Drake International

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Drake International Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
31 Reviews

2.3
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  1.  

    Diverse Work Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Gives chance to share ideas to improve the sourcing process. Has good work environment.

    Cons

    Lesser chance for promotion inside the company since population is not really that big.

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    Challenging, interesting work

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    Innovative in terms of product offering

    Cons

    Tightly controlled by absent canadian owner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Unpleasant is the best word to describe.....

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    Former Employee - National Sales
    Former Employee - National Sales

    Pros

    Friendly introduction to the company, some good benefits (Private Medical, Day of for Birthday, Volunteer Day...)

    Cons

    Dirty, untidy office, Constant turnover of staff (Longest service 1 year, shortest 12 weeks), Lack of direction or consistent leadership at branch level. No leadership whatsoever nationally. Top heavy sales environment with very few good delivery staff. Unpleasant, bullying senior managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get yourself a good NZ GM with up to date operating processes and get rid of the dead wood that have been around for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Better Avoid IT!!

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    Former Employee - Sales Administrator  in  Toronto (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Toronto (Australia)

    Pros

    Good working environment. And good pay

    Cons

    Bad management. Not at all considerate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be considerate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ever Changing

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant

    Pros

    One of the good things about working for Drake is you get the opportunity to help people.

    Cons

    There are far to many cons to working for Drake to discuss anymore. I will list just a few very basic examples:

    - poor management
    - incompetent leadership team(only out for themselves)
    - extremely poor wages (never get an increase)
    - bonuses are terrible
    - Branch Manager decides how to split bonus
    - no recognition for work done
    - abusive work environment
    - Managers bullying their staff
    - micro management
    - no work life balance (expected to work 24/7)
    - favoritism within Branch
    - older longer term employees treated badly and with no respect
    - if you bend over backwards and hold your managers hand you can do whatever you want if you are a new employee

    There are just to many to list. Branch Managers need to learn how to speak to their employees instead of being steam rollers, and could definately use some Management training.

    Your days should not depend on what side of the bed your manager woke up on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the Management team before they totally destroy this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Look for something better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Good location
    International company
    Canadian owned

    Cons

    Difficult to get a real answer from Management (they just ignore your emails)
    Low commission structure
    Poor teamwork
    Negative environment
    Unprofessional chit chat
    Not much privacy.... Also note that they do a full credit check at the interview

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs a serious overhaul

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Amateur Management!

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Drake (HQ) provides their employees great training tools in order for their employees to succeed!
    If you are eager to learn and implement these tools, you will do well!
    Commission structure is a little low, but as long as you build a solid client base and focused market, you can earn a lot of money!
    If an employee consistently achieves their targets, he/she will be recognized by upper management.

    Cons

    Depending the branch, cons may vary, but here is a list regarding my experience:
    - Horrible atmosphere: poor lighting, desks are placed closely together - hence no privacy.
    Loud, unprofessional talk and behavior.
    - Management leaves out employees for so-called team building activities.
    - Employees who do not work overtime, are frowned upon.
    - Competitive spirit amongst teammates
    - Management speaks condescendingly to employees
    - Staff is reprimanded publicly
    - Management discusses and divulgers confidential matters, regarding employees, to others who are not part of the management team.
    - Employees are being told by management to steal their teammate`s client if they`re not doing enough business with them.
    - Poor work ethic and confidentiality
    - Praised one day, stepped-on the next
    - High employee turnover
    - Poor follow up with candidates who are not qualified for a job.
    - Employees who have not achieved their targets are usually picked on until they`ve had enough and quit.
    - CV`s sent to client without meeting the candidate first
    - Management does not practice what they preach

    ETC. ETC. ETC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being a Manager is one of the toughest jobs out there! Managing different personalities and backgrounds, while empowering and leading a team, is very difficult. The experience is needed!
    Drake International is promoting their top SALES people as Branch Managers/Area Managers. Big Mistake!
    Stop promoting these top performers, hire strong Managers and you will experience less turnover!
    Because someone is great in sales, it does not mean that he/she can manage a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A company with potential that needs to come out of the 1960's !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to shape your role the way you would like it to be. Easy to shine and be recognised ....to a degree

    Cons

    very hard to actually get things done. Company is locked into their own way of doing things and will not step into the unknown. Used to me a market leader but has lost all White Collar traction over the past 10 years and has sunk into a Blue Collar torpor.

    Used to be very open to work/life balance but all has changed and feels like you are punching a clock when you arrive and leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new younger management - Please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Worst agency EVER!!

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    Former Employee - CCR  in  London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - CCR in London, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    The only pro I could think of is that I got paid on time.

    Cons

    First of, I don't think they should even be in business. I was hired at a bank and my training was going great. I was being appreciated by managers, got appreciation emails within 2 months of working. One morning, I wakeup for work and I get a call from the agency that I have been let go. When I asked reason, they said that I took longer break in training period and also went to the cafe to buy food during training period. However, I told them that I went to the restroom and the snack I had was already in my bag. They couldn't do anything about that. They didn't take a stand for me, for my job, even though they were getting paid from my paycheck. I will never recommend this agency to anyone. But I do hope that they go out of business soon. Amen!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a stand for your employees because when they work, then only you make money and kindly hire some reliable people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work environment

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    Former Employee - Talent Management Soltuions  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Talent Management Soltuions in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, Buzzing downtown location, Close to union station, flexible hours, working from home, good learning environment, chance to learn and start career

    Cons

    Extrememly unfriendly staff, extremely unfriendly environment, very arrogant and slow everything gets delayed, people don't work, they only work when the owner is in town...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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