The new Monster.com website sucks

I noticed last week that monster rolled out a new updated version of their website. They added a lot of new ajax stuff on the front, which might seem cool, but obviously they didnt adequately test it. After using it for several days, I have experienced a lot of bugs.

Here is an example:

I find a job I am interested in. I click the apply button and the dialog box for me to enter in my information is off the top of the screen leaving me unable to apply for this position. This is just one of the many user interface bugs I have found. Not being able to apply for a job is a pretty big problem if you are a job site. At this point, I have to say the new monster.com sucks.

Have you had problems with the new Monster.com? Let me know in the comments.

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125 thoughts on “The new Monster.com website sucks”

  1. The site is horrible and looks and feels like a off shore creation that got a new book on Ajax and widgets. It is so slow one might as well skip it is a productivity consumer. Monsters performance as USB stated it is not very good. I think all they are now is search mechanism for companies and you just store your resume and forget about applying for jobs. For the icing on the cake they buy hot jobs from Yahoo http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/04/monster-yahoo-hotjobs-markets-equities-jobs-closer.html?partner=yahootix

  2. Monster really is horrible. It went from the best before all the upgrades to SUUUUCKS. Nothing works right anymore. The agents are horrible to manage and narrow down what you are looking for. Occupations are all screwed up for my fields, construction, engineering, operations, facilities, etc. Even narrowing down the search locations is more difficult. It appears someone said let’s find the most counter intuitive way to do everything!

  3. I don’t see how typing in ‘tour guide’ in the search engine has anything to do with being a Research Senior Analyst. Bad website.

  4. After contacting Monster.com salesperson, ” Ray, the fast talking rep”. offered a year -end special, at a discount rate to list 20 job postings and “enjoy” a 30 day window of the resume base in a specific number of cities. “Fast talking Ray” led me through the process…at all times assuring me, that by clicking on the agreement to terms, that I could maintain a degree of flexability with my job postings and search’s. I explained that my participation in his special offer would all be dependent upon my trip to China to visit the factory and return mid-January… assuring prompt manufacturing and product delivery. “Not a problem” states “fast talking Ray”….”we are here to help you, “we are reasonable and flexability , would be no problem”.

    Seven days into my trip, I emailed him from China regarding a delay in manufacturing, until after Chinese New Year Holidays, three weeks in February…which would delay my program, as well as job postings, 60 + days. No reply from “fast talking Ray” just an invoice for $2,000.00 demanding payment. Upon my return, I called him, and again…”fast talking Ray” assured me ” no problem” we will simply push the program back ! Initially, the accounts payable specialist agreed…but “NOT fast talking Rays’ Boss”… who simply put…”PAY UP” he demanded…”or we will turn this over to collections NOW ! It’s not our concern that you did not use our service,..you timed out” …PAY THE $ 2,000.00 !”

    Soon the accounts payable people started to demand payment with assertive emails…Again…I had yet to post one job or spend one minute on Monster.com resume bank. ..Bottom Line…no flexability, dishonest, and furthermore they did not care about your program…whether you used the site or not… JUST PAY UP ! ”

    My decision was to litigate the matter, and post the event for all to understand…Monster.com does not have a concern about you, your company, your experience, their quality, and or customer service. Their sales people are trained to pressure you, lie and mislead you into thinking that “they will be flexible and informative to get you up and started. Monster is a monster that must be slay-ed…they are really terrible people and very dishonest.

  5. When I try to apply for a job through Monster the page just refreshes and I can never apply. Can anyone help with this, I have turned off my security and tried to no avail. I have ie8 and also used the compatability view which made no difference. The only monster jobs I can apply for are those that either take you to a different site or those that have an email to apply to. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I have the same problem!!!
      The page just refreshes I can’t apply for any jobs.

      Did you get it solved?
      I cannot believe you had this issue in 2010 and there has not been a solution even now in 2012.

  6. I like how there is no secure certificates on monster.com. Essentially all your information, username/password, is being passed in clear text through the networks. Nothing is secure and confidential on monster.com.

  7. holy shit monster.com sux the big one!

    Who is the dumb ass that turned it into a slow as AJAX site that doesn’t even do what it intends on doing??!!

    I can’t even copy and paste shit on there in a simple text format that is easily searchable by employers!

    It’s soo slow! all that ajax and java overhead is complete overkill!

    Do the asswipes at monster.com not do any useability testing before deploying this piece of shit?

  8. Yes, Monster sucks more than anyone has ever sucked before. Seems someone sat down and really focused on making this the worst job board out there. Either that, or the development effort was given to Bangalore’s finest. Nice job guys. I’m sure you’re charging more these days, too. My favorite is that with every click, you get to enter your name and password again. I think I got tired after about 30 logins worth of clicks.

  9. All the comments written above are totally true! What they did was just to add some “cool” (not really in fact) AJAX effects and claim that it’s a “revolution” in the industry… If you carefuly analyze things, you will see that real new functionalities and services are absent… They just tried to make people believe that they did something really new and amazing. But you can’t make new things from old stuff!

  10. I have posted ads as an employer. Using this horendous monster.com interface is taking me 3 times longer to look at a single person. What a pile of crap. I wont be using them again.

  11. Glad I found somewhere to vent.
    Using Monster makes me want to throw my PC out the window. Ive never been so frustrated using a D!mn website. Nothing works as intended. All the socalled new features suck. How about giving folks soemthing very basic, without all the bells and whistles.
    cosign on everything everyone has said.

  12. Has anyone found a better alternative? I hate it too! Today I received an email saying that we can no longer block certain employers from viewing a resume. Makes no sense to me at all, it was a nice feature. Bye-bye Monster…

  13. Most of the job postings that I’ve tried to pull up end with a “Page Not Found” error, even when they’re only days old. Anyone else having similar problems?

  14. I signed up for Monster Dot Com a half hour ago and I got the e-mail saying that my membership is now active, yet when I sign in nothing happens (example: I click on the link to create my profile, yet it tells me to sign in and lather rinse repeat). What a waste of time.

  15. What a bad site….really, from a very friendly interface to a horrible CANT USE interface…..What happened?????……well….I am leaving them and going to another board, NEITHER CAREERBUILDER!!!!!!…..that one is a bad choice too.

  16. Almost a month later and still having the same problem. Between this and the problem I had with applying for a job online earlier, I think I much, much, MUCH prefer applying for jobs the old-fashioned way.

  17. The sheer number of pop up ads – now on all 4 corners of the website as well as interspersed in the job listings really sucks!

    When your business is linking employers to employees you really have to question what Mosnter is thinking in having such a horrible website.

    My advice is to stick to Linked In, Career Builder and Craigslist and avoid Monster all together.

  18. You’re all RIGHT! I’m so mad I can’t even get the words out. I have been working for 30 minutes just on the password (not strong enough, not strong enough, not strong enough,…..) it would help if they’d tell you the minimum requirements, GRRRRRR. Then uploading my resume. WHY don’t they let you do a PDF! You can only submit doc, docx, txt and rtf. I guess I just don’t understand why? Spend lest money on Superbowl commercials and more money on a user-friendly website!!!!

  19. HOW FRUSTRATING IS THIS? I posted a job on Friday with the misguided idea that it would be online for people to apply over the weekend. It’s now midday Monday & my collegue tells me that she can’t find the job online. True enough it’s not online & we’ve just lost the whole weekend for incoming applications. I phoned career one & they tell me that I have to upload jobs through a “customer service representative”. Can I ask – What’s The Point of having an online login-pay-&upload system if it all SEEMS to go through & I even get confirmation emails, only to be told by their own phone operator that “I have to use a customer service rep” and “They Don’t Know Why”!!!!! I’m so mad & will not be using them again.

  20. from a job seeker perspective. why wont monster allow posting resumes in PDF. I just had an HR person ask ME to send HER a copy of my resume VIA EMAIL becuase the resumes on monster look terrible. Monster is a waste of time.

  21. Oh, good..I thought it was just me. Ads and irrelevant garbage all over the place. I keep trying to save my job search and it tells me that I must have a city,state or zip code. I have my zip code in there! And then it tells me that it will save the search but only if I remove my zip code. Why would I want to remove my zip code? So what good are all these search criteria if I can’t use them? I keep getting emails for jobs that I have no interest in. Has anyone actually TESTED doing basic things? Also, I uploaded my resume but it wants me to basically create a “profile” that consists of retyping everything in their webforms. This blows chunky chunks.

  22. Monster.com is the most frustrating website I have ever used! Who do they pay to make a site this rubbish?!!!! With slow loading times this new site just doesn’t work. I’m looking for work and they (monster) shove advertisements down my throat. Then an annoying pop-up appears to ask me to take a survey! I just want to a new job thanks!

    Monster.com, you truly suck big time.

  23. Screw monster-I dont know what happened with their operations and the way they run that website but it is way too cluttered with too much junk job seekers (and probably labor seekers as well) don’t need. All anyone needs to do is to type in the kind of position they want-ex: “supply chain analyst” and location “chicago, illinois”..I dont know why there needs to be any more information in that. If anything maybe search for jobs within the past month or near a certain income amount. I cant highly advise enough job seekers to use meta-job search engines like indeed.com or simplyhired.com that both combine other job search engines, recruiting companies, temp agencies, and have done a tremendous job in offering far more jobs in many areas than monster now does.

  24. I have never used a more frustrating job website. It really isn’t that hard to create a good one. My favourite for usibility is Reed.co.uk. They should take a look at it! And why on earth can i not put in a salary range!

  25. Another thing about Monster which sucks is that after registering and putting my resume up, I am receiving a shit-storm of calls from telemarketers for online universities, and other things too.

    F@*! you, Monster.

  26. I went on monster searching for a job; clicked through 5 pages and was so irritated at all the advertisements, including the pop-up gray box at that bottom of the site –I just log-out and wont return. The site screams, “we want you to buy a computer from our advertisement and we don’t care if you find a job”!

  27. Totally, Totally bloody nasty awful. The pop up banner ads along the bottom and side. The ‘radius’ search that brings up all the jobs regardless. No ability to filter out agency jobs. WTF have they done. Monster used to be the benchmark. I mean look – we all googled ‘monster website sucks and ended up here. you need to do something monster people./

  28. I thought I was the only one who is getting so irritated with the bottom pop-up banner ads!
    I agree that Monster’s filter criteria is lacking compared to other sites, but it is the the bottom popup banner that is totally annoying!!
    I almost always just end up closing the window and just use other job sites.

  29. It is unusable – with all the scam-schools SPAMming my screen – please go to this website to apply and that website to apply – - Monster.com has stumbled HARD and continues to fall – -time for a “new mouse-trap”

  30. Finally, somebody is speaking up. What a rip-off.

    I am an employer who was a happy HotJobs customer. Monster transitioned the site over a weekend (critical for candidate seekers) and their implementation was so screwed up that I had no access to advertise for candidates the entire weekend.

    On Monday, things weren’t any better. The support staff are calm, but unapologetic about all the problems, bugs, things not working. etc. Plus the site regularly throws you out if you try to do any tasks (like, um post a job).

    I am extremely frustrated and have a much more favorable opinion of DICE after this episode.

  31. Monster has become HORRID. I may just never log into it again. I get nothing but recruiters from India calling me off of that site. They also have so many advertisements now it’s difficult to even search. The design of the site is horrible. There are very few postings as well. I say skip Monster. Whoever is in charge of the site should be canned.

  32. What retards (monster). What ever happend to the basic Desing Principle KISS ?.
    You know the saying “Keep It Simple Stu__d” !!!!
    The bottom ribbon, slowwwww interface, spam, annoying info popup when hovering over titles, so much different fonts, options all splattered. WTF happend ???

    SEARCHERS – Check these links below for links, and info of job boards. Good Luck !
    http://www.internetinc.com/top-100-job-board-niches/
    http://www.workforce.com/tools/hot_list/HotList_0605_22.pdf

  33. I have not been able to reset my password on Monster. It sends me an email with the link to reset the password, but when I click on the link it takes me to monster.com and shows content error. Tried a few times. Cant get into my account anymore. Hotjobs/yahoo hotjobs was such a great application and Monster is what it is a Monster.

  34. Yeah. I use to go to Hotjobs.com until it changed to Monster.com. The worst thing I’ve seen is that when I do a job search for specific location, and I’m getting results for jobs hundreds of miles away… Monster sucks!

  35. Twice I’ve checked monster.com and discovered somehow there are jobs I’ve applied for but due to the title of the jobs I’m pretty sure I never applied for… what the hell? how can something show up that I applied for but know I never did? Hell I had one show up today for the 15th but I wasn’t on monster.com on the 15th!

  36. utter pants!
    Too many pop ups (despite clicking ‘do not show again’) at both the top and bottom of the screen. Searches are laborious and just plain annoying. Before I was able to browse jobs with no problems, but for some reason a whole country (Wales) has been missed of any of the bloody search locations! Then I have to go round a million houses just to find anything. All whilst those stupid annoying pop ups keep appearing on the screen.
    Wouldn’t recommend to anyone to use. It’s bad for people looking for a job, and those employers looking for people will get less response to adds because the website is not user friendly.

  37. SUCKS, REALLY SUCKS!! And is SOOooo SlOOooowwww!

    Note to employers… Don’t post your job openings on Monster.com as potential employees connot use their website.

  38. I am annoyed at getting all the calls from scam artists taking my info from Monster under the pretense of being an employer. Monster is a waste of time and they should be ashamed with the unemployment rate being as it is.

  39. The Monster website is atrocious and horrible. That ad on the bottom is insane. You can’t see the location and company at the same time. Abysmal website.

  40. Yes! The huge at&t banner at the bottom of the search page is so annoying. It actually has made me mad the last few times I have been on there. I will no longer go to that website because of that stupid banner. It makes no sense at all to have a job board and then cover up half the job ads on a page with 1 banner. My opinion. I had to vent. I just want it gone so I can go back to using that site. Please Please get rid of the banner!!!

  41. I agree! That bottom popup is so distracting and annoying… I can’t stay on the site for longer than about 30 seconds. And yes, their search agents are miserable. I wanted to search in two different states…two different countries…I could not. I wanted to search for a location “telecommuting” (which they display) and I could not.

    It’s now an awful site and ripe for a new game-changer to capture ex-monster users.

  42. Monster is a joke, the huge banner at the bottom was the last straw. I’ve been using indeed.com, which is just an aggregator, and give lots of duplicate postings but the web layout is plain with no pop-ups. Monster has to change or they will go under, completely unusable. It’s bizarre that a corporate website can be so bad

    Careerbuilder has gone down the toilet as well, Dice is barely tolerable .
    The joys of being a contractor

  43. Wow monster sucks. I haven’t used monster in a couple years. That huge banner on the bottom is over kill and distracting. They are more concerned with blasting advertisements in your face than trying to help people find a job. Great job monster!! Your website was awesome, now it sucks!

  44. Tried their new LinkedIn profile stuff in 4 different browsers across 2 different OS’s now and it doesn’t work. Also tried adding a profile picture and it too does not work. Monster is trash – can’t say it was ever really the best (unless you count when they were the “only”) but it’s completely useless now. No more Superbowl commercials for them…

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