REA Group Employee Reviews about "middle management"

Updated Oct 18, 2020

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  • "great culture and awesome people to work with(in 20 reviews)

  • "Great people and advanced technology(in 17 reviews)

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  • "too many in middle management, slow moving with simple things,(in 11 reviews)

  • "The chief people officer dealt with the latest restructure horribly(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Engaging and supportive environment

      Aug 17, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
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      Pros

      Intelligent and supportive people Opportunity to work on exciting and challenging projects outside of your usual remit Sense of pride within the business Excellent parental leave policies One of the best work/life balances I've experienced

      Cons

      There is a lot of middle management. If you aren't able to context switch or don't like working on multiple things at once, it might not be the environment for you. If you like variety and challenging yourself, then it definitely is for you!

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good company with great people

      Oct 18, 2020 - Team Leader 
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      Pros

      People and daily challenges to own and overcome.

      Cons

      To much middle management and segmented teams

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Top company

      May 6, 2020 - Account Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great company to work for, great work life balance, supportive environment

      Cons

      too many in middle management, slow moving with simple things,

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      No longer people first

      Mar 18, 2020 - Software Engineer in Melbourne
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      Pros

      Still some amazing people around you can work alongside and learn from

      Cons

      Much of what was amazing about the culture has been deteriorated over the last couple of years, thanks to a big change in leadership direction. REA is no longer a people first focused operation, its transformed to a more corporate and politically run business every day especially with the executives and their middle management puppets who couldn't give 2 bobs about how fast this company is going in reverse. Most concerning is that REA has moved so far away from its company values which it uses exhaustively to band aid its external brand in the Tech scene. A fair statement would be that REA is due a refresh on their Values as none of them represent the business authentically any longer. A fair proportion of the people who contributed to establishing the values and even the people in the values video have left this building. Some examples of the current leadership direction: - Is the dissolving of the Innovation Lab. Beyond the obvious it brought a lot of people together to explore different tech, challenge thinking and inspire us to dream bigger. We definitely don't want to be seen as innovators. - The other major disappointment was putting the handbrake on our graduate programme. Not only was it an effective program, it also attracted a lot of attention from experienced engineers who wanted an avenue to share their knowledge and experience with the up and comers in our fields. Our chief engineer used to say that our grad programme was the best thing the tech community ever did. Spot on, the program is no longer even ranked. That programme was a tremendous vehicle for fostering our learning culture and role modelling the attitudes and practices that REA was/is a leader in. - Bunch of benefits that made REA a unique place to work have been culled (number of hackdays cut, Global Kickoff GKO is no more, talk of dialing back on the parental leave policy, hardline requirement to take annual leave) - Regular restructures, it now feels a lot like the big 4 banks where our roles and teams keep getting changed, and reapplying for your role is becoming more common too. It's also hard to ignore how many new parents get made redundant each round, probably enough data to create a convincing pie chart.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Changing times

      Sep 26, 2019 - Developer in Richmond, Victoria, Victoria
      Recommend
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      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

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Overall a great place to work

      Aug 28, 2019 - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne
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      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.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work but can be very slow moving at times.

      Apr 15, 2019 - Product Consultant in Sydney
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      Pros

      - Great culture and people.

      Cons

      - Middle Management. - Slow to Market.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Lead Developer

      Sep 23, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great engineers, lots of opportunity to learn and grow.

      Cons

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

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Honestly great place to work

      Aug 6, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Hack days, interesting tech, experimentation culture, inspiring CEO (who is also a woman!), and cake. So much cake.

      Cons

      Very opaque remuneration process, some middle management can be uninspiring. Too much celebration of sales folk and not other areas

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    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Just bad.

      Jun 15, 2017 - Software Developer in Richmond, Victoria, Victoria
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      Pros

      Casual dress and ok location - not much more

      Cons

      - Unusually large number of incompetant middle management that really dont know what they are doing. Weird heirachy, lots of mis-trust/spying on team members - really bad culture that feels hostile at times. - "delivery leads" & "product managers" that are non-technical & have no clue what they are doing. Very political & most are bullies that create this weird culture - they seem to be running the show here, while the talented technical staff are treated badly. - They concentrate entirely on what Domain is doing - where is the innovation? - Old tech stack and no bigger long term vision of improvement - teams dont talk to each other at all. - realestate as an industry is on the decline, which is why they are trying hard to branch out into other projects - especially with Finance/loans, but at the expense of their existing systems, they are investing heavily in fad functional programming - really hard to find developers with that toolset so most people come on board having to learn from scratch - that takes time and is dragged out generally by a lack of communication/culture between the teams in general. - Working at REA is like dog years - 1 year feels like 7, there is a relatively high turn over rate - its not uncommon for people to leave within a few months of getting here. Dont believe the hype they sell you on being a top place to work in Australia - the "sleep pod" is sitting in the back of the garage, there arent enough desks and people are often sharing desk space - the "amazing" office is not so amazing, especially with the desk situation and terrible heating/cooling - feels like a sweatshop. - They outsource a lot of their tech to China, if you are looking for innovation as a dev, steer clear of this place. - middle/senior management are so incompetant - nothing has changed since the mass walkout. - Pay is some of the lowest in the industry. - Every month I stay, I am losing my skill - most devs dont last and jump ship as soon as they can.

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