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PageGroup Reviews

Updated Nov 20, 2019

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3.5
58%
Recommend to a Friend
98%
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PageGroup CEO Steve Ingham
Steve Ingham
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Michael Page has been a great company to work for since I joined over two years ago(in 117 reviews)

  • "Career progression and training are excellent(in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • "The long hours can be a con to some(in 182 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is in line with recruitment - you get out what you put in(in 102 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Sales Job With Awesome Training and Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Exceptional training and development programs for new starters and managers - Great leaders and mentors across the business that are there to help - Company culture is awesome - hiring is made strategically based on team dynamics and structures - Flexible working hours provided to those who earn it - Merit based promotions, not tenure - Office location is central Financial District - Competitive salary with... lucrative bonuses for the hard workers - 4 weeks vacation plus RRSP match, good benefits - Early finish Fridays

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    Cons

    - 8:00AM - 6:00pm standard working hours - Bonus is not guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire strategically based on team statures and culture fit.

    PageGroup2019-10-30
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Do Not Work In This Office"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PageGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -good and through training when you first start -HR is very helpful however not physically in Toronto office -good benefits

    Cons

    -long hours 8am-6pm (which they don't tell you before you start and it isn't in your contract) -high turnover -unnecessarily stressful environment even when you are one of the top billers, they will always make you feel like you are not doing enough - to the point I saw employees having anxiety/crying in the bathrooms -disrespectful exit interview - I've been told that they are disappointed in me multiple times... even though I've done good for for them compared to most of their employees -they take proud in being a sales company however there is not a commission structure and they are called "discretionary bonus" which gets paid quarterly, a month after each quarter ends however they are not guaranteed and you would have to bill big amounts to be eligible in the first place -cheap office, no team-building other than playing beer pong -Management does not invest in their consultants well-being, success and happiness, and doesn't seem to realize that a happy employee will be more successful and efficient. Management's only priority is revenue. (I copy pasted this from a previous review as it is 100% accurate)

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    PageGroup2019-11-15
  3. Helpful (2)

    "BAD experience and wouldn't recommend it to anyone"

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    Former Employee - SRC in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are energetic young professionals, everyone bonded over how miserable they were and how poor management was

    Cons

    - poor pay structure compared to other recruitment firms - inappropriate office culture (language, drugs, sex) - disrespectful exit interview (informed me my new path was bad idea, I was stupid for leaving and I would make no money in this new field. They refused to shake hand upon exit) - recruitment is a very boring role, you can learn how to do it in 3 months, no real challenge or change - STRONGLY... recommend you don't work here, they are recruiters and they know how to sell jobs, don't fall for it

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    Advice to Management

    Take feedback from your employees. You have some horrible practices in your company, and you are fortunate you pick on young people who can't afford a lawyer to sue you. If you treated employees with more respect upon their exit, you could maintain that relationship and use them as a client or a candidate later in their career.

    PageGroup2019-10-02
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Struggling office that does not reflect PageGroup's culture, vision and standards."

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Global: - Great brand and company - One of the top in the recruitment and staffing industry. - Great school to learn recruitment - Upward mobility Montreal: - Opportunity to make big bonuses if you're in the right division (ie. Construction) - 2 good trainings within the first 6 months in a major North American hub - LinkedIn Recruiter licences from day 1 - 360 model: Client and candidate side - Leader... in the Construction industry which is great for candidates in this domain - Good teamwork and collaboration in some divisions - Super cool colleagues - Good benefits (Insurance, RRSP, PTO) - Global mobility as they're present in more than 35 countries

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    Cons

    Montreal: - Very high turnover (higher than industry average) - Consultants stay one year on average - Lack of leadership, although it got better with middle management that transferred from EU offices - CRM and technology is not efficient - Company culture and vision not applied in the Montreal office - Management does not invest in their consultants wellbeing, success and happiness, and doesn't seem to... realize that a happy employee will be more successful and efficient. Management's only priority is revenue. - Favoritism: Not all employees are treated equally when it comes to flexibility (work from home and hours). This tends to create tensions, especially in a small office. - Upward mobility is tough since it's a small office with only 2 divisions - Not very challenging from an Intellectual aspect (knowledge and learning) as the model is very transactional and no options to move to other divisions or departments. - No trainings after 6 months, you have to be curious and learn on your own - which is not for everyone - Environment is not very fun; no team building events or group activities

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    Advice to Management

    Management should be more proactive and not reactive when it comes to employee's satisfaction, growth and well being. Invest more in your consultants (trainings, activities, perks..) to create a better atmosphere where they will be more productive, efficient and eager to work longer at MP. Montreal office should not be different from the other NA offices. Bringing consultants from abroad for middle-management is a... good short-term initiative but culture has to drastically change to achieve long-term goals.

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    PageGroup2019-09-05
  5. "Michael Page Toronto - great sales experience"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - trains consultants to be fearless when speaking or meeting prospective clients (CEOs, Presidents, CFO, CTOs) - consultants become very resilient - gain great sales experience esp. for someone coming out of university interested in sales (interning to full time) - training done in one of our north american offices

    Cons

    - long-ish hours (however, management's understanding) - highs are very high and lows are very low (circling back to: this role, you must be resilient)

    PageGroup2019-08-19
  6. "Great Place to grow your career in Sales"

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Michael Page Toronto has changed a lot in the past year, in a very positive way. Not only do they offer competitive base salaries, an uncapped commission structure, 20 days vacation, RRSP matching, and a great benefits package. They are truly dedicated to helping develop your sales career and promote internally purely on merit. If you're driven, hungry to grow you career and looking to work with great people, this... is the place for you.

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    Cons

    Hours are typically 8am-6pm to cater to candidates that are only able to meet before or after work hours, but management is very understanding and flexible.

    Advice to Management

    The investment you are putting into growing your employee's careers really shows. The people that you hire are all truly amazing and keep on investing in company culture.

    PageGroup2019-07-25
  7. "Good Foundation but challenges"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good training - Competitive base - Location

    Cons

    - Poor leadership - incredibly high staff turnover - Lack of growth - Management will turn a blind eye to almost anything if the person responsible is generating revenue. Eg, hostility to other employees, unlimited vacation days, high sickness rate, lateness, lack of effort etc.

    Advice to Management

    Get some leadership infrastructure ASAP and work on the office culture. Equal focus on both talent retention and aquisition.

    PageGroup2019-08-01
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Candidate, Client or Employee ? Just walk away..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    PageGroup is a nice company (mostly in Europe) but their office in Montreal is the worst of all and on all points

    Cons

    Very cheap office Very poor level of management (there is no manager except the director) +80% turnover per year... On a 10 people office... Amateur and unprofessional working methods Negative environment to work

    Advice to Management

    Do your job and maybe it will get better...

    PageGroup2019-07-24
  9. "Good but management needs work"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training Helps you become more disciplined Recognition if you do well - writing name on the board, trips for top billers, champagne awards You will make life long friends here. I mean, Michael Page is a large recruitment firm - they want to set you up for success and they were a huge stepping stone in my career. A couple of management changes would benefit them greatly. But also, don't expect... success here if you don't work hard. Numbers don't lie. It's sales.

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    Cons

    Makes you work hard not smart Management does not understand how to read office morale Managers are also in production & competing directly with you

    PageGroup2019-06-21
  10. "Good Place To Start"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Young company culture Training 21 days vacation

    Cons

    Long hours Tasks become repetitive High turnover

    Advice to Management

    It's a good place to start your career and learn the sales process as the training is very good. I see it as a stepping stone and not where I want to end up long term.

    PageGroup2019-04-17
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