- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Cobalt full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
The company is a leader in its industry and its footprint is deep through strong client relationships. They offer a full suite of products and services that is really unmatched by its competitors. Each product on its own may not be best in class but because they offer all digital and back office services an automotive dealer needs, they are a force.
Work environment is laid back and easy going for most departments. As a function of limited office space in the building and in Seattle overall, the company has been promoting telecommute options for many departments so that's a big perk if you're looking for a job that will allow you to work from home.
The building is in the international district and is centrally located for mass transit with buses, light-rail and sounder train stations within minutes. If you're coming in from one of the suburbs outside of seattle, its very convenient. Plus, the company offers a free orca card.
-Good vacation time if you've been there for several years. I think its 3 weeks plus you get several personal days to use on top of the standard holidays.
-Frequent social events and holiday parties. For example, they'll bring in food for superbowl or have a big halloween event at work. They also have free bagels and what they call cheer-30 every other week.
-On site gym
-401k match at 70% on your first 6%. Most companies don't have 401k matches.
-Generous tuition reimbursement.
-Great view of the sound and downtown.Cons
From my experience and comparing notes, pay isn't all that great. They do give you small yearly pay raises which varies. Also some departments offer bonuses but its not a company wide perk, its handled by department..probably to make up for the subpar base pay.
Its getting difficult to change jobs and move around to other departments. Prior to ADP acquisition, it seemed easier for people to move departments and get promoted.
I think this is especially true for the services organization. Its the biggest department in the company. Because of that, unless you're one of the 1% uber-superstar, its nearly impossible to get promoted or be noticed. If you do get to move, it seems like you're limited to transfer to either sales, marketing, or one of the other services subgroups. If you want to try your hand at engineering, developing or something more technical, its nearly impossible. There's no career path or direction that will be provided. The best thing to do if you find yourself stuck in services after a couple years, is to take all the good things you learned and move on to another company.
-Medical/dental not all that great. Its high deductible HSA type plans
-Dress code is casual but sometimes people abuse it, showing up like they live in a frat house...and smelling like it.
-Some groups are very clique-ish, almost a high-school vibe or frat/sorority thing that they cant let go.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Recognize that the company is located in a city that is hot for technical talent and skills. Cobalt is doing a good job of training people into this industry and being a breeding ground for other companies. If leadership doesn't adapt by offering competitive wages and other perks to retain and recruit, they will eventually struggle in delivering high quality products and services. Its more cost-effective to retain an experienced talented employee vs having to go through the time-consuming overhead of hiring, training, and ramping up a new hire.RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO