Kelley Blue Book Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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Kelley Blue Book President Jared Rowe
Jared Rowe
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Pros
  • Good place for meeting some friendly people (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits and friendly coworkers (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Micromanaging middle management, inconsistencies in management (in 3 reviews)

  • The best way to get by at KBB if you're not an executive is just do your work and don't complain (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Nice place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kelley Blue Book

    Pros

    Fun place to work then

    Cons

    Auto Trader takeover of the company

  2. Helpful (1)

    Fun job but very disorganized, extremely lofty revenue goals but a refusal to compensate fairly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Intelligence in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Market Intelligence in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Automotive is a fun field, travel to autoshows and seminars if you are in the right department, neat cars come to office,

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low compared to market average...I'm talking below the bottom 10% on the bell curve, so don't take a job expecting to prove your worth and be compensated accordingly. Once you are pigeon holed into a salary you will have to fight to the death for a raise above 3%.

  3. Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kelley Blue Book as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I felt comfortable there. Managers didn't micromanage. Team was great.

    Cons

    Nothing major. Overall a good experience.

    Advice to Management

    None, I think it was great.

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  5. Positive changes the last few years. Jared was a great president.

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package including pension - although still mourning the loss of Kaiser Permanente. Fun events sprinkled throughout the year to emphasize employee appreciation and company milestones. Flexible work schedule without micromanagement. Constant communication regarding change management.

    Cons

    It is felt that upper-level promotions and management are given to Autotrader/Manheim/Cox employees in Atlanta.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate and cascade messages down to the individual contributor. They are often the ones doing all the work and unfortunately the last to receive important messages.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great people

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

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, challenging, successful, great brand
    A place you can be proud to work

    Cons

    Most opportunity for advancement requires being in Atlanta.

    Advice to Management

    Help motivated employees understand what there career path will look like. Right now, the only opportunity for advancement is to leave for another company.

  7. So so

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book

    Pros

    casual dress code is great

    Cons

    a lot of loops to get things done

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company, culture and values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Need more events like the Hackathon!

  9. Great people. Mediocre Management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kelley Blue Book full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people I got to work with were awesome (except management).
    Breakfast on Friday's were nice.
    Time off during days to help charitable causes.

    Cons

    Bad feedback from Supervisors when needing improvement.
    Very cliquish environment.

    Advice to Management

    There are WAY too many meetings that consume way too much time. Give the employees time to actually work.

  10. 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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Standard, Old, Big Company

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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