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CareerBuilder Chicago Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Did I mention great work/life balance (in 73 reviews)

  • Fantastic Culture, Great Benefits, Career Advancement (in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • Sales Management, high turnover, work life balance isn't great if you've just started a family (in 13 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. "Great place to learn and grow your skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - National Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work life balance opportunity

    Cons

    always changing (though this is also a plus)

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great people still, but not what it used to be"

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

    Pros

    Made some of my best friends there and the people are what make the culture as fun as it is. Excellent pay, benefits, perks and there are some GREAT managers there, but...

    Cons

    There are some really lousy managers and unfortunately, they have managed to get into higher positions of leadership and they have no business being there. Upper management is all politics-driven and after the shake-up at some of the top levels earlier this year, there are some REALLY awful people in charge of certain sales verticals.

    CEO is a brilliant guy, but I really do question his judgement in letting the Chief Sales Officer continue to run things. The company has gone backwards since he took the helm. From introducing new comp plans to incentivise selling certain solutions and then wondering why the whole salesforce stopped selling the other solutions, to placing new people in roles where they have NO experience and NO management skills, it's been quite a trainwreck. His company update calls are embarrassing. He has the grammar and public speaking skills of an 8-year-old. I can only imagine what the clients must think when he shows up at a meeting.

    Head for zee hills and look somewhere else until there is a changing of the guard at the director and vp levels.

    Advice to Management

    First of all, the HR/Recruitment at the company is a joke. It's embarrassing that a company that specializes in the space can't seem to communicate with its' own employees or fill their own open positions on the floor.

    Time to take a hard look at your top people (some, not all) and say goodbye to some folks that have been there too long and don't belong.

    Understand that any positive you see in the day-to-day culture is thanks to the people on the floor that are still there. The day that people start to realize that "this is not what I signed up for" has already come for many (myself included), and is right around the corner for the rest. Stinks that a few rotten eggs have weaseled their way up to ruin what used to be such a great company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Great training and challenged every day.

    Cons

    Industry can be a bit hard to predict

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving SaaS


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent"

    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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to develop a career path. Young place to work that strives to offer the best work life balance possible.

    Cons

    Sales quotas/structure seems to change almost quarterly. Management makes rash decisions that sometimes do work but other times fail, meaning your pay/livelihood at times feel at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Find a plan and stick with it. You can't keep changing your priorities/objectives and use your sales floor as an experiment.


  6. "Senior Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic company culture
    - Awesome employee perks

    Cons

    - They change compensation plans way too much and it's for the worst
    - A lot of company changes in the last 3 years and now seems like an identity crisis


  7. "great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    you are being valued for the work you do

    Cons

    too far from home :)


  8. "Great company for salespeople"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Open door policy for all managers - you can walk right into anyone's office, including CEO.
    Great comp, benefits & PTO.
    Freedom to run your book as you see fit including ability to work from home/remotely for all sales reps.
    Amazing work/life balance.
    Travel opportunities.
    Many different solutions to offer so you aren't stuck selling just one thing like a job ad.
    Professional & personal development encouraged.

    Cons

    Very competitive space with new competitors constantly coming in.
    If you start falling behind on your quota, it can snowball on you and be very difficult to catch back up.
    What we sell is boring, but it is also very necessary.
    Sales support is inconsistent - the best support reps go in to sales, the rest leave after a while bc being customer service is a tough job. It forces the sales reps to do a lot of their own support which takes away time from selling.

    Advice to Management

    Continue innovating. CB is a completely different company than it was 10 years ago, and was completely different 10 years before that. Keep pushing the boundaries and developing new solutions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "CareerBuilder Software Sales Executive Review"

    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
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I've worked for"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -In sales at least, the pay is pretty good
    -Excellent work life balance and benefits
    -While more formal than a start up, definitely more relaxed than a corporate environment
    -Most the management and leadership is pretty friendly
    -People are respectful and positive
    -The HR team is solid

    Cons

    -Change is constant. But the bigger issue with that is they don't seem to plan for the implementation. Poor change management (i.e. we recently made a structural change in Sales, and we didn't know our April quotas until the last week of April).
    -No place for employees to give our own (or clients') feedback on our products

    Advice to Management

    Communicate change ahead of time. Create a system for more open-ended feedback (the current quarterly surveys are very limited), and then communicate back what feedback is being implemented (or not implemented) and why


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    -Thought provoking
    -Forward Technology
    -Tons of Resources
    -Open Leadership

    Cons

    -Hours can be long but it's all what you put into your role

    Advice to Management

    Look forward to an amazing future! I am happy to be part of the changes ahead.



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