JK Group Reviews | Glassdoor

JK Group Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
41 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

2.3
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Robert E. Farina
14 Ratings

41 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work - Better than most think"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JK Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, many opportunities to make a difference, schedule flexibility

    Cons

    Workload could be unmanageable at times, the pay is somewhat low so it is difficult to hire and keep good people.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the current path, it will work out


  2. "Don't do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Service Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Client Service Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    After one year with the company all I can say is do not do it

    Cons

    No communication, no raise but constantly adding more work, no real benefit to working here outside of the fact that you get paid but not well.

    Advice to Management

    Suck less listen more

  3. "Interesting concept, needs better execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at JK Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees working hard to meet customer needs. Newly aquired.

    Cons

    Loss of experienced employees left "institutional knowledge" gaps that were difficult to fill.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic direction for company and stick with it. Be more transparent.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Bad. Used to be great. Then was horrible; somewhat improved."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kind of a cool idea that in theory should really be an attractive proposition to prospective customers.

    Cons

    In 2010 the company was purchased by a private equity group. The incoming CEO was about as inept and out of his league as anyone I've ever seen. The board took a while, but they fired him 2-3 years later. His replacement has been better. But there's still little trust between the board/senior management and the employees. My sense is that the founders -- who were terrific and really understood the nuances of the business -- somehow enticed the buyers to wildly overpay. Since the acquistion, it's been one financial crunch after another here.

    Advice to Management

    The world of gift-matching has changed drastically in the past few years. You guys seem to have your heads in the sand. Also, be very careful streamliningg/automating the manual processes that have worked for years here -- it's not as simple as you guys seem to think and that is why you have had such a hard time with this.


  5. "Controller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company, lots of users, high impact work, love my coworkers. It's a product that is changing the world.

    Cons

    Not an easy job, changes impact millions of users which can sometimes be very stressful

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend this company to a friend - I'm optimistic about the outlook


  6. "Beware All Who Enter Here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Various in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Various in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JK Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Basic mission statement is great. Remaining staff friendly. Good location.

    Cons

    Poor management. No regard for employees - only bottom line. People fired frequently - often large amounts at a time.
    I worked there over 8 years. Original owners were the best. Knew the business and cared about their employees and clients. We worked hard but it was satisfying.
    Now there is a sense of fear and uncertainty. Too many good people gone and a great company in ruins

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and keep your word


  7. "Sinking Ship - Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JK Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Noble purpose. The feeling that what you are doing is benefitting people.

    Semi-flexible schedules.

    Not 24x7

    Casual attire and atmosphere

    Cons

    CTO is in way over his head. Doesn't truly understand technology and does everything he can to NOT have his name on anything so as to avoid any possible blame.

    British guy is pompus and treats everyone, even people he needs help from, like crap.

    The "old" bread-n-butter product is a hunk of junk but it needs to be remembered that it is the money maker. the "new" product is being deveopled in a waterfall-type of build methodology which has proven to be a failure with the off-shore development team. The CTO micromanages, and manages to even do that badly.

    Frequent layoffs, news of an impending sale, and reports of poor company performance have devastated morale.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the dead wood, even in the management ranks, and cut your losses.

    Focus some attention on making the old product better rather than developing something completely new.

    Sell the company already!

  8. "Hands down worst company I have ever worked for. The words "integrity,honesty and respect " are non-existent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro is no micromanagement for the most part

    Cons

    The Executive Team management team don't care about the employees. They are highly disposable. Job responsibilities will be changed without respect to the position applied for.
    Women are treated as second class citizens as seen by the Executive makeup.
    Employees are told to lie to clients on a daily basis.
    Company is in severe financial crisis.... benefits constantly being taken away from employees to support the executive team's 6 figure salary. No profits for nearly 2 years

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and come up with a plan instead of just seeing how it goes. You are gambling with the livelihood of many.

    Show respect to those that run the company..... be honest and care... for Gods sake you support philanthropic ventures- at least pretend to know what that means.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sadly Disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Plainsboro, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JK Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    JK Group use to be a great place to work, you would actually enjoying going there. I don't believe at this point there are any pros.

    Cons

    The company was purchased by an investment company that did not know anything about JK. They did not listen to the employees that had been there for years. One of the first things they did was cut staff. At this point there are less than half the employees then when they took over. Very sad.

    Advice to Management

    I think at this point there is not much to say. They should have listened to the employees that had been there for so long. They made major changes that just did not work. They put so much money in technology and cut funding in Customer Service and the staff that manages the accounts. JK is a sinking ship. Get out while you can.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Cause, Confident Company Goals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at JK Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    JK Group has always been driven to keep up with technology/practices and is still pursuing that motivation to this day. In fact, the effort has been redoubled. It is of great benefit to my learning experience that things have not stayed rigid. The knowledge and training received over my stay was essential. You get to work for a good cause with other big name companies that share this cause. Things are certainly not boring here.

    Cons

    It can be a challenging environment where you must want to be pushed. Without the right mindset you will get discouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Keep aiming for more transparency and team building and JK will be a great place for many years to come.


Showing 41 of 41 reviews
Reset Filters