Monster Worldwide

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Monster Worldwide Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
354 Reviews
2.6
354 Reviews
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Monster Worldwide Chairman, President, and CEO Sal Iannuzzi
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227 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In the beginning the work life balance was great but that quickly changed about 2 years in (in 28 reviews)

  • Good benefits, free soda, and they bring in lunch at end of months and quarters (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • direction has been lacking from senior management for a number of years (in 18 reviews)

  • The threat of being terminated loomed over your head by upper management every single day (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place when I started - Has gone downhill in the last couple years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Florence, SC

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Monster provided a great benefits package and opportunities for advancement. The best part about working there was definitely the people and they had a great sales training program!

    Cons

    Management has killed the once great culture that Monster was known for. They also made some poor choices on where they put energy as far as creating new and cutting edge products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back that once great culture!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Executive - Ad Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The leadership on the advertising sales (no input on recruitment) side motivates the team and has developed a great culture.

    Military.com has a strong brand and focus. As a whole the company has great potential.

    Cons

    The Monster brand is diminishing to LinkedIn and others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow with LinkedIn.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started as a great company, quickly went down hill.

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    Former Employee - Sales Help Desk in Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Help Desk in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There were some very talented and nice people who worked there. Great training program when first starting out.

    Cons

    Poor management, not flexible, unrealistic goals and expectations for employees working in call center. There were times when the environment felt more like a high school than a place of employment - lots of gossip, lots of drinking, and just overall mayhem. It was distracting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and try to get back some of the magic of the earlier days of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent company to work for, except...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Salary is competitive with similar jobs.

    Cons

    Sales territories not balanced...some could meet quota by simply sitting their and waiting for the orders to come in, while others would have to really hustle to meet quota. The threat of being terminated loomed over your head by upper management every single day. Financial future of this company is not certain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internet Recruitment Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Florence, SC

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back work environment and they will work with you if you have things you need to do away from the office during the day. Great tuition reimbursement program in place. Generous base pay and commission structure if you get a good territory. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    The company is clearly on its last leg fiscally. They have laid off the entire HR department and most of marketing as well as development. They continue to hire in sales, but the earnings reports are dismal. The company has some really great products such as Power Resume Search, but they do nothing to market them. Some of the other products and acquisitions the company has made are total failures. If you get a good territory, you're golden, but if you get a bad territory, you are screwed. Bad territories are filled with duplicate and child accounts that don't have purchasing power or newspaper accounts and closed businesses. They pressure you to make you feel as though you are not doing enough, but generally, if you can make 70+ dials a day and show solid account coverage, you are okay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Monster experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monster Worldwide as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    When I was there management team very involved

    Cons

    When I was there management team very involved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company unique, don't try to fit the everybody else model

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was great in it's prime but is on a slow death spiral.

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Back in the day (middle '00s), Monster had the talent, technology and atmosphere that made working there quite fun. They practiced the work hard play hard approach. And were poached regularly because of the top talent they had. However, those days are long, long gone.

    Cons

    Most of the good talent left after significant management changes/decisions and missed opportunities -- not buying Linked in for pennies on the dollar, half attempted "facebook" lite projects like BeKnown, questionable acquisitions, and they even had a stock scandal.
    The rest of the talent soon followed. Their Maynard location (in the old DAC mill) used to be cool, but they have moved most of the development out to Cambridge and Weston, and filled in the holes with cheap outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it's too late to save the company. Linked-In, Glass Door, hell even Craigslist has taking huge chunks of the market share. Why pay premium prices for stuff that other sites have for free? Unless they gut, and refocus I don't see how Monster can make it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good solutions, poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good solution set and technology, great team members, especially the more tenured folks who are willing to help

    Cons

    focus is on spreadsheets and micro managing, rather than providing solutions to clients' needs... and karma. Bad systems will ruin good people every day of the week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ceo's #1 priority is shareholder value... which is non-existent at MWW. Not sure how the board hasn't relieved Sal of his duties

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay away, don't bother!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There used to be some Pros to working at Monster, now, not so much.

    Cons

    Where to start? Terrible management (micro-management), no bonus or salary increases on years, yet the CEO takes a $2.3mm bonus on 2013 (Forbes.com), leadership only cares about numbers and their ego, to hell with employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your own way. Give up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    I’d give it a “0” if I could…

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Monster Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Anything that was once positive about this organization ceases to exist.

    Cons

    First let me say, that any positive reviews listed below are likely fake reviews created by the management staff. Pretty easy to see through the charade.

    If you are thinking of interviewing here – STOP. If you are thinking of investing with this company – STOP. Save yourself the time, resources and regret of a terrible investment. Because this company is certainly on it’s last leg fiscally and morally.

    Management will likely tell you that you have the opportunity to make six-figures here, but that is a thing of the past. A distant memory…along with the respect and trust we used to earn from upper management. The new leadership regime is a bunch of unqualified, inexperienced “YES” men who constantly look to spreadsheets to find excuses and reasons to blame the sales team instead of taking ownership of their bad mistakes. The true fault lies in their bad quarterly planning but they refuse to acknowledge it. Instead, they treat the sales team as if they were incompetent children, stricken with amnesia who suddenly FORGOT how to sell.

    This toxic, sinking organization has quickly deteriorated the family culture that once existed here. Now you are signing yourself up for extreme micromanagement, constant threats to your job and livelihood and a never-ending reminder that you are not doing enough. Meanwhile, don’t forget – they won’t be paying you NEARLY what you signed up for. But again, they’ll blame YOU for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the sand. Your own management team is the cause of your organization bleeding revenue. How much does it cost your organization in turnover, employee acquisition, training and lost business because of poor coverage? Do the math. Smarten up. Remind your managers that they are meant to help, coach and motivate the staff. Not berate them and force good talent out the door.

    You are losing talented people at all levels. And I forget - isn't that what you do as an organization? Pretty ironic.

    At the management level you are replacing it with people who are too inexperienced to know what to do other than micromanage and break various HR laws. At the rep level you are chasing out seasoned, experienced and proven performers to replace them with individuals that are quickly learning how terrible this organization is. They will stay as long as they need to in order to collect a paycheck and move on.

    I would do some serious back-filling if I were you. Though that may prove to be difficult, considering people talk. Best of luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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