KB Home Reviews

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

  • Great place to learn if you want to get started in the business (in 4 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.  

    Ok Company. Lacks innovation. Quick to hire and fire.

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    Former Employee - Forward Planner
    Former Employee - Forward Planner

    I worked at KB Home full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Salaries and decent benefits. They do a good job of corporate branding and team building.

    Cons

    It is an economic home builder that wants to crank out economic houses for good margins. There is nothing wrong with this, but it feels more like an assembly line rather than a premier developer. Corporate executives make decisions on local communities even though they lack micro economic knowledge on these metros. Decisions are often made like high frequency wall street traders....in essence if executives read a headline that the home market is slowing they could be firing, if they read a headline that says otherwise they will hire. So basically there is not a lot of stability or long-term strategy. It is make a profit quickly at any expense. They are not thinking of 5 or 10 years from now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Incompetent management and executives

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    Current Employee - Not Sales, Corporate Related
    Current Employee - Not Sales, Corporate Related

    I have been working at KB Home full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Name is ok depending on division, decent experience, some of the people are great

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, way too much corporate reporting, only thing that matters is what people in LA think, no decision making at the local level whatsoever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disorganized

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    Former Employee - Builder in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Builder in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at KB Home full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good training program and team building.

    Cons

    The company tried very hard to portray a "shiny" image when things were in chaos in the office. Of course this was during the building boom of a few years ago and things may be totally different today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people doing dumb things

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    Current Employee - Land in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Land in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at KB Home full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company, lots of good ideas

    Cons

    Stubbornly refuses to listen to anyone who works outside of Los Angeles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    KB Home

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    Former Employee - Superintendent in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at KB Home full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large brand recognition, national contracts.

    Cons

    Management really depends on the division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire stronger leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good opportunity to get into real estate...

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    Current Employee - New Home Sales Counselor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Counselor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    -Great potential income
    -You get a draw check when you have no closings (caps at 10K)
    -usualy laid back place to work

    Cons

    You dont get paid any commision up front, so you can starve until closing.

    You will not recieve the hot communities to sell in unless your close with the district manager

    You will be treated like a child ( it is not uncommon for your DM to call your appointments to make sure your not making them up, then your buyer comes in wondering why your boss was checking on you)

    You will be required to attend "Call A Thons" where you drive to corporate with all of your reg cards so they can listen and make sure your actually calling your buyers.

    VERY POLITICAL ENVIROMENT

    Get used to being the badguy as you watch shady practices be used on buyers (EX: two of your buyers family members get killed in a natural disaster overseas and even though construction has not begun on his home you are told to not give him back his earnest money.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and let more inteligent people fill your roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    KB

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    KB pays well, but they will wring every ounce of life out of you.

    Cons

    Few people get promoted from within, rather the company routinely seeks new personnel from outside the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people more fairly. Learn to develop your people and promote from within. KB has good people who deserve the opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you did not work on your own in a neighborhood with cool workmates working for KB Raleigh sucked.

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    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at KB Home

    Pros

    Money was good. As a field superintendent you have lots and lots of freedom.

    Cons

    Pressure. They have BS standards of not closing a home unless it is 100% complete. If you find a nick in a cabinet at the final walk through you are not supposed to close the home..... totally stupid.. You have to ask the homeowner not to say anything about the issue. If they don't agree then they can't close... Stupid. Housing markets are very bad right now. 90% of emplyees laid off. Raleigh is now under completely new management..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make monthly CSI realistic. You want "fake" numbers. You want us to beg for the 10 even when the homeowner is not completely satisfied. This is very misleading and our yearly scores reflect that. We don't want honest feedback from the homeowners. 100% complete is a great standard and the only standard there should be but we are not robots and do not live in a perfect world.. Frequently minor issues will be found at the final walk through. In fact they always will if the home buyer starts to look. Need a realistic policy other then trying to get the home owner to sign off with the threat of not closing.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company overall, but do your research before you take a job there.

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    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at KB Home

    Pros

    KB Home as a company is one of the best builders in the business as far as it's organization is concerned on a corporate level. Education is very important and is pushed by management.

    Cons

    The Raleigh division unfortunately was vary disorganized at the local level. We built a lot of houses and did some good work but management and leadership was very much lacking. The right face was usually put out in front publicly, but it wasn't backed up internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much since most have been fired or layed off!!

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get an education, then get out!

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    Former Employee - Director of Purchasing in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Purchasing in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at KB Home

    Pros

    KB's systems and training processes are some of the best in the industry. I think everyone in home building should spend some time there. They do a good job of training and you will get food experience, just don't expect to be rewarded for your hard work, particularly in the current economy.

    Cons

    Base pay is extremely low compared to other companies in similar industry, however they will tell you you will make in up in bonus. Don't count on it, especially now. Senior managers make a great deal of money, $500k and up primarily in bonus money. Also, never expect fairness or ethics in your treatment. I was in then I was out, so I saw both sides...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp your senior management thought process to be less greedy and reward those who do the work, not the senior managers who take credit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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