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Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is definitely a plus with this company (in 61 reviews)

  • Great place to work lots of great people working very hard (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management giving 30% YOY increases when market share was down 10% (in 30 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance is not a priority (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid This Sinking Ship at All Costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Weston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no yearly reviews here.

    Cons

    Monster has exceedingly bad benefits, no bonus structure, and antiquated technologies. You won't learn anything new here as Monster will perpetually be playing catch-up to other companies that do things much, much better. Monster more or less employees only people who can't find job at other, better companies. This is a recipe for disaster as anyone can clearly see.

    Advice to Management

    Be more innovated, take your head's out of your @sses, stop being so cliquey and playing favorites. Everyone can see what you're doing and honestly you just look stupid. You won't be employed either when Monster goes under for good. Randstad won't save you.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "When The Amistad Met The Titanic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Florence, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Simply put, there are none. The benefits package would have been the answer at one time but the out of pocket cost to employees has increased at least 74% during the past two years and the coverage has declined. Decline is what this company does best. How else do you think Randstad bought them at a bargain basement price?

    Cons

    The management team from the top down is incompetent. There actually are no managers in the local office other that the director. Everyone else is a hall monitor who had a good quarter of selling and attended the right church. The cult mentality is alive and well in this local office.

    It’s difficult to imagine how someone could assemble a more incapable group of people to put in charge of their business. These people quite literally spend their days monitoring the activities of their team members, and handing out deals from the “open territories” to their friends and relatives. Did I forget to mention this is THE place to get that stupid brother-in-law or that lazy kid of yours a job so you don’t have to support them? Well, that’s what happens here.

    There is such an incestuous blend of favoritism and oppression of others in this place that on most days, it seems like a bad reality series. Forget Keeping Up with the Kardashians. This is more like Eradicating the Educated or Punishing the Proficient. If you’re remotely adept at anything other than smoking menthols and eating pork rinds, you’re seen as a threat and you will not advance. Period. That became painfully clear this last week when they cut their staff and I watched numerous people who had served the company well for years escorted to the door.

    Now let’s talk about the lying recruiter who calls you and promises you earnings of $75K or better. This dude has lied to so many people that I can only imagine that he has lost all touch with reality or he has completely cashed in his soul along with a couple of chromosomes. If you ever get a call from him, assume that everything he says after “hello” is a lie.

    Here’s a clue: you routinely get your sales quotas about two months into the quarter. It’s sort of a “Congratulations! You’re not getting paid!” moment.

    Advice to Management

    Since you recently focused on reducing the head count, I would advise extending that to that cluster of clowns you call a management team. You have a great director but you could run the rest of the office with two Regional Sales Managers. Period.

    Sooner or later, Randstad is going to have to admit that the baby they bought here is Rosemary’s Baby. They don’t call it monster for nothing. This business, its concept and its products are out of date, irrelevant and harder to sell than Donald Trump hats at a Lady Gaga concert.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Monster is a jterrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the Tempe office there is no pro's

    Cons

    In the last year in our Tempe office we have had 2 directors, high turnover in management, dozens of reps either quit or have been fired. 2 Comp plans, our accounts have dwindled from 1200 to 250 and more reductions to come. Base pay is way too low, and the way commissions are now structured you cannot even get close to 6 figures.

    Advice to Management

    Raise base pay to 65K - structure commission to reflect the renewal rates so that they are attained at 100% by a majority of the sales floor, not just a select few.
    Advertise Advertise Advertise - Revamp the customer account portal and Launch some new technology !


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Needs new management, a vision and accountablility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a lifestyle company - most people punch the clock.

    Cons

    So many people have been there forever - and think Monster is still the top player in the space. They use this view to justify so many bad decisions, including how they treat their customers and their employees. Also, its a boys club. While there are a number of female employees - there are very few leaders. The boys protect each other. The support for women is limited to lactation rooms - but the maternity policy is comical. Last, training - this is a company that does not invest in training their employees. The good news is they rarely fire anyone. The bad news is - no one walks away with real career progression that can be used later in life.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for new management. Inject some life into the company. The company needs a vision - a reason to exist. It needs to celebrate the small wins - like getting people jobs and stop living in the past.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "No Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Florence, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Monday - Friday 8:30 to 5:30 job with very little stress if you have the right Regional Sales Manager. This job is perfect for someone who can manage their time effectively and is very process driven. I was lucky enough to be on a team that had a great manager and also had a team dynamic that mirrored that of a family. My colleagues were some of the best people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Monster has been on a downward spiral for a few years now. They don't take care of their top producing reps and don't give them any reason to want to stay. The products do not work because Monster has failed to remain relevant to the most important part of the recruitment process -- the seeker. Recruitment professionals have all but written Monster off completely when it comes to Monster as a valuable recruitment partner.

    The lack of leadership and direction at the levels that have the power to make a difference is gut wrenching. After years of poor strategic decisions, the leadership team finally decided to sell the company for a fraction of its original market value so they could "cash in" and add another successful "sale" to their executive profiles.

    The reality is that these guys deserve a big, fat "F" when it comes to being able to think strategically and will most likely find a way to screw up the Randstad acquisition over time.

    Advice to Management

    Randstad -- make strategic cuts at the C-Level. I'm not sure what you were thinking when you acquired Monster, but it will go down as the single worst acquisition in the history of business if you don't trim the excess fat early. These guys have no clue how to think strategically. Bring in someone fresh and find a way to motivate your sales force again.

    There are great people in Weston, Tempe, Indy, and my office -- Florence. But they are tired of the lies and the lack of effort from the people who really can make a difference. Deliver what you promise each day. Provide answers to the questions we have. Put your advertising dollars back into your brand -- every millennial should know Monster as the worlds largest recruitment solutions provider and the #1 place to go to find a job...not the worlds best energy drink. You have some of the best sales professionals in the country in these offices -- give them something great to work with.

    Monster was the pioneer in this industry, but they have done very little in the last 23 years to innovate and create a gap between themselves and the competition. As a result, they continue to bleed market share each quarter and will continue to do so until they find a way to become relevant to the job seeker, which is the performance driver behind all of their products. Put your brand in front of the seeker again and you will see positive results. With results comes an opportunity to win back business, grow existing business, and re-energize your sales force. With all of that -- Increased market share will follow and an opportunity to become the "world's largest and most innovative recruitment brand" in the world.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Telesales Acquisition Account Manager 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Monster Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, PTO, some good people

    Cons

    Working in the Tempe office was like being in an SNL skit that has gone horribly wrong. This was the worst career move I could've ever made. So glad to be gone. The management team in Tempe is inept. They have a hodgepodge of sales people from different industries all trying to sell a product line of 200 +products that take at least a year just to understand. Also the micromanagement of asking how many dials and talk time you have and the mandatory expectations of 75+ dials no matter what or your sent home without pay is ludicrous. There is no HR office there so it's run like a car dealership. If you've ever been to a car dealership just as a customer you can only imagine how scummy it must be for the people working there. And of course, this office was run by a former car dealership guy. Also during one of our Corporate All-Hands calls the idiot President of Sales who was just some guy who was scamming Monster for a "Monster" paycheck had the nerve to say "Companies that advertise on TV are companies that have no brand recognition", so I guess McDonalds, CocaCola, Pepsi, Pennzoil and others have no brand recognition.Did I mention this was a bad SNL skit?

    They sell this job as a career move, yea, career move right into the dumpster. Avoid this company and this specific job at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Sell! Sell ! Sell !! And do it fast. No-one wants this product, it's stale, and the competition is WAY ahead of you. It's too expensive and only good in certain markets. Most markets' Craigslist ads are beating you. IF this relic stays around, fire everyone in charge and actually bring in people who know what the heck they are doing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company had great people and in the beginning a great idea. It was a company that had people who wanted to bring good ideas to market.

    Cons

    Company could never get their act together to move forward and innovate. Run by a banker that was entrenched on bricks and mortar. Never understood the power of social media and what it could bring. Never saw the power of Linkedin. Drove stock into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Now that the company is being sold old managers will go. For the new group you might want to really connect all the dots.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "FIND BETTER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Internet Recruitment Consultant in Weston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    2 years ago I could list many great things about working here...not so much any more.

    Cons

    Revolving door of leadership means that nothing works. The product is a joke, the comp plan is a joke, and you will be micro-managed right down to bathroom breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Laughable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telemarketer in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Telemarketer in Florence, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Monster Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is bar none. PTO acrual, and flexibility is great. They've got some great people on board if those folks haven't moved on.

    Cons

    If you've read a "Monster" review before then you know that upper management is either too naive to believe that they are being crushed by competition or just too dumb. The idea of what they "do" is commendable but their delivery to customers is worse than horrible. Rather than investing in the real problems, and taking ownership of shortcomings management places the blame on it's sales staff, and their customer's ignorance. Good luck maintaining any market share with that thought process. "Quotas" ,ha, let's not start that discussion. "Books of business"? Where's the new business? Great questions to ask for anyone considering this company.

    Advice to Management

    If not sunk already, the ship's sinking fast folks. I don't know if you have enough buckets, and people to man those buckets "on board" to save you. Just my opinion.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Talent Fusion Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Weston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Monster Worldwide (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They hire a decent personality every 5 or 6 hires

    Cons

    Monster Talent Fusion provides outsourced Recruitment services to a list of clients that truly don't know what they're getting. They tell clients that they are going to dedicate x number of resources to fill their open needs and have them pay up front. They then take an entry/ mid level recruiter and allocate "10 hours a week" to this client who thinks they're getting a dedicated resource(s). The managers have no prior recruiting experience, so they have no idea how to price it. Behind the scenes, they will tell the recruiter to ignore certain clients in favor of the ones who seem most angry on weekly update calls. The managers come from such impressive backgrounds as "Manager at Staples", so clearly they know what it takes to run a complex recruiting division.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the management team, have the TA team re-interview each individual contributor and re-allocate responsibility. Or just cease form existing so you can stop scamming so many clients and wasting so many up and coming recruiter's time.



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