SThree Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Terrible Management, Total Boys Club

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at SThree (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Uncapped commission structure, with pretty decent payouts if you can stack your sales.
    -Great incentives.
    -Young, energetic co-workers.
    -Decent formal training (though the real way to learn is to emulate top billers).
    -We are moving to a beautiful new office.
    -The SThree brands are becoming more and more recognizable in the US.
    -This job will teach you to be disciplined and punctual, and if you pay attention, you will learn a great sales skill set.

    Cons

    -Upper management is completely disconnected from their employees; maybe now that we have had some turnover they will realize how unhappy the majority of us are.
    -They claim that career advancement is completely meritocratic, but several managers have been promoted based on inflated (read: FALSE) numbers. We know you didn't hit your targets, so we don't respect your authority.
    -Total boys club. It can be incredibly frustrating/intimidating/humiliating to be a woman on the desk. Oh, and don't think we aren't scratching our heads over the fact that there are as many women as men at this company and there are still an absurdly low proportion of female managers/directors. (As a side note, and overwhelming majority of the people who recently left were women.)
    -Management will endeavor to learn as much as they can about you, your professional aspirations, and your personal life and use it to manipulate you. They will figure out your paint points and harp on them until you produce or crack. With very few exceptions, these people are NOT your friends, although they do an awesome job of making you believe otherwise.
    -Sales is absolutely a numbers game, but the emphasis on KPI's can be wildly excessive at times. Hint: It also gives away the fact that you don't actually care about us as people, only as revenue producers.
    -The atmosphere has become increasingly unprofessional. If you come in drunk from last nights party, it's not a problem as long as you were out with coworkers (this includes managers).
    -I don't know where to begin with the CEO. Maybe I'll just say that the unprofessional atmosphere, especially as it pertains to women, probably filters down from him.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't start showing at least some signs that you will take steps to improve employee welfare, I won't be the only one who starts looking elsewhere...

    SThree Response

    Nov 6, 2014Talent Acquisition Manager

    Many thanks for your feedback and I'm sorry to hear that your experience at SThree wasn't entirely positive.

    I know that our management team cares passionately about the welfare and success of
    ... More

  2. 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

  3. 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

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great experience, terrible management

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

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

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

    Pros

    The training here is exceptional. Many of the people I worked with were lots of fun, and the atmosphere that created was evidently youthful. The experience gained from this job, is invaluable, on many levels, and will take you far in your next role - given you stick with it for long enough to be able to use it usefully.

    Cons

    Along with a youthful atmosphere, came pettiness and unsavoury, childish behaviour. Work-life balance was non-existent, and any attempt to have some was often looked upon with disdain by senior management. The management structure meant that people who were good billers, often automatically became managers - the two do not necessarily go hand in hand. The career pathways are limited and stringent. Be prepared to go into a full dog-eat-dog environment.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Company should endeavor to value their human capital and embrace diversity and fair employment practices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SThree full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    International career opportunities, great pay and perks for high performers. Leadership and work culture that believed in working hard and play even harder

    Cons

    Promoting the best sales person that may not necessarily be cut out to be a good leader. Some what disturbing employment practices in compensation and rewards that may be deemed discriminatory.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace diversity. Walk the talk. Stop with discretionary practices which are often being viewed as being discriminating.

  7. Helpful (3)

    SThree (support services): Many good colleagues but not a fair place of work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at SThree full-time

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

    Pros

    They seem to pick good and interesting staff ..

    Cons

    ..and then they treat them badly. Instead of valuing people, they are micro-managed and treated like children. Managers are cliquish with each other but would not associate with other staff in an honest manner. All the good people are trying to leave. Managers monopolise the best tasks and do not share them in order to develop their team.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as you would like to be treated.
    Notice people's hard work and give them credit for it.
    Don't persist in disregarding some and privileging others.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Great place to learn the trade and then leave while your soul is still intact

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at SThree full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Excellent training ground for people new to recruitment.
    -Provides you with strong structure, discipline and understanding of business
    -Good database
    -Very profitable company

    Cons

    -Inconsistent approach by management.
    -Managers lack empathy and can be very manipulative of staff.
    -Lacks work-life balance.
    -Business Ethic is often overlooked ("Boiler Room" attitude)
    -Limited career growth if you're not British (especially in offices based in Asia)

    Advice to Management

    Reward, Rapport, Energy, Respect.
    Practice the above values rather than just talking about them OR change the values to just a Big Dollar sign.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Suffering from all big corporate problems, support staff is overlooked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part of Internal IT Team in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Part of Internal IT Team in London, England (UK)

    I worked at SThree full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Decent package, good work/life balance
    - Some nice people to work with
    - If you work as an agent, your possibilities are endless (if you have the skills and the guts)
    - There are some good initiatives in the company, like encouraging and supporting more women in management
    - Stable place, expectations are clear

    Cons

    - Very conservative and risk averse, especially in IT (upgraded from IE6 to 7 in 2012!)
    - Very formal, no flexibility (Shirt and tie, even if you never meet client or business)
    - Slow moving, marketing is a bit behind
    - Old systems and solutions everywhere

    Advice to Management

    - Pay attention and reward support staff
    - Work smarter, not harder
    - Adapt new technology, because you're loosing money because of the old systems
    - Make sure that feedback works both ways, some members of the middle management are horrible
    - Corporate values are something you do, not something you talk about

  10. Long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in City of London, England (UK)

    I have been working at SThree

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is excellent training at Sthree

    Cons

    The pay on commisson and base is not high enough

    Advice to Management

    There is needs to be more clarity on the international growth and more money on offer for consultants.

  11. Absolutely abysmal place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee Recruitment COnsultant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainee Recruitment COnsultant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at SThree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - nice office
    - incentives/commission
    - great training system, weeks 1-6
    - advanced online system

    Cons

    Dis office is totally KPI and micro-managed, managers expect u to be on da phone 3-5 hours a day cold calling clients, if not that then ur basically spamming those managers with mailshots and CVs. after that u spend ur time stripping cvs and bullcrapping candidates to get manager names. NO respect, even tho it is part of their "core values." never get any call-in business........ start from scratch n' hope that ppl want to hear from u bc otherwise it is sink or swim

    Advice to Management

    crap, they admit themselves that what dis business is about.... totally bs, if u'll sell out ur own family to make a deal then you'd be right at home here!

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