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KB Home Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
75 Reviews
3.1
75 Reviews
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KB Home President, CEO, and Director Jeff Mezger
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43 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good training program both in product training and in Sales skill set training (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place to learn if you want to get started in the business (in 4 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Sales Counselor

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    Former Employee - New Home Sales Counselor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Counselor in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at KB Home full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great room for large salary

    Cons

    Training program was poor and unhelpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enlightening

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Their business model is one of the very best, and this leads to clear communication, top-to-bottom.

    Cons

    Pay is good, people are good to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would do it again in a heart beat.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Atlanta office was horrible place to work. Lack of experienced management.

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    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Benefit package was very good.

    Cons

    Scripted sales routine. You were secretly video taped to make sure you followed the script, Didn't allow for any personalization. Always felt big brother was watching. Had to be a dressed up robot. Many of our sales managers never sold a house or had a RE license. Promotions were given to favoritism. No wonder this was one of the first offices to close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There wasn't any while I was there. Everyone was jumping ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worth the exsperience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at KB Home

    Pros

    Base (draw); good hr department; money to help w/ personal marketing; get benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance; takes to long to collect commission check; mortgage process is terrible

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, a decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and gain new skills. Pretty flexible schedules and telecommuting options. Employee discounts with some suppliers. Most co-workers are friendly and competent. Some interesting product developments and partnerships (e.g. Martha Stewart, green/ solar homes, etc)

    Cons

    Very archaic HR policies. IT systems don't "talk" to each other, so it can be difficult/ time consuming to get to information you need. Economic downturn has resulted in the loss of a lot of the little perks. "Training" modules online that are either irrelevant or so obvious that you wonder why anyone needs to be "trained" on it. Hiring process can be lengthy, with a series of tests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bank of time off days that could be used at employees' discretion. Stock options for lower level employees. Better IT systems that "talk" to each other.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Opportunity if the market holds up

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity to make great money if the housing community remains good

    Cons

    Base salary is very low and makes starting out very hard

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Acquisition Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Acquisition Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KB Home

    Pros

    This company articulated a business strategy and executed the strategy. I had a good experience with the whole group in.

    Cons

    The career path can be unpredictable given the nature of the single-family home industry. Timing is the key in this business, and you can't control that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One thing missing from KB Home is alumni relations. There is no effort on the company's part that I am aware of to keep in touch with people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceeded my expectations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Great benefits package.... Excellent training program.... Employees are given every opportunity to suceed... Best product for the price in the market, easy to sell. Management does a good job researching the competition and positioning the product well in order to succeed.

    Cons

    Not having the ability to control your marketing efforts for the submarkets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow through with the ideas that are great and let the individual in the field have more control over what they need to compete.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity to make good money and develop sales skills

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Encouraging sales managers, great training program, fortune 500 company

    Cons

    A little bit too much focus on the "business plan" over things that just make sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that upper leadership is great. Mid-level management should be a little more hands-on in the selling process and less concerned with reports.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Learning Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Onsite Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Onsite Sales Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KB Home

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Very long hours and no real family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive.

    No opinion of CEO

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