Kelley Blue Book Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
52 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, culture and values

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - People are very friendly and smart.
    - Collaborative atmosphere.
    - Employees are empowered to make a difference.
    - Rewards/recognition and training programs galore.
    - Leadership of all levels have an open door policy.
    - Strong belief in community service.
    - Work/life balance

    Cons

    - Beneficial if some departments sat in the same area, not on differing floors to maximize collaboration.
    - No real cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more events like the Hackathon!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great brand and a great place to work...KBB.com is one of the most powerful brand in the automotive marketplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, loved to people i worked with at this company. Still one of the leading brands in the automotive world. My time at this company has been excellent

    Cons

    No Issues, The Autotrader world has entered the company in the last few years so it has lost its small company feel

    Compensation starts to get tighter as ATC expands its hold

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Standard, Old, Big Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Typical expectations from an old company that still operates as such. You have to show up at 9am on the dot, or you get a talking to from your manager. No career growth opportunities. Same work, day in day out. Not surprising that employees are not engaged in their work.

    Cons

    Old school values. Dress code, no interaction with leadership, standard benefits, lacking in excitement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out of your office sometimes, and talk to your staff. Stop making your staff feel the hierarchy so s

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great co-workers, good development opportunity, but unreasonable expectations from micromanagement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good training workshops and team building, great colleagues, decent comp package, benefits start on day 1 of employment, very personable CEO, decent location because it's near the 405, 5, 133 freeway for commuters. HR does a great job at keeping involved in a pleasant way. Great corporate gatherings. Commitment to Community (C2C) is awesome for volunteering.

    Cons

    Micromanaging middle management, inconsistencies in management. Some are genuine and care about the development of their team. Some are cold and only care about themselves. Inconsistent expectations and definitions of performance measurements, as they differ from manager to manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a growth and development management style as it will align with the aggressive growth strategy of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Auto trader a strong influence on how company runs.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kelley Blue Book

    Pros

    Good benefits and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Don't research the market before launching new products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to employees and not just to each other.

  7.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book

    Pros

    very open communication regarding the changes to come and next steps.

    Cons

    I could not think of anything that is that bad.

  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are highly motivated and very intelligent.

    Cons

    Work/life balance could be improved by management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very enabling, perfect for those who are still navigating their career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Data  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Data in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Open floor plan, clear goals, managers are open-doors, lots of products and departments, CEO does everything possible to engage the employees, service projects are encouraged throughout the year, internal IT, daily and weekly team meetings to touch base on projects and issues, flexible hours, no super-achievers that ask "why don't you work every Saturday like a good employee?", cross-training is a standard, my manager asks what interests me and what I'd like to learn to help make the team and I better, work space is respectfully quiet, dress is professional/casual (no shorts, jeans, but a tie is too much), internal social network called "The HUB" where you are encouraged to be involved and a great way to break up an 8hr work day, Jared is the CEO and I feel I can stand behind what he says, company is diverse and expanding overseas

    Cons

    company is split into 3 different buildings, lots of systems to learn and maintain, lots of QA work in each product team, owned by GIANT Autotrader that seems to be a product of large corporate drones...luckily KBB environment has remained mostly intact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask us about our own personal goals and to add them to the management goals (goal setting feels like the manager saying: "Here is what your goals are"), include the contractors more, mix teams more to allow full company congruity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineering  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineering in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Open to change. Company culture is great.

    Cons

    Some politics. Sometimes difficult (but not impossible) to coordinate projects when they cross over teams because everyone has their own agendas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good atmosphere between colleagues and management. Relaxed and humorous. Collaborative environment. Professional hard working people. Pretty mature processes in place. Ethos of good work life balance even if it cannot always be acheived. Good communication from Management who are approachable and friendly.

    Cons

    Lean staffing leading to heavy workloads.
    Uncertainty caused by re-organizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the good stuff.

     A little more clarity and elaboration on re-org decisions and impacts would be welcome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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