Kolbe & Kolbe Reviews

Updated July 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Stable, but ready to move onward.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kolbe & Kolbe full-time

    Pros

    Flexible with you vacation/absences as long as there is coverage. Great location for Phoenix. Early release Fridays. Company sponsored dinner/lunches every once in a while.

    Cons

    Little room for actual advancement, over loaded with menial admin projects and tasks. Some members of staff can be quite two faced, snarky and cliquey. Management hesitant for much change and would seemingly rather stick to old, tired out tactics and ways of doing things. Most suggestions for doing things a different way often sit in purgatory, either constantly awaiting the approval chain or forgotten.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an actual, savvy sales team that learns how to utilize the databases they work with, and to want to actually sell the product instead of handing off half their responsibilities to others and making excuses. Quit the nepotism and let loose the weak ends bringing down the company (despite how long they may have been working there).


  2. Awful Place to Work with Hidden Secrets

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Employee in Wausau, WI
    Former Employee - Office Employee in Wausau, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I guess some of the pros would be meeting lots of different people that were friendly and nice out in the shop. In the office Dan the receptionist is always willing to help another person and is really informative.

    Cons

    There unfortunately is so many cons about this company. The first would be the lack of vacation time, you are really looked down upon and almost teased if you take any sort of vacation. Second would be the snooty attitude a lot of people have. There is a huge lack of teaching you anything for you position and what the cover in education you about their products is done in a span of two to three days with other distributors who are looking just to get away for a week from where ever they come in from. If you do not meet standards (which there is not meeting to set goals with your boss or HR) even if you preform well you will not get a promotion or a pay raise. Plus what they don't warn you about is in the summer when they have low work flow people in the shop and hourly in the office get their hours cut. These cuts can go for weeks or months without warning. It just wasn't a pleasant place to work. For all they try and say about it being a family atmosphere work place it was far from that.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and really invest in making their time working for you better. Stop the petty office drama and trying building bonds with your team members. More people would stay if you actually got to know them and stopped being so surface and picking your favorite employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Reality of a Small, Family-Run Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about this place is the Kolbes themselves. Hands down. Keep in mind not all have the last name of Kolbe anymore. Amy Bruske has the best promise to make this company and their idea a louder voice in the industry. She's a capable leader, direct in her communication of vision, strong desire to make things the best they can be and a solid understanding of how to get there. James Trujillo has real, true potential and capabilities that span FAR beyond his current role. Never have I met a truer professional - that while very far in his career, could be and SHOULD be, doing so much more than all things IT. David Kolbe was a truly kind person as evidenced by all those who loved him, and my interactions with him as well. The Kolbes and those long a part of the family business are good people.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Unfortunately, being good people doesn't run a place. The Kolbe Concept has been around 40+ years, but with minimal market growth. The concept of Kolbe, Inc. is sound for future marketability, and quite honestly, fascinating. Their problem? Well...on the surface, and to their clients...customer service. However, they don't appear to be truly interested in identifying the root of that problem and doing something about it; they're likely to continue having challenges internally amongst teams until that fact changes. It's possible to wind up at times with sufficient inexperienced staff all doing a good job - but who will inevitably transition out of the company if things remain as they were during my time.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your time line in relation to your current problem. Now think about when you saw the change in attitudes and performance. Have you actually truly identified what also occurred (who was hired) about that time? Now...consider the POSSIBILITY they don't conduct them-self the same way around others, as they do you and/or or other executive leadership. Opens up your eyes to a whole new possibility for TRULY solving your problem doesn't it? You have to make tough calls and take measured risks in business, if you have a hope of legitimately changing things you're not happy with.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kolbe & Kolbe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family owned for over 30 years whose purpose is to serve others by helping companies and individuals to understand their gifts and talents through online testing, team success seminars, products, software and certification. Everyone is very committed.

    Cons

    Worked very hard. A lot is expected but will be rewarded. A caring and fair company to work for.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Place To Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Manawa, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Manawa, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kolbe & Kolbe has a great management team and they are very family orientated. Everyone gets along with everyone else. Even when times are tough in this company and jobs are being slashed at other window and door companies, Kolbe & Kolbe keeps chugging along without laying off a single person. It goes to show that they arent only concerned about money, but that they also care about their employees.

    Cons

    The only downside is that the pay isnt as high as you would see at other places but it is made up for in many other ways. Such as flexibility, no weekends, and a friendly and fun atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! I have never seen a team of Senior Management do so much for their employees. They show that they care about every worker.



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