Keller Williams

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Keller Williams Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

4.1 383 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

Keller Williams CEO Mark Willis

Mark Willis

(220 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Annual profit sharing bonuses based on real estate market's strength(in 43 reviews)

  • We received tons of training and support to develop our network and our business(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Doesn't give out leads to new agents or have phones to answer for possible leads(in 19 reviews)

  • Upfront high fees, no one to talk to, team leader travel all the time to attend meetings(in 14 reviews)

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    The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsSelective community service is supported. Numerous training opportunities. Pleasant work environment.

    ConsSwelling middle management without qualifications or experience, replacement employees have significantly less experience than those who leave, below market compensation and personality-based management training and hiring applied haphazardly. Although judged and praised for innovation, a great deal of time and energy is spent repairing and managing years of questionable business decisions along with poorly conceived and executed legacy programs. It is likely you will get work for someone in management's relative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInspiration and vision become little more than words on the wall when employees see closed doors from middle management to the executive level and cubes shrink to maintain space for elaborate empty offices for figureheads.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dead End for Administrative

    Real Estate Assistant (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsGreat people to work with and some not so great.

    ConsClose to home and great boss

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Failing from the top

    HQ Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsProfit Share check. Great staff to work with. Lots of talented staff.

    ConsIncluding myself, most people came to the company because of its prevailing belief system - WI4C2TS.
    Win-Win meant to be everyone wins or there is no deal. At the HQ only management wins. Relatives of leadership team also wins. Integrity: to most ego-driven leadership team, do the right thing means do what benefit themselves the most. Customers do not always come first. Leadership team does.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to lead by example! Stop hiring family members who aren't qualified. Stop empowering upper management when you know they aren't doing their job and mistreating their staff. Have the humility and modesty to admit when you messed up.
    Even though the CEO is a decent person but cannot approve him when the numbers of ludicrous drama created by upper management on a daily basis are so high.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good place for new agent

    Real Estate Agent/Realtor (Former Employee) Campbell, CA

    ProsNice office, good training, weekly staff meeting.

    ConsUpfront high fees, no one to talk to, team leader travel all the time to attend meetings. They want you to attend all kind of classes that are not FREE. Before you make any money it cost you $175 a month plus you pay for your copies, nothing is free.
    Lot of agents, the place became lier a train station, in 3 months they hired 40 agents.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not charge a new agent any upfront fees for 6 months.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from I.T. Dept.

    I T (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsKW is a great company with many smart, capable people through out the company. Nice culture with annual bonus - called the "gift" employee events etc.

    ConsThe I.T. department is a horrible, dysfunctional place that rewards mediocrity, incompetence and hostility. Led by a family member of an executive with little or no I.T. or management experience, the department is in sad shape - anyone who has any talent or marketable skills are gone leaving behind the incompetent. There is a strange structure in place with a horde of middle managers who have no one to manage and no accountability for anything. Every vendor relationship turns out to be a bad one.

    Stay away from I.T. if you have any talent, ability, like to be rewarded for being competent or like to work with other minded people. If you happen to be related or connected to any of the senior management staff and can't get a job on your own - it will be a great place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire family members unless they are competent - or better yet don't hire them at all, if they are competent they can get jobs elsewhere. Reward talent and fire the rest, which includes 80% of middle management-winners don't like working with losers and don't need to be managed by mediocre layers of middle managers.

    There are so many functional areas within the company with talented people, I.T. should be held to the same standard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sink or swim- know a lot of people before you start

    Realtor (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGreat education program and most of the time the "Mega Agents" are willing to help

    ConsYou have to pay big bucks to get started and also pay for the education

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart a program that helps young Relators starting out

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Difficult

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsName Recognition in the industry

    ConsCliques and exclusive attitudes abound. It's tough to get anywhere and remain ethical. Moving on as soon as possible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow the rules you put in place

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    Realtor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGet splits. lets you do your job

    Conslocal Managment in Ocala not good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeek Keller Williams Office in another town

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Corporate great - but each office is individual and may not be

    Realtor (Former Employee)

    ProsLos of training and innovative ideas.

    ConsThe owners and team leaders always pamper to the realtors with the most sales...often neglecting the newer agents.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement on a local level has a lot to be desired. Put key players in place and dont assume you can do the job because you are the owner...hire talent and back away.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Keller Williams is a Company

    Realtor (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat Education, Great resources available. They have good recruiting skills. Good profit share system in place.

    ConsDon't care about individual success, only care about bottom dollar and warm bodies in the office. Looking to be largest Real Estate Firm in America for the wrong reasons. Great place to start if self motivated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMasterminds are great but don't exclude the little people, they might have great ideas. Company should not be about the top 10% which is what came directly out of the Team Leaders mouth. Learn to Listen and Help not listen and say "you can't do that"!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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