The Jacobson Group Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Gregory P. Jacobson and Richard L. Jacobson
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  1. Senior Recruiter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary within the recruiting industry with a quarterly bonus based on both individual and company performance
    Career path/growth - this is something that has change within the past 1.5 years and upper management is very encouraging to have you grow as a professional
    Benefits - strong benefit package including Health, Dental, Vision, 19 PTO days and pretax public transportation
    Company Culture/Environment - Very parallel and easy to speak with Executives and CEOs. Office has floor to ceiling windows bringing in a lot of sun light and a very open, comfortable feeling.
    Broad range of employee tenures range from 10-25+ years to 1-5 years. Makes for a nice balance of expertise and growth potential
    Quarterly company outings/new hire happy hours
    Good work/life balance
    Good core values as an organization
    Business is growing faster than ever
    One of the only organizations that offer the range of solutions we provide

    Cons

    401(k) - it is offered, but you must be an employee of 1 year

  2. A Company to Grow With

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

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    This is an exciting place to work - the company is on a growth path, and opportunities abound for those that want to make an impact and are passionate about their own development. Leadership is transparent and there is clarity around how individual goals impact department goals impact company goals. Newly built-out office space lends itself to teamwork and collaboration across the organization.

    Cons

    There is no 401k match.

  3. Great Company

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

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Company provides great experience and learning opportunities, especially for new grads and young professionals. When I started at the company, I didn't have much experience. Over the years, I have been mentored and given room for growth and added responsibilities. In this culture, you will be asked to take on more responsibility; but as you prove yourself, recognition, promotions and raises will follow. I advise young professionals to be realistic about their expectations: You won't get a huge raise/promotion 6 months into your tenure; you have to earn it, but it will come. This is a relatively small company, so there is easy access to senior management and no one is "just a number".

    Cons

    No 401(k) match.

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  5. Great company, tons of opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It is surprising to read reviews (outside of temporary employees) that say that there aren't many opportunities for growth within the company. My assumption would be that those individuals failed to express interest and take the initiative on creating their own career path. This is definitely a work hard play hard atmosphere that not everyone does well in. No one is ever just handed a promotion... One needs to prove themselves and do things that are above and beyond their "job description" before given additional responsibilities or moved into a new role. The people that work (and stay) at Jacobson have a real passion for the work they do and strong loyalty to the company, brand, and mission. It is a small company, which allows for quick implementation of new ideas and great exposure throughout the organization. After spending time working for a large corporation, the family feel of TJG is a breath of fresh air and somewhere I plan on staying at for many years to come.

    Recruiters that would do well here are those that truly like to work as a team. There is no competition between teammates like one might experience at a staffing firm paying commission per placement versus a bonus structure. This is not a dog eat dog environment, but it also doesn't mean that recruiters don't bust their butts and work evenings or weekends when needed.

    Sales individuals need to be prepared for a long term relationship. Depending on the service, the sales cycle can be quite long compared to others. With uncapped commission potential though, the sky is the limit. Want to make more money? Sell more. It is as simple as that.

    Finally, operational roles are super important at Jacobson. There is so much behind the scenes work that is required to keep the business moving forward and successful... These people can sometimes be the unsung heroes and work some crazy hours, but should feel great about the work they are doing and how they contribute to the company.

    Bottom line? If you want a job or to just be another number, look elsewhere. If you want somewhere to start a career and are looking for a company you can be passionate about, then Jacobson is definitely worth a conversation. Every company has its pros and cons, but this is by far one of the best staffing and executive recruiting organizations out there. Great brand recognition in the industry with business that is booming. Plus, banner years = all paid trip for you and a plus one in Las Vegas!

    Cons

    Being a small company, some of the benefits aren't as robust (no 401k match for example). Additionally, there is an obvious difference in management style and philosophy amongst the managers and leaders of the organization, which means employees might find themselves not wanting to move to a new team if they do not align with the management style within that area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. You always take employee engagement and feedback surveys seriously and make changes as needed. The company is headed in a great direction and this is the strongest I have seen the company in the past 5 years or so!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work...

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

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time

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

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and works hard to stay true to their core values. The staff skews fairly young and it is a great environment for young professionals. Hard work is recognized and rewarded. The leadership is pretty good although they do sometimes have their favorites. It is a quickly growing company so there is definitely room.

    Cons

    The sales and recruiting team is very well recognized and rewarded. However, those in other support departments often get overlooked and don't have the same opportunities provided for compensation and bonuses. Salaries are not quite as competitive as other organizations but that is to be expected for a smaller company.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at compensation and benefits. Consider how added holidays, etc can help build morale and retention. There are some instances of managers who are tougher graders than others when it comes to reviews, etc but that is something difficult to regulate.

  7. Quick consulting gig

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Called by recruiter on Thursday and flew out to consulting job on Sunday afternoon.

    Cons

    Job finished in a week and haven't heard back from anybody since.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with consultants and company.

  8. Love the management, but they have their favorites

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Management in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities available for those that are on the inside. Above average market pay, fun reward trips.The company has done a solid job of staying in their lane and staying solidly focused on one industry. Flexible options are sometimes available for those with company tenure.

    Cons

    If you're not one of the chosen few, the environment could be challenging. Current employees tell me that all employees are being moved back to the headquarters location, and that virtual opportunities are not as available as they once were.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving strategic growth.

  9. Great corporate culture & opportunity to develop

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

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great people to work with
    -Open lines of communication from senior management down
    -Opportunities to develop and grow your career

    Cons

    so far, I can't think of any cons.

  10. Good company for young professionals

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

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group

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

    Pros

    Good organization for someone coming out of college to get corporate experience. Depending on the department, an individual is exposed to many levels of professionals throughout the insurance industry. It's a small company, everyone is highly visible to all management.

    Cons

    Training programs are inconsistent and often cut short due to recruiting needs. The pay scale seems low compared to competitors and once individuals gain experience, another company benefits from their experience by paying more. Also, there is no 401k match.

  11. Many promises, but no opportunity

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

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent colleagues. But leadership seems to discourage open communication and feedback.

    Cons

    Privately owned with micro-managing brothers at the helm. No career path. No mentoring. The one person who tried to mentor was fired.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be less duplicitous

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