SThree Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Definitely a work, rest and play hard company (in 5 reviews)

  • Career progression; training; work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance was non-existent, and any attempt to have some was often looked upon with disdain by senior management (in 4 reviews)

  • Some serious Ego's are flying about in the senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Recruitment Consultant

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at SThree (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training program and on-boaring of new rookies. You are taught the fundamentals of recruitment in both class room and on the floor sessions.
    Fun work hard / play hard culture and opportunity to earn commission from Day 1 if you apply yourself
    Great incentives - club lunches / holidays / gift vouchers for high achievers

    Cons

    Environment is very KPI driven, call times sent out 3 times each day, they use micro-management strategies to ensure maximum output and not very creative or open to trying new approaches. Yes the phone is a good tool but need to start employing new social media / marketing techniques to drum up business as well.
    Little importance placed on work / life balance - they expect your work to come before everything else.
    Average commission and below average base salaries (paticuarly for locals)

    Advice to Management

    If you want people to stay then invest more time in personal development plans, make promotion targets clear and transparent rather than playing favourites.
    Don't be shocked when your consultants don't want to be in the office more than 10 hours a day, encourage them to spend time at the gym lunch, come in late but then work a little later or trust them with a work phone, network access at home so they can work from there.

  2. Business Development Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at SThree as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for - fun, energetic, celebrate everyone's success, met some great people during my internship, a lot of opportunities, work hard play hard

    Cons

    Sometimes the internship lacked structure

  3. A great insight into the marketing industry which has better prepared me for my future career

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at SThree as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incentives to increase productivity in the office (Lunch Clubs, Early finishes, Miami Trips)

    Young, vibrant office that is always really motivated and energetic

    Cons

    Lack of structure sometimes within individual teams which can leave people feeling confused and a little worried about their work situation

    Advice to Management

    Ensure people feel as though they are part of a team. Being moved from team to team frequently can be a little disheartening and make you feel a bit worried about the work you are doing.

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  5. Love working for SThree, great company to work for and enjoy all aspects of the business.

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    Current Employee - Support Services in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Services in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at SThree full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Been with the company for 5 years nearly and I've made some great friends here as well as the below:

    Excellent people to work with
    Great management
    Ability to travel
    Friendly staff
    Great set of values
    An energetic company who thrives on success 100%
    Always learning something new
    Making some life long friends
    Line manager and senior management listen to your concerns.

    Cons

    They can work you into the ground and there is no equality in pay between male and female within a team, despite having more experience than other team members.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at the salary balances in your support services section of the business. Ensure that people who are experienced get compensated with what they deserve.
    Create new roles so that there is room for career progression from any role you come from.
    Ensure no team is understaffed so that there is no unneeded pressure on particular members of staff.

  6. Senior consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, the floor is buzzing as in consultants don't work. If you Don't like one office you can go to another, great benefits. CEO has allot to say and his changes for the company make sence

    Cons

    No career development. Pay is very low. Management are all very loose and hardly know what they talking about. Allot of gossip and particular managers argue with employees and treat them very disrespectfully. Massive retention rate in couple of brands due to poor healthy work atmosphere and bullying. HR don't seem to actually do there job properly. Many conflict in the office with staff arguing and very childish culture . Failure of many client relationship due to unprofesionalism. Management don't take CEOs values to practice. Forced to work long hours

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and get the best out of them. Listen to the CEO he knows what his talking about

  7. Lots of opportunity

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, opportunities available if you work hard.

    Cons

    A lot of old school management - command and control style.

    Advice to Management

    See above!

  8. Great company and rewards if you get the right market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SThree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Superb training program which is industry leading
    Amazing incentives
    Very efficient candidate database system
    Well respected in the recruitment industry for developing good consultants
    Amazing Christmas party

    Cons

    Very cut throat
    Commission structure like many agencies is rubbish nowadays
    Lack of ethics when dealing with customers and clients
    Smash & grab mentality
    Ridiculous amount of cold calling
    The best consultants are nurtured and promoted quickly, the rest are hung out to dry
    Bad reputation in the market due to nuisance sales calls
    Lots of arrogant managers/ egos
    Struggle to adapt to changes in the market
    Too many top billers turned managers can't manage

    Advice to Management

    3-5 hour call times won't work in this day and age, adapt and focus on smarter working and embrace social media and other business development channels

  9. - worked here for 7 years in support services; made some lifelong friendships, had some great, unforgettable experiences

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at SThree full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - decent salary for back office
    - nice, down to earth people (ignore that there will always be a few idiots in any bunch)
    - excellent work life balance (people leave on time everyday! very rare for companies these days!)
    - very sociable group
    - very loyal staff with several serving more than 10 years to the company

    Cons

    - little to no career progression in back office
    - outdated technology - taking a long time to upgrade!
    - sometimes cliques can cause friction (eg software teams vs infrastructure teams)
    - getting better dealing with flexi time but still stuck in old 9-5.30 mindset
    - back office benefits have slowly reduced over the years especially when compared to front office

    Advice to Management

    - discourage the cliques - one team, same goal
    - get the projects more aligned with each other

  10. Great growth, money, and training

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at SThree full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meritocracy for promotions, no limit on how quick you can move up. Un-capped commission, Great and thorough training program. Fun culture, but also take work seriously. Opportunity to be client facing right away and be autonomous. Good benefits, over 5 weeks of vacation time. Growing rapidly, lots of opportunity to move up into leadership positions. The things they tell you in the interview are truthful, the management is very transparent about what they offer to you.

    Cons

    No major cons. People are really friendly and care about helping you get better

  11. Great place to learn cold calling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High energy and fast paced. In right circumstances can get promoted quickly. Young and fun co workers

    Cons

    With everything decentralized getting paid and commission issues take months to fix.

    If your not in a happening market or are under a manager who is not good you get stuck in an underpaid mis managed night mare.

    Advice to Management

    Higher starting salaries and pay overtime. Also improve overall IT. working on Internet explorer 5 is a joke

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