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CareerBuilder Chicago Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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Pros
  • CareerBuilder prides itself on allowing employees to enjoy a work life balance (in 90 reviews)

  • Other pros-great benefits, wellness benefits, fun happy hours and team outings (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • Sales Management, high turnover, work life balance isn't great if you've just started a family (in 14 reviews)

  • It forces the sales reps to do a lot of their own support which takes away time from selling (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Non Sales Support"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every day is something new to tackle; you'll never be bored!

    Cons

    We move so fast that there's no infrastructure and communication from leadership down is poor. We win in the short term but don't have a long term strategy.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Need to Get it Together"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started out really fun but then as the company starting declining, so did the activities as well as morale. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Moving up at CB is all about who you know, not what you know, a lot of favoritism. They are always trying to "disrupt the industry" but after leaving it became clear how subpar their products are with little innovation or differentiation from competitors. I drank the Kool aid for a long time until I realized they don't really care about their employees. They would change the comp plans only to benefit the company, rarely the reps. Promoted half day Fridays but then each summer their would be less and less and certain managers wouldn't let you leave early. Quickly becoming the next Monster

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your employees and stop playing favorites.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Entry level sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Good compensation
    - Fun environment and co-workers
    - No experience needed for a very livable salary

    Cons

    - Failed sales people become managers
    - Products are not good
    - Your experience will vary, very hit-miss depending upon your manager
    - Culture can be cliquey

    Advice to Management

    Reassign bad managers quickly, they kill your bottom line and are too immature, inexperienced and insecure to acknowledge it.


  4. "Decent pay, good benefits, great work life balance... Too much politicking..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for non-sales people, flexible hours and work from home, great culture and really good people to work with overall.

    Cons

    Learning & Development department is great, but they are spread too thin to focus on every faction of the business. Felt stagnant in my role even when seeking out learning & growth opportunities. Way too much politics. One person is getting promoted while getting away with murder, while the next person slips up and is being watched like a hawk. Definitely have to play the game.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the double standards, politics, inconsistent messaging every quarter and get back to what made CB great years ago... if you can.


  5. "Lack of creativity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was good flexible hours. People were nice and pretty easy going.

    Cons

    Didn't really give you strategy about what you were doing. They didn't have great prospecting tools either.

    Advice to Management

    Help the employees get more training on prospect


  6. Helpful (2)

    "CareerBuilder Software Sales Executive Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, incentive vacations, constant cash contests, great training, pay system is great (you get paid when they get paid,) Pete Jason’s the head of that division is great, fast paced environment, great training for future roles at CB or movement to other companies, very progressive.

    Cons

    INSANE micro management, more focused on metrics than take home pay or sales numbers, forced product selling initiatives and forced implementation of sale techniques contrary to that particular reps current or previous success at or before CareerBuilder. They have a habit of not letting the natural sales cycle take place. The VBU (the division of CB the position is at) is mainly a approach/strategy beta testing ground for higher level sales positions within the company which can be painful when a strategy doesn't pan out. Too many activities that take away from selling time and when you are paid on commission that can be a big problem. A very unfair practice where you have to make up metrics missed from PTO (even sick days) or you are placed on plans leading to potential termination. Lastly, you are almost forced out of that division to take a promotion once you hit 12 software deals to the next role that makes considerable less money.

    Advice to Management

    If it's not broke, don't fix it. Do not try to change the strategy and or selling style of top tier reps, but try to learn from them and duplicate what they do. Become more focused on making sales than activities that have no positive effect on my pay check IE: busy work IT, operations or someone at an Admin clerical position could do.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Company is in a critical shape"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CareerBuilder (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and Culture is the highlight of the company at the moment.

    Cons

    Company is falling apart soon. Products are not selling, employees are unhappy, revenue has been down for that past year

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Get back to the glory days"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work hard, you will be successful here.
    Fun people

    Cons

    Constantly changing the goal makes it hard for reps clients to take them and CB seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitively compared to other sales organizations in Chicago. You have the data to know what that is!


  9. "Great pay but lots of stress"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay very well, especially for people coming right out of college.

    Cons

    Very stressful environment with lots of meetings and mandatory time consuming side projects.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Major Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CareerBuilder full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are on a team that gels well you can enjoy your day to day life, learn a lot about the industry, and make lifelong friends. Some of the people there are the BEST in the industry.

    Cons

    The days when everyone was making good money and growing the business are long gone. Upper management is a boys club of guys who all went to West Virginia together. They are not there because of merit, they are there because they are college buddies. Many of the smarter up-and-comers have been leaving in droves as they see the writing on the wall: the company has hit it's plateau and has been passed up by its competition (Linkedin & Indeed for advertising, everyone else for software). In a few years they will be Monster part 2.

    The company is trying to pivot from advertising to software in order to garner a higher valuation on Wall Street when they go public (and upper management will make a ton of money), but no one in management knows how to run a software company and their software is some of the weakest in the market. As a sales rep expect to be pushed to sell crappy software that your clients don't want/need at the expense of giving them an advertising product that used to be very good.

    Advice to Management

    1. Get rid of the West Virginia conglomerate before it's too late and promote of the newer talent that still works there before you lose them.
    2. Hire people who have experience running a software company if that's what you're going to sell.


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