Field Research Photographer (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – April 20, 2014
Was once a great job but became a metric and micro-managed cesspool. Large number of field staff were once laid off in a single conference call. Six months later they were rehiring those positions at starting wages....they'd hire you back but at the minimum pay for the position. So if you had been there 7 years and worked your way up in pay....well....you get the picture. Very corporate ....little real concern for the overall stability and well being of staff.....always another person in need of a job.....NEXT!
good benefits, decent pay raises
ridiculous metrics that changed weekly, no job security, micromanaged
Researcher (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – May 22, 2017
The research role is a great place to begin a career in Commercial Real Estate. CoStar has unmatched benefits in the industry. The environment is very fast paced and reactive, in order to be successful here you have to expect change and be adaptable.
Community Researcher (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – April 11, 2017
I like working for CoStar Group. The job location is in the middle of Buckhead Atlanta and there are plenty of restaurants around the job location. A typical day at work is very nice and laid back. I would recommend others to work for CoStar Group
Tenant Surveyor (Current Employee) – Richmond, VA – April 3, 2017
The company is entirely focused on metrics of completed calls. No matter how many calls you make, if someone doesn't answer, that is apparently a reflection of your effort. The company makes workers start from the bottom up, instead of playing to their strengths.
Sr Systems Engineer (Current Employee) – Washington City, DC – March 22, 2017
Great people but relatively little communication department-wide. Generally low amount of politics and everyone gets a lot done but because it's generally so good, few people leave which makes advancement tough.
Territory Sales Representative (Former Employee) – HQ, DC – February 23, 2017
Costar is an awesome place to work if you're just moving to the area, want a job that can give you corporate experience, and aren't quite sure which career you'd like to take. The sales floor is high energy, fun, and competitive. There's always a chance to make lots of money if you sell sell sell. Drawbacks are that there's little room for advancement, you're promotions are name changes and a higher base. If you're a little sketchy and don't mind being a little shady, you will do well and the managers take notice. But, don't make too much money because they start to scrutinize your deals and figure out WHY you're making so much. The sales manager is awesome, but he definitely plays favorites with the ones who are making the most. He doesn't micromanage but the metrics are extremely rigid.
They also make lots of decisions very quickly. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't and you just have to go with it.
The culture is young and vibrant, the office is grade A and beautiful and there are lots of perks. It's a corporate environment so anyone can be axed and it's hard to get promoted and your career potential is rarely cultivated.
Free food, great insurance, rich commission plans, work life balance, location
Turning into a call center with a lack of emphasis on research
Research Associate II (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – February 20, 2017
The research department continues to be overhauled, deemphasizing different research processes and centralizing the job of a research associate. This may be good for people that wish to have a call center job that does not revolve around sales, but they are still pushing a script on employees. Do not get the word "research" in the job title associated with the fact that little research is actually conducted.
The pros are the fact that the job is technically hourly, meaning your day can end regularly at 5:00 - 5:30.
Zero chance of learning or advancement while high-level management controls research
Research Associate (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – February 20, 2017
The role of a research associate has changed quite a bit in my time at CoStar. What started out as an interesting and challenging role has shifted to a role where all of the decisions are taken out of your hands and you aren't really doing any valuable research. Management has turned their talented research department into a glorified call center, even though they will deny it.
Research Associate (Current Employee) – Richmond, VA – January 15, 2017
CEO and investors give you a 4 week training boot camp. Metrics are ridiculous and they play favorites!!. They will move people to higher level portfolios without training. Management plays your calls in front of everyone and critiques the calls. They mislead you in the interview to think you are not on a dialer and will only be on phones 1 hr. a day but that is the minimum! Managers send out emails every 5 minutes on stats. The culture is negatively competitive, cold and overly formal. This job should be jeans and t-shirt. The head of research and management talks to employees any way they choose. You are strapped to your desk. This is not a great place to work and you are not learning any software or transferrable skills. You will not learn much about real estate. Its mostly customer service and people don't know CoStar so they hang up a lot. Run from this job it is stressful and a super call center with so many changes because nothing was planned ahead of time. The CEO walks around almost everyday changing things. Many chiefs with different goals and absolutely no consistency. Management needs to close the building and rethink what CoStar really is. Read the MANY negative ratings!! They are true! Poor company to work for!!! Run!!
If you want a career this is not the place to be! Look around...all college students looking for their first opportunity thinking that the pay is great! They are registered with every staffing agency pulling desperate 20 yr. olds that have never had a first real job!
Job Work/Life Balance
Great Stable Job but was difficult to advance forward
Research Associate II (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 13, 2017
Great stable job with a great CEO. Was initially difficult to move up which is why I left. A typical day involved calling real estate professionals and making sure their information is accurate in the CoStar data base. Great opportunity to work for a Fortune 500 company and to learn more about corporate life.
Community Researcher (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – December 28, 2016
As a Community Researcher there's very limited growth. Unrealistic expectations are set by individuals who have no experience in getting the job done. Revolving door with management and low morale account for the high turnover rate. 2-3% yearly raises. The best part of this job is the insurance benefits. CEO prohibits using microwaves for eating seafood and popcorn as national company policy. Redundant job duties
Free break room snacks, good health insurance
High turnover, limited advancement opportunity, lack of communication between different departments, constant changing prohibits proper learning