The Jacobson Group

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Great company, tons of opportunity

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

I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

It is surprising to read reviews (outside of temporary employees) that say that there aren't many opportunities for growth within the company. My assumption would be that those individuals failed to express interest and take the initiative on creating their own career path. This is definitely a work hard play hard atmosphere that not everyone does well in. No one is ever just handed a promotion... One needs to prove themselves and do things that are above and beyond their "job description" before given additional responsibilities or moved into a new role. The people that work (and stay) at Jacobson have a real passion for the work they do and strong loyalty to the company, brand, and mission. It is a small company, which allows for quick implementation of new ideas and great exposure throughout the organization. After spending time working for a large corporation, the family feel of TJG is a breath of fresh air and somewhere I plan on staying at for many years to come.

Recruiters that would do well here are those that truly like to work as a team. There is no competition between teammates like one might experience at a staffing firm paying commission per placement versus a bonus structure. This is not a dog eat dog environment, but it also doesn't mean that recruiters don't bust their butts and work evenings or weekends when needed.

Sales individuals need to be prepared for a long term relationship. Depending on the service, the sales cycle can be quite long compared to others. With uncapped commission potential though, the sky is the limit. Want to make more money? Sell more. It is as simple as that.

Finally, operational roles are super important at Jacobson. There is so much behind the scenes work that is required to keep the business moving forward and successful... These people can sometimes be the unsung heroes and work some crazy hours, but should feel great about the work they are doing and how they contribute to the company.

Bottom line? If you want a job or to just be another number, look elsewhere. If you want somewhere to start a career and are looking for a company you can be passionate about, then Jacobson is definitely worth a conversation. Every company has its pros and cons, but this is by far one of the best staffing and executive recruiting organizations out there. Great brand recognition in the industry with business that is booming. Plus, banner years = all paid trip for you and a plus one in Las Vegas!

Cons

Being a small company, some of the benefits aren't as robust (no 401k match for example). Additionally, there is an obvious difference in management style and philosophy amongst the managers and leaders of the organization, which means employees might find themselves not wanting to move to a new team if they do not align with the management style within that area.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep it up. You always take employee engagement and feedback surveys seriously and make changes as needed. The company is headed in a great direction and this is the strongest I have seen the company in the past 5 years or so!

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    Pass if you are recruited for sales.

    Former Employee - NTM in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - NTM in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive base
    Commission structure was great (took awhile to get but worth wait)
    Close proximity to sr leadership

    Cons

    Zero room for advancement (don't get me wrong they will change title but you acquire no new responsibilities and or recognition)

    Gossip! There is not enough time in the day to talk about what a problem this is in the office. Not just amongst colleagues, but big problem within the management team and executive team.

    Departments point fingers at 1 another if a job order can't be filled. Somehow sales gets blamed for submitting too difficult of an order, and get punished for drumming up business that fulfillment can't fill.

    Leadership is deceitful and manipulative. They hide behind a culture of innovation and an open door policy, but you will be micromanaged talked about behind closed doors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a farm system of people you hire and advance out of college,and don't recruit established sales professionals. Your culture is fine, but how you manage sales is maddening. Anyone that knows better will run for the hills, money can only take someone so far.

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    Love the management, but they have their favorites

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Management in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities available for those that are on the inside. Above average market pay, fun reward trips.The company has done a solid job of staying in their lane and staying solidly focused on one industry. Flexible options are sometimes available for those with company tenure.

    Cons

    If you're not one of the chosen few, the environment could be challenging. Current employees tell me that all employees are being moved back to the headquarters location, and that virtual opportunities are not as available as they once were.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep driving strategic growth.

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