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CarGurus Reviews

Updated September 28, 2018
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Pros
  • "Daily catered lunch and an awesome, stocked kitchen" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Free lunch 5x per week, stock options, game room, beer on tap" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Also expect to be asked if you even want to work at CarGurus even though people work long hours and stay late constantly" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Some growing pains with rapid scaling, but nothing we can't figure out" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Terrific benefits and employee forward culture that promotes a healthy work life balance

    Cons

    Organization is growing rapidly, with young managers who need coaching


  2. "Great culture, Great benefits and salaries"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company offers great culture and benefits for the employees. The company is growing but the core culture is not changing.

    Cons

    Less flexibility to work from home as compared to other organizations. Its culturally not acceptable to ask for work from home or remote work arrangements.

    Advice to Management

    As we grow, it's important to pay attention to strengthen the leadership and management teams. Most of our managers are technical and need to become better at people management.

  3. "Best Company to Work at in Boston"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    After working at a handful of tech-related companies in the Boston area, I believe that CarGurus is hands-down the best one to work at. The company offers tremendous perks and benefits, but also an entrepreneurial, positive culture that has helped me professionally grow.

    Cons

    The biggest con for the company is that it seems to be having growing pains...while the culture is still present, the company is learning how to keep its startup roots while scaling its business.


  4. "SEM Account Executive Interview"

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    Current Employee - SEM Account Executive in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - SEM Account Executive in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My experience interviewing with CarGurus was very warm and conversational. I never felt overwhelmed or uncomfortable. The interview flowed well and I did not feel as if I were being interrogated (I've felt this way during other interviews with other organizations). Instead, I was greeted by my recruiting specialist, given a tour of the office and everything felt very organic. The hiring Managers were very personable and approachable. I was given a fair chance to speak on my skills and the transparency from each manager really stood out to me. They were honest and provided answers to any questions that I had. Everything was presented well and I left the interview very pleased with how the team handled the process. There's a reason why the company is doing so well and I am very excited to grow with CarGurus!

    Cons

    In all honesty, there's not much to complain about. CarGurus is a very lively, yet productive environment. It's just a great place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  5. "New employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The interview process: to the atmosphere of the office and collaboration with everyone I interacted before and after the interview process, was outstanding. I am super excited to be part of the team and can not wait to start in just a week!

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of at this time. The interviews were very challenging and I feel proud to be part of the team


  6. "Interview Process"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing team, quick responses, the office environment was great, the interview was very informative and straight forward

    Cons

    As of now there is none

    Advice to Management

    The company should be more flexible on Salary when it comes with seasoned professionals


  7. "Great interview process"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time

    Pros

    Amazing team, quick responses, fun office, incredible company, competitive pay

    Cons

    No cons! Love this company.

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Top-of-market pay. Good benefits. Free parking is a nice touch

    - Free lunch is very cushy

    - Good snacks with healthy options

    - Automotive market is extremely lucrative and company is positioned for high potential

    - While it's not a company where you could sit down with anyone and start a conversation, folks are nice and happy to be here

    - Although the team doesn't always do things the right way, the team is fairly senior and doesn't need too much convincing if you know a better way to do things

    - My manager/lead is very on-top of things and understanding of tradeoffs

    - Minimal micromanagement

    - Tolerable amounts of tech debt. While I'm running into lots of "we really shouldn't be doing it like this" moments in general the team is on-board with changes and no single problem is so bad that it is unsolvable

    - Work-life balance is great. I have been able to leave my laptop at work most days (have brought it home when I had some late risky deploys going out that I wanted to be able to follow-up on)

    - Really solid place for top performers. Lots of opportunities for growth and making an impact. Low-pressure, high-reward environment is really refreshing and the company works hard to help you focus on what matters most

    Cons

    - Work isn't terribly exciting but could be in a few years. Lots of helping the company dig itself out of holes. I was a bit surprised to find that the scale of our problems was significantly lower than other smaller companies I've worked for

    - E-mail is a total joke in Engineering. Spammed to death by bots to the point where all of my info needs to come through Slack or in-person. Office 365 for everything is also a real pain

    - On-boarding was a bit chaotic

    - I'm a little tipped from training, but the company culture and values statements are pretty weak and generic. The company allegedly came up with them only a few years ago and is trying to force them into the day-to-day for the sake of it. In my frank opinion - the company is just a good working culture; producing results and getting things done but keeping a steady pace and taking care of its employees along the way

    - Coming from startups I was pretty frustrated by how much was gated off that I had to figure out how to get access to, but things are good now

    - Technical skill level and care is a few steps lower than what I'm used to. As someone who is highly experienced with the tooling we're using this isn't a problem for me but this may be a poor place to learn how to do things the right way. On the other hand, it's a good place to execute and get the company to doing things the right way. Playing the role of technical babysitter gets old though

    - Haven't seen any high-level plans of what we're doing and why. Again, maybe there's town halls and all that being planned, but cross-company communication is very poor

    - Not a huge con, but I wish there were more social groups

    - I'd like to see more diversity amongst the team

    Advice to Management

    Get heavy-handed about improving communication across the company. It's really sad how bad the signal-to-noise ratio is


  9. "best sales job in boston"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great Atmosphere
    - In-house training
    -Competitive pay

    Cons

    Provide more cross-functional jobs opportunities for sales!


  10. "Dealer Relations Account Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CarGurus full-time

    Pros

    Great Managers that give you guidance but dont micro- manage, reasonable expectations, opportunity to grow, and a great culture

    Cons

    None that I can think of


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