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CoStar Group Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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CoStar Group President, CEO, and Director Andrew C. Florance
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Pros
  • Great opportunity to learn about commercial real estate (in 61 reviews)

  • great benefits and good work culture (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management doesn't seem to understand what a day is really like for a researcher (in 75 reviews)

  • More like a call center than anything else (in 43 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very different from what I've read"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding. I've worked in a variety of business environments and none of them compare to CoStar in terms of benefits or work atmosphere. There is a clear emphasis on health and wellness, from the fresh fruit, juice and snacks provided daily in each kitchen to free in-house yoga classes and a state of the art gym. The health benefits are great and we have regular health screenings in the office for free. There is also additional leave time provided for weddings and maternity. Someone starting at CoStar as a first job may not recognize how important benefits like this are, but this is above and beyond the norm, and CoStar continues to seek ways to add/improve benefits while most companies are taking them away due to the economy.

    Cons

    I think your experience can vary widely depending on who your manager is and the department you work for, but senior leadership is aware of that and actively working to fix it and create a more consistent experience for employees across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It shows that you genuinely care about the people that work here and not just the bottom line. If its people continue to feel valued and appreciated the sky is the limit for this company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to start your career with!"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Lots of company parties that they pay for
    Lots of happy hours with the team
    If in sales, lots of opportunity to make big bonuses
    My experience was good because of the manager I worked for.

    Cons

    A lot of change constantly,
    Always left in the dark about those changes until the last second.
    some managers carry attitude of "sell or die"

    Advice to Management

    Even if I provided advice it wouldn't change them...keep growing yourselves and lay your HUGE egos down a little sometimes.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, professional environment, unlimited earning potential

    Cons

    Not a 9 - 5 job, but if you work hard, the rewards are limitless!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Compensation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get out what you are willing to put in.

    Cons

    Very long hours the first few years.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience. Fast growing young company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good way to learn commercial real estate.

    Cons

    Sometimes the metrics can seem unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pay attention to the naysayers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Love the company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CoStar Group full-time

    Pros

    Free food, free gym, free transport

    Cons

    if you aren't made for the phone, you won't like it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities for Growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and amenities make this a comfortable workplace. The workload stays balanced with short periods of higher volume, but as long as you can manage your time it goes smoothly.

    Cons

    I don't see any cons other than I wish the continuing education reimbursement could be applied to courses outside of a masters program. On the whole, the merger with LoopNet has benefited many departments and allowed for even better company perks, in my opinion.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "CoStar is the undisputed leader in its space with a culture that encourages and rewards performance."

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

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

    Pros

    1. Ability to have real impact on each of the industries in which CoStar operates -- notably Commercial Real Estate, but also Land for Sale and Businesses for Sale.
    2. Ability to be part of the #1 player investing in and innovating new solutions every quarter
    3. Ability to differentiate yourself through your performance and be recognized

    Cons

    Being part of a larger company that is spread across a number of offices in the country can present challenges. For example, communication and coordination can be more difficult. Of course, this also presents opportunities for leadership and, for those interested, geographic choices.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Moved for the company, would do it all over again!"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I moved down from HQ in DC in order to compete for a job in the Atlanta office. Management kept me appraised as it was being created, as well as listened to my input on the responsibilities of that job. Management is very approachable and very quick to adapt to anything could improve the workflow of the office. I enjoy the company greatly, and have often encouraged my friends to apply.

    Cons

    As with any job, there will be downsides. Luckily, they are minimal in the Atlanta office. The biggest complaint would be that we work with two monitors in Atlanta as compared to three in DC.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing. I am very pleased with the way we are heading and I am excited for the next six months.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A fast growing company with plenty of opportunities for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at CoStar has been a great way to meet professionals in the commercial real estate community. I feel like I am constantly learning and developing new skills that can be used wherever my career takes me. There are great opportunities for advancement and since most new hires are based on potential, this is a good place for entry level applicants.

    Cons

    Due to the pace of growth and the endless work load, it seems as if my day just disappears. If you don't have a true interest in commercial real estate, you may struggle here.

    Advice to Management

    I'm excited about my future with the company- I wouldn't change a thing!


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