Brightwater Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
4 Reviews

1.6
4 Reviews

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  1.  

    Very high pressure environment

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

    I worked at Brightwater full-time for more than a 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.  

    Appalling experience and very unpleasant place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brightwater full-time for 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
  3.  

    The Revolving Door

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

    I have been working at Brightwater full-time for more than a 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
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    very strange management styles.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than a 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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