Kelley Blue Book
3.5 of 5 46 reviews
www.kbb.com Irvine, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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Kelley Blue Book President Jared Rowe

Jared Rowe

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73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Kelley Blue Book

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

ConsI could not think of anything that is that bad.

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Irvine, CA

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

ProsPeople are highly motivated and very intelligent.

ConsWork/life balance could be improved by management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Operations Data (Current Employee)
Irvine, CA

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

ProsOpen 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

Conscompany 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 Senior ManagementAsk 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to work for.

Manager, Software Engineering (Current Employee)
Irvine, CA

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

ProsOpen to change. Company culture is great.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Irvine, CA

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

ProsGood 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing the good stuff.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Steady work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSteady work. Generally pleasant office enviornment

ConsExcessive micromanagement, very cliquey environment with cronyism, unnecessary procedural changes to accommodate office politics

Advice to Senior ManagementTake pro-active steps to reduce micromanagement. Streamline inter-departmental procedures without compromising for office politics.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fun and collaborative environment

Scrum Master (Former Employee)
Irvine, CA

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

ProsFun, collaborative, Open Door, Encourage idea sharing

ConsNot very transparent with company vision, direction, or outlook

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not a bad company to work for

Editor (Former Employee)
Irvine, CA

I worked at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood benefits, good work environment - jeans are allowed. The pay is decent.

ConsNot that much room for growth depending on what department you're in.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more room for growth and an increase in compensation every year.

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Great company and great people.

IT Manager (Former Employee)
Irvine, CA

I worked at Kelley Blue Book full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe people I worked with were very knowledgeable and great team players. State of the art technology and advancement opportunities.

ConsBudget did not allow much for outside training of employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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On a good path

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsKBB is a phenominal brand and the Senior Management seems to have a real vision for where the company is headed. As with any aquisition there have been some bumps in the last couple of years, but things seem to be on a good trajectory. People have left, but the way I see it is that many of them may not have been the right people for moving the company forward. The company is on a good path and I am happy to be a part of it.

ConsLots of meetings. It is still working out the kinks of being part of a larger organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe transparent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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