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KB Home Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "If you did not work on your own in a neighborhood with cool workmates working for KB Raleigh sucked."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money was good. As a field superintendent you have lots and lots of freedom.

    Cons

    Pressure. They have BS standards of not closing a home unless it is 100% complete. If you find a nick in a cabinet at the final walk through you are not supposed to close the home..... totally stupid.. You have to ask the homeowner not to say anything about the issue. If they don't agree then they can't close... Stupid. Housing markets are very bad right now. 90% of emplyees laid off. Raleigh is now under completely new management..

    Advice to Management

    Make monthly CSI realistic. You want "fake" numbers. You want us to beg for the 10 even when the homeowner is not completely satisfied. This is very misleading and our yearly scores reflect that. We don't want honest feedback from the homeowners. 100% complete is a great standard and the only standard there should be but we are not robots and do not live in a perfect world.. Frequently minor issues will be found at the final walk through. In fact they always will if the home buyer starts to look. Need a realistic policy other then trying to get the home owner to sign off with the threat of not closing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company overall, but do your research before you take a job there."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Raleigh, NC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    KB Home as a company is one of the best builders in the business as far as it's organization is concerned on a corporate level. Education is very important and is pushed by management.

    Cons

    The Raleigh division unfortunately was vary disorganized at the local level. We built a lot of houses and did some good work but management and leadership was very much lacking. The right face was usually put out in front publicly, but it wasn't backed up internally.

    Advice to Management

    Not much since most have been fired or layed off!!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Get an education, then get out!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Purchasing in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Purchasing in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    KB's systems and training processes are some of the best in the industry. I think everyone in home building should spend some time there. They do a good job of training and you will get food experience, just don't expect to be rewarded for your hard work, particularly in the current economy.

    Cons

    Base pay is extremely low compared to other companies in similar industry, however they will tell you you will make in up in bonus. Don't count on it, especially now. Senior managers make a great deal of money, $500k and up primarily in bonus money. Also, never expect fairness or ethics in your treatment. I was in then I was out, so I saw both sides...

    Advice to Management

    Revamp your senior management thought process to be less greedy and reward those who do the work, not the senior managers who take credit.


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  5. "Design Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers and they really don't micro manage.

    Cons

    Higher base prices for the home while still offering first time home buyer options.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your are now building the homes YOU yourself would buy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok Company. Lacks innovation. Quick to hire and fire."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forward Planner
    Former Employee - Forward Planner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Salaries and decent benefits. They do a good job of corporate branding and team building.

    Cons

    It is an economic home builder that wants to crank out economic houses for good margins. There is nothing wrong with this, but it feels more like an assembly line rather than a premier developer. Corporate executives make decisions on local communities even though they lack micro economic knowledge on these metros. Decisions are often made like high frequency wall street traders....in essence if executives read a headline that the home market is slowing they could be firing, if they read a headline that says otherwise they will hire. So basically there is not a lot of stability or long-term strategy. It is make a profit quickly at any expense. They are not thinking of 5 or 10 years from now.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent management and executives"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Not Sales, Corporate Related
    Current Employee - Not Sales, Corporate Related
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KB Home full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Name is ok depending on division, decent experience, some of the people are great

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, way too much corporate reporting, only thing that matters is what people in LA think, no decision making at the local level whatsoever


  8. Helpful (1)

    "KB"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    KB pays well, but they will wring every ounce of life out of you.

    Cons

    Few people get promoted from within, rather the company routinely seeks new personnel from outside the organization

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people more fairly. Learn to develop your people and promote from within. KB has good people who deserve the opportunity.


  9. "Micromanaged"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Could be good if you are in a community that was priced right and in a good/ even ok location.

    Cons

    High pressure, micromanaged, long hours, no work life balance.


  10. "not happy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits are really good thats about it

    Cons

    no room for growth at all

    Advice to Management

    why bother they don't listen.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "KB's Executives Keep Their Heads in the Sand"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation. That's it. Period. I worked with the best team there and loved my job, but it was because of them, not because of KB Home.

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant; bias is obvious and supported. The treatment of the good-ol-boys vs. newcomers or people who don't subscribe to the mold is inequitable. Senior Executives are allowed to hire people exclusively from places they used to work and are not held accountable for poor performance by those people. Senior Executives don't know what is going on in the corporate functions; I worked there for over 10 years and the CEO never once graced our organization with his presence. The executive team does not know how to utilize technology, even though it is part of their vision statement. They retain project managers who are not needed because they are part of the management network. Countless dollars are wasted on administrative overhead and paperwork. They pretend to promote a sustainability program; it is not respected by the Divisions and is a joke at Corporate. When employees are downsized, the work goes to the remaining employees with no change in title or compensation. They profess to be concerned about expenditures; I do not understand why they still have two regional accounting centers to support 1/3 of the Divisions they previously had. That means they pay two presidents, two directors, costs for two buildings and equipment. Executives do not embrace the KBnxt guidelines, nor do they enforce performance metrics they put in place to measure the metrics. The executives still reside in the expensive Westwood building, yet the organization paid for deserted office space because they could not manage their leases correctly. They have not changed their top-level operational structure; there are still several layers of management that could be eliminated. Reporting is disparate across all of the Divisions, which makes it nearly impossible to hold employees accountable for forecasts.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more, listen to and leverage the ideas of all the teams you have in place. Do not put unenforceable metrics into place; its demotivating to see guidelines in writing that conflict with the way your organization is actually run. H.R. should have a better understanding of the type of people being hired, being let go, and being retained. Technology should be looked at as an asset, not an operational cost. You should know where your money is being spent. Eliminate one of the regional accounting centers and truly mandate standardization instead of just talking about it. Talk to your trade partners more to see what other organizations are doing to survive this downturn. Stop being so arrogant.



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