Marketing (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 17, 2017
The work-life balance is great. If you are complacent in doing the same thing for years to come and do not care much about career advancement or salary...this place is for you.
The company seems to be going through so issues and there are mad dashes happening to improve traffic and product offering before going public. Hopefully, they can figure this out with all the new management that has been brought in over the past 6 months.
Digital Media Representative (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – March 29, 2017
Great Place to work and learn. Love meeting customers and co-workers in friendly environment. I recommend Cars.com to anyone. Cares about their employees and open to talk about any problems you might have. Learned a lot about corp structures and ways to sell.
Marketing Manager (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 23, 2017
Cars.com is an ok company. The pay is lower than average and there is a lot of internal movement happening. The company needs to work on supporting their internal teams with the correct technology to get their jobs done.
Digital Marketing Consultant (Current Employee) – Denver, CO – January 3, 2017
I've been with the organization since 2009, and the company has always been a great place to work. Management always encouraged feedback from its employees to understand our needs and wants to successful results.
Productive work environment. Small group of resources
QA Analyst (Former Employee) – Santa Monica, CA – June 30, 2016
Typical day starts with scrum, meetings, regression and testing the product. Learned a lot of new features. Co-workers are ok. management: fair Hardest part of the job: Manager was outsourced in Delaware/New Jersey area. Not very accommodating. Never there to help the team. Enjoyable part of the job: Happy to be part of Cars.com Company.
Free lunches on special occasions. Games and fun times
Marketing (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 6, 2015
There's the saying- the people make the company and I think that is true. I was surrounded by amazing coworkers when I started working for the company, but as I was promoted and the culture shifted following the purchase and some key leaders leaving, I was surrounded by arrogant closed minded alcoholics, who were more concerned with going to happy hour than doing their work. If you are looking for a company to start with, this is great- but for any professionals farther into their career, I advise to keep looking. Unless you are in sales- then this is a great place for you- the sales team is amazing and treated they should be, as that department is ran by some of the best managers I've ever seen. Anything outside of sales and operations- such as marketing, do yourself a favor and keep looking.
Open office, casual dress, convenient downtown location
Poor upper management- as all of the good ones left, lack of core values, and the office has bugs
Was once a fun environment to work at now just a shell company that doesn't care about it's employees morale
Accounts Receivable Analyst (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 31, 2015
The company was at one point in time a fun easy going company, it made me proud to say I worked for this company and was happy to promote the business even considering the low starting salary. However after the company was bought out and then it's parent company was restructured the company's culture has changed from a work hard play hard company to work hard and work harder, and get less benefits and incentives to work. There use to be a lot of office parties, game nights, cereal and cartoon days, etc. now there barely is birthday celebrations for the team I worked for. The company cater more to the sales teams and not as much to other departments. Sure they try to promote that they are a company that values their employees and want to help them with career paths by allowing them to transition to other departments, however there is a lot of office politics that are in place that would keep you from getting the position you want because someone else has the ear of the hiring manager and want someone else in that position.
was a good starting company to get into a corporate working environment
Account Manager (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 9, 2015
It is a good company to start your working career. Good experience and good people around you to help you grow. Pay is low however but that is in part due to the work life balance. The benefits are great also.
Account Manager (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 10, 2015
Cars.com is a great company for young people to begin their careers. There is a lot of growth opportunities for data or product driven people. There is also a lot of career development options for those that want to do be propelled to leadership or management.
There is a lot of micro-management at times to drive big business practices and low communication between departments. There is also a lot of reliance on individual contributors, which is a great opportunity for people to learn. The culture is also very young and fun. People make life long friends here, and you have the ability to interact with senior leadership openly and your opinions are valued. Overall, I recommend starting your career here.
Outings, rewards and recognition, fun environment, open door policy
Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 2, 2015
Cars.com has changed a lot since being bought by Gannett. The culture and people are great, and they provide a decent work-life balance. The people are the only reason I lasted as long as I did there. However, there is not much opportunity for promotions, and a lot of talent and top management has recently left the company. Pay is definitely under market, but it is a good place to start out to get your foot in the door.
Marketing and Strategy (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 8, 2014
The people here are great. I've met many, if not most, of my friends here and have had some great experiences. However, in the last 18 months the culture has changed so dramatically it was not a fun or positive place anymore. Now that Gannett has bought them out and they've moved their management and work style into the culture it's even worse than ever before. I'd suggest only recent college graduates to come here and gain some experience but if you are looking to advance your career I would highly suggest looking elsewhere. Also keep in mind that the compensation is WAY BELOW every other digital or even start-ups in Chicago. I was speaking with recruiters who were offering me ranges $10K more than what Cars was giving me. I spent 4 years here and it was 2 years too long.
Pros: People and Work/Life balance
Cons: Poor compensation, shift of company culture, power-hungry upper management, close-minded management to any idea not their own, no room for growth and advancement, and poor department alignment and communication of responsibilities.