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Challenger, Gray & Christmas Reviews

Updated November 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "Helping people in a very stressful time" (in 16 reviews)

  • "We get to make a difference in the lives of people who are going through a job transition" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "No benefits, which for those without spouse benefits make it almost impossible" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Doesn't offer health insurance or 401k match" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to work and live life"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to do Meaningful Work and make a living
    Helping Others that are going through difficult time in their life
    Family atmosphere and caring
    Ability to balance schedule

    Cons

    Healthcare benefits for the people

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – CEO

    Thank you so much for your comments and service to the company. We pride ourselves on the guidance we provide during one of the most difficult times in someone’s life: job loss. The work is indeed... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenger is a great place to work because we come together as a team to support people as they go through a job search. The company also allows us to go through our life as well. They are flexible with our needs and know that family always comes first.

    Cons

    Communication could be better. Sometimes things change and we aren't told right away.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key.

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – CEO

    We truly are a family and value all our employees’ life events. Our culture is rooted in teamwork and a mission to bring the best services to our clients. Thank you for being part of our team. With... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Extraordinary Organization to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenger is a wonderful family-held company that offers it's employees the ability to earn a great income while still balancing family/home life. All of the employees truly care about the clients we are working with which I believe really sets us apart from other outplacement and coaching firms. Our coaches are the best of the best and put their hearts and souls into their work. Our sales executives are passionate about helping both the clients we serve as well as those locally in the community who need advice and/or help. The CGC leadership team encourages the sales organization to help when needed and is always finding ways to improve the client experience.
    Top notch technology is available to our clients coming into program as leadership acknowledges how critical keeping up to date on the tech side is.

    Cons

    Doesn't offer health insurance or 401k match

    Advice to Management

    Put together more competitive benefit packages and continue to invest in technology!

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – CEO

    Thank you so much for your insight. We strive to keep looking forward to ensure the company grows and evolves. We are proud of our newest technological upgrades that will not only benefit our... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company and Impact-oriented"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time

    Pros

    Challenger is a great, impact-focused organization to work for. Each team in the organization truly is focused on helping our clients in their job search. Everyone has a lot of heart and it feels like family.

    Cons

    There could be more performance evaluations. Other than that, none!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to have more all-team conferences.

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – CEO

    We love our all-team conferences and will definitely continue to have them in the future! While we do not have scheduled performance evaluations, we encourage managers of each of our departments to... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Helping others through career/job transition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Job Coach
    Current Employee - Certified Job Coach
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coaches have an opportunity to work 1:1 or with groups of professionals and business leaders facing transition. Lots of client interaction and diversity. Hone your relationship building skills.

    Cons

    Heavy travel schedule for some coaches during peak business periods.

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – CEO

    Thank you for guiding and supporting our clients through their career transitions. Many of our Certified Job Coaches would list travel as one of the great things about the role, but I appreciate it... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Best Job I've Ever Had"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Deevelopment
    Current Employee - Business Deevelopment
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture and providing a great service to individuals in one of the toughest times of their lives - when they have lost their jobs. Everyone at Challenger cares about each other and our clients. Great work/life balance and salary potential for those in sales.

    Cons

    Need to offer benefits to be competitive in the market and recruit to add to the already high quality staff.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for your support!

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – CEO

    Indeed, we deeply care about our employees, and it translates to how we serve our clients. Our mission to guide people to new and better career opportunities reflects our core values and our... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    There are no health benefits offered.

    Advice to Management

    Challenger Gray and Christmas would be perfect if they offered benefits.

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Aug 23, 2018 – CEO

    Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback, and I want to personally thank you for your service to the company. As you know, we value and are committed to cultivating a close-knit... More

  8. "Needs to be more progressive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time

    Pros

    family oriented, good product, known brand

    Cons

    no forward thinking, tired model

    Advice to Management

    think out of the box - need a progressive model

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Aug 23, 2018 – CEO

    Thanks so much for your feedback. Indeed, a company will stagnate without creative, progressive thinking. We are committed to encouraging new ideas and strategies from all our people in order to... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    ""Family" Sums It All Up""

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    From the perspective of several decades and experiencing constant positive evolution, I can easily say it's the best job I've had.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas Response

    Aug 23, 2018 – CEO

    Thank you! It is a pleasure to work with so many wonderful, talented professionals and watch our company succeed due to their efforts. We are committed to making all our people feel respected, heard... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger, Gray & Christmas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best company I have ever worked with - culture, leadership, quality of services and people - after 12 years, I can simply say this is the best company I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    There are no cons to report.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - thank you!!