Taleo Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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Pros
  • Great culture permeates across the organization (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Taleo was recently acquired by Oracle Corp and no longer in business (in 3 reviews)

  • Be prepared to work very hard here--not always a great work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    If you have talent, bring it elsewhere.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Up and coming at the time... it was exciting to be in at the ground floor (this was just prior to them going Public). I also enjoyed visiting the Home Office in Quebec City, Canada. These are sincerely the only two good memories I have of my experience working for Taleo.

    Cons

    The management team is miserable. I've never been affiliated with such a bombastic group. Going through training as a new hire is like going to Boot Camp. Similarly, the Managers are like Drill Sargeants. From a complete lack of recognition, to unfair criticism - the management team (which has since turned over several times) never realized that there are better places to work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to what can be learned from Exit Interviews.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Very unplesent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Taleo offers good benifits, that's all.

    Cons

    Taleo wants to be a "talent management" company but has no internal processes around managing it's own talent. Advancement is around who you know and not how you perform. Salary is based on how underpaid they think they can get away with. Training is non-existent. And leadership integrity is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure your leadership teams to put real leaders in charge. Restructure your culture so talent identification and utilization is in the forefront. Promote and reward based on real achievements.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Very Disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Poor Management Poor Finanical Systems Lack of Direction Lack of organizational teamwork

    Advice to Management

    You should value everyone in your organization the same and treat them equally


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized den of incompotence.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taleo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Can't really think of any.

    Cons

    This was a poorly run company from the top down. Most of the products were not well developed and upper management asked sales to push vaporware.

    Advice to Management

    You did the best thing possible and sold the company to Oracle. At least Oracle might actually develop solid products that actually work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Will not recommend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taleo full-time

    Pros

    I will not recommend anyone to work there. I don'r see any pros

    Cons

    Bad management, low salary and unpleasant environment to work


  7. Helpful (3)

    Horrible management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Taleo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They treat you like workhorses, and management thinks that engineers are there to do whatever they say.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. No career growth.


  8. Helpful (3)

    stay away from Taleo

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Taleo gives exposure to working with Product Management directly Small company feel, with occasional social events

    Cons

    Promotion and praise is based on nepotism, and how much you are liked by your boss. No mentor ship whatsoever, in fact, they can lead you down the opposite direction by saying highly negative comments about your work. No recognition for any good work, no avenue to nurture your talents whatsoever they may be.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be scrutinized for how they behave with their employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    Taleo doesn't practice what it preaches

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee
    Current Employee - Current Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to hit the ground running and learn from some fantastic grass-roots employees. People start off very passionate about what they do and why. Good products and great solution initiatives.

    Cons

    All the negatives already mentioned and more. Micro-management from a finance level; take-take-take from employees and very little give; low employee engagement and no passion from senior management who give the impression they just want to cash in from a future buy out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; improve employee engagement; take these issues seriously.


  10. Good salary no career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent name in the market

    Cons

    No understanding of how to treat their own talent

    Advice to Management

    Trotting out the typical US approach as supposedly a global player doesn't work.


  11. Helpful (4)

    HR Company with Poor HR Practices

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Dublin, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the leading on demand software companies with a blue chip customer base. Company is public and stock has been doing fairly well this year, with positive analyst ratings.

    Cons

    Upper management treats employees poorly which is ironic given that they are in the HR space. Compensation strategy is to pay only at mid point, they are very stingy with stock options so only officers of the company make good money, while the rest of the employees make so-so money. CEO is tyranical and makes it a practice to publicly humiliate people in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach to your customers, talent is your best asset so take good care of it.



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