Brightwater

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Brightwater Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
8 Reviews
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    Very high pressure environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Good central location, some nice people working there (at the time I was there) good back office systems, good name in the local market place

    Cons

    Given that they charge some of the highest rates in the industry it is a very hard sell to clients to begin with and even worse when it comes to them paying for the actual placement, a lot of invoices to clients are disputed and have to be resolved by legal means. There is also a culture of lying to clients and candidates enforced regardless of their client and candidate charters. Pushing to upsell newspaper ads is a constant pressure from team leaders in order to increase their KPI as leaders, a high pressure and greedy tactic that ruined quite a few of my own and colleagues placements.
    High turnover of staff being cheated out of commissions that you are entitled to, general backstabbery in the office and being forced to socialise with colleagues as part of the company culture and the coldest of coldest cold calling like Old Gill from the Simpsons.
    Also an almost cultish worship of the CEO which I found very strange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some good lead generation going on rather that having consultants basically calling every number in the yellow pages. Dedicated lead generators would be better for this purpose. Lower your fees to be more competitive in the marketplace as you are being under cut by everyone. Stop the policy of trying to shove newspaper adverts down every single solitary clients throat!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Awful - Do not know how to treat staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Brightwater

    Pros

    Location is great although the building is very run down and they never seem to improve it. While working there i met many lovely staff but unfortunately none of them lasted very long with the revolving door that is Brightwater!

    Cons

    Management Style is interesting to say the least, feels like walking on eggshells constantly, Quite cult like, No compassion, CEO makes some very questionable comments to staff. They used to have a good name in the market but people have grown very disillusioned with them as a company. They are pushy and rather like car salesmen rather then consultants! CEO makes rash decisions and doesn't think of the consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat staff how they should be treated, Pay them properly and stop with the cult like behavior!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Pressurised, terrifying, nasty working environment, clock in and out atmosphere, disappointing management team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brightwater (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is centrally located and the offices are nice.

    Cons

    Not suited to people who can organise their own working agenda as this will be imposed on you. Incessant cold calling. Unpleasant working atmosphere, managers are stressed out, you feel you are constantly being discussed behind your back (Which you are), stressful environment, very high turnover of staff. The hours are long which would be fine in a good working environment but not here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    How the mighty have fallen

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately any pro's to working for Brightwater have gone down the same avenue as all the good consultants which is disappearing from the company.

    Cons

    No training
    No development
    No progression
    No support
    No promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that your most valuable asset is your employee's and not the ego of the owner.

    Learn that there is a reason why all the best people are leaving and being replaced by substandard 'consultants' which are the cast off's of what once was lesser agencies.

    Bring in managers that have a knowledge of the industry that they are meant to manage. How can a so called professional agency be ran by amateurs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of effort, very little reward.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    At one time the business had a lot of good consultants and had quite a good name in the market.

    Cons

    No progression, inadequate database, poor finance department. CEO makes decisions on a whim with no commercial reasoning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training on how to recognise your own internal talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Appalling experience and very unpleasant place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    None at all. Aside maybe from being located relatively centrally. Still the building is even run down. Not that that would matter if it was even a semi decent place to work.

    Cons

    Everything. Weird and very unpleasant management style. Staff turnover has been huge. Where to start with cons. The job itself would be relatively enjoyable if consultants weren't encouraged to lie all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some ethics and professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Revolving Door

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Good name in the local Market

    Cons

    Shocking turnover of staff.
    Very strange management style, even experienced staff running scared
    If you love kissing up to management you'll do well otherwise your days are numbered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evenhanded management would go a long way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    very strange management styles.

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

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

    Pros

    At the time there were some talented staff - unfortunately they all left.

    Cons

    such high turnover of staff - daily! some very strange management styles in the senior managment team, often overly emotional and irrational, obsessed with 'the competition'.one staff member was called out of the toliets to resume coldcalling!
    very little flexibility - must be at your desk at certain times - even very high performers.
    threaten clients with legal action easily,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people like humans and try to instill a normal working culture.

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