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Updated January 11, 2018
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KB Home President, CEO, and Director Jeff Mezger
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Pros
  • Great earning potential, great training (in 12 reviews)

  • Good training program, will hire with no experience, potential to make a lot of money, managers are nice (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, you have to be dedicated (in 17 reviews)

  • The work life balance needs work (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Land Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KB Home full-time

    Pros

    Management grants opportunities from within prior to hiring from outside the institution. The workplace environment is very pleasant, and I feel surrounded by superiors who want me to learn and get better at whatever I decide to do.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good training and learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KB Home full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training program, will hire with no experience, potential to make a lot of money, managers are nice

    Cons

    Mortgage company will ruin the sales deal. Loan officers are hard to get a hold of. They don't answer calls or reply to emails.

    Advice to Management

    Need new mortgage managment and employees. The culture is not professional.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Tough place to work at. 3 man shops make it harder now to make money."

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are willing to teach you the business even if you do not have prior experience in real estate.

    Cons

    Company going through an identity crisis. Treat you as a number more than a person. 3 man shops.


  4. "Sales councelor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good benefits. Good income for a few top sales people in the right communities. Great learning experience in the sales field.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected with what sales counselors experience on the sales floor. They have no interest in feedback from customers as they already know it all.

    Advice to Management

    Employees in sales are professionals, treat them with a little respect.


  5. "If you want to be a a robot instead of an employee, KB Home is for you."

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    Former Employee - Construction Superintendent
    Former Employee - Construction Superintendent
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits. Decent pay with bonus paid monthly. Yearly raises of 1%-3%. Management generally makes an effort to keep you close to your home.

    Cons

    Management micromanages everything, to the point that more time is spent reporting what is happening than making something happen. Constant meetings and brainwashing about the corporate mantra, which is overlooked at certain times of the year to make the closings they need. The majority of managers do not have a college degree and are promoted on he basis of being militaristic and demanding, while setting completely unrealistic goals. These goals are not set and constantly change, if the company sets an 85 day schedule, the management wants a home built in 60 days and threatens your employment if you do not comply with these “new” goals. You can achieve and exceed your goals but still be berated by management for not beating the goals “enough”. The technology is archaic, not user friendly and kills productivity. Employees are constantly leaving because of harassment and unethical treatment by management. Management makes superintendents walk around and pick up trash for 2-3 days at a time and shuts down production during audits to score high scores that would not happen during a regular work day. Everything is done based on how cheaply it can be done. Purchasing managers are rewarded for getting cheap prices, even though on the back end it costs the company more because of the deals made with vendors and trades that adversely affect the superintendent’s bonus through extra purchase orders. Vendors and trades selected by the corporate office and the field staff does not have any control over this. There is not any real path to move up in the company and the managers that are there fight tooth and nail to keep their job because they wouldn’t have the skill set needed at a different company. Overall, if you like being treated like a prisoner, like spending more time at work than with your family, enjoy wasting your time with mundane tasks, and don’t care about your future, KB home would love to have you work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Get some education in management, like a bachelors degree or some certification classes. Understand how to motivate employees through positive measures, not by making your employees lives miserable through fear. Understand that the top producers are not necessarily good managers, most of the time they are bad managers. Employ managers who have families, spouses and children, not divorced ones who live at work because that’s all they have.


  6. "New Home Sales Counselor"

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    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - New Home Sales Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the weekly sales meetings - great training program - very well organized

    Cons

    Greatly needs better communication between all departments - takes a long time to make money - heavily micromanaged

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between departments would lower your home cancellation rate. (KBHS in particular)


  7. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KB Home full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid income, good benefits, autonomy if you are a performer

    Cons

    Micro managed, management slow to react to field ideas

    Advice to Management

    Your greatest asset is your staff. They have good insight.

  8. "A steady job and good pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KB Home full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay and Great Health Benefits

    Cons

    Overtime and skipped breaks/lunches. Must work weekends.


  9. "home sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KB Home full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    co-workers were nice and helpful

    Cons

    supervisors were poorly trained, no communication unless it was bad


  10. "Solid company and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KB Home full-time

    Pros

    Generally positive experience with the company, good communication within my department, relaxed atmosphere but challenging work.

    Cons

    Pay could have been better, difficult to advance within my particular field without architectural or engineering background.


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