CBS Outdoor Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toronto, Canada: Dishonest management led by a buffoon.

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    Former Employee - Various in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Various in Toronto, ON

    I worked at CBS Outdoor full-time

    Pros

    Better than no job at all.
    Don't charge you for heating or use of washrooms.
    The President cannot punch you though he often wishes he could.

    Cons

    Poor management of people.
    Short sighted market planning.
    Reactive rather than proactive.
    Run by a ex CFL football player whose approach to solving problems is to say "Just do it."
    Sales run without creativity.
    Poor or no job skills training.
    Low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.
    Join the 21st century.
    Upgrade all aspects of a woeful work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great team, fun environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBS Outdoor full-time

    Pros

    Experienced sales team is great to learn from and confident enough to have a good sense of humor in the process. Help is always available and asking for it is never scrutinized. Do the job right or not at all.

    Cons

    Highly corporate, no overtime, strict dress code even for assistants. Be prepared for logistical changes on the fly as departments clash over details.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training could have been more hands on, but keeping contact lines open and friendly helps make up for that a bit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to develop in and would be a good idea for anyone early in their career.

    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at CBS Outdoor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent group to work with and provides you a very good sense of other business environments. Your ability to understand the market place provides you a solid foundation for success. If you are not curious of business in general, you may have a hard time speaking to potential clients.

    Cons

    Possible to outgrow position fairly quickly and rare horizontal movement between CBS corporation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trusting your gut and not fall into traditional outdated management techniques.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not really up to date in many ways, but then again, the technology of outdoor isn't exactly cutting edge is it?

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at CBS Outdoor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Established company with good name. Lots of experienced people to draw from. Good pay for the top tier/established folks. They clearly spell out all requirements for the job. Some of the young salespeople are totally rock stars and they are very impressive people to work with.

    Cons

    You're on your own here if you're in sales -- no sales support people, no real help when it comes to CRMs or any other technological innovations (from 1999). The LA location was not the warmest bunch of salespeople on the planet. Every new person is treated as an interloper and potential competitor and is made to feel like they're an island unto themselves. Don't expect much in the way of training -- just go sell. You'll make some mistakes having to learn the products on your own, but most won't be fatal. Watch for massive overlap in cold calls (which you'll be doing a TON of) because the company refuses to use any kind of tracking/CRM system to let you know that the person you're calling as a new rep has been contacted 900 times before you have called -- or that they're already the client of an existing rep. You WILL upset people, and for some reason, management thinks that means you're doing your job, even if clients are perturbed by it. Plus, in a market as big as LA, good luck finding business that hasn't been mined six ways to Sunday already. The big dog salespeople take all the air out of the market well before you arrive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into the 21st century with the CRM possibilities and training for new reps. You don't need to hold the sales people's hands, but you should set them up with all the best tools to help them succeed instead of just throwing them in the deep end without some support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience. Though to get raises and promotions.

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at CBS Outdoor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great media experience. You will make good connections.

    Cons

    It is very tough to move up in the company, due to the large amount of employees who have a "tenure".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Management: Do as I say, not as I do.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at CBS Outdoor

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Working with clients, attending company events such as sports, golf etc. Pay and benefits are average.

    Cons

    Good ole boys club. If you didn't attend the university of Arizona or an ex athlete, you won't ever advance. It's who your last is or where you're from. Almost all upper management comes from one little circle or friends and is stuck in the 1980s and has no idea what technology is. Most of them cannot type an email using a complete sentence. No CRM, no training, no tablets, they don't pay for cell phones, not provided with the tools to succeed.

    Waste of time working for a company that is NOT moving forward and is behind the curve in real estate, training etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The pay and potential were good, but i did not care for the company culture in the Berkeley office.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at CBS Outdoor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to keep your nose down, do your job, and leave at 4:45/5pm - this could be a decent place for you.

    Cons

    If you like to drink large amounts of alcohol and brag about it on Monday morning, this is an ideal culture for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture could use a few more mature souls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    AE

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at CBS Outdoor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and coworkers. They love to have meeting about meeting. Selling time is restricted.

    Cons

    Management wants to constantly change things. Including rates and client policies. This does not set well with business owners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll your sleeves up and try doing some work. Maybe then you will know why thing happen the way they do. When you have a Sales Manager that does nothing but want to tell everyone how great he is and that he trained the trainer. What a joke!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I have been working at CBS Outdoor

    Pros

    Stocks. and 401 K

    Cons

    favortism w/ the managers, discrimination

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your managers should not show favoritism w/ their subordinates. You have several managers that place their favorites in an office just for them, after two minorities were removed, this occurred after renovations in the office. It is a very uncomfortable admosphere.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good old boy network…

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBS Outdoor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Descent experience overall,ability to network with a variety of business owners, great personalities to work with, excellent graphic design artist,fortune 500 company

    Cons

    Senior management receives largest accounts, major accounts are distributed amongst favorites, "sink or swim" type of environment, employees prefer a specific person to deal with overall in management hierarchy, uncomfortable office with awkward location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being more open minded overall, don't assume everyone thinks your jokes are funny and don't take it personal when someone doesn't find you humorous, you should appreciate candidness and not reward deceitfulness, understand that simply because an individual isn't married with children doesn't entitle you to assume their life outside of work is less important or more convenient, try not to be as condescending and understand that ice in Texas is not at all normal…

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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