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Stewart Cooper & Coon
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
I have experienced similar 'scams' from companies like Chandler Hill. They dangle big dollar jobs as an enticement to pay thousands of dollars to help you find the 'perfect' job for you. However, they do almost no work. You write your resume, they do some editing but you can have a resume service do this for a lot less. You make all the contacts and send the letters out - they do nothing. They claim they will be a part of the negotiation process, but they never actually do anything to help you get past all the so-called gate keepers and other individuals that hinder your job seeking efforts.

The few success stories are outweighed by the majority of disatisfied customers - and they NEVER refund any money, so their assurances of refunds if you are not satified are a lie.
Complaint comments Comments (27) Complaint country United States Complaint category Employment, Staffing, Recruiting Agencies


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N  28th of Jun, 2009 by    -2 Votes
This sounds more like an opinion than a complaint. Do you have an example, or any details, or verifiable experiences with this company? If so, please elaborate. If not, I will consider your comment baseless and irrelevant.
N  24th of Jul, 2009 by    -4 Votes
lillyb... makes no sense. Not a helpful comment at all. You should put specifics like how long the marketed you for w/o a result, additional details of what services you used or didn't
D  21st of Oct, 2009 by    -5 Votes
Chandler Hill Partners is an executive job search and corporate outplacement firm. Generally the employer pays all fees. Chandler Hill Partners offers a free online career evaluation. If you had taken the time to complete this free assessment you would have learned about the issues you are facing and received tips to improve your resume so you would be more attractive to recruiters and employers. It’s amazing how people can jump to conclusions based on zero knowledge. Instead of getting the help you needed you decided to go online and post fraudulent claims against a company who’s sole purpose is to assist the American unemployed and has been doing so for more than 30 years.

Chances are that you are not a real person and never an actual client, rather a competitor of Chandler Hill Partners posting these fraudulent claims in order to damage Chandler Hill Partners online reputation with your claims of scam and scams. I like how you added the word scams to your post so the search engines will pick it up. It’s amazing what you will learn if you are not lazy and just believe what you read on the internet. Next time I suggest you post your name and email address so that if you are really interested in learning about Chandler Hill Partners we could contact you. Thanks for the post. Good Luck with your Job Search and God Bless America
D  21st of Oct, 2009 by    -6 Votes
As most of you are aware companies are downsizing every day. People are losing their jobs and the companies that let them go hire firms like Chandler Hill Partners to work with these individuals to assist them in resume writing, career coaching, interview prep and everything else that goes into a job search. Unfortunately it is a competitive business and competitors will post negative and fraudulent comments to damage the reputation of Chandler Hill Partners. In most cases the companies who have let these individuals go (laid-off) pay Chandler Hill Partners fees. Chandler Hill Partners fees are some of the lowest in the industry starting around $200 - $250 per month.
D  30th of Oct, 2009 by    +5 Votes
The last two comments from Chandler Hill are worthless – companies will claim that negative reports are from competitors or disgruntled former employees rather than admit that not every customer is satisfied and happy with the results of their investment. It is in their best interest to insist that all the claims are false. Companies who play the bait and switch employment game entice people with promises of helping them find a high-paying position. Unfortunately, people are desperate enough and fearful enough about not finding a job that they are willing to shell out thousands of dollars (often using credit cards and dipping into savings accounts to pay the bill), and will not complain when the 'dream job' does not appear as long as they find ‘something.’ Now, I am not saying that every customer that signs a contract with firms like this is dissatisfied; there are always amazing success stories. Nevertheless, there are complaints out there posted by those who are less than satisfied and often feel that they have not gotten their money's worth.

Just to set the record straight - I am not a disgruntled client, a former employee, or a competitor. I am a Program Manager who has watched the job market evolve and morph into the strange beast we see today. When I am looking for a new employee, I want to know what real, appropriate experience they can bring to the table. I do not want to be conned with 'buzz words' or clever intro letters telling me that someone just wants information. Well-written cover letters and resumes (no matter what the format) that provide a good overview of skills and work experience will end up on my desk for my review.

So stuff it Chandler Hill, I have heard about how you 'help' people find jobs from people I have hired - without the help of agencies like yours. Furthermore, a response from a company rather than a satisfied client is meaningless in my book - let me hear from people who have success stories to relate and maybe I will change my opinion.
A  1st of Nov, 2009 by     Best Advice +8 Votes
Right on abara! I had the same terrible experience with a company called Taylor Wingate (now San Diego Jobs). The charged me close to 5k, wrote an awful resume and helped me 'network'. It was 5k to be told how to use LinkedIn, which I already had and was using just fine. 6 months later - nothing. No interviews, no positions and no follow-up by them. Just an email saying their name changed. I wonder why???
N  21st of Jan, 2010 by    +3 Votes
Chandler Hill is an effective option if you aren't unemployed and can afford the $5K fee. Otherwise, there are far less expensive options out there that provide the same services for little or no cost. Their proprietary software is far less user friendly than LinkedIn, but if you are a LinkedIn member and already have a well developed contact list, you will spend much of your time duplicating your efforts with CH's software...all to aid them in evaluating your progress. I'm sorry, but I didn't expect to spend 20+ hours a week typing in details of contacts I already have, or waste more time in a futile letter writing campaign. Not surprisingly, I'm not happy with their product. Had I known that I would be paying them to warehouse my valuable contacts for what I've received from them thus far, I would never have signed the contract. But, they pitched on how easily they could sell me to their clients...they made me feel so wanted...just like the world's oldest profession.
A  17th of Apr, 2010 by    +1 Votes
I received an email saying they would like to interview me for a job. When I went in, to their SHARED OFFICE I found out they didn't have a specific job and I told them they lied to me to get me into their office. They said they had "direct" contact with compaies looking for my skills. If that was the case the companies would pay their fee, not me. They wanted $3, 500 UP FRONT. I told this ### I would ever pay for anything upfront, especially a service that is always paid by the employer, and with no guarantee of even a phone call. Then this idiot said he would only charge half and the rest would be paid after I get hired. What an jerk and total waste of time. Never contact them unless they have a specific job; do not require payment from the searcher, and if you make it to their office and discover they are shared office space, regardless of how nice, turn around and get out as soon as possible. Some of these are nothing but a franchise to use their "offical" sounding name and some direction onsetting up an office and coaching on what to tell the victim. Not a bad gig when you can pay a high school kid to skim resumes for key words which are used for bait and contact info, schedule appointments every hour or less, and even one hit will get you $4, 000 - 5, 000. Never supply additional info that isn't already on your resume.
N  1st of Oct, 2010 by    -2 Votes
This discussion is completely hilarious to me!!! lol.

A bunch of 1/2 educated people giving advise as to HOW the industry of employment services works. Interesting!

I've been a head hunter, a recruiter; worked for an outplacement firm and currently I'm an Executive Career Consultant. The problem is that most people have no idea as to how many types of companies are out there in the field and what it is they do. The job seeker tends to lump everyone together into one pile - Recruiter and then blames the company for offering services the seeker wasn't looking for...lol!

Again, interesting.

It's kinda like going into an Italian restaurant, the wait staff asking what you'd like to order, you responding with tacos, the wait staff telling they don't have tacos (but offering you a nice pasta dish) and in turn the you running to the internet to report they tried to SCAM you into having pasta when you were seeking tacos??? Uh just because they are both restaurants, they have a bar, booths, table clothes and servers doesn't mean they DO the SAME thing. You as the comsumer must be responsible enough to know where you're headed. If you needed a divorce you'd SEEK an attorney who handled DIVORCES not TAXES. If you needed a doctor who performed LIPOSUCTION you wouldn't walk into a PODIATRIST office (or at least I hope you wouldn't) maybe some of you would. I'm hoping for the most part I'm making my point to the majority of you 'Thinking" people.

It's the same thing with employment services, you have to know who does what and to whom you should go to get the help that you are seeking. Classic 1 - in their naivete has posted that the employer always pays. This SIMPLY is not true!

From what Classic 1 is describing (as assume they are posting everything accruately) the company was a RESUME' blaster or possibly outplacement. It seems as though what Classic 1 was SEEKING as a RECRUITER, a STAFFING agency or a PLACEMENT company.

My question is this for Classic 1... do you have the advertisment that you applied to that say they are interviewing for a specific job??? Did you ask any questions of the person who called to book the appointment as to HOW they got your resume? Maybe what TYPE of services do they offer... or were you so HAPPY to get called to interview that your brain got suck outta ya head and you went running into an Italian restaurant ordering tacos?

Ok folks!!! I will agree, there are some bad companies out there; however, I have to defend the industry as a whole by saying that MOST PEOPLE DON'T READ!!! NOR, DO THEY DO ANY RESEARCH BEFORE SUBMITTING THEIR INFORMATION ON LINE!!! But some how this is some one ELSE's is fault???

Here is the skinny!

Staffing agencies
Day labor companies
Temporary agencies
Placement companies
Search Firms
Outplacement companies (notice there are PLACEMENT and OUTPLACEMENT) two totally different restaraunts
and there are also privat and coroporate Outplacement companies - they usually work for a different client (KNOW the difference)
Career Coaches
Career Advisors
Resume Blasing companies
Career Marketing companies
Career Management Firms

I think I've mentioned them all... if I didn't this is a good start - Especially for thos who had not clue there were THIS MANY choices in the industry of Employment Services. What the JOB SEEKER needs to kow is WHO does WHAT and for WHOM, that will dictate who pays the fees. Which by the way another MYTH is that you don't pay if you use a headhunter/recruiter/staffing agency or placement company...lol NOPE you pay (you just don't know it). It's too much for me to get into here (feel carpal tunnel syndrome coming on from what I've typed so far).

As far as the WEIRD statement about their SHARED office space...lol The firm I work for we have 18 locations across the country all ALL are leased by our firm alone except one which is shared. The reason we do it is it's a small office, there was no need to have a dedicated admin staff - also why pass the costs of OVERHEAD along to our customers...lol Classic 1 "You do know that when you buy something that's added into the costs right?" Every time you walk into any business office or store you are paying for the lights/water/heat/AC/theft/bounced checks/admin staff/lease/snow removal/landscaping - so to that I'd have to say...lol you should have been thanking them for trying to lower costs FOR YOU!!! Many companies are going into shared spaces these days.

Bottom line people... DO YOUR RESEARCH before submitting your resume online and if you are wanting TACOS go to a place that serves TACOS!!!

https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dcb5vt3j_3g7gw53gc <<< When you are ready to know the TRUTH about why you are still unemployed - copy and paste the above link to view

I wish all of you the very best in your future employment endeavors

N  15th of Dec, 2010 by    -2 Votes
Anyone that believes they can just pay a $ and someone else will magically find a job for them should expect to stay working the drive through at mickyD.
Unless you see the value of creating relationships with placement service personal, (who really do have relationships with a plethora of executives), then you are better off looking for a similar job like the one you lost at the drive through.
Entitlement died with the birth of America. Get off your but and work persistently hard with a humble positive attitude to create “relationships” and the jobs will come to you.
N  13th of Jun, 2011 by    0 Votes
I agree with the spirit of the last comment, but the practice of saying you are a recruiter when you are a service is fraudulent. Stewart Cooper & Coon (maybe that should be Con), send you recruitment emails, acting as if they have a position that matches your resume. Here are some Tacos for you! Then you find out the actual relationship is a service, not a recruiter - sorry, no tacos after all, pay me now and maybe you'll gat some Pasta for your money. The original complaint is valid. Services should not use the words "Recruiter" "Head Hunter" or "Agent" if they charge you a cent before you actually have a job (my AGENT gets a rake for the Jobs he gets me AFTER I get the job - never before).
N  11th of May, 2012 by    +1 Votes
Sheila, there is a typo in your https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dcb5vt3j_3g7gw53gc deck, but it has very good information.
N  25th of May, 2012 by    0 Votes
I'm a person just starting to look for work. I was called by SCC. They service sounded fine. I'm potentially interested. But here's my concern. Like anyone would do in some due diligence process to vet professional services, I would like a couple references of past clients. But that request was declined with the reason of "too many transactions and don't want to constantly both our clients". Well, that doesn't work for me. How is one to vet this service if they cannot get 3rd party verification, in some form? I ran an interactive agency for 10 years and we would always provide references on request. If people are going to spend tens-of-thousands of dollars on my services, in a trust-based sale, then I would expect them to want to talk to one or several of my past clients. Why is this request seen as not do-able? I cannot cut a check with some verifiable proof of good service if that want up-front payment vs. pay-for-performance. With that, am I missing another way to vet this company? - John
D  19th of Jan, 2013 by    +1 Votes
SCC teaches you how to open up opportunities even if there is not an open position available. They teach you how to become an expert at interviewing skills so you can beat out the competition. They can typically help you find employment within 6 months at a 97% achieved statistic when the national average is 1 month of searching for every 10k you earn based on the dept of labor statistics. They do recruit for companies as well - but what I like about them is that they are teaching me skills that provide competitive edge. I have all kinds of resources, tools, a campaign director, a marketing guru, a resume writer, a web portfolio with skills and graphs. They forced me to think about what I have accomplished and validate it with numbers & metrics. They did not post a job with lots of dollars to attract me. They have not done bait and switch - while they do have a division that recruits for employers - the division that helps candidates is not enticed by a promise of a job that they have or are working on in their recruitment division. It is not an easy process - I've had more homework and activities required of me that made a job search what it is suppose to be - a 40 hour job in itself...you just don't get paid for it! In fact, I feel like I am back in college again. My campaign director works with me twice per week minimum to help coach and I have to fly out to phoneix to practice in person. They are tough and critical which makes you better if you are open to modifying your faults. No, I do not work for them. I've hired them to build my skills, brand image, and interiewing skills. No one has ever been rude on the phone or in email. I think you have to understand what you are paying for. This is not someone who hands you a job this is someone who teaches you how you can find a job or create a job opportunity. They contacted me after I posted my resume to tell me about this service and did not once bait and switch me with the enticement of a high paying job. This is about as honest of an evaluation that I can provide and I do recommend them to others who have successfully used them as well.
A  13th of Apr, 2013 by    -1 Votes
I found it curious that within 60 seconds of posting my updated resume to CareerBuilder, I got a rather lengthy e-mail from a Kristine Barney at StewartCooperCoon.com trying to pitch me on using their executive search firm. I'm not an executive by any stretch -- I'm an executive admin. Big difference! Even if they are legit (which I doubt), I wouldn't shell out that kind of $$$ for placement.

Another e-mail for the spam folder ...
A  3rd of Dec, 2013 by    +1 Votes
I tend to agree that these firms all offer the same pitch which comes with a hefty price tag. I was contacted by one of their sales people after posting my resume on LinkedIn and spent 30 minutes on the phone with him before I realized that this was all just a pitch leading up to a sale. He was full of gobbledegook stats and processes that his firm utilizes, none of which made much sense to me. I agree that getting a good job requires skill, but these guys aren't offering anything that a C-level leader can't do with some strategic networking and aggressive searching.
N  3rd of Jan, 2014 by    -1 Votes
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Best to all!
N  20th of Jun, 2014 by    0 Votes
I think that something like "paid fee agencies" can work in theory, but in practice, they fall short and mostly disappoint job seekers. Something like this model would probably work better for executive level positions, where the few thousand dollars is chump change and they wind up landing a job at $150, 000 per year. For us mere mortals, it would never make much sense.
N  14th of Aug, 2014 by    0 Votes
$150, 000 a year isn't what it used to be.
N  22nd of Oct, 2014 by    0 Votes
Just got my introductory email solicitation from Stewart Cooper & Coon. I was neutral on this type of service and decided to see if there were any comments from satisfied clients. I've noted lots of comments, but none from satisfied clients. Thanks for your comments, but given the absence of the type pf information I'm looking for, I know just what to do with this email.

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