REA Group Employee Reviews about "restructure"

Updated Jan 16, 2021

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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

      Love this place

      Oct 26, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Still the best place to work in the world

      Cons

      Lost a bunch of good people after a restructure. Now back with a strong outlook.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great company to work for and grow with.

      Jan 16, 2021 - Digital Campaign Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Tech savvy teams and great potential to grow your own skill set and digital working experience. Career opportunities based on personal drive.

      Cons

      A lot of company restructures. Head office centric.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

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      Jul 8, 2020 - Software Developer in Melbourne
      Recommend
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      Pros

      work life balance, good paid maternity leave

      Cons

      restructure too much, career growth

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not what it used to be

      Jun 24, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, Victoria, Victoria
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      Pros

      many friendly and talented people

      Cons

      - Toxic culture - Political games - Constantly restructure - Resistant to change

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      3 people found this review helpful
    5. 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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      7 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great tech culture that could've been better if not for unsupportive managers including executive members.

      Jan 22, 2020 - Senior Software Engineer in Melbourne
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      Pros

      Lots of people are willing to teach you about all things tech. There's a lot of good stuff to learn if you're in an exciting part of the business with supportive mentors. The guilds are phenomenal and a great source of knowledge.

      Cons

      Product people interfere with technology and somehow get incentivised for doing so. Managers and leaders like to get stuff done now without much long term planning. They get rewarded for making these compromises and by the time they are promoted, it's someone else's problem to solve. The current executive team (2020) is very uninspiring. The chief people officer dealt with the latest restructure horribly. The chief engineer knows very little about technology.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Disruptive organisational change

      Feb 20, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Smart and talented workforce. Consistently learning new things, and the environment is very approachable and collaborative. Opportunity to explore different areas of the business, and great building/location.

      Cons

      The direction that REA is heading is unclear. There is a high level of internal conflict and it feels as if there is a restructure every 3 months. This leads to misalignment across the group, with changing objectives and strategies. My personal experience at REA Group started off as a very positive one, but over the previous 7 months has quickly deteriorated into a negative one. There is also a lack of appropriate resources (head count) vs expectations, especially during a period of heavy growth. Inability to drive change quickly.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Still better than most places

      Nov 23, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      - Agile - Many talented people (especially in IT) - Hackday

      Cons

      - Restructure poorly handled by new executive team - 'Have cake and eat it too' strategy - Many talented people have left

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      9 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Falling star

      Sep 24, 2015 - Anon in Melbourne
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      Pros

      There's still great people working there. Lots of people you can learn from and collaborate with on a daily basis.

      Cons

      The management have grown increasingly distant from the average staff member. What was once an organization that aspired to be as "flat" as possible is now very hierarchical. Waterfall HR processes where the CEO sets targets, and each manager in-between adds their input contributes to a huge "trickle down" process for the average employee. Recent restructures has made things more difficult, with large groups of people working with often opposing, contradictory and unclear targets. Managers are incentivized to compete against each other internally rather than with external competitors, and this filters down. A confusing mish-mash of technologies, with no clear roadmap, and employees being allowed to push personal preferences without any critical judgement means that products are developed much slower and REA responds much slower to external pressures. This also necessitates hiring much more skilled people, but without commensurate remuneration. HR is extremely unhelpful and is mainly interested in insulating the REA company from any negatives, while steadily growing it's internal headcount/empire and complicating the lives of the average employee.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Software Developer

      Sep 17, 2015 - Software Developer in Richmond, Victoria, Victoria
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Best tech stack you will find in Melbourne. People are nice, smart, there is a much lower amount of muppets than in most companies Cake for lots of occasions The culture is great, it may be shaken by the recent restructure but remains good.

      Cons

      Not in the CBD. The recent restructure shook quite a lot of people, the dust is still settling but things are looking up.

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      3 people found this review helpful
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