Aston Carter Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Negative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

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

    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Extremely disappointed with Management in Aston Carter/Compliance Team

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aston Carter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    In the compliance team you will learn a lot about the financial industry and working in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    This company lacks on how to motivate and speak to staff. When it comes to reviews they dont listen to you but decide on the basis what they have heard from other people who are childish and immature. there is lack of professionalism and blatant favoritism. graduates stay away as they do not appreciate how much work you put in and feel threatened on the qualifications you have

    Advice to Management

    definitely be more supportive to staff and graduates. you employ intelligent people with degrees. unfortunately there is no support and careers progress for them.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Graduates stay away!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good potential to earn.
    They let you sleep for 6 hours a day, (but the rest you're expected at work)
    Good banter before management stamp it out.

    Cons

    Hours are ridiculous
    Management are inconsistent and make things up as they go.
    Made to feel guilty for taking holiday and preferably not take it.
    Trying to turn business into a factory with every minute accounted for and standardised, so free thinking not needed.

    Advice to Management

    People perform better when they don't have someone standing over them every second asking what they are doing.
    KPI's are not the most important thing in the universe
    Good billers don’t necessarily make good managers.

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  5. good pay

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    Former Employee - Payer in Illi (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Payer in Illi (Armenia)

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

    Pros

    nice people of staff they work really well together

    Cons

    none it really is a great environment

    Advice to Management

    people are funny

  6. Market you well, too many commitments, less benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Market you well, Contract will be good credit goes to the third party agency (Innoware) will do on behalf of aston carter

    Cons

    Too many false commitments (Normally any body shopping agency does that, but as per my experience these people are least professional), Benefits are less, No sick leaves, No medical cards where the other consultants in the same team have more benefits, this is in an investment bank where all the benefits should be identical, so any one who got an offer from these people should negotiate and get what they are eligible for. They don't have any standards.

  7. Tiring- Slave drive

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in City of London, England (UK)

    I worked at Aston Carter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great potential to make a lot of money

    Cons

    Get worked like a dog. Must work at least 11 hours a day and some weekends without overtime pay or you will get treated bad or fired.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff like people and not robots

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  9. Team Lead

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Great place to start your career as a recruitment consultant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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

  11. Positive, before the management became too greedy.

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

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent meritocratic structure, with a focus on rewarding excellence. Good salaries and benefits, with an average commission structure. Great working atmosphere with polite and well educated colleagues, and a fun environment within which to work in this pressurised industry.

    Cons

    Aggressive management with a favouritism towards legacy performers. Serious lack of investment in staff. No appreciation for the fact that the staff may actually be brighter than some of the management and have the potential to offer something extra - the problem when dumb people hire bright graduates and money loses its motivating edge...

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking outside and see what you had right there in front of you. It just needed a little cultivating.

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