K2 Partnering Solutions Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. Recruiter's view of K2- Good Company overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Training: Programs are set up to ensure folks are receiving appropriate training
    People: Everyone is great, very friendly and willing to help.
    Growth Opportunities: There are monthly meetings where managers discuss promotion opportunities. Much of current management started as Level1 Recruiters (entry-level) and grew to be Executives.
    Cross-Office Compatibility- K2 does a good job of coordinating functions between offices throughout the US and globally as well.
    Rewards: Each year K2 picks one trip for the top 10% of it's company. Last year folks went to the World Cup and this year it's to Cape Town.

    Cons

    Meetings: So many meetings, many of which are too long. Promotions may be tied to taking a leadership role in the office, which I think make folks on the come up believe that holding meetings is to their career benefit.

    Commission Structure: It's okay, not great. Sales folks get credit for 60% of deals whereas Recruiters get 40%. Really should be equal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    K2 is a really good company, overall a 9/10. Slightly better adjustments to commissions would make it a 10/10

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. EASY TO WORK WITH

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions

    Pros

    Reliable sources. Flexible and understanding.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst Company for Seasoned Consultants to partner with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - IS & IT Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - IS & IT Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Pay/Salary is fair for IS & IT consultants. Recruiters are kind and will typically fall on the sword for the company's mistakes.

    Cons

    You'll never get paid on time! I never got paid on time. It doesn't matter if the pay is good when you have to wait 2 or 3 pay cycles to get your money. You will have to jump through hoops to get paid and they take no ownership for their mistakes. Good luck getting someone to answer the phone when your direct deposit doesn't show up for the fourth time.

    They claim to be global, but function like a "mom and pop shop." When you make a mistake, fix it. No one should be suffering with a client because the organization proposed a service that did not suit them. As a consultant we are the messenger getting shot for K2's mismanagement of contracts, funds and expectations for all parties involved.

    Recruiters and accounting personnel are not well-versed in educating their clientele about consulting expectations. They are also non-responsive in a moment of crisis...that they most likely created.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your offices with personnel that knows what Consulting actually is.
    Educate your clients on appropriate expectations, more importantly educate your staff on what IS & IT employees actually do so they have SOME small inclination of what they are offering.
    Unless you are willing to keep your consultants on an "Exempt" status, then get out of the business all together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Enjoying it more then I expected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    This company is VERY open to change. There is a very specific focus on how you can grow in your career and expectations are clear. The people are very friendly and share A LOT in order to help you understand your job well and how to do it well. For a company that is it's size and it's industry the benefits are pretty good and they put money into investing into you.

    Cons

    There are a still a lot of processes that need to be put into place. They invest money into good tools, and are working to update ways of doing things that didn't work as well, which there is some hangover of old stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep staying involved and sharing the vision of growth of the company. Add take your dog to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    K2 Partnering Solutions Response

    Jan 6, 2015Community Manager

    Dear employee, thank you for your great review. We are pleased you are enjoying your journey with us, your suggestions shall be passed on for consideration. :-)

  6. review.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Short order cooks with bad ingredients

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Starter Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Don't know how this company is still in business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K2 Partnering Solutions full-time (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Contractors Stay away from this company!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Contractor
    Current Contractor - Contractor

    I have been working at K2 Partnering Solutions as a contractor (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

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