• Report: #327958

Complaint Review: Princeton Executive Group Now Florida Executive Search

  • Submitted: Tue, April 22, 2008
  • Updated: Sun, August 17, 2008

  • Reported By:Delray Beach Florida
Princeton Executive Group Now Florida Executive Search
600 N. Pine Island Road, Suite 450 Plantation, Florida U.S.A.

Princeton Executive Group, Robert Milgroom, Jeffrey Shyne, Now Florida Executive Search Misled and Scammed Honest Out of Work Executive Plantation Florida

*Consumer Comment: lots of similarities

*Consumer Comment: Legitimate or a Coward or a Fake

*Consumer Comment: Outraged but hiding your name - me thinks I smell a COWARD

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I unfortunately appear to be another honest hardworking person who has been scammed by the Princeton Executive Group and its founder Robert Milgroom and henchman Jeffrey Shyne. My story is similar to others I have read about. I was looking for a search firm and sent their company an email through careerbuilder.com. I soon received a call from Princeton and was told they wanted to interview with me. I went in and met with Robert Milgroom who I admit could sell snow to an Eskimo. I was told I was one in several hundred out of many thousands of applicants who they believed could be placed in a high level job. Please let me say, that I have a law degree and have been in executive positions for over 11 years.

I spent over an hour with Milgroom and was very impressed by the pitch. I was told they had a 97% placement rate and specialized in the tri-county area only and that I was someone they felt could be placed quite easily. As suggested, I brought my fiance with me for my second one hour meeting and ended up signing a 3 year contract for $12,800, with $6400 to be paid upfront and an additional $6400 to be paid if they placed me at a set salary within 90 days of my marketing launch.

I went to their offices in Plantation and met with Jeff Shyne several times for homework assignments, personality tests, etc. I was not very impressed with him but was assured that he was an expert in this field. After several weeks I was told they had enough information to put my resume together and I could expect it soon via email. I did not receive the resume for almost 5 weeks, filled with typos and other quality issues. They then said that they had launched my campaign, this was now more than 2 months after signing a contract with them.

It is now almost 6 months later. I have never received an email, a prospective call or an interview from any potential employer. There was hardly any communication from Princeton Executive Group and it was almost impossible to get any response from them at all. The excuses were plentiful, they were travelling, sick, holidays, etc. I believe it is very possible and most likely probable that my resume was never sent anywhere. It is impossible that they sent my resume to over 150 companies and 70 headhunters and I never even received a call. This company is obviously a scam and I am certainly prepared to be a part of legal proceeding against them.

Quite frankly, these two need to spend some time in jail. They have taken advantage of people during desperate times and have done great damage to what appears to be dozens of good people. I, myself relied exclusively on this company for almost 5 months to find me a job as I believed they were my best opportunity in this difficult market. Although the $6400 is a substantial loss, not having a job for over 8 months has been much more costly. I began to do my own job searching finally because I realized that they weren't going to find me a job. I am a smart educated person and never believed I could be the victim of something like this, however, I was obviously wrong.

As of yesterday, their website princetonexegroup.com is no longer functional, their listings are no longer on careerbuilder.com or any other sites. They have appeared to start a new company called Florida Executive Search, also located in Plantation. The front page of the website, floridaexecutivesearch.com even has one box mistakenly marked The Princeton Campaign. The website is exactly the same as Princetons was, just a new name.

I believe we all need to group together and put these criminals away. We cannot allow these people to continue to scam good people out of their hard earned remaining money and damage their ability to obtain new employment. If something is not done, they will continue to injure and inflict pain to others.

Delray Beach, Florida

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/22/2008 08:02 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Princeton-Executive-Group-Now-Florida-Executive-Search/Plantation-Florida-33324/Princeton-Executive-Group-Robert-Milgroom-Jeffrey-Shyne-Now-Florida-Executive-Search-Mi-327958. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

lots of similarities

AUTHOR: Paul A. Mazzaferro - (U.S.A.)

It is funny how all of these complaints have the same sequence of events.

1) the big pitch by milgroom and how you deserve your dream job
2) the tests by jeff and the lag time for resumes.....
3) the non answering of messages from jeff with the same excuses
4) the no follow through after money has gone to them

here is the letter i got from Robert....Now does this sound like a man who took a client on who had "the credentials employers were looking for".....

Following is my response. Now i am NOT TELLING ANYONE NOT TO DO BIZ WITH HIM but is this the type of person you want going to bat for you who spent the previous months telling you how GREAT YOU ARE,,,,

My questions are this...
1) what changed about me made me unqualified?
2) if you are the so called expert then how could you represent someone so unqualified?

**so which is it**

Please read these e-mails and decide for yourself

Dear Paul,

It's unfortunate that your disappointment in being rejected by the Florida
business community has spilled over in to an angry, and in my opinion,
professionally self destructive action plan. It appears that we now have
two basic courses of action available to each of us.

I certainly recommend Plan A as the best alternative for both of us and am
also fully committed to Plan B if necessary.

Plan A: We continue to hammer away at the Ct. and New England business
community and concentrate on the numerous head hunters within our network.
You remain one communication away from placement success. We will continue
to support your efforts in this regard.

Plan B: You launch your attack on my company and/or staff. If so, I
personally guarantee you a massive direct contact and internet campaign
that will bring your name and story into the annals of cyber legend for
eternity. You will not attack with impunity. Should any of your activities
be deemed actionable by legal counsel, your attempts to get even may well
become very expensive.

It's your call!



Robert, Robert, Robert,

You are a funny guy.

I am an entrepreneur who has an impeccable record of integrity. I tell it like it is and that bothers you. You do what you like my friend.

Please let me know where anything i have stated did not happen???

Were those not the words you used when we spoke? Yes they were.
Were those not the timelines that went by with no contact? Yes they were.
Weren't the lack of calls accurate? yes they were

What i write will be non-opinion. Sheer facts.

Your first line of your e-mail says it all. That I was rejected by the Florida business community. When in fact your presentation of me was rejected. Now that i have this in writing i appreciate it more because now it reaffirms that your previous excuse of economy in the toilet was not true. It further validates according to you that i was NOT STRONG enough (now) to warrant a job offer. Which is Robert? IS it the economy? Is it me? and if it is me then your expert eye is not so good or you just wanted the $$$? Think that over friend. Either way it makes no sense. 2 weeks ago i was a strong candidate in a bad market. now i am rejected by the florida business community. Which one Robert??? Were you lying about the economy or my skills? 1 or the other has to be true? Or are you just the angry guy lashing out to try to intimidate me?


I could care less what you write because it is apparent that y ou are angry and slanted. You are a man who seems to have a big ego and a small backbone. You are a tough guy when you can hit.....yet you can not take getting hit back. (verbally of course...ha ha)

What i have written is not opinion nor have i instructed anybody to not do business....just my experience. all perfectly legal.....not libelous. and you know that. I am not on some tirade to get you back....I have made piece with the lousy 6k. However, i do not believe the service i received or lack thereof i received was commenserate. That is why i said i wanted 2k to part ways. That is besides the point now. I made a mistake in hiring you as it appears many others who have filed complaints feel as well. The themes were all eerily similar. I am only adding my experience so the next lugnut can weight the facts. Just like a restaurant review. I do not lie and i never have in my life. I am of the school that my word is still good. Whether it is in my favor or not. So you need not worry that i am going after you. this is not about you robert even though you think it is. It is about the next wide eyed guy who you say "I WILL EXPOSE YOU TO THINGS YOU COULDN"T DO ON YOUR OWN"...to let him make an educated decision. Rule #1 in sales or business.....it is not about you and your greatness....it is about the clients needs.

I will be in Thursday morning to pick up the contacts from the last mailing Jeff made.

Also do you think it pruden t and congruant to have a subtitle about your excellent service when you do not return calls or e-mails for 3 weeks. This has always been my issue with you.

Please step back a minute and read all my e-mails.....

I have the same theme.....and if you did not have such a huge ego you could have solved this with me being happy even without any calls from employers. Get past your anger and be honest here. Do i have a legit gripe? If you were in my shoes would you have liked it? You strike me as a type of guy who would verbally abuse a waitress for a steak being overcooked so i would think you would have something to say.

#1 - communication communication communication!!!!!! look how happy my e-mails were when jeff got back to me promptly (good or bad news) in a timely fashion
***like i said clients want to be kept abreast of conditions...a monthly "hey paul economy sucks we are still on top of it would have gone a long way.....You would know this if you read my e-mails...

**yet you come in grab my resume...look at it....and say "this makes you look like a small time player....mickey-mouse" and hand it to me....I did not write that....you guys did....and why can't you see that after 6 months and a MMouse resume i would be a little upset....but i walked out of there saying, "great guys...we aired our problems and we are moving ahead"....but that comment made me question who the hell i hired....You supposedly are the best yet are selling me as SMALL TIME....please please let me know how i should have taken it.
i.e. If you were told by a chef you were getting the best cut of beef you ever ate and he brings out a big mac you would not be pleased.

**** so when my next contact with you is being told i should be PAINFULLY AWARE is condescending.....also that i should pick the industry when in fact Jeff said your research dept was doing that....and the med device contacts YOU said you had was never even acted on...

Why don't you see this would upset someone??? You are like the genius who has no common sense. You lack understanding from a clients perspective.......If you did have this sense you would have remedied this with follow up that showed you cared, not your arrogant comments. ****this is the behavior that prompted me to detail each e-mail what you said when i sat down in your office the first day.

#2 - each meeting i felt i was telling jeff the same thing i had told him last time

That was it. I can handle BAD NEWS......but stay in touch with the client.

So you can keep up with your macho bullshit Robert. I will file my complaint with the BBB so others can make their own judgement. I am not putting up a website but merely filing a complaint and will decide what i want to do in the court system. Also you threatening to make it cost me alot does not scare me one iota. I have done my homework and i am not libeling you merely writing statements of facts.

I could care less what you do with my account. Is the phone call count going to less than zero?

Also I do not see this to be professionally self-destructive. Are you kidding me? Are you Don Corleone or something? I've had some nice offers and 1 today in Tampa/St. Pete so the far reaching arm of Robert Milgroom is over-rated.

I also am none too pleased that you have threatened to harm me either. I am an honest person robert and think long and hard before i open my mouth and am also honest enough with myself to reflect and think, "where was i maybe wrong" and i really do not see it. It is as simple as this. I told you what i needed to be happy....open communication. You gave it to me for 1 week. Then it was back to the old ways of not answering e-mails etc.

Was the lack of communication really worth it? Or do you just get off on being top dog and trying to jamm your way down peoples throats. Every time i went to talk yesterday you had to preface it with a wise comment. Like you are better than everyone. Think about it Robert. In your eyes you may appear successful, but the way you treat people tells the real story.

See you Thursday. After that you can stick the campaign where you see fit. I am done with your BS.


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#2 Consumer Comment

Legitimate or a Coward or a Fake

AUTHOR: Miffed In Miami - (U.S.A.)

It is amazing you are so quick to ruin the reputations of possible decent people or not, yet you hide as being anonymous? This either means you are a liar, a fake or a competitor. If you were so indignant you would use you the "law degree" you have to pursue actions if what you said is true. You would also give your name so that they could rebut, contradict or confirm your claims. You may also want to use your law degree to look up the definition of slander and realize you are guilt of it. SO either be a man or shut up.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Outraged but hiding your name - me thinks I smell a COWARD

AUTHOR: Miffed In Miami - (U.S.A.)

I find these postings to be amusing - people say how they are outraged and they name people thereby affecting their reputations - they may be good people or not, but you prohibit them from disputing or verifying your claims. Since you mention jail you may want to look up the definition for slander and see that you are indeed guilty of that. If you are so outraged post your real name otherwise you are a liar.

What a coward!!!
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