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Cobalt – Why Work For Us?


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Ever bought a car? We’re the technology that powers every step. As the technology engine behind the second biggest purchase most people will ever make, you have the opportunity to have a dramatic impact. From sales to product management to digital marketing, our 9,000 associates are the key to the future of car-shopping.

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CDK Digital Marketing offers the tools, support and training you need to execute effective Digital Marketing strategies. 

  • Dealer Command Center gives you insights into your programs
  • CDK Digital Marketing U provides training on CDK Digital Marketing’s products and services
  • Get technical support whenever you need it

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Mondays never looked so majestic

 

You can’t quite feel the Puget Sound ocean spray on your skin, but the dazzling blue views from CDKHQ are about as close as you can get. At almost any time, you can see the Olympics and Cascades mountain ranges, watch the Great Wheel rotate on Seattle’s waterfront, or hear the roar of sports fans from CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field.

CDK's headquarters at 605 Union Station was carefully selected for myriad convenient transportation options, a thousand eateries right outside your door, and a state-of-the-art fitness center on the ground level.

A Sampling of CDK's Activities


  • Weekly Cheer Thirty where the company mingles together for conversation and appetizers
  • Free Bagel Fridays
  • Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party
  • Halloween Costume Contests
  • Annual Cobalt golf tournament
  • Outings to Gameworks, Mariners Games, Teatro Zinzanni and much more

Employees enjoying an advanced screening of Harry Potter at Cinerama

Benefits

Working at CDK is about more than just a paycheck. CDK employees enjoy the health, safety, and security they need to provide for their families, enrich their lives, and enjoy discounts that make daily life a little better. CDK Employees receive:

  • Health, medical, dental, vision, and retirement
  • Prepaid ORCA Card for local transportation
  • Discounted membership for onsite gym
  • Exclusive ADP Discount Program for electronics, travel, local restaurants, entertainment and more
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Scholarship Program
  • Real Estate Services and Relocation Assistance
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Cobalt Reviews

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Cobalt President and CEO John W. P. Holt
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    Solid company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cobalt full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is a leader in its industry and its footprint is deep through strong client relationships. They offer a full suite of products and services that is really unmatched by its competitors. Each product on its own may not be best in class but because they offer all digital and back office services an automotive dealer needs, they are a force.

    Work environment is laid back and easy going for most departments. As a function of limited office space in the building and in Seattle overall, the company has been promoting telecommute options for many departments so that's a big perk if you're looking for a job that will allow you to work from home.
    The building is in the international district and is centrally located for mass transit with buses, light-rail and sounder train stations within minutes. If you're coming in from one of the suburbs outside of seattle, its very convenient. Plus, the company offers a free orca card.

    Other pros:
    -Good vacation time if you've been there for several years. I think its 3 weeks plus you get several personal days to use on top of the standard holidays.
    -Frequent social events and holiday parties. For example, they'll bring in food for superbowl or have a big halloween event at work. They also have free bagels and what they call cheer-30 every other week.
    -On site gym
    -401k match at 70% on your first 6%. Most companies don't have 401k matches.
    -Generous tuition reimbursement.
    -Great view of the sound and downtown.

    Cons

    From my experience and comparing notes, pay isn't all that great. They do give you small yearly pay raises which varies. Also some departments offer bonuses but its not a company wide perk, its handled by department..probably to make up for the subpar base pay.

    Its getting difficult to change jobs and move around to other departments. Prior to ADP acquisition, it seemed easier for people to move departments and get promoted.
    I think this is especially true for the services organization. Its the biggest department in the company. Because of that, unless you're one of the 1% uber-superstar, its nearly impossible to get promoted or be noticed. If you do get to move, it seems like you're limited to transfer to either sales, marketing, or one of the other services subgroups. If you want to try your hand at engineering, developing or something more technical, its nearly impossible. There's no career path or direction that will be provided. The best thing to do if you find yourself stuck in services after a couple years, is to take all the good things you learned and move on to another company.

    Other cons:
    -Medical/dental not all that great. Its high deductible HSA type plans
    -Dress code is casual but sometimes people abuse it, showing up like they live in a frat house...and smelling like it.
    -Some groups are very clique-ish, almost a high-school vibe or frat/sorority thing that they cant let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that the company is located in a city that is hot for technical talent and skills. Cobalt is doing a good job of training people into this industry and being a breeding ground for other companies. If leadership doesn't adapt by offering competitive wages and other perks to retain and recruit, they will eventually struggle in delivering high quality products and services. Its more cost-effective to retain an experienced talented employee vs having to go through the time-consuming overhead of hiring, training, and ramping up a new hire.

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Cobalt Interviews

Updated 11 Oct, 2014
Updated 11 Oct, 2014

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    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cobalt.

    Interview Details

    Quick process, I found out why later. A recruiter contacted me, asked a couple of questions, and made sure I understood what the pay and commute looked like. Then I had a 1:1 phone call with the hiring manager. This was more of a "this is what we do, are you interested?" chat than a true interview. I was obviously overqualified. I ended up being invited onsite and spoke to 5 different groups of people. I got asked mostly SQL questions. These folks were clearly not aware of what the other people was asking and there was lot's of repeated questions. I learned that nobody on that team had been there for more than 3 months. I turned out this position, described as a quasi Data Science position, was really a junior analyst position, focused on extracting data and creating reports. The pay was good for this type of role, but people move on as soon as something more challenging presents itself. They are pretty much continuously filling the same positions.

    Interview Questions
    • A SQL query that required a not super straightforward subquery solution.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I was overqualified and would have had to do things I was doing 10 years ago.

    Declined Offer
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    Easy Interview

Cobalt Awards and Accolades

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ADP, In Top 50 of 100 Best Places to Work in IT, IDG Computerworld, 2012
ADP, Number 1 of World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2012
ADP, World's Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2012
ADP, Green Rankings, Newsweek, 2012
ADP, Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
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Additional Info

Website www.cobalt.com
Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1995
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (CAD) per year

Simply put, Cobalt is the best-kept secret in the technology industry. Why? Although we deal in the same advanced digital marketing capabilities employed by household brands, we are a secret due to our unique niche-automotive. Our unique sector is also our greatest asset. Unlike other software jobs out there that create abstract things for abstract purposes, work at Cobalt... More

Mission: People buy cars, everyday. People shop for cars, everyday. We make the most exciting digital tools in any industry to help them do so, everyday. You should come do it... More

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