Complaints mount against executive jo...

Complaints mount against executive job search firm

There are 127 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 30, 2008, titled Complaints mount against executive job search firm. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

A lawyer, sales executive and business owner in South Florida turned to Princeton Executive Group for help securing high-paying jobs with double-digit signing bonuses.

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Plainsboro, NJ

#113 Jun 1, 2011

complicated; intricately involved: a convoluted way of describing a simple device.

2. when somebody on the phone doesn't wish to speak the truth and twists and turns answers to be so obtuse and confusing as to cloud the issue(s).

3. when a company shill runs out of retorts in a personal attack, spells the word incorrectly, and ends their argument with a stupid question.

Wallingford, PA

#114 Aug 20, 2011
Questionable wrote:
The owner of this firm is a big Obama supporter. That says it all.
You sound like a typical redneck racist!

Wallingford, PA

#115 Aug 20, 2011
Vero Beach wrote:
True except for the point that this firm is a marketing company - not a job placement agency. I was a client of this firm and they never guaranteed me a job, the marketed my credenitals to the market I picked. I ended up getting a job through someone in my network - but they did prepare a good marketing job.
THe people in the article must be idiots or they are in cahoots with each other. The contract I signed was very clear - no guarantees period. THese guys are probably the same type of people who join a gym, do not go and then blame the gym for being fat. Get a life!
<quoted text>
My experience was the same as yours.

Anderson, IN

#116 Aug 29, 2011
MGA search or currently Execujobs LLC is a scam and please stay away from them!!! They provide very poor services, advise and depend on you to do all the work, networking etc and finally get the job yourself. The fees that charged they did not even deserved if you are doing all the work. They have no jobs or interviews or networks to offer. THE NETWORK THEY HAVE IS ONLY YOU... NOBODY ELSE.. They rely on good people to do the services for them.

Philadelphia, PA

#118 Aug 31, 2011
Peter I wholeheartedly agree with you. There was no semblance of a real search company when I was contacted and the fees were through the roof. Everything that you do yourseld you can do without the costs.
Mickey D

Mount Sinai, NY

#119 Sep 3, 2011
Dave Cutler ( aka Ken Levinson ) is a crook !!! Do your research, and read all of the negative comments on the internet. I too was a victim, and he will not be your friend, or provide any support network he claims to have. He lives in a world of deception, with similar tactics Madoff followed. If he was honest, then why did he change his name ?

Olean, NY

#120 Sep 7, 2011
Etienne Joseph wrote:
<quoted text>
They got me good job and it costed me only 1850 dolllar. Some people get bitter when they dont get what they want. i understands well how hard it is to please everybodys dreams. thanks
Apparently you don't "understands" English, let alone how to find a job. It's "cost", "understand", "dollar", "don't" and "everybody's". It should have cost you more money, since you are so illiterate. I think it proves the point that stupid people go to them to find a job and that you are probably a Nigerian scam artist who cannot speak English. A great fit for your current position that they "got me good job" for. You can't be taken seriously until you graduate from 2nd grade.

Philadelphia, PA

#121 Sep 7, 2011
The names change as fast as the company name changes - all to deceive and confuse. Feel sorry for the folks desperately searching for a job that are taken and then dumped on the curb.
Tony B

West Palm Beach, FL

#122 Sep 13, 2011
Does anyone have the name and address of the ExecuJobs registered agent in Florida? I have been looking for it without success and need it to serve them with a lawsuit.

Philadelphia, PA

#123 Sep 14, 2011
The easiest way to find it may be to contact your state attorney general. I'm sure they have had numerous complaints in the past.

Colorado Springs, CO

#124 Sep 19, 2011
I worked for this firm a few years ago. We spent most of our time in training discussing all the negative press they get and how it is not their fault. They deserve every negative thing ever said about them. They go by more alias than a drug dealer. McKenzie Scott, ERI, SET, ITS, America's job network, etc. These are all fronts for the same terrible company.

Beware of a company that changes names all the time instead of changing their horrible practices. They spend a lot of money to force people to remove negative reviews of their company. They will sue and harass you if you mention their problems.

Sounds like the Mafia to me.

Woodbury, NJ

#125 Sep 20, 2011
Robin wrote:
My time was well worth it!
When you post something, and it asks where your from, do you say "The United States", no you say he state or town....the jig is up Robin from "Canada"

Philadelphia, PA

#126 Sep 21, 2011
If that's the case then they can sue me if they please. They have already threatened to call the police - and for what - something that I said that was true? They do change their names, and that also includes the names they use to contact their potential victims. Almost like a collection agency when everyones name is Smith or Roberts.

Absolutely nothing to trust with this organization and no reason to waste your money for no guarantees, empty promises and no results.
Left NextOpp Laughing

Helmetta, NJ

#127 Oct 3, 2011
I visited the Princeton office of NextOpps in June and left the place laughing. I thought that I would never get suckered into this kind of waste of time. I met with a guy mentioned in this thread and was told one BS line after another. I must have really impressed him because he never contacted me again. This guy was unprofessional and had no idea about my current employer(a Fortune 20 Company in the Princeton area), my field or work or any of the local major companies. Funny stuff!!! I checked for my wallet when I left his rented business suite.
someone who cares

Brooklyn, NY

#128 Oct 25, 2011
Agreed PLEASE save yourself from getting RIPPED OFF!!!!! Stay away from NEXT -op David Cutler is full of it. He sells a bag of sh*** and loves to just take your $$$$$ dont make that mistake . save your money
Next-Opp People are Liars

Mahwah, NJ

#129 Nov 18, 2011
I was called by Next-Opp last week. The very friendly girl said she was calling from a recruiter's office. She wanted to set up an appointment with me as they found my resume on the internet and thought I was a good candidate. I am out of a job so of course I'd like to meet with a recruiter. I was impressed that they found my resume out of the millions of others on the internet (NOW I know that's a red flag). When I got to the appointment in Roseland, NJ, a guy spent some time asking me questions about me and then told me why recruiting gets companies no money like in the old days so they have had to switch their business model. Well at this point I saw the dollar signs. Of course he wanted to sell me something. The first thing the original phone caller said was she was from a recruiters office. The first real information I got at the appointment was that they don't focus on (aka don't do) recruiting. I could go on about what he tried to sell me (very expensive with no guarantees!!) but the point is always see the red flag at step 1! In this job market, the greedy vultures are circling.
NJ Executive

Montclair, NJ

#130 Nov 21, 2011
David Cutler is a crook. Next Opp is a scam. I placed my resume on Six Figure Jobs and the Ladders, and shortly thereafter, I received numerous phone calls from a woman working for Next Opp. I said I wasn't interested, but she kept calling. The woman insited that I listen to her and told me that the company works only with elite Executives who they have already pre-placed among their bank of employers who regularly draw from their pre-qualified hand-picked candidates. Being multi-lingual and having vast executive experience, I started to listen. Although I normally do not buy into BS, I was told that they already had a $200K position that I qualified for. So, I agreed to stop in and listen to them.

When I went there, I was told that their placement was over 96%, and that they could place me within about 12-15 weeks- particularly with a specific company. I asked about the specific job cited on the call, and was told after I employed Next Opp the opportunities would become available. I paid, and expected to receive an executive resume , a unique web presence website, gain access to the alleged bank of employers, and obtain a coach. I was told that there were a few positions they already had lined up for me.

In short, their recommendations for my resume were boilerplate. The weekly coaching sessions were set up with my coach who ran about 20-45 minutes late every session, and almost always cut me short. She asked me to spend 11 weeks to do an exercise- and instructed me not to go on a single interview until complete (this is critical). They did not and would not provide me with my unique web presence. Nor would they refund the money I paid that was, per my contract directly for the design of that site-$1200. When my counselor was a no-show for the second time in one month, having driven >60 miles roundtrip to meet in Princeton, I met with David Cutler. I told him I was fed up, and that Next Opp was not the professional organization it claimed to be. There was no bank of employers, there were no interviews. There was no unique web presence, and the coach I was assigned was less than professional (I would have fired her). I wasted 11 weeks going through a program with no finish line, and got no interviews. If I had the time I would pursue Next Opp legally.

In short: David Cutler is a crook. He preys on the recently unemployed. He is not honorable. His company combs executive sites for people his company wishes take money from, and lies to get them to subscribe. He employs unreliable, questionable individuals. Per his discussions with me, I would call him a liar. He has no business working with quality executives. As far as I am concerned, after about 5-6 months of substandard interaction, and non-completion of contractual obligations by Next Opp, I kindly asked Mr. Cutler to refund the web presence money for a service that his company never executed. He did not refund the money, citing his partner's unwillingness to comply (if there is a partner).

Despite Mr. Cutler's telling me to be prepared to go on a whirlwind schedule of interviews all over New York City- I did not obtain one single interview in the entire period that I worked with Next Opp. Rather, Blaine LeRoy placed me in contact with two Executive Recruiters- which was just odd considering Next Opp introduced themselves to me as a placement firm. They do not arrange interviews, and their allegations of a job bank are, to the best of my knowledge, a sham. They take your money, and then give you flyers, not interviews. Beware of Next Opp.

If anybody else reading this wishes to file a class action suit against Next Opp and Mr. David Cutler: I have my supporting documentation, and an eagerness to obtain a refund, plus damages plus legal for services not rendered and much time wasted. Mr. Cutler missed his chance to kindly refund my requested amount. He would look great in stripes.

Since: Nov 11

Newtown, PA

#131 Nov 29, 2011
I agree with everyone. This was fishy from the very start. Said they reviewed my resume but please send anyway ???
Met Barry landau in King of Prussia "Hive" office.
Gave me a 1 hour pitch on the service then told me the price for the service.$4000 to start and another $6000 once placed in a six figure job. He makes sure to get your family members names first so he can play upon your emotions. The reference he provided as a placed client sounded like his closer to steer you into closing the deal. After I declined the follow up meeting , he too sent a scathing email stating how I will never get a six figure job without them and how he had all of these positions that he would now place other people. If there was really a placement for me, would they turn down another $6k?. I have the contract that was sent to me with all of the details. It does say it does not guarantee placement or a job but a far cry from the sales pitch. If anyone has met Barry, please see if it is the same guy who was arrested for stealing historical documents. Looks similar.
Sucker from NJ

Riverton, NJ

#132 Feb 15, 2012
You can call me over-trusting or dumb...but I fell for this con story and am out 3, of which I can ill-afford. How can we help others in the future and put a stop to Next-Opp or NO-OPP??? When you are at your most vunerable point in your life, looking for ideas and support, you get punched in the gut and the wallet...

San Francisco, CA

#133 Apr 3, 2012

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