Aston Carter

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Aston Carter Reviews

Updated 8 November, 2014
Updated 8 November, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great for those who are ambitious and want to make money, but be prepared to give up your personal life and opinions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great place to earn money. The POTENTIAL for making good money fast is there for those who want it.
    - The banter in the office can be quite good, until it is stomped out by management.
    - You are encouraged to go out and meet people as much as possible
    - Career progression is very much in your own hands, up to a certain point
    - If you are liked by senior management, you are well looked after and can be accelerated in the business

    Cons

    - Very poor work/life balance - Arriving any later than 7.45am and leaving any earlier than 7pm results in a full blown inquest
    - Independent thought is discouraged.
    - Fresh ideas and suggestions on alternative ways of approaching things are described as "being resistant" and are dismissed
    - Sales floor run through fear, rather than through trust
    - Spoken to like children by management
    - If you are not favoured by senior management, then life can be hell. Seen impact on colleagues who have all since left the business
    - High turnover of staff
    - Highest billers become management irrespective of their ability to manage and no training put in place to make them managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff and treat them with respect or you will continue to see good people leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start your sales career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Utrecht (Netherlands)

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent induction period, well structured L&D department, many opportunities to grow your career and salary, teams are committed and very supportive to each other, sales targets are within reach. You are expected to work hard and long hours, but it pays of if you commit. Great place to build your sales foundation over every discipline (account managent, recruitment and business development) This is a sales job, so pushing yourself to the max is what is expected and what you sign up for. If you are not up for this, then don't go for it.

    Cons

    HR department is receptive to pressure from management, secrets will not be kept. After Allegis acquired Aston Carter many of the values and work methodologies which made the company great disappeared. Local management is underdeveloped. They acquire these position due to sales targets being met, their commitment and work ethic, but not because of their social, management or leadership capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to maintain Aston Carter's values!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Team Lead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company to work when it was growing fast 2005 - 2010
    Lots of flexibility and reward
    Very little red tape and reporting. You go to what ever meeting you wanted when ever you wanted and no one would ask any questions.
    Lots of money to be made in what was a booming banking market
    Management had been there for a long time
    Base pay is good, but you have to demand pay rise and show you can perform otherwise your struck in some standard payrise structure. I asked for a 100% increase on my base (i was smashing it) and got 50% base uptake.
    Good alternative to other super large recruitment businesses.

    Cons

    Red taped increased after the business sold to a larger recruitment business
    Lots of reporting
    Top performers could not just get away with what they wanted - maybe a good thing
    More of a structured larger management layer after the sell - some people may like that, but i prefer a flat structure.
    Banking market is performing bad now - less likely to make top dollar like in 2010. I made £200k in my last year as a hands on biller!
    Takes longer to become a team lead these days from what i can see.
    Senior management have made their money. Sold the company. There's no reason for them to change the world, drive the company to the next level, or take on even a reasonable amount of risk to push the business forward in what is a evolving competitive £4bn industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to hold on to what you once was as a company that gave you a competitive advantage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payer in Illi (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Payer in Illi (Armenia)

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice people of staff they work really well together

    Cons

    none it really is a great environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are funny

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Their is money to be made.

    Cons

    Presenteeism culture.
    Employee turnover is exceptionally high.
    Poor management, v.aggressive.
    Unwilling to engage with staff. One way of working. Adopt that, or get out.
    Recent merger has caused a once succesful company to lose what made it so great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    excellent place to start your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent training and the opportunity to learn the job from some of the best consultants in the city. Generally speaking, perm team consists of some very bright people who are very capable. Good approach to recruitment, quality driven and research focused.

    Cons

    Ridiculous work/life balance that needs to be addressed. Hours for perm team are officially 8-6, but expect to be at your desk for 07:30 and in the office until 20:00. Nothing productive happens after half 6, it's just a case of waiting out management. Inter-team politics and favoritism from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address work life balance as it is the reason for staff turnover.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to work for recent undergrads (young company culture)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Headhunter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Headhunter in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Aston Carter works with top Investment Banks and you get to speak to candidates who are at the top of their field. Promotion transparency - you know exactly what you need to do to be promoted from day one.

    Cons

    Low base salary. However, once you become a consultant the variable part is good and depends 100% on your placement achievements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to earn money and get the opportunity to work the full recruitment life cycle with little cold calling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people / good earning potential / great learning experience

    Cons

    There is only 1 way to work in recruitment - their way. If you can conform to this you will be OK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff to get on with their jobs rather than needlessly pushing every 10 seconds of the day

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start your career as a recruitment consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment for getting to grips with recruitment, great people work there, good culture, springboard for bigger and better things

    Cons

    Poor commission, glass ceiling, needless paperwork

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    platform to make money

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    with so many clients and so many good relationships across London Aston Carter represents an awesome platform to make money for any budding recruiter.
    Excellent career opportunity as all promotions are based on personal performance - no barriers to entry.
    Equity is on the cards from day one and is a big reward at the end of the year.

    Cons

    with such a competative and successful team you have to work hard to succeed - but this isn't any different to any other company I have worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ensure all staff understand the opportunity in front of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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