KB Home Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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KB Home President, CEO, and Director Jeff Mezger
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Pros
  • Very good training program both in product training and in Sales skill set training (in 6 reviews)

  • You can make really great money (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • High pressure, micromanaged, long hours, no work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • The Raleigh division unfortunately was vary disorganized at the local level (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Work hard/work hard atmosphere.

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

    I have been working at KB Home full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company benefits
    Close knit company culture
    Never a dull moment
    Fast-paced with the potential to gain immense industry knowledge

    Cons

    Management is slow (or downright unwilling) to respond to man power inadequacies
    Software systems are outdated and obsolete
    Most things require a lot of redundant data input making it difficult to execute your role with efficiency
    Higher ups complain about over time hours, yet do not consider employee feedback for ways to reduce redundancy and/or increase man power
    An atmosphere where individuals "talk the talk" but rarely "walk the walk"
    Work/life balance is non existent

    Advice to Management

    Spend the money needed to update your systems and to boost efficiency or hire the needed man power to perform to consistently perform to company standards without overworking your few employees who are truly loyal and care about the future of the company


  2. Sales Associate

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

    I worked at KB Home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good place to learn the business and get industry experience that most other builders require around town.

    Cons

    Not the most sales friendly company. Other Departments tend to get more support and less blame.

    Advice to Management

    Create more of a sales friendly environment


  3. Superintendent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Lakewood, CO

    I worked at KB Home

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quality benefits and building a quality product.

    Cons

    Lack of support and large workload that can be hard to keep up with at times.

    Advice to Management

    Better support in the field.


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  5. Sales

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

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Great work environment. Managers take time to help you achieve goals.

    Cons

    not much room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


  6. Coordinator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Conveniently located from my home.

    Cons

    I worked here during a very dark time in the Construction industry.

    Advice to Management

    Be loyal to your employees


  7. Project manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at KB Home

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid and bonus were fine

    Cons

    do not promote from with in

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of listening and excepting that your ideas are not always the best ideas


  8. Helpful (1)

    New Home Sales Counselor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Counselor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Counselor in Houston, TX

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is a great place to get your foot in the door for new home sales. They often hire people with no direct experience in new home sales. I got along well with all of my fellow sales counselors. Decent training. Have systems and processes for everything.

    Cons

    Income can be less than at other companies because they usually pair up at least two sales counselors to a community. Built to order business model does not allow for many spec homes to be built resulting in lost sales to competitors who have ready to move in homes. Houston division will leave their sales counselors in a community for a while after everything is sold to manage the backlog then move you to a new community that is not ready to start construction for months resulting in high cancellation rates and long periods without closings. Management will often place you in a community really far from where you live.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what happens on the construction and purchasing side of the business. Competitors are willing to pay the trades more and get better performance from them. Quit rewarding construction supervisors for not meeting their deadlines.


  9. Excellent Company with high morals and values from a management standpoint.

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

    I have been working at KB Home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can make a very good living selling new homes. The company is not satisfied unless they are selling homes which is a good thing for a sales counselor.

    Cons

    If you happen to be located in a slow market, it can take a long time before you start making that good money.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent leadership. Continue to pour into your sales counselors and you will reap the benefits of doing so.


  10. Mostly a good experience. Good managers. Good sales staff.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Counselor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Counselor in Orlando, FL

    I worked at KB Home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are good. The staff in the Orlando area was great. Great managers!

    Cons

    The schedule is very demanding. One of the lower paying companies based upon draw against future commissions. The pay outs per sale closed are average at 4K per deal. Also learned the company does not pay each sales counselor equally and does not apply draw equally. Also, not a good fit for everyone. Still would recommend to some.

    Advice to Management

    Don't invest in bad land acquisitions, and don't bury sales counselors in draw due to that bad company decision. That's not a good practice and it severs a sales counselor's ability of future gains. Not very motivating.


  11. Good place to work, strong company, quality homes

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Price point of homes is usually competitive in the market, managers are fairly reactive to changes in market to maintain competitive edge. Strong company, was able to weather the downturn in the market and make a comeback, great benefits

    Cons

    Training has slacked off the last 5 years due to the market adjustment, they have been adding more in but it can be a bit of a sink or swim atmosphere sometimes, still running on a bit of a skeleton crew in the office so working in the field there isn't as much support

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunity for feedback from employees



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