K2 Partnering Solutions

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K2 Partnering Solutions Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
31 Reviews

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    Starter Company

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Career progression is slow, especially if you get type casted

    not a lot of transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    review.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Global, Non-corporate culture, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Global Leadership is never on the same page

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Short order cooks with bad ingredients

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company displays a lot of freedom and autonomy. They encourage "sun downers" and nights out. Decent at marketing and selling a vibe. Young culture that has a lot of energy but this is also a weakness. Strong opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    The strategy is a constant audible. The management transparency is non existent. The direction changes to meet managements personal objectives. There is limited collaboration between teams and management on setting a course. The business is by and large pretty simple but K2 thinks it can dictates terms to the market. Oh, and by the way, you will get the rah rah on being a Billion dollar company with absolutely no road map or additional resources committed in doing so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Phenomenal...until it the same descriptor would be the antithesis of my experience.

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    Former Employee - Recruiter  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    C-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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognize 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't know how this company is still in business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Transform 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractors Stay away from this company!!

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    Current Employee - Contractor
    Current Employee - Contractor

    I have been working at K2 Partnering Solutions as a contractor for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    GET 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career Suicide

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Disorganized 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Boston, MA

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    K2 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

    Cons

    With 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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast pace team environment

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    Current Employee - Delivery Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team and work environment

    Cons

    Everything here is really well put together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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