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K2 Partnering Solutions Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.0 27 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Antonio Gulino

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Technical Recruiter (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood Environment, decent people, great location.
    Good career progression, although slow
    Great access to big dogs in the company (regular visitors)

    ConsCareer progression is slow, especially if you get type casted

    not a lot of transparency

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat the good ones well, your losing a lot of good talent becuase you're not competitive with the standard market

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Phenomenal...until it the same descriptor would be the antithesis of my experience.

    Recruiter (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat peers, great culture because of the peers. Reasonable base salary and commission structure. Above average work-life balance.

    ConsC-Level absentee management makes decisions based on recommendations of poorly placed mid-level management regardless of their success. Management does not show they value employees; even successful ones. Often this seems to be due to personal relationships with management that directs promotions rather than the numbers. Rapid and regular policy/commission changes without prior thought.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize employee value based on successes rather than solely those with whom you have had the opportunity to build a friendship. Or, if you are going to base your treatment of employee's only on their personality, get to know them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't know how this company is still in business

    (Former Employee)

    Pros- Interesting loft-style architecture in most offices
    - Casual dress code
    - Decent $ if you can last in the toxic company culture

    ConsI had to write this review after I saw another recently posted one titled "Bad comments here are not true, especially if it was posted just recently.” Ha! If you have to post a review with that as your title, you know your company is going downhill.

    I honestly don't know how this company is still in business. Its employees' job is to help clients hire freelance IT consultants, so you would expect employees to have a smidgeon of respect for the consultants they "sell" to clients, right? Not so. I can't tell you how many times I heard borderline racist comments about consultants from particular ethnic heritages and other disparaging remarks. This is not limited to consultants either. K2 employees constantly badmouth clients and colleagues, too, making fun of their LinkedIn pictures, email messages, etc.

    To K2, team building = tearing others down to build themselves up. They're perpetually stuck in 7th grade. There are better companies out there in the staffing agency world. Do yourself a favor and seek employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransform the company culture. You'll find more success with a culture of respect and humility. And get some goddam cultural-sensitivity training. What is this, 1892?

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

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    Contractors Stay away from this company!!

    Contractor (Current Employee)

    Pros-Can help you secure a contract with one of their clients although this actually what they are supposed to be doing so I am not sure if this should even be a pro.

    Cons- All these guys care about is the money they are going to make off of you as contractor. It doesn't matter how they make it, or the conditions you have to help them make it as a contractor, as long as they get their share!!
    -Extremely horrible when it comes to payments. They are going to make you run around in endless circles for your money, that's if you ever get your money.
    -They will make you sign poorly crafted contracts that only highlight the pay rate and nothing about pay dates/periods as this allows them play all kinds of payment games with you.
    - Corp-Corp Contractors STAY AWAY FROM THESE GUYS, You will regret ever doing business with them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGET your FINANCES together and please try to pay or keep the contractors you work with happy. Chances are, you might want to do business with them again down the road.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Career Suicide

    Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to work with some good people. Located in an OK area geographically. I received good training (By luck) - Subsequent employees were left to sink.

    ConsDisorganized Management - They have no direction, you will be along for the ride as well.

    Recruiting Agencies like to say "it's about the relationships" - This couldn't be further from the truth at K2 - Internal employees and Consultants working through K2 are subject to their bully type treatment (especially payments) I made more enemies than friends due to the K2 framework.

    Bottlenecks - There is no path for requisitions, escalations etc. Figure it out on your own. The legal team (One lady) is highly impacted and simply has no time to generate contracts or address issues.

    Absolutely no structure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet it together. You have a poorly run business that isn't leveraging human capital at all.

    It's simple, look at how other companies have succeeded and replicate it. I.E. - Hire a manager who can manage. Not a Sr. sales person, a manager..

    Not sure why this company would be attractive to anyone, if they knew what was behind the pitch to get you in to the employee mill.

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

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    Not recommended

    Technical Recruiter (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsIf you are new to staffing you can gain a lot of industry experience in a short amount of time, but you must be driven on your own. If you are very well experienced and able to work by yourself you can do well also. There is high earning potential (as with any staffing company). Casual/Informal environment (hardly any dress code) can be seen as positive or negative.

    ConsThe company is very limited in their business model and has a weak presence in the US. Bad clients mean bad opportunities. They make poor hiring decisions at all levels that often lead to demotions or layoffs. Very inconsistent business model that is constantly changing along with the Sr. Management. The culture is very closed off for a staffing company where the offices (Especially their most successful office in Providence) is very closed off to collaborating with others. The political atmosphere is ruthless and cut-throat and there is a high level of animosity between employees at the lowest level all the way up the chain. I do not recommend this company. The CEO sits in London and doesn't have much of an idea of what's going on in the US.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake better hiring decisions especially at the management level. Do your homework and base your business model on sections of IT that are in high demand, or make hiring decisions based on employees who have connections in the niche-skill set industries. After selecting a good business strategy stick with it. Eliminate the "cold" culture, it doesn't encourage cooperation or sharing of information between offices and employees and offer incentives for more cooperation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed bag

    Recruiter (Former Employee)

    ProsK2 at its best is an open, very flat organization that allows for a lot of independence and ability to try new things. The attitude is casual and every office has its own feel that is dictated by the top biller(s). They have a great network of candidates who are a treasure trove of information and could undoubtedly lead to a lot more revenue for the company. Always up for a good laugh, beer, and practical joke..its a fun place to work. A few amazing leaders to learn from.

    Pro's
    -Open vacation policy. K2 never saw a holiday it didn't like.
    -Decent commission plan
    -Flexible scheduling
    -Innovative mentality, see; Socialforce, G-apps, etc
    -Minimal supervision and metrics

    ConsWith this laid back attitude comes a lot of problems. K2 thinks great recruiters and sales appear out of thin air. The top billers more or less fell into their accounts through longevity. Nobody ever wants to address the elephant in the room or get serious about improvement. Back office is beyond arrogant and forgets who pays their salaries. If the top biller in an office isn't focused, they will run rampant and disrupt others trying to accomplish something. Minimal accountability between sales and delivery. Too much gossip and resentment. A negative culture has been known to pop up from time to time.

    Unfortunately, Mr M. thinks this is still a 6 person shop in London. It isn't and the decisions made have a huge reverberation throughout the offices. Often times there is change for the sake of change before the change from 6 months ago has been fully executed and it just disrupts the flow. The most effective leaders and managers are stretched so thin they have little opportunity to influence their teams.

    Simply put, K2 is a good place to work that doesn't realize how big it has become. There is no quality control and the company has a history of trying to do too much at once.

    Advice-If you have 4+ years within staffing and can get a book of business off the ground, join. You will be left to your own accounts, make money, and be left alone. If you are junior and want to get your career off the ground, steer clear. Ask the last time a green or junior employee (less than a years experience) went from paying their dues to making six figures at K2. They will be hard pressed to show you anyone over the past 5 years.

    Advice to Senior Management-Let the leaders in their respective areas lead. Stop bogging them down with metrics and projects/ideas that satisfy your desire to be different.
    -Recruiting is simple so find a methodology, improve it, stick to it, and preach it. Interview internally for results first, beer consumption second.
    -Inject some positive changes and fun into the offices.
    -By that same token, chop down the negativity everywhere.
    -Let the sellers sell and find people who can actually manage. There is a massive difference between the two; by my account you have two amazing leaders in Jason and Colin. K2 certainly makes enough money to have one solid manager per office. Find a few more of these leaders and combine them with sales guy like Ryan, the business will soar.

    Love your fearlessness and desire for change but actually set aside some time to plan this and associated goals that indicate success. Ex: You pushed two simultaneous academies that added 20 recruiters and didn't have the sales to support them (you still don't have enough sales.) Wasted your money and their time.

    You're aware of your trouble spots, you just have to decide if you trust your partners enough to let them deliver the results you want.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast pace team environment

    Delivery Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat team and work environment

    ConsEverything here is really well put together

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sr. Management actually stops employees from growing and improving by constant interference, rule changes and no support

    Sales/Account Management/Recruiter (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThey have managed to hire some good people, so you have some fun co-workers. Unfortunately most of them don't end up staying long...

    ConsRidiculously high turnover- people were coming and going on a weekly basis. There were a number of reasons for this: constant strategy changes from sr. management, poor training, no back office support, poor IT systems, and no clear career advancement opportunities.
    Most of this is a direct result of the erratic behavior of the founder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou could gain a lot from treating employees with respect and investing resources in some of the good employees that you hire. Instead a lot of time and resources are wasted constantly transitioning to new hires.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    K2 success

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsProfessional and quality focused, great office and culture

    Consthey could do better in reaching niche markets

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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