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CarGurus Overview

Cambridge, MA
501 to 1000 employees
2006
Company - Public (CARG)
Internet
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Meet CarGurus—now the #1 largest car shopping site in the US by unique monthly visitors.

At CarGurus, we’re building the world’s most trusted and transparent automotive marketplace where it’s easy to find great deals ... Read more

Mission: We are here to build the world's most trusted and transparent automotive marketplace.

Company Updates

  • Dealer Account Executive Kate Kalil talks about her decision to step out of her comfort zone and interview for an expat assignment in our Dublin office. #meetthegurus

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    Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone into a New Time Zone

    Can I let you in on a little secret? I've never traveled abroad. And, man, I hate Guinness.

  • We're proud to support the new CarGurus Open Source Fund, an organization founded and led by our engineers, that will donate upwards of $100,000 each year to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects.

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    Announcing the CarGurus Open Source Fund

    I'm very pleased to announce a new initiative to support Free and Open Source Software (FOSS): the CarGurus Open Source Fund (OSF). CarGurus engineers rely on FOSS projects to power our infrastructure. It runs our servers, lints our code, compiles our assets, and lets us build more, faster.

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CarGurus – Why Work For Us?


Our Company

Now the #1 largest automotive shopping website in the US by unique monthly visitors, CarGurus is on a mission to transform how shoppers find cars and how sellers find buyers. Using complex data analytics, we simplify the process of car shopping and give consumers everything they need to find great deals from top-rated dealers and sellers.

Our Core Values

We are PIONEERING

From the beginning, we set out to radically change how people buy and sell cars. We tackle difficult problems head on. We are curious. We are risk takers. We embrace change even if it’s uncomfortable.  

We are TRANSPARENT

We believe transparency is the foundation of trust and enables better decision making. We communicate clearly and honestly. We deliver unbiased guidance. Our products, services and company culture are built on these principles.

We are DATA-DRIVEN

We rely on data, not hunches, to make decisions. We listen to our instincts but we validate through rapid testing, learning and optimizing. We translate complex data into actionable insights for our users, our customers and our people. 

We move QUICKLY

We believe there’s power in speed. We iterate quickly and often, continuously improving as we go. We are not afraid to break things. If we fail, we do it fast, learn from it and move on.

We are COLLABORATIVE

We celebrate our individual strengths and perspectives but know that our success requires teamwork. We partner, we listen and we leverage feedback from each other, our users and our customers.

We have INTEGRITY

We act responsibly and consider the impact of our actions on each other, our partners and the world around us. We believe empathy, respect and fairness are essential. We set high ethical standards and expect principled leadership from our people. 

 

Our Gurus

Our talented team of Gurus includes professionals from many disciplines including engineering, product, sales, marketing, business development, legal, finance, human resources and more.

Our Perks & Benefits

We provide a competitive benefits package including health, dental and 401K match. In addition, we also offer perks including gym memberships, commuter passes, daily catered lunches, company outings and more.


CarGurus Dublin opened their doors in June 2016 and launched into the UK Market. We're now just over 45 people and growing.




CarGurus Reviews

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    Current Employee - Engineer Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer Manager in Cambridge, MA
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    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I feel that the mission, culture, ability to support my quality of life and desire to get things done are all areas that CarGurus meets beyond expectations. One area where perhaps being jaded by prior experiences I was not expecting to be so happy about was the general quality of the people I interact with every day.

    We all arrive to work everyday burdened with the worries and frustrations that sometimes affect our lives, but in the short time I have been there the quality of my interactions with all my colleagues has been amazing. I work with talented, intelligent, polite, collaborative and positive people. My interactions have never had a tone of negativity or conflict. Any organization has areas where pressure to deliver and perform cause emotional load, but people seem open to taking opinion, and offering different and sometimes opposing views in a honest and objective way. I always feel I can voice an opinion, and enjoy that same activity from my peers.

    In my role within the Engineering organization I have access to modern tools and am constantly asked for ways to learn and leverage more of them, which is something that was important to me in a new position.

    The current state of CarGurus is past crazy startup and well before overly played out, overly middle management ridden destroyer of hope organization. I look forward to coming into work.

    Cons

    CarGurus is pretty open about their expectations that “we feel people do their best work in the office”. Coming from a environment with a really relaxed office presence policy I was fearful this would be difficult. The fact that there is no limit on reasonable personal or sick time covers the worries about making appointments or taking care of things that come up helps. You are expected to log this time, but it does not count against accrued PTO. I thought this would be more of a “Con” than so far I have found it to be. Three weeks of vacation felt low, but that is non inclusive of 11 holidays.

    Being in Cambridge the commute can be a bit of a nuisance, but it’s location also means there are more options to commute, and in addition to the normal public transport subsidies CarGurus will alternatively cover a large majority of parking. The parking is in the Cambridgeside Galleria which for me turns out to be a pro when I need to pick up something needed on my way home.

    I thought the daily free catered lunch was a going to be a bit of a gimmick along with the free snacks, fruit, yogurt, kegs, cold brew, video game area, but not having the daily worry about what to do for lunch is actually nice, and I end up with more money in my wallet at the end of the week. If I want a change there are tons of other options within throwing distance anyways.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Given your growth and success, many of you have been there from the beginning. As you bring on new contributors and leaders from the outside, please continue to be open to what may seem our crazy ideas, it’s critical to merge those with what has worked to get you to where CarGurus is so we can continue to have good outcomes and see positive feedback on neutral sites such as this one.

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CarGurus Photos

CarGurus photo of: Internship Program 2017
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CarGurus photo of: Fat Tuesday by members of the Engineering Team
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CarGurus Interviews

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    Dealer Relations Account Manager Interview

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at CarGurus (Cambridge, MA) in September 2018.

    Interview

    This was by far the clearest interview process I have ever had. I did one phone interview with the recruiter, a video interview with the Director of the department, closing with an in person interview with 4 managers. I received a job offer 2 hours after my in person interview. Everyone was very upfront and honest about the position as well as the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a situation where your manager gave you feedback about a call that did not go well.   Answer Question
    • How do you deal with stressful calls and angry customers.   Answer Question
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CarGurus Awards & Accolades

  • Consumer Company of the Year, New England Venture Capital Association, 2018
  • Best Places to Work, Boston Business Journal, 2013
  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine, 2012
  • Top 100 Most Promising Companies, Forbes, 2015
  • Pacesetters - #2, Boston Business Journal, 2015
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