JK Group Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Signs of Life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JK Group part-time

    Pros

    Very interesting and Challenging place to work. Lots of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    You never really know where you stand.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going, you are almost there.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Struggling Company that has lost its Integrity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at JK Group full-time

    Pros

    - You're working to promote good causes. - Very casual work environment. - Not much overtime or stress (except for a 1-2 month stretch each year)

    Cons

    - Management lies about everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. They lie to clients and employees, about big things and small things, and they even lie in situations where lying brings them no material gain. I can't get specific, but these lies have created some farcical situations that you'd have to have seen to believe. You simply cannot take management at their word, on anything at all, and this makes it really difficult to root for JK to succeed. - Different departments and managers don't talk to or even seem to respect each other. This rift is especially large between new product employees and old product employees. Respect and credibility? I am not joking when I say that you can't even mention the CTO's name to people without them laughing. It's a terrible management situation. - They've gone all in with their new product and the time is now. But their new product is held together with spit and duct tape. The new product developers can't communicate a lick, aren't using lessons that were learned during the old product's life cycle, and because of this there have been some embarrassing setbacks. JK's long term future is questionable. - A two tier employment system where some people are way overpaid and taken care of no matter what, where others are grossly underpaid and treated like dirt.

    Advice to Management

    - For goodness sake, stop lying. Do you really need to be told this? Make a policy to be truthful to clients and employees. Image is everything. A reputation for dishonesty will sink JK faster than any product failure would, especially given that you're dealing with charitable contributions. - Realize that if you want to survive, you need people who can and will work together as part of a team and are all on board with the overall direction of the company. This isn't going to work if most of your employees think that the managers are buffoons, and most of your managers won't work well together. You've purged your junior people to this end, now you need to sort out your management situation. - You've got some intelligent and talented people who are stuck at the junior management level. People who have supervised in the past, and lost that position in one of your inexplicable re-orgs (forgot to mention that in the cons), as well as people who are in charge of small teams. If you clean out some of the cobwebs at the upper management level, I think some of those more junior people will surprise you if given a shot at bigger things.


  3. Bad. Used to be great. Then was horrible; somewhat improved.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kind of a cool idea that in theory should really be an attractive proposition to prospective customers.

    Cons

    In 2010 the company was purchased by a private equity group. The incoming CEO was about as inept and out of his league as anyone I've ever seen. The board took a while, but they fired him 2-3 years later. His replacement has been better. But there's still little trust between the board/senior management and the employees. My sense is that the founders -- who were terrific and really understood the nuances of the business -- somehow enticed the buyers to wildly overpay. Since the acquistion, it's been one financial crunch after another here.

    Advice to Management

    The world of gift-matching has changed drastically in the past few years. You guys seem to have your heads in the sand. Also, be very careful streamliningg/automating the manual processes that have worked for years here -- it's not as simple as you guys seem to think and that is why you have had such a hard time with this.


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  5. Don

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New building and flexible desks.

    Cons

    Don't expect appreciation for good work, or any Christmas bonus.


  6. Controller

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company, lots of users, high impact work, love my coworkers. It's a product that is changing the world.

    Cons

    Not an easy job, changes impact millions of users which can sometimes be very stressful

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend this company to a friend - I'm optimistic about the outlook


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great industry, terrible work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great industry, paired with working with an amazing client base who care about their jobs and the community. There are no pros for actually working for this company now.

    Cons

    I loved working here before the company was purchased by an investment bank. The new executives came in and cared only about the bottom line. They thought they new better than everyone who was there for years, and subsequently watched the company go down in flames. They're still struggling to get it back, but it could be too late. There is no work/life balance. If you work 100 hours a week, you still cannot get your tasks done on time. Upper management could not care less if you lost everything trying to do a good job.

    Advice to Management

    My advice, years ago, would have been to listen to the people who have worked there for years. They know the business, they know the clients. Unfortunately, it may be too late. There's no one left to listen to and the company may have fallen to far to be recovered. Senior Management, you are the reason this company flopped. You are arrogant and ignorant and I hope you realize that you took a lot away from a lot of people.


  8. Beware All Who Enter Here

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    Former Employee - Various in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Various in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JK Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Basic mission statement is great. Remaining staff friendly. Good location.

    Cons

    Poor management. No regard for employees - only bottom line. People fired frequently - often large amounts at a time. I worked there over 8 years. Original owners were the best. Knew the business and cared about their employees and clients. We worked hard but it was satisfying. Now there is a sense of fear and uncertainty. Too many good people gone and a great company in ruins

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and keep your word


  9. Interesting Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JK Group full-time

    Pros

    Interesting industry with positive upside.

    Cons

    Needs help refining processes and procedrues


  10. Sinking Ship - Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JK Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Noble purpose. The feeling that what you are doing is benefitting people. Semi-flexible schedules. Not 24x7 Casual attire and atmosphere

    Cons

    CTO is in way over his head. Doesn't truly understand technology and does everything he can to NOT have his name on anything so as to avoid any possible blame. British guy is pompus and treats everyone, even people he needs help from, like crap. The "old" bread-n-butter product is a hunk of junk but it needs to be remembered that it is the money maker. the "new" product is being deveopled in a waterfall-type of build methodology which has proven to be a failure with the off-shore development team. The CTO micromanages, and manages to even do that badly. Frequent layoffs, news of an impending sale, and reports of poor company performance have devastated morale.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the dead wood, even in the management ranks, and cut your losses. Focus some attention on making the old product better rather than developing something completely new. Sell the company already!


  11. Changes

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is hardworking and wants success

    Cons

    work-life balance, leadership and overall office culture

    Advice to Management

    Listen



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