SEEK - Great place to work but understand the reality of the workplace - its not the same as the pink brand. | Glassdoor
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"Great place to work but understand the reality of the workplace - its not the same as the pink brand."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
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Pros

SEEK has won numerous awards over the years as being a great place to work and these are well deserved. Big streegths are very social work scene, relaxed enviornment, great offices (from 2007), high performing and very successful company with a positive vibe in the workplace. People who work hard and get things done tend to do really well. People don't work long hours and there is a really strong focus on the happiness of the workplace and the workers as well as the company performance.

Cons

There's a disconnect with the relaxed / social / party culture and the fact that its a high performance workplace. A lot of people get mixed up by the culture thinking that it means you don't have to work hard. Just because the CEOs can wear board shorts in the board room doesn't mean its a holiday camp and working in the call centre doesn't involve call centre type work. There's a tough intellectual playing field of seriously smart people at management and more senior levels which means its hard for more junior people and newcomers to present ideas and get them implemented. The company retains a lot of staff because its a good workplace, but this is a negative sometimes because it cuts off new ways of doing things. Its not really very clear to a lot of people how decisions get made but the company performance shows that smart decisions are being made. In some departments like IT and Customer Service, the external perception of what SEEK does in these areas is quite different to the reality - IT is not really a core part of the online business that outsiders might think it would be. The economic environment in 2008 means that sales culture which is used to having it easy will be quite demanding and tough for the next couple of years.

Advice to Management

There's a risk that the executive and senior management are becoming more isolated from the shop floor as the company grows.

Other Employee Reviews for SEEK

  1. Helpful (15)

    "It's like being a high school student in the movie "Mean Girls""

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Kilda, Victoria (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Kilda, Victoria (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Seek is a very social place with lots of fun social events, lunches, after work drinks, the worlds best work Xmas party and lots of good looking young people. They have a well equipped break room with free espresso coffee, table tennis table, galaga etc. Seek senior managers are talented, strategic thinkers from a consulting background who make a lot of good decisions about the direction the organisation should go in. If you develop strong friendships and social connections with the inner clique who run the place then you can do very well and look forward to early promotion at a young age.

    Cons

    Seek senior managers are very hands off and have delegated their people and process management responsibilities to a group of young, inexperienced team leaders and managers. As a result there are some poorly organized processes and working methods which make it very difficult to meet expectations and there is a lot of politics and favoritism toward the IN group.

    Anyone who threatens this group of young managers and team leaders by criticizing the way they do things or by competing with them for promotion is undermined and forced out through a ruthless campaign of false accusations, constant criticism, faultfinding, humiliation, malicious gossip and slander. Some managers turn a blind eye to this. Seek HR and other managers blame the victim and participate in the harassment.

    The result of these poor human resource management practices is that quite a few high achieving people who challenged the status quo have been forced out with serious psychological injuries. Some have been unable to work again for some time.

    Working in this environment is like being a high school student in the movie "Mean Girls"

    Advice to Management

    Recognise that you have a serious cultural problem and fix it before you end up in court.


  2. "Great Start Up"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at SEEK as a contractor

    Pros

    Great place to start in your career. On the job training and easy to work with team.

    Cons

    Schedule was flexible in days to work but would have preferred shifts to be less than 8hours.

    Advice to Management

    More schedule flexibility

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