CoStar Group Employee Reviews

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Great Place to work for after college
PRODUCT ANALYST/CLIENT RELATIONS (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAAugust 17, 2017
This is a company that is evergrowing, my team was personally the most helpful and cohesive team, I was a product analyst. I learned a lot by working on the product team. I had to learn the product inside and out from the back end of actually coding to the client service side of training and demos and dealing with any client requests and isseus.

Upper management has some flaws and sometimes there were long hours due to the cycle. The hardest part were last minute projects provided you by senior management with somewhat of an unreasonable timeline.
Pros
great beneits, snacks, amazing view *boston, young culture, business casual
Cons
hard work, it's not just a job so if you're not willing to work hard and underatand the real estate culture
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Better work Environment
Community Researcher (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAAugust 14, 2017
Very Stressful and no work/life balance. Some of the management do not keep you up to date about changings going on in the company. If had more job opportunities that would be great.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Short lunch, Repetitive
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Eh
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 12, 2017
Work/life balance, terrible management, transparency between upper level management and research associates is a joke, unachievable metrics. You get free food though.
Pros
Free food
Cons
Everything else
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Productive, work hard play hard environment
Tenant Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Richmond, VAAugust 9, 2017
If you love research. This is the company you should work for. The facilities are top of the line. The culture is better than you could ever imagine. Costar is an amazing company to work for.
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Finely tuned machine
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 3, 2017
Get in, do what you need to do, get out. Very high turn over, working in a youthful atmosphere. Many opportunities to move around in the company. Not very supportive of getting new employees well acclimated to the company/culture/procedures.
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Fast Paced Enviroment
COMMUNITY RESEARCHER (Former Employee) –  Buckhead, GAAugust 3, 2017
The Management/Leaders were the most important aspect of the company. At any time you didn't understand something or even fall behind you wouldn't get disciplined for it but the up most help from every leader there
Pros
bonuses, benefits, room for growth
Cons
commute, no flexible hours
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A good company doing good work
Senior Software Developer (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJuly 27, 2017
This is a multinational company with a great vision for growth. There are great projects associated with this vision. This means opportunity to work with the latest technology and grow.
Pros
good projects, good executive team, latest technology, opportunity for growth, good pay, great benefits
Cons
lack of work/life balance
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Dull
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCJuly 25, 2017
The job is tedious, repetitive, and lacks any form of meaningful advancement. Bonus are awarded in a raffle.
I would only recommend this job to someone who knows nothing about CRE or is looking to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement.
Pros
Salad
Cons
Salad
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Call Center environment
Research Associate II, Pipeline Specialist (Former Employee) –  Columbia, MDJuly 20, 2017
Majority of time is spent on call numbers and not on things that matter. Management should focus on tasks that improve the data instead of things that don’t improve the data.
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Simplistic Metrics and Stressful Work Environment
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Richmond, VAJuly 19, 2017
CoStar uses extremely simplistic metrics in an attempt to rank its 300 or so research associates. There are huge "leader boards" on every wall of the building showing how many calls ("interviews") you average each day throughout the month. You spend your entire day dialing and attempting to reach brokers with listings, and if they answer you try your hardest to keep them on the phone for at least 90 seconds in order for your call to count.

There are also constant "research" and data entry projects, which would be a nice break from listening to phones ringing all day, except every minute you spend on one of these projects takes time away from dialing, and your numbers drop very publicly.

Lower management is always in fits of stress and you'll come in to work seeing that your manager sent you emails in the middle of the night. If you move up in the company, the work life balance goes away, meaning there's no meaningful advancement available if you have a family or significant other or even a dog.
Pros
Pays well for an entry-level job.
Cons
Simplistic metrics, culture of competition, the feeling that your work product is rushed and incomplete
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An opinion
AP Specialist (Former Employee) –  DCJuly 14, 2017
CoStar had a lot of potential but after hiring me they changed my work hours, removed my ability to make overtime, did not offer adequate training or introduction to their processes, delayed their conversion to an ERP for more than a year and did not allow for any work-from-home options. Due to these factors, overall it turned out not to be a good fit for me.
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It is ok
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJuly 11, 2017
CoStar group is a great company for new graduates that do not know if they are truly interested in real estate. I feel that this job is an ok stepping stone while you wait to figure out what you want to do. Its ok not great.
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Great way to get a foothold in Commercial Real Estate
Research Associate I (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 4, 2017
This job provides you the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the data/research side of commercial real estate. The job also allows you to grow in your ability to interact with other professions both internally and externally.

The research role at CoStar is a highly competitive and metric based role. Your pay is not affected by "poor" or "great" performance, however your metrics are displayed for all to see and this creates this peer motivation to improve and be better. If you do not thrive well in a metric based environment this may not be the job for you.

The most enjoyable part of the job is building relationships with the brokers you are working with, unfortunately portfolio changes can make this difficult at times.
Pros
Free Lunches
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Good Start
Territory Representative (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 2, 2017
A good place to go for a first job. Company culture is a little to laid back. Overall great place to get things started, but not so great to stay if you're looking for a challenge.
Pros
free salad and snacks everyday, managers really care, and sales VP is a boss
Cons
low pay and environment is too laid back.
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3.5 Stars
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 21, 2017
The role was challenging and you learned a lot about commercial real estate. In the research role it is a lot of cold calling, which gets old after a while. Management does not have a clear idea of the medium term to long term goal. You will work on a project for one week and then change focus the next week with no explanation. Also, the goals set for the position and these project are usually unattainable.
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Good for the right person.
Field Research Photographer/ Pilot (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJune 18, 2017
Very Large Corp company. Many levels of management that do not communicate clearly it seems. I worked in the field, many conflicting information concepts and ultimatums passed to us. Metrics are almost impossible to hit, compensation for commissions never attainable, expect maybe 30% of what they promise ($3k/month)if lucky. markets crowded with too many FRs. Benefits are very good (95% health care, 401k, fair holiday time etc). Work is very tedious/ monkey like. They provide you with everything you need, no personal equipment, and want you to do good work.
Pros
Benefits, Work alone from home/ no office
Cons
Pay structure, Work life balance
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High turn over, impossible goals
Sale Comp Specialist (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 16, 2017
Typical day at work includes being on the phone soft calling brokers, sellers, and buyers of commercial real estate and gathering as much information as possible. You are graded based on the information you collect, enter, and how you brand over the phone. This determines your level of success. I learned a lot about GIS mapping and commercial real estate that I didn't before. The workplace culture is competitive and fast-paced. You are constantly ranked and rated amongst your peers. The hardest part of the job was obtaining goals and performing high on a metric based scale. The most enjoyable part of the job was engaging and creating relationships in the CRE markets.
Pros
free snacks, benefits are good, near public transportation
Cons
unachievable goals
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Build relationships, make money, get out
Sales (Former Employee) –  Northeast RegionJune 15, 2017
You can make great money here. You will have the golden keys to meet with brokerage firms, banks, and real estate investors considering CoStar is highly necessary for their business. The product you sell if fun and user friendly. Your clients will typically need to warm up to you since they've seen so many reps come and go.

The company's internal infrastructure has issues supporting the behemoth sales team. It is difficult to hyper-focus on selling when accounting, sales ops, and customer support is unable to keep up with their work and it comes back on the rep.

You will spend a good amount of your time dealing with clients who are unhappy with their premiums and ones that may have been wronged by the previous sales rep. The ultimate kick in the teeth is that your commission can be significantly impacted by clients who wish to cancel their subscriptions that may have been sold by previous reps.

Overall, sales management is relatively competent and protective of their reps however tenured managers typically get what they want. Take this job to make contacts, money, and build your brag book. Aside from that, not much room for growth.
Pros
Great compensation schedule, benefits, offices, sales conference, prizes
Cons
Oversaturation of salesforce, inconsistency between LoopNet/Apts.com/CoStar, rules are made up as you go
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Great place
Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXJune 13, 2017
This is a great place to work. I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in this industry. The management is outstanding. The office culture is progressive and professional. The training and instruction is ample as is the continued support and education.
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glorified telemarketer
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDJune 9, 2017
When I took the position, I didn't realize I would be forced to call people who didn't want to talk to us, and if they didn't want to talk with us, it was held against us.
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