KB Home Reviews

Updated May 31, 2015
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KB Home President, CEO, and Director Jeff Mezger
Jeff Mezger
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Pros
  • Very good training program both in product training and in Sales skill set training (in 6 reviews)

  • You can make really great money (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • High pressure, micromanaged, long hours, no work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • The Raleigh division unfortunately was vary disorganized at the local level (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Project manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at KB Home

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid and bonus were fine

    Cons

    do not promote from with in

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of listening and excepting that your ideas are not always the best ideas


  2. KB Home Corporate has a decent business plan... but is the division you go with follow the business plan?

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    Former Employee - Superintendent in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Tampa, FL

    I worked at KB Home

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are comparable to any other fortune 500 builder.
    Because every things such a mess at the end of their quarter, they will let you spend thousands of dollars on punch crews to complete the homes... never heard of that... but I soon learned why... see below.

    Cons

    - Bonus was less than standard... and after you earn it you have to jump through hoops to get it.
    - Even Flow, NONE, Slam slam slam slam slam those houses. 64 day cycle time on a half million dollar home. Unrealistic.
    -Bottom dollar for the sub-contractors, weak sub-contractor base. I'd never worked for a builder where contractors quit because it was so difficult to get paid. That's sad.
    -How embarrassing is it when you are with a national builder and in line at Home Depot and their Home Depot Credit card is declined because it wasn't paid. That happened to me 3 times.. that should not happen.
    -High turn over rate of employees... most of them quit both field and sales. that revolving door was always spinning.
    -Upper management support, ZERO... their always seem to be a missing link between the field and the main office. and also between the division and the corporate office.
    - Plans, prints and take-off..NEVER, NO NOT EVEN ONCE WERE EVER CORRECT.

    ****** Like I said, I don't think this was KB Home's business plan or errors, more so than it was the division, president, vice president and or their GC qualifier.*********
     If you decide to work with KB Home make sure the division you are applying for is SOLID AND FOUNDED. Do your homework.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people in the field... if you cant, then find someone who can.


  3. Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at KB Home full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training program. Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management. Draw + long build times = low pay. Poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management in the Houston Area.


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  5. Worst sales work environment

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    Former Contractor - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Sales Representative in Houston, TX

    I worked at KB Home as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working in a nice, comfortable new home in growing areas of town offering home ownership to first time home buyers was the only good thing about working for this company

    Cons

    untrained, non-supportive sales managers using aggressive language and actions toward sales associates, Unrealistic sales quotas. Assigned communities are typically the furthest from the sales associates home making work life balance non-existant

    Advice to Management

    Train your sales management team. Leadership qualities like mutual respect, honesty and compassion go a very long way to growing a dynamic team of true sales professionals.


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    Work work environment of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

    I worked at KB Home (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers were some of the best people.

    Cons

    Management doesn't know what the workload is like for "lower employees". Everyone is overworked and underpaid. Each person they call a coordinator for the different departments is a fancy way of saying whipping post or flunky. Decisions are made with in a knee jerk way and they are reactive instead of proactive. I've never worked somewhere that constantly piles on the work yet tells you they are unhappy with your performance but in the next breath they ask you to write a job description of what you do. How can you be unhappy with my performance if you don't even know what I do? The reason they don't know what anyone does around there is because the turnover is so high they just put people in chairs and tell them to get to work. There's no training or explanation about what to do because there hasn't been anybody there long enough to know what to do. Management runs around barking orders and expects everyone to bow in front of them like everyone else is beneath them. I had the same role the entire time I worked there but at one point I was doing manual labor like moving furniture every week for the sales meetings. It wasn't until I put my foot down and said that I could no longer move furniture that they hired someone to do it. What makes this so comical is that the time it took me to move furniture every week wasn't taken into consideration for my other duties. So I would get asked why I didn't get other things done. I wanted to scream and say it's because I WAS MOVING FURNITURE! I did everything from fetch breakfast and lunch to payroll functions and complex data analysis for pennies. My salary wasn't equal to the things I was asked to do.

    Advice to Management

    Think long and hard about the things you ask employees to do before you make a decision. Stop changing things like the wind. Make a decision and stick with it. Instead of having morale boosting barbecues in the parking lot every 90 days, pay the employees more money.


  7. Most difficult working experience in my career.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I worked there, salaries were above market.

    Cons

    Deceitful and deceptive management and culture.

    Advice to Management

    You're only as good as your word. Learn it. Live it.


  8. Most unorganized company ever!

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    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gave draw against commission so you had some money.person.

    Cons

    They continuously moved you around so that you couldn't collect your commission because you had to turn your sales over to the next sales person. Management jumped shipped as fast as they could so you didn't know who was your supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Get experienced people who want to do good for the company.


  9. Atlanta office was horrible place to work. Lack of experienced management.

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    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at KB Home

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit package was very good.

    Cons

    Scripted sales routine. You were secretly video taped to make sure you followed the script, Didn't allow for any personalization. Always felt big brother was watching. Had to be a dressed up robot. Many of our sales managers never sold a house or had a RE license. Promotions were given to favoritism. No wonder this was one of the first offices to close.

    Advice to Management

    There wasn't any while I was there. Everyone was jumping ship.


  10. Beware before saying yes...ask questions and get answers before you're in.

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Lancaster, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Lancaster, CA

    I worked at KB Home

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some very small rewards but the cons outweigh the pros

    Cons

    Lots, forget about your family life, KB will be your life. Favoritism, lack of respect for its sales force. Promotes an unhealthy working environment amongst sales partners.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your sales people, take them seriously, show respect, consideration and true appreciation. Cut the favoritism and the back stabbing, be honest with them and adequate compensation for hard work and show loyalty to your people.


  11. If you are going to work for this company, beware of your supervisors.

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    Current Employee - Warranty Representative
    Current Employee - Warranty Representative

    I have been working at KB Home

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits were about the only good thing about this company. If they followed through with all the promises they make, there would be a lot to say here. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

    Cons

    dishonest policies and management, unrealistic expectations, lack of support when needed....i could go on for days

    Advice to Management

    maybe McDonalds would be a better place for you



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