of the business given the new CEO and industry outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on internal promotion and skill building than looking to external hires first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent and fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Launch Account Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Launch Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Embraces Austin's culture, good money, central location, established brand, people, environment.

    Cons

    D&B's influence on the culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company, now ruined by D&B

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    Former Employee - Former Tier II Support
    Former Employee - Former Tier II Support

    I worked at Hoover's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Adequate pay
    Generous vacation time
    There are a few good, talented people there who keep the business running, although most of them have left or been laid off or asked to leave.

    Cons

    Started out as a great company, but today Hoover's is little more than a hollowed-out shell/shill for D&B, whose cynical, dysfunctional corporate culture and massive bureaucracy has largely wrecked what used to be a great company and product.

    Little interest in actually improving product & content quality. Zero accountability to customers. D&B shareholders are the only real customer.

    For the last 5 or 6 years, only sharks, weasels, and sociopaths are able to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management at Hoover's/D&B does not take or need advice. They already know everything
    and never make mistakes. Customers and customer facing employees are irrelevant and all that matters is the stock price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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