KB Home Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Get an education, then get out!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Purchasing in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Purchasing in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at KB Home

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

    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 Management

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


  2. Micromanaged

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KB Home

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

    Pros

    Could be good if you are in a community that was priced right and in a good/ even ok location.

    Cons

    High pressure, micromanaged, long hours, no work life balance.


  3. not happy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KB Home

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

    Pros

    benefits are really good thats about it

    Cons

    no room for growth at all

    Advice to Management

    why bother they don't listen.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    KB's Executives Keep Their Heads in the Sand

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KB Home

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

    Pros

    Compensation. That's it. Period. I worked with the best team there and loved my job, but it was because of them, not because of KB Home.

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant; bias is obvious and supported. The treatment of the good-ol-boys vs. newcomers or people who don't subscribe to the mold is inequitable. Senior Executives are allowed to hire people exclusively from places they used to work and are not held accountable for poor performance by those people. Senior Executives don't know what is going on in the corporate functions; I worked there for over 10 years and the CEO never once graced our organization with his presence. The executive team does not know how to utilize technology, even though it is part of their vision statement. They retain project managers who are not needed because they are part of the management network. Countless dollars are wasted on administrative overhead and paperwork. They pretend to promote a sustainability program; it is not respected by the Divisions and is a joke at Corporate. When employees are downsized, the work goes to the remaining employees with no change in title or compensation. They profess to be concerned about expenditures; I do not understand why they still have two regional accounting centers to support 1/3 of the Divisions they previously had. That means they pay two presidents, two directors, costs for two buildings and equipment. Executives do not embrace the KBnxt guidelines, nor do they enforce performance metrics they put in place to measure the metrics. The executives still reside in the expensive Westwood building, yet the organization paid for deserted office space because they could not manage their leases correctly. They have not changed their top-level operational structure; there are still several layers of management that could be eliminated. Reporting is disparate across all of the Divisions, which makes it nearly impossible to hold employees accountable for forecasts.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more, listen to and leverage the ideas of all the teams you have in place. Do not put unenforceable metrics into place; its demotivating to see guidelines in writing that conflict with the way your organization is actually run. H.R. should have a better understanding of the type of people being hired, being let go, and being retained. Technology should be looked at as an asset, not an operational cost. You should know where your money is being spent. Eliminate one of the regional accounting centers and truly mandate standardization instead of just talking about it. Talk to your trade partners more to see what other organizations are doing to survive this downturn. Stop being so arrogant.


  6. None

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendent
    Former Employee - Superintendent

    I worked at KB Home

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

    Pros

    Good Construction Quality on Homes

    Cons

    Poor Design and Finishes in Homes

    Advice to Management

    Build better homes


  7. kb home

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Superintendent
    Current Employee - Superintendent

    I have been working at KB Home

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

    Pros

    Very Good Pay, good benifits

    Cons

    Poor Communication, Poor oppurtunities for promotion, poor focus on personal developement, poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people, people are the strength of an organization. Everything else are just force multipliers.



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