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Updated Jun 11, 2020

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Cars.com CEO & President Alex Vetter
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Pros
  • "GReat leadership, great coworkers, great work life balance(in 102 reviews)

  • "Beautiful offices and some great people(in 40 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Working with car dealers can be rough(in 20 reviews)

  • "Low pay, they want highly skilled employees but pay like they are hiring recent college grads(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Financial associate

      Oct 12, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cool team, easy work, happy to teach you

      Cons

      Easy work, low pay, seems hard to move up the ladder

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Cars.com is a culture of bro energy with little respect for coworkers

      Jun 11, 2020 - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Simple work life balance, never had to work weekends or stay late. Easy to get a job, they will higher pretty much anyone straight out of college. Coworkers in other departments are often supportive of helping you learn new skills.

      Cons

      Low pay, they want highly skilled employees but pay like they are hiring recent college grads. Pervasive culture of abuse, racism, sexism, and homophobia especially within the sales team (AM falls under sales). Often calling black employees by the wrong name, jokes about how gay people are, and constantly upholding sexist standards in the workplace.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Sad to see whats happening to a great company!!

      Jan 26, 2019 - Sales 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Years ago this was a great company to work for.

      Cons

      Going down fast - low pay and no room for advancement. When you have hundreds of people being laid off and quitting it should be a RED flag. Going public was a terrible decision.

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      5 people found this review helpful

      Cars.com Response

      Cars Representative

      Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It’s unfortunate to hear that you feel this way and that your time at Cars.com wasn’t everything you’d hoped it be. Every change, including going public in 2017, comes with opportunities and challenges, but through the changes, we’ve built a financially sound company with a solid business model and the highest brand recognition in the industry. Our employees are the heart and soul of our business. Based on our benefits and compensation packages, we were named #23 on Built In Chicago’s 2019 Best Places to Work list. We’re proud that the industry is recognizing how well we take care of our employees. Thank you again for your valuable feedback.

    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Used to be great

      Jan 12, 2018 - Ad Operations in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Mostly nice people, products are decent, office is in a good location for commuters, solid place to start a career out of school

      Cons

      Low pay, new office is awful/ugly and always felt empty, seemed upper management had no idea what they are doing, ignores trends of people leaving, high turnover, feels like they are trying too hard to be cool, lots of unannounced layoffs, kept changing the company direction what seemed like every 6 months, got cheap for company parties/events

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      11 people found this review helpful

      Cars.com Response

      Cars Representative

      Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are sorry that your experience at Cars.com did not match our intention of being the best place you have ever worked. You probably already know that the tech space is a very competitive field right now and good talent is in high demand. We’re working to make sure our compensation packages are competitive and are in-line with the Chicago market where our employees live and work. We have experienced a lot of change recently and that brings challenges with setting our priorities. By nature of our industry, we like new ideas, which can also make it difficult to set priorities. As an independent public company, we know this is a muscle we need to strengthen and will do a better job at relying on our strategic plan to guide our decision-making. Thank you again for your feedback as it helps us make Cars.com a better place to work.

    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A Learning Experience

      May 1, 2017 - Digital Media Representative 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working from home, nice team, getting to know the car and advertising business, traveling the area, and going to Chicago.

      Cons

      Little guidance, warped territories, high priced product compared to competitors, "prospects" with no cars or few cars for sale, low pay, unreasonable expectations, and poor management.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Do NOT work here.

      Jan 17, 2017 - Operations in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company matches charitable donations up to $50 and gives a yearly volunteer day.

      Cons

      Since going public, the company has lost its youthful culture. Budget cuts, layoffs, and hiring freezes have left most staff miserable. Very low pay compared to industry averages. No diversity. Management is all straight, white people.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Account Manager

      Dec 14, 2016 - Account Manager in New Haven, CT
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great people to work with and excellent room for process inprovement. Senior leadership at CEO/VP level is great.

      Cons

      Don't bother applying unless you love being in a clique. Management will punish you for sharing department wide feedback from employees if it is at all negative. Hiring freeze makes upward or lateral mobility nonexistent and that drives morale to be low. Pay leaves so much more to be desired.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Heavily Underpays. Good social structure.

      Jun 15, 2016 - CRM Administrative in New Haven, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It was a great team, good morale, good location downtown, and team outings were fun. They did a lot of fun things around the office after hours. Beer, games, social structure is very big and it's fun to participate. They tend to trust their employees and managers tend to be pretty good overall. They listen, set realistic goals, and help you work toward them. Lots of room for growth for a person who is new to the corporate world, though it could take a while to get to where you want to be.

      Cons

      Low pay and definitely cliquish. I suppose it's the same anywhere. If you bring an offer from somewhere else, they won't even try to match it. They'll just let you go. If you get on the wrong side of your boss's boss, you're screwed. It's very hierarchical. They rely heavily on metrics for everything, but don't necessarily look at the right things (though for the most part, it's good). Promotions always come right around the "yearly merit raise" time - and so, they only give you a tiny - and I mean tiny - amount more than you might get as a merit raise in pay, and then they don't have to give you a merit raise because they've just "given you a raise" and you haven't been in the job long enough for formal evaluation to take place. So you take on a new role & more responsibility for the same pay you would be getting had you not been promoted. Their pay structure and raise structure is such that there is only so much to go around, so the most you can expect is a 3% raise and that's only for excellent performers and/or people in low paid positions. They are very concerned with appearances and so even when someone is a "given" for a job, they will post a job req to allow others to apply. It's used to teach fresh out of college kids how to interview for a new position within the company. It's also done so they don't get sued.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Going Downhill Fast

      May 13, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Chicago Meetings in the Summer Easy to use Training's are fun.

      Cons

      I have worked at Cars for several years and seen good times and now I'm living through the bad. The pay is really low but that wasn't a bad thing when there wasn't a lot of pressure. Now it's LOW pay HIGH pressure. Changes are made to comp plans/reports/website with no input from sales. Half the management team is "dating" people in the field and you get far if you aren't "friendly" with upper management. The only plan they stick with is rate increases. They spend 4 months have conf calls to get ready for a rate increase then the next 4 months dealing with all the cancellations from the rate increase. Everytime they say that the next new product is not about a rate increase; it means it's about a rate increase. Senior leadership is absent. They dismiss competition, SUPER LOW pay and if you are "pretty" you may get a chance to move up the ladder.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good culture but terrible benefits/salary

      Dec 29, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Most people you work with here do seem to care. Strong team culture encouraged with regular outings and events. Work life balance is great for a tech company.

      Cons

      They recently became a public company and are in that awkward transition from a startup to a corporate culture. What does this mean? Most of management is there because of tenure and seniority. Worse yet, the company changes so frequently that most managers would not even be capable of performing the job they supervise and seem to not care or notice. Micromanagemet is huge at this company, no matter your role. You will be required to log and document every thing you do and will be called out if it appears you aren't logging enough. By far the biggest con of all is the lack of pay. It is offensively low across departments and roles. Opportunities for pay increases are very rare. You would think they would make up for this with benefits but their benefits are very much industry average. To sum up: very low pay, average benefits, poor management, good culture, fun environment

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      5 people found this review helpful
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