Report: #949772

Complaint Review: Human Resource Services Inc.

  • Submitted: Tue, October 02, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, May 02, 2013
  • Reported By: anonymous — Boulder Colorado United States of America
  • Human Resource Services Inc.
    4770 Baseline Rd
    Boulder, Colorado
    United States of America

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Bill Zinke is a horrible person and boss. I worked for him long enough to warrant using my vacation and sick time. When I tried to "use it," he told me I couldn't. I had heard of him firing people for using their sick time and even found in the files where he used it against people in unemployment hearings. 

I'll agree that he is a me, me, me sort of person. Everything revolves around Bill. He is very crude, mean-spirited, an elitist, and a real jerk. I don't know how anyone makes it past a few weeks of working for him. Somewhere someone said something about typing emails as being a majority of your job, yes! that is all you will do. It is a brain-dead job and completely sucks. The ideal employee for Bill Zinke would be Helen Keller.

I wish I could go on-and-on like the other people, but I just don't care about him anymore. He made my life a living h**l for a long time. The world would be a better place if he would finally f'ing retire, personally, I can't believe he's still in business!
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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Rebuttal from Ex-Employee of William K. Zinke

AUTHOR: Judy Hartl - ()

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Judy Hartl, and I worked with  Bill Zinke for about seven years when his management consulting firm was located in New York City. 

Working with Bill was a challenge because his standards were high, partly because of his legal background but more because he was building a consulting practice that entailed working with senior executives in major companies who expected a high quality of work.  Along with myself, there were three additional support staff.  I can speak for all of them who felt as I did, and most of these girls were also with Bill for approximately the same length of time.

I thought I had excellent skills when Bill hired me, but learned a great deal from working with him and only left because I remarried.  I now live in Florida and still have fond memories of working with Bill.  If fact, we still exchange Christmas cards after 26 years, and he has visited my husband and me in Florida.

I am happy to put my name on this posting. 

Judy Hartl

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Bill Zinke Responds to Posts

AUTHOR: Bill Zinke - (United States of America)

To the Posters:

I have read all of the postings and believe some have validity. I am reminded of the Chinese riddle, which some of you have heard me quote:
QWhat is the biggest room in the world?
AThe room for improvement.
This applies to me, as it does to all of us.

There are parts of the postings that are absolutely untrue, for example that nobody stays beyond a short period and that I accept advice from nobody. The Office Manager is really an essential part of CPLs ongoing success. He has worked with me for more than 2 years, has received three substantial salary increases and three substantial bonuses because his work is consistently excellent. I frequently seek his advice and frequently accept his suggestions. He has traveled with me to four meetings (in one made the announcement that we would create a LinkedIn account for meeting participants at their request) and is a real colleague. 

During the past four years, my long period of good health has caught up with me. They began with a severe case of shingles, followed by a fractured hip from which I am now almost fully recovered through the great support of a wonderful physical therapist, two angioplasties, and a hernia operation. What has sustained me is my motto Strength in Adversity, and that same motto also sustains me through the travails of Rip-off Reports, which clearly show room for improvement.

I suspect there is room for all of us to improve. 


Bill Zinke                                                                  

Note: One point I would like to make clear is that, despite the popular conception that people beyond 80 are over the hill and out of the game, I and the Center for Productive Longevity are going strong. I leave on March 16 for a busy week in Europe and may be making a trip to the Asia Pacific in April. CPL is making a difference in stimulating the substantially increased engagement of people 50 and older in productive activities, paid and volunteer, where they are qualified and ready to continue adding value. One important attribute, of course, is a positive attitude and an optimistic spirit.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Won't Support the Megalomaniac

AUTHOR: Ex-Meeting Participant - (United States of America)

I was looking forward to attending the meeting on entrepreneurship sponsored by the Center for Productive Longevity in Chicago this month. I decided to look into the organization behind this event. While the nonprofit looks to be legitimate and attempting to do a good thing, I could not get over the man behind it. Bill Zinke, founder and President, and apparent Huff Post blogger, seems to be a tyrant.

I did further research and was appalled to discover that he was the President and founder of Human Resource Services, Inc. This was appalling because as part of my research I read numerous Ripoff Reports about Mr. Zinke filed by very disgruntled former employees; based on consistency, fervor, and details, I have a tendency to believe these workers. Mr. Zinke's reply, which was void of any apology or concern for anyone other than himself, seems to underscore these allegations. I have spent the better part of my career as the head of HR for a major Chicago law firm and am quite familiar with labor laws, hostile work environments, etc. I am shocked that (1) no one has sued him yet, and; (2) he is still in business. 

I refuse to attend his meeting, support his cause, or stroke his ego. He is obviously a megalomaniac. This man should have retired long ago and spared the world of his delusions of grandeur.

And Mr. Zinke (if you should read this), you are a sad, sad example of an HR professional and should be held accountable for what could possibly be one of the worst cases of workplace abuse I have ever read.
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