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REA Group Reviews

Updated 4 April 2019
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Pros
  • "Great environment - great people too" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Has a great culture, very flexible working arrangements, incredibly smart people" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very opaque remuneration process, some middle management can be uninspiring" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Culture changed with new CEO - it's now more corporate than it was when I started" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "High Performance Culture with a Spirit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, Victoria
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, Victoria
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    REA is a fast paced environment, with plenty of opportunity for personal growth. They offer a competitive salary package and allow for great flexibility for those with families or other (non-work related) commitments.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but like any high performance culture, you need to ensure you take a break every once and a while to fully recharge.

    Advice to Management

    Free breakfast in the Melbourne office! ;D


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, good but declining culture and team"

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    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Richmond, Victoria
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Richmond, Victoria
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Highly business focused organisation, with a high level of focus on goals.
    * Good policies for those with families (parental leave policies, flexible working arrangements).
    * Some aspects of workplace experience good (e.g. good showers and bike storage facilities are great for those travelling via active modes).
    * Good support for people to learn on the job.

    Cons

    * Declining culture of excellence. Recent decision to target employee pay based on 'industry averages' (with those above getting less than inflation increases) rather than pay more for employees that are better than those of competitors. Recent high turnover / loss of many good tech people.
    * Somewhat callous attitude amongst some managers to organisational structure 'experiments' that involve redundancies - obsession with getting organisational structure 'right' when the cost of change to morale and institutional knowledge far outweighs any possible benefit.
    * Hot desking and clean desk policy where employees cannot leave anything overnight (or otherwise personalise their desk unless it is done again every day), and allocation of desks is first in first served on a daily basis.
    * Over time, it is becoming more corporate and many of the things that made it a great place to work are being cut. For example, hack days where employees can work on whatever project they want outside of the normal organisational structure were cut from 12 days per annum to 9 days. The Internet is censored by orders from high up in the organisation and anything classified as a 'hacking tool', including some informational sites, are blocked even for programmers and sysadmins.
    * While the company is a publicly listed company in its own right, its majority shareholder, News Corp, is something of a toxic brand (and many employees share a dislike for News Corp), and some senior management act like it is part of News Corp (e.g. when the previous CEO got a job at News Corp, referring to it as a promotion instead of a resignation).

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing people above other things (like organisational structure) - the company is nothing and won't stay ahead of competitors without good people. Pay more for good people. Empower people to innovate through things like hack days. Trust employees rather than putting in place controls that would be meaningless against anyone actually malicious anyway. Don't force good people out (or make them quit from low morale after rounds of decimation of the ranks) through pointless reorganisations and redundancies.

  3. "Big company which pays well, but lots of red tape"

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    Former Employee - Digital Campaign Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Digital Campaign Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary package is very good
    There is flexibility in working from home/ interstate offices
    Getting exposure to a variety of Australian media agencies as clients
    There are development programs in place if you push for them.
    The maternity and paternity leave policies are generous and flexible, however in many cases there is no leave cover hired.

    Cons

    This is a large company with a highly layered hierarchical structure, with frequent restructuring in teams and lines of business. Things that stem from this are:
    Feeling like questions, complaints, requests get lost somewhere in the chain of management
    REA project themselves as a people focused company, however there is often a lack of support from management, feelings of job insecurity, and difficult to progress in your career unless you are actively pushing for it.
    Very loose business processes which lead to confusion and discrepancies
    Lots of bureaucracy and red-tape in getting new products or processes in place


  4. "Respectful, exciting culture, learn from and contribute alongside industry experts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Wonderful inclusive culture where individuals are respected for who they are and strengths they can bring to the team.
    - Very fast paced. Beyond team day to day work there are multitude additional projects and initiatives to get involved in from business through to external community focus.
    - This place walks the talk better than all other employers I've experienced.
    - Quality of work delivered in the most part is industry leading. Typically you'll find yourself surrounded by colleagues who are at the top of their field.
    - This is a small company comparatively for the success its built, still has a startup type feel despite all the benefits that are provided to employees. Strangely the company doesn't externally promote much of what goes on, possibly that’s part of the secret.
    - Company is growing and isn't yet shackled with the bureaucracy of bigger tech businesses
    Very big concentration and experienced tech community to immerse yourself in to learn from and contribute to in the Richmond office.

    Cons

    - It is fast paced whether you are in tech, sales or functional areas.
    - Change is a major constant. Its both a good thing in driving success and getting stuff done quickly to high quality, but it also brings challenges to work life balance and stress that many are under to deliver.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep with the strong people over process approach;
    - Get braver with trying new ideas and approaches;
    - Our competitors are now offering the same benefits and are catching up with building better working environments that put people first
    - Sales and Tech get the lion's share of love understandably, but its noticeable that other teams are sometimes an afterthought.


  5. "Account manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with
    great work life balance
    good pay

    Cons

    None really
    if you do you job - you will be fine

    Advice to Management

    keep on training the staff


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Was a great company but lost it's way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great office space
    Friendly staff (mostly)
    Top of it's industry

    Cons

    As it grew it became too corporate, culture changed for the worse.
    Too much office politics, leadership team always trying to one up each other.
    Leadership teams became too far removed from the day to day and were making incorrect decisions for customers and unrealistic demands.
    New CEO doesn't understand the customer and has made some very questionable hiring decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your customer, and trust your staff's opinions. Stop making decisions top down.


  7. "Great people and benefits that you can actually access"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great culture and people
    - great product with constant innovation
    - convenient location (office is modern with great tech)
    - interesting, fast-paced work environment
    - some of the smartest devs I’ve worked with
    - use of benefits such as flexible working hours and work from home are encouraged
    - snacks, coffee, yoga, hack days, time off to volunteer with charities, generous parental leave, matched donations and REA share purchase

    Cons

    - some big egos to deal with especially in middle management
    - Melbourne and Sydney offices are at capacity - impacting what was once a more relaxed work environment. Now feels more like a sweatshop
    - lack of meeting rooms

  8. Helpful (4)

    "No reason to stay except for learning culture"

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    Current Employee - Technology in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Technology in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning culture. Depending on the team, really good people.

    Cons

    Extremely arrogant employees and aggressive product mindset and managers. The company is still doing far too much, all the time. Never been so exhausted and never woken up worrying about work before, until now. Male technologists (some near the top) still passive aggressive to women. Overly showy sales-focused annual kickoff event that is in direct contravention to the purported company value of “Keep It Real”.

    Advice to Management

    Some humility would go a long way. Keep it real, for real. Please for the love of all that money, slow down. Focus.


  9. "Lead Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great engineers, lots of opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Poor middle management, more interested in competing with each other.


  10. "Slow but good place to grow"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth. Lots of training opportunities. Smart engineers that want to do well.

    Cons

    Decision making is really slow. Lots of politics. Poor management.