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Lucas Group Chicago Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Pros
  • There is more work-life balance than other staffing agencies will typically give you, such as unlimited vacation, as long as you prove yourself (in 11 reviews)

  • Great People providing good support & guidance through the entire contract assignment (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely Poor Work-Life Balance (in 9 reviews)

  • your success or failure will depend largely on who your managing partner is and so will your overall experience at the company (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "A Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good camaraderie between colleagues within each niche and between various recruiting groups. Leadership that does care for it's employees and their success. Improvements to infrastructure as well as IT. Providing solid marketing tools for company as a whole and also for individual recruiters. Feeling of family.

    Cons

    More advanced training for senior recruiters.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your recruiters.


  2. "Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group full-time

    Pros

    Training was very good
    Nice location
    My colleagues are fantastic, great people to hang out with
    Make good money
    Several employees will help you
    Good work/life balance
    great trips and after work events

    Cons

    Wandering around and standing over our desks is not managing
    My manager is horrible.
    Cheap company
    Technology is sad

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to act like adults
    Invest in CRM and technology
    Send your managers to training
    increase our commission plan for producers


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Is Lucas Group the Right Choice for a Millennial Salesmen?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Search Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Search Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed Autonomy that Comes with Success (Unlimited PTO)
    Full Desk Recruiting
    Chasing a Challenge
    Opportunity to Build your Own Collection of Clients
    Employee Expense Reimbursement
    Average to Above Average Benefits

    Cons

    Commission Based Pay: Sales Draw
    Extremely Poor Work-Life Balance
    High Stress-Human Capital Management

    *The training program lacks charm, creativity and is tremendously dull. (90 Hours Live attached to your phone, gathering an insiders perspective on the business of recruiting-Sounds Exciting!)*

    Advice to Management

    The IT is outdated, and 30 days of 7 hr conference calls is excessive.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Avoid unless you are desperate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Search Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Search Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent job if you don't mind working for a company that does not care for it's employees, treats them as idiots, micromanages and oversees constantly, provides no support, poor technology, actively seeks to manage by bashing it's frontline.

    Cons

    The management team is extremely unprofessional. You will be hounded and held accountable for any and all mistakes you may make while being asked to have high call times and without any support. This will occur while management will spend most of their days hanging over you joking about their wonderful lives yet will actively discourage any conversation among cubical neighbors.

    The favorites game is played hard on this team. If you're a member of the select few then more opportunities come your way. It's not enough to be a hard worker who keeps their head down, you must also constantly stroke the egos of the man-babies who oversee you.

    This company is really cheap and refuses to offer good wages for frontline . It becomes blatantly obvious within the first year of working here how little the upper management of the company cares for its employees.
    If nothing else, people constantly quitting speaks volumes to the caliber of upper management and employee value.

    Advice to Management

    If you treated your average employee half as good as you treated your management, employee satisfaction would go way up! The people are the most important part of any business, so take care of them.


  6. "Great Opportunity - The sky is the limit if you are goal oriented and willing to work hard!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Unlimited income potential
    - Flexible work/life balance
    - Divisions allow for functional and industry expertise
    - Casual Dress
    - Vacation policy
    - Annual President's Club Meeting in Dallas and 5-Star All Inclusive Sales Trips (Jamaica, Riviera Maya, Cabo, etc.)
    - Senior leadership tend to be home grown
    - Well respected in marketplace (helps with business development, and marketing leads)
    - Offices are well position geographically
    - Initial training program helps rookies
    - Special recognition for milestone anniversaries. Company also gives you a Rolex after 15 years
    - Compensation plan is fair (draw, commissions, bonus, profit sharing, etc.)
    - Culture is top notch

    Cons

    - It is a commission sales job. If you do not work hard and perform well, you will be disappointed with your income
    - Currently going through growing pains with technology but corporate seems to be working hard to improve systems
    - Company works hard to develop rookie recruiters but veterans can plateau if you are not self-motivated

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing, the culture here is great. Keeping training and development at the forefront of your mind with a targeted approach to different groups (i.e. rookies, veterans, high-pots, etc.)


  7. "Super company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great team, great stability, great comp and awards!

    Cons

    We are expanding rapidly, would be great to expand even more!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A+ COMPANY, A+ CULTURE, A+ OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE GOOD MONEY!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group full-time

    Pros

    I joined Lucas Group in 1999 with no prior experience in executive search, the Managing Partner gave me the opportunity to prove myself. I'm glad he did. This company has honestly changed my life! The leadership team provides us with everything we need to be best in class!

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any. When I get calls from other Headhunters trying to get me to join their firm, I just tell them that I can't imagine why I'd leave Lucas Group, I have everything I need/want right here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being awesome and supporting us with great marketing, technology (OK, we could use a little boost on the technology side), training and perks! #ILOVEINCENTIVETRIPS


  9. "Best company I've ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    autonomy to work your desk
    support from leadership
    excellent training program
    attainable objectives
    motivating incentives
    attention to issues/resolutions implemented

    This is a very collaborative atmosphere. The veterans help the rookies, and the groups work very well together. There is unlimited earning potential as long as you put in the work. Promotions are based on performance, not favorites of management.

    Cons

    As we continue to grow so rapidly, our systems which were purchased for a much smaller organization need upgrades quite a bit, but our corporate IT is constantly working on it and making it better.

    Advice to Management

    None, I am very happy with the management team.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group full-time

    Pros

    Amazing training, great executive leadership team

    Cons

    Nothing - things have been great

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture, Poor Resources"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, great potential for cash

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility into management, internal resources and hardware/software is poor


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