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REA Group Reviews

Updated Oct 10, 2019

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3.7
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REA Group CEO Tracey Fellows (no image)
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50 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good policies for those with families (parental leave policies, flexible working arrangements)(in 14 reviews)

  • "Great environment - great people too(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "some big egos to deal with especially in middle management(in 7 reviews)

  • "Known death trap teams with multiple departures do exist yet senior management doesn't seem to care(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Genuine place to work where values are lived."

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High standards in consumer experience and delivery. Data Services central to mindset shift. Massive new energy in marketing. CEO and CPO are connecting on culture being central to success.

    Cons

    Being so successful has created some big egos. The car park says it all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the pressure on. Stay real. Have the hard conversations.

    REA Group2019-10-11
  2. "REA ticks all the boxes"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well paid Challenging work Smart people Progressive employment policies (flexible working, paternity leave policy) Friday night socials Highly profitable company

    Cons

    Worked here for 3 years and still no complaints

    REA Group2019-10-03
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly changing"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Lead 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great office, perks, people. Lots of very smart people. Business is truly agile.

    Cons

    Under the new CEO the company has started moving to a finance led decision making model and away from the innovation that made it so fun

    REA Group2019-09-19
  4. "Great benefits, corporate culture"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Richmond, Victoria
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at REA Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Super flexible work arrangements and great salary! Good mentorship model and great opportunities for continuous learning.

    Cons

    Due to the size and corporate nature of the company it is hard not to feel like a transactional resource that can be moved around the company (or cut entirely) at the drop of a hat. Additionally, trying to allow teams to work across multiple other teams' codebases seems like a great idea on paper, but leads to extremely high learning curves, low efficiency and inability to work in an agile fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent around re-structures and take the time to discuss potential changes with all employees, as I am sure there would be people who would be willing to take voluntary redundancies if that is necessary, and everyone would have preferences as to where they would be passionate about working in the company.

    REA Group2019-09-18
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Changing times"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Richmond, Victoria
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Richmond location - majority nice people - good training

    Cons

    - middle management is insular and clickey, if you're 'in' great - talk up the 'family' yet redundancies happen regularly - culture and values discussed widely but not lived by at management level

    REA Group2019-09-26
  6. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunities to contribute

    Cons

    Rapidly changing, commission structure was very unmotivating - didn’t reward the effort that was put in

    REA Group2019-09-09
  7. "Overall a good workplace"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at REA Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of talented people to learn from - Teams are empowered to make decisions and lead their work - Flexible work arrangements are good and respected.

    Cons

    - Poor at communicating a compelling vision for the business - Limited growth opportunities - Technical constraints slow business down

    Advice to Management

    Take more risk, today's revenue and competition is unlikely to be tomorrows.

    REA Group2019-09-07
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Chill place to work"

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    Former Employee - Mobile Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly colleagues - Chill environment

    Cons

    - Engineering and agile practices are nowhere near the level they advertise to the outside world - Very resistant to new ideas or change. Would rather hold numerous meetings to discuss how things arent working than actually do something about it - Every decision needs to be run by a dozen people, most of whom arent relevant but who will kick up a stink if they arent included - Performance reviews are based... primarily on how liked you are - Tied in to above, if people disagree with you they people will publicly praise your ideas while trying to sabotage them behind your back - Also tied to the above, not a whole lot of work gets done as people are too busy making friends

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    Advice to Management

    Havent everybody get along is great, but having people do their job is also important

    REA Group2019-09-18
  9. "Overall a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    REA has a great culture and invests a lot of time and money into it's people. During my time there I was looked after very well. In terms of the challenge of the role, it is a fast moving company and your ability to achieve is huge! You are given the latest tech to work with and a lot of autonomy.

    Cons

    Being in the middle management tier, you feel a lot of pain when it comes to politics between departments. If you aren't going to be managing cross department don't worry about it. Due to the autonomy teams have, this often leads to them not doing the best thing for the company and it is difficult to question them on it and no one will.

    Advice to Management

    I'm pretty sure you will shake the company up soon and restructure things. My advice would be to hold every project owner to account on their deliverables. So often I saw a projects promised deliverables come nowhere near. No need for a full PMO but at least some accountability.

    REA Group2019-08-28
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Be careful of the smoke and mirrors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at REA Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to the latest technology to do your job. Some good people. Casual attire.

    Cons

    Despite a lot of talk for the need to retain employees, recognize success, and remuneration, this does not occur and instead these opportunities are rewarded based on cliqueyness and popularity with senior management rather than skill and ability. The perks are well known externally, but are difficult to access as you're often too busy or your manager won't approve your absence to take part, and they seem to be... used to make up for the lack of remuneration.

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    Advice to Management

    There is currently a lot of unrest and unhappiness within REA amongst lower level employees.

    REA Group2019-09-06
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