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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Informed

Briarcliff Manor, NY

#92 Nov 12, 2010
Just like bernie Madoff's personal possessions were auctioned off. Even the ones he put in his wife and children's names. Robert, Jeff, and John will be homeless as the AG closes in.
James Badimblia

Norristown, PA

#93 Nov 19, 2010
Who is this company Next Op in Malvern. Things seemed quite fishy to me when I met a nice man in Malvern, only to be sent to Princeton, to meet a "Closer." Someone in the lobby said she knew David Cutler was using his name to counter his past. I left. I am glad because a friend of mine didn't. Now he says he was rooked.
Client of MGA

Philadelphia, PA

#94 Dec 6, 2010
I have done this and it was a waste of money. SCAM aside once you get in they make it pretty clear that there is a fee and that they are not a placement agency. So not sure scam is the word. Other than the jobs are not real, if you read carefully the wording you can see that.

They will tell you they believe you are worth X amount. Of which you pay a percentage up front. This is an inflated number so they get more up front. You pay the rest after you get a job.

What you get for 7-10K is a re-written resume. Told to join Linkdin and other network groups. Directed to indeed.com for job postings. Weekly you talk about what jobs you applied to and who you sent it to. That is it. They can build it up all they want but that is all you get.

You do 100% of the work to find the job and all the leg work involved. No problem with that, that is the way it should be, but you don't have to fork over that much money to be determined to be active.

They bring nothing to the table that you cant do yourself.

There are no secret job boards, no contacts, no real advise only chatter.

Maybe not a SCAM but not very good at what they claim to do either.

Save your 7-10K and do it all yourself, you will anyways if you join them or whatever name they go by now.
Bill

Wayne, NJ

#95 Dec 16, 2010
ExecuJobs has a proven track record for many years, providing a full range of career search and career transition services for individuals, employers, recruiters, venture capital firms, and others.

Our professional team has been in strategic senior & middle management operating positions, with Fortune 500 and other significant companies.
rightfielder

Princeton Junction, NJ

#96 Dec 18, 2010
Outright thieves!
Bill Parker

Lansdale, PA

#97 Dec 24, 2010
Next-Opp / Executive Professional Marketing.
These are some of the funniest, I mean phoniest comments. Obviously the people behind these false statement are a small competitor of these compaanies. After and exhaustive IP search, it turn out that they all have the same IP address. These postings must have been done on a laptop. Done on purpose with malice when writer was in the listed location. you may not look further than David Cutler (aka Ken Levinson, google him) and his partner Scott stein. These are envious and venomous so called competitors with a personal vendetta. Be wise when shopping for career help.
Stuart Scoutish

Lansdale, PA

#98 Dec 24, 2010
Next-opp should be called out and proven that they don't deliver on one promise they make. They take money then forget you
RJG

Bridgewater, NJ

#99 Jan 9, 2011
These people should be put out of business. A true scam in every sense of the word. Total bull from start to finish.
reporter

Pompano Beach, FL

#100 Jan 13, 2011
I'm working on an article about this scam and need a victim of this scam.
If you have paid them the fee and have not recieved the services offered please contact me.
Thanks.
reporter

Pompano Beach, FL

#101 Jan 13, 2011
Sorry, if you're a victim of this scam please email your contact information to [email protected]
thanks!
Milo

Scarsdale, NY

#102 Jan 15, 2011
It is not so much this is a scam, it is that these people charge far too much for delivering far too little; Their fees are absurd in relation to what is received... and they fake "reference calls" too. Stay away and save your money. This is nothing you can't figure out on your own for a lot less money and hype.
MGA is a scam

Piscataway, NJ

#103 Jan 20, 2011
People who were able to obtain a job using MGA would probably have obtained one without them.

MGA is lead by a marketing group that focuses on creating HYPE to sell a brand. The over promise and under deliver. My career advisor was NOT available for phone calls, and did not help me along the way. He and the whole group are a big SCAM. For those people who need a career coach, there are many affordable programs out there that deliver with a much lower price. For example, the resume the produce can be provided using other consultants for 1/8 the cost. And, the website the produce can be done for MUCH less too....People watch out for these folks...
Thomas Williams

Lansdale, PA

#104 Mar 23, 2011
This is a total bunch of nonsense.

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MMB

Philadelphia, PA

#105 Mar 30, 2011
There's just something not right at all. I received a phone call telling me that my resume had been reviewed and they wanted me to come in for a meeting that would last an hour (the dreaded light bulb went off - oh no it's MGA again). I was sent an email with a meeting confirmation and told to reply with an attached resume. Wait a minute - didn't they just review it?

When I responded I asked if there was a cost for their services. No answer. Second response and asked again if there was a cost - no reply. Already I sensed something wasn't right. Miseed a call on my cell and tried to call back - the call went dead in three seconds. Got an email that a "Barry" would be calling me. Ok I figured, why not. Then got a call from a "restricted" number and I'm not sure if I'm like you but I don't answer these. There was a voice mail from Barry who left his cell number. Now I have three different numbers for these guys?

I sent an email back to the cooordinator of the meeting and said no thanks if there was a cost involved. The reply was convulted and mentioned that of course nothing was due to them until 45 days after I was hired, "except" for a start up fee. No fee cost was mentioned.

Another email from the coordinator mentioning that Barry had called me and I should call him back. The email was filled with typos and grammatical mistakes. Suddenly I sense a lack of professionalism. Barry then sends an email. I respond by saying that I'm not comfortable with what I've been experiencing with them.

Oh yes, his next response to me slams me. Are they kidding? Back and forth the emails go until Bary threatens me with their lawyers and the local police.

If they call you, RUN AS FAST AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
MMB

Philadelphia, PA

#107 Apr 9, 2011
Nice attempt at being honest and humble, but I doubt the sentiment is true. If you took the time to read the majority of the 96 posts just on this site, let alone the hundreds to be found on other sites you would realize that it doesn't matter whether it's MGA or Execujobs or whatever the new name is - the method is still the same and results are always the same. How about doing something honest for a change like the rest of us are trying to do?
William S

East Brunswick, NJ

#108 Apr 11, 2011
I was a client of ExecuJobs and they provided me with the resources and leads that allowed to me to land a position in 4 months. I increased my compensation from my previous position. They NEVER guaranteed to me a job. They took me through a process that I have never had to do before. They were there for me every step of the way and I definitely would not have found this position without their help. I am reading all this crap and it's a joke. This is not what I experienced with ExecuJobs. They were responsive, professional and totally upfront of what they can and cannot do.
I was referred to ExecuJobs by a friend who recommended them highly. I read these postings before I signed and there is nothing in these ramblings that represent anything I experienced at ExecuJobs.
If you are in a search and need professional assistance speak to the people their. What I did learn is that searching for a job is hard work but it is easier with the right guidance and coaching.
rightfielder

Princeton Junction, NJ

#109 Apr 11, 2011
If you're not Execujob's (MGA's) president, you're up there in its org chart. Liar, liar, pants on fire! Not even close to Reality.
MMB

Philadelphia, PA

#110 Apr 11, 2011
I agree. The post from Monmouth Junction sounds exactly like someone in the employ of Execujobs. Funny also that my post (no better than the others) from PA on a West Palm Beach forum attracts so many people from New Jersey. First Barry Landau (Banks?) and then the new post. Come on now, can 97.5% of the posts really be wrong? Go with the odds even if you didn't pass Statistics 101.
William S

East Brunswick, NJ

#111 May 31, 2011
MMB wrote:
There's just something not right at all. I received a phone call telling me that my resume had been reviewed and they wanted me to come in for a meeting that would last an hour (the dreaded light bulb went off - oh no it's MGA again). I was sent an email with a meeting confirmation and told to reply with an attached resume. Wait a minute - didn't they just review it?
When I responded I asked if there was a cost for their services. No answer. Second response and asked again if there was a cost - no reply. Already I sensed something wasn't right. Miseed a call on my cell and tried to call back - the call went dead in three seconds. Got an email that a "Barry" would be calling me. Ok I figured, why not. Then got a call from a "restricted" number and I'm not sure if I'm like you but I don't answer these. There was a voice mail from Barry who left his cell number. Now I have three different numbers for these guys?
I sent an email back to the cooordinator of the meeting and said no thanks if there was a cost involved. The reply was convulted and mentioned that of course nothing was due to them until 45 days after I was hired, "except" for a start up fee. No fee cost was mentioned.
Another email from the coordinator mentioning that Barry had called me and I should call him back. The email was filled with typos and grammatical mistakes. Suddenly I sense a lack of professionalism. Barry then sends an email. I respond by saying that I'm not comfortable with what I've been experiencing with them.
Oh yes, his next response to me slams me. Are they kidding? Back and forth the emails go until Bary threatens me with their lawyers and the local police.
If they call you, RUN AS FAST AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
As a satisfied client you response is 100% different than my experience. Makes me think that you are a competitor. It would be logical that "Barry" would want to review your resume prior to your meeting since "Barry" is different than the person you spoke with. So what if "Barry" gives you his cell number? At least he is trying to reach out to you. Every correspondencve that I have received has been professional and timely. You must be a real nut if they have to call the police. Get a life and get a job. You need help. By the way how can a reply be "convulted?"
MMB

Philadelphia, PA

#112 Jun 1, 2011
I was told first that my resume had been reviewed, and then told to send it again - odd. Not a competitor at all just looking for work. They didn't call the police as they had no basis for a complaint. Jeez - I apologize for the typo, but after loking at your response all I can think of is the "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". And here we are, once again, with another post from North Jersey. Something stinks here and I'm sure I know what it is. Crawl back in your hole William S - I've already spoken with the state attorney general's office twice, specifically about these scams.

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