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CareerBuilder Chicago Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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Pros
  • CareerBuilder prides itself on allowing employees to enjoy a work life balance (in 99 reviews)

  • Other pros-great benefits, wellness benefits, fun happy hours and team outings (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • Its actually a great place to be and offers good work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • CareerBuilder has a reputation of very high turnover of sales reps (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Great, Competitive Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and competitive atmosphere, and one of the best training programs I have ever witnessed. Work Hard, Play Hard atmosphere and you will be compensated well for high achievement.

    Cons

    You have to be an incredibly strategic salesperson to remain on target with your sales. Commission structure rolls over monthly so if you aren't hitting goals you will get behind and be expected to catch up quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work with training programs and achievement awards!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CareerBuilder full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great company until bought by another financial firm last year. Since then the business and work has been really slow

    Cons

    New direction is really vague and very intrusive within departments. Too many changes in various departments

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries for long term employees

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Software Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO and a couple of higher ups are great people.
    That’s it.
    More on the Cons side of things is where the truth is.

    Cons

    Management, management, management - the worst!
    They bring people to a lower level floor and have you call in a tiny, stinky, dark room for half the day. It’s like a sales sweat shop. They call it the bullpen, boiler room, computer lab. Just disgraceful if youre a motivated adult. There’s NO structure as to how you get promoted. I had 4 different managers when i was there. All under qualified with no sales experience. With the competition, not sure how they are still in business.

    Advice to Management

    Just let go of everyone and start over. Or sell the company, or be bought out yet again. Apollo investments are a proven firm which purchases outdated avenues..


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company, Uncertain Future"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, above-average benefits, and ample opportunities to grow your career in Sales. Convenient location in downtown Chicago. Excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too many unknowns since being purchased by Private Equity.

    Internal communication between Sales Reps and sales support for different products is disorganized to the point of not wanting to bother selling complex solutions. Incomplete and delayed implementations angers customers, leaving sales reps alone playing damage control.

    Advice to Management

    Quarterly assessment of managers should be mandatory. The majority of managers and directors only sold job postings and Database seats when they were reps, causing a large disconnect when tasking sales teams to sell complex solutions.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A difficult transitional time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology / good resources available. Good office location in Chicago. If you have a good manager, you're likely happy and riding out the change just fine.

    Cons

    If you are in a small, non-sales department, you are often out of the loop. Leadership is either out of touch, or doesn't care - unclear which. So many decisions amidst change would not have been demotivating if they'd been communicated differently.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people than the bottom line. If you do that, they'll do the rest.


  6. "Great place to start or continue to grow your career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast Paced, Always evolving and developing new tools
    Fun place to work - Family Feel
    Opportunity to move up the ladder quickly or change roles

    Cons

    Internal Communication between groups can be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Continue to motivate teams. Communicate what is happening and what you are excited about.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Sales"

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    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with that are not managers
    It was a great place to work...
    Sometimes we got fruit but then that stopped
    Fast Career Advancement (That has since stopped)
    Decent Bonus Structure (Backloaded though and Comp Pay is LOW)

    Cons

    It was a great place to work... Then the focus changed and it became terrible
    ZERO communication
    Lots of upper management drinking the CB juice and then handing it out to their reps
    2 years ago - CEO Matt F. once said that advertising isn't an effective way to capture resumes or create traffic... Now you can not listen to the radio without hearing an Indeed ad or Ziprecruiter ad. Even HRIS systems are getting into advertising. CB has once again launched TV commercials but the one I saw did not capture my attention.
    Rebaselines
    Management at every level in Sales (Boys Club) - I will admit that there were some very good managers that work there but it is not the norm.
    Fast Career Advancement which led to a lot of "How did they get that position?"

    Advice to Management

    Get your boots on the ground and listen to your people. My outlook is not great for CB in the next 5-10 years. A lot of work needs to happen to keep them relevant. Google entering the market is huge and could see that overtaking the industry just like Indeed did (Only a matter of time before Google starts to monetize off of the traffic). There's a reason why so many have left recently but that is most likely OK as you would not have to pay severance, should you lay them off. Without the mass exodus I am sure the first layoff number in 2017 would have been greater. You are entering a market and a crowded market with the software. You are no longer the big fish in the job board market nor are you in the ATS market, so you need to stop acting like you are. Your prices are high and after looking at other systems for my current role... well, your software doesn't REALLY set you apart. I hope the best for CB as I have friends that still work there but I can't fault any of them for wanting to leave.
    You get two star because you were a good company and I have met some great friends there.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fine for a short while"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Verification Specialist in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Verification Specialist in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers
    Decent pay for recent college grads
    Paid holidays and days off for perms
    Pretty easy work, you do the same thing all day

    Cons

    Zero fulfillment
    Job gets seriously boring very quickly
    Some of the leads really let their position get to their head.
    Management has been slowly becoming more controlling, but are very aware morale is going down.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong business ethics, good management style & teams

    Cons

    Company recently sold has shaken the employees and many were laid off, but many also left on their own accord, including management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Events Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, hard working employees, lots of training provided

    Cons

    Eliminating events and making budget cuts so the perks are shrinking


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