Kaye/Bassman Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Educational

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    Former Employee - Project Consultant in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Project Consultant in Plano, TX

    I worked at Kaye/Bassman full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Culture, training, employee engagement and activities

    Cons

    low pay, long hours, unexamined heiarchy

    Advice to Management

    make sure searches are solid


  2. Good training...good place to start

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Kaye/Bassman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Training is fantastic. Sink or swim and hands on accountability... but it teaches you better than most any other firm Ive seen. work the formula and it works. Not glamourous.. but works.

    Cons

    Culture.... haves and have nots... boiler room, wolf of wall street... if you're leader sucks... your career will suck. The team you get on matters. - Comp.. chargebacks, etc. are outrageous.

    Advice to Management

    the training is fantastic and sets the basics, blocking and tackling for a search career but not the place for a long term career.


  3. This was my first job out of college and I quickly learned that this is not your typical company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at Kaye/Bassman full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work Hard/Play Hard should be the name of this company. They live and breathe by this motto. For some that is great, but if you are not super outgoing and don't fit their mold, you will quickly become an outsider. There are a lot of really young people, and a lot of people who have been there for 10+ years. If you can stick it out, you have a long career ahead of you

    Cons

    Professionalism is not something they like to abide by. If you have tough skin, you will be fine. If you don't, you better find some.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe explore different compensation packages that make people want to come to work because they love it! Not because they are in debit to the company.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    If you want a telecommunications job, want to work long hours, and in charge of your own salary then this is for you!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX

    I worked at Kaye/Bassman full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Office is very motivating and motivated, great senior staff. Open door policy, everyone willing to help and give advice.

    Cons

    It's in Plano, you MUST complete at least 4 hrs of phone time per day. It is a cubicle job, don't let being a "recruiter" fool you into thinking anything is face to face. Be careful of what "team" you choose as they are all different and run VERY differently.


  6. Great!

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

    I have been working at Kaye/Bassman full-time

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

    Pros

    you can grow your career if you have the drive and passion

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work with difficult people in order to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  7. No Six Figure Silver Platter Here, But...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Search Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Search Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Kaye/Bassman full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent training - one reviewer wrote "I recruited for 2+ years before starting at KBIC and I could truly say that it wasn't until KBIC that I learned how to recruit." It's a shame they quit after learning to recruit. @ KBIC you receive an opportunity to succeed in exact proportion to your desire and drive to succeed. You can start your own business with very little investment compared to potential ROI.

    Cons

    Working at KBIC will force you to face and deal with any obstacles that are keeping you from being as successful as you would like to be. The biggest obstacle is YOU. @ KBIC, like real life, you cannot cheat the system long term and somehow get paid more than the market value of the services that you provide.

    Advice to Management

    Continuous Improvement - Keep doing what you are doing - always working to get better personally and constantly working to improve the opportunity for others. Culture of transparency - Continue to pull back the curtain on what people have done to become successful, it inspires belief, confidence, and the necessary long-term commitment. Continuous Training - Just like pro athletes practice in the off season and between games - excellent training enables you to continue to improve the skills needed to succeed. Accountability environment - Continue to focus on reminding everyone that everyone ALWAYS has a choice - You can take 100% responsibility for your own success and use the tools and resources provided wisely OR you can choose to squander the opportunity and blame everything but yourself for your failure


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great training, but horrible place to work...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Search Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Search Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Kaye/Bassman full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their training program is second to none. They literally wrote the book on recruiting. When I was there, training lasted 6 weeks and it was 6 of the most miserable weeks of my life. Think of it as a recruiting boot camp. They are trying to weed out the weak. I recruited for 2+ years before starting at KBIC and I could truly say that it wasn't until KBIC that I learned how to recruit.

    Cons

    No one makes a lot of money their first year and few will make enough to even make ends meat, so don't believe their lies and sales pitches. If you're good, you may start to make some money by your 3rd year. Aside from the money, or lack there of... Think of the worst micromanagement that you have worked under or heard about and times that by 25. That's KBIC.

    Advice to Management

    They paint a pretty picture of how awesome they are and how much money you'll make. Neither are true from my experience. No one makes a lot of money their first year and few will make enough to even make ends meat, so don't believe their lies and sales pitches. If you're good, you may start to make some money by your 3rd year. It takes that long to pay them back. That's right pay them back. You pay your own salary, for your own resources, business cards, convention expenses, KBIC shirts, jean Fridays, everything. They basically give you a computer and turn the lights on for you. Everything else is on your dime. That's why it takes so long to make a buck. You're in debt to them and it just keeps adding up the longer you're there. Aside from the money, or lack there of... Think of the worst micromanagement that you have worked under or heard about and times that by 25. That's KBIC. Every person that has an office with a window thinks they run the joint and they will be sure to let everyone else know they do. You will have 25 micromanaging people with little man syndrome breathing down your neck every second of everyday. It never stops. If you're not following their structure to a T... they get on to you. If you're doing everything they ask, but just have some bad luck... they get on to you. If you're a top biller and you're making them all rich... they get on to you to work harder and tell you you're not hitting your full potential. And they do all of this publicly and for everyone to see. That's their culture they're are so proud of. They call it accountability, but they need to get a dictionary and learn what accountability really means. Publicly degrading employees is not accountability, it's wrong and it's your life if you go to work there.


  9. Very political and controlling environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Kaye/Bassman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits a good and they could have a great environment with changes in how they manage their staff

    Cons

    Partners have too much power you can be great producer and have a very bad partner to report to and they can ruin your career

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should be more involved in an employees performance and not let others walk on those that are doing a good job and are committed to the company


  10. Helpful (1)

    I worked there for 4 years, then left for a different recruiting firm

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Search Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Search Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Kaye/Bassman full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I will always be glad I joined KBIC and the recruiting industry. I received training and mentoring from some of the very best in the business. I view it as a graduate degree plus residency training in recruiting and I am grateful for the education. I loved that my paycheck was the result of algebra, with no upper limit. Most of the people are truly wonderful and interesting human beings. I left abruptly when I got a great offer from another recruiting firm, but KBIC paid me residual commissions owed to me based on cash that my clients paid to KBIC after my employment ended, in compliance with my contract with KBIC. I was impressed by this payment following my last day of employment.

    Cons

    Many people hired won't make it past six weeks, then even more people won't make it past six months. Much of this falloff is due to failure of the individual to work as hard it takes to really learn recruiting, but some attrition is due to bad luck. If you make it past six months, you will likely be a recruiter for life.

    Advice to Management

    Protect employees from the bad behavior of the partners. In the past, if a partner was a big biller, they could act with impunity. That has changed mostly, but still can occur. Generally management's heart is in the right place, but newer employees can be vulnerable.


  11. Great Starting Place For Your Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Cunsultant in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Project Cunsultant in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Kaye/Bassman full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get freedom to work when/how you want after you have demonstrated your ability to take the lead.

    Cons

    It's rare that someone experiences the level of success they anticipate in their first year. KBIC's model is for a person to learn a focused niche. You can't do that in a short amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Management is relative to each practice. There are different Managers in each practice. Some are good and others are great.



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