Drake International

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Drake International Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
39 Reviews
3.0
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  1.  

    Diverse Work Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Drake International as an intern

    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.

  2.  

    poor management

    Current Employee - Recruiter
    Current Employee - Recruiter

    I have been working at Drake International

    Pros

    great to learn fundamentals of recruiting and to gain work experience. great team.

    Cons

    inexperienced management. do not celebrate achievement. upper management is not educated about what goes on in their own company.

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    YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PATH

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Entrepreneurial organization, where you get exactly what you put in. Due to the flat structure of the organization, you can have a great deal of progression and success if you perform.
    - Key people are outstanding and extremely motivational.
    - Base salaries are mid-market, variable bonus plans are very aggressive (again, directed at high performers).
    - Training and coaching opportunities are readily available.
    - Socials" every Friday.
    - If you have an idea that has ROI, there is a high likelihood that you can run with it.
    - Company is becoming more globally minded.

    Cons

    - Low performers are sometimes given an equal voice by the involved owner.
    - Turn-over is an issue in branches where there is no strong manager.
    - Salary reviews are not necessarily annualized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be decisive and remove non-performers or low-performers.
    - Do not allow senior people in the organization to get away with negative language that degrades the brand.
    - Focus on implementing ideas that work in the current market (not ideas from 1960's-70's).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Satisfying First Interview

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    Current Employee - Client in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Client in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Drake International part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was referred by a friend to Drake. He gave me a number to get in touch with the agency, and things went smooth onwards. The agent I met with was very friendly and easy to communicate with, and got the most out of me.

    Cons

    I have read a lot here on the site, but it's honestly too soon for me to comment or list any negatives on my behalf. I am currently waiting for them to get in touch with an offer from a company that is ready to employ me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lacked accountable leaders

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Drake International (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and outstanding office location.

    Cons

    Bonus plan was not clear and consequently did not get paid on. Management team were not empowered to correct this and shortly after left the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a succession plan and execute it. Give accountability to general managers and don't chop and change sales compensation plans

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    In the business of people - they know nothing about managing, developing or retaining top talent

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

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

    Pros

    they pay you bi-weekly, they have heated offices, on a bus route, phones work, secure office

    Cons

    everything - management, delivery model, lack of trust, pay,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would offer up advice if I actually thought for a second they would listen.

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

    Fast paced, excellent structure in place, but room for improvement on their culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Drake International

    Pros

    Drake offer excellent training & Development opportunities and the incentives to perform is really good, e.g. Club 100, etc.

    Cons

    It may be the result of a typical female dominated industry, but there is a serious problem with Drake's organisational culture! Office politics are really unpleasant and I feel the business is putting too much effort and emphasis on productivity and performance and forget the most important aspect of their business, the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, lots of room for career development

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Drake International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, friendly and helpful colleagues.
    Always giving as much training and coaching you need to succeed
    The career path at Drake is very clear
    International opportunities are always shared with all employees in a global scale

    Cons

    Being at Drake for only few months I don’t have much to say about Cons.
    They are not very flexible about starting times, but quite understanding if there is a need to leave on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    What there was an option for rating a company zero stars...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Drake International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are really very few positives. I would sooner have bowel cancer than work with Drake ever again.

    Cons

    Genuinely, it's difficult to even consider where I should start.

    As a management consultant with many, many years behind me I can honestly say that I have never seen an organisation so poorly managed, so poorly resourced and with such an ingrained culture of misery and schoolyard politics than I witnessed daily for five years at Drake.

    You may ask, "but why would you stay with a company you so hated for five whole years?" and that would be reasonable. The answer is most likely Stockholm Syndrome - when victims of kidnappings develop feelings for their captor, but then again, it could also be the fact that we were all so beaten down that sheer inertia kept me in place.

    The pay is terrible, let's get that one out of the way straight off. Actually, terrible would be a compliment to their pay structure - working at Drake is tantamount to middle class slavery. There are bonus structures in place: MBI (we called it the "Mythical Bonus Incentive") and PFP (which we called "Pay for Pollock"), don't expect to receive either of these - god knows I never saw anyone receive one anyway. The chances for advancement are nil, unless of course you are a preternaturally attractive blonde woman under 30 and then the world is your oyster (you'll still be paid terribly though - sorry!).

    There was always a lot of talk of technology. Technology this, technology that - my laptop was five years old when I started. It was the same laptop I returned to them on my last day five years later. No word of a lie, it ran Windows 98.

    The "leadership team" is a self serving entity. They, as a clique, prepare statements for the octogenarian billionaire who owns the place that tell him exactly what he wants to hear while singling out individual workplace nemesis as 'non-performers' to lay blame on. The leadership team exists purely to ensure their own existence. This is the same in every Drake country, I worked in three of them, trust me.

    There is a culture of cruelty within Drake. I once witnessed the then managing director in Toronto dismiss staff over loudspeaker - it was Christmas Eve. People were routinely threatened and belittle... It was not an uncommon occurrence to set people up for failure.

    This simple question has to be asked: Why is an organisation that hasn't turned a profit in close to a decade still trading? What does it offer other than an opportunity for adults to play 'work' the way that children play 'house'?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really. Give up. This management thing just isn't for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging, interesting work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Innovative in terms of product offering

    Cons

    Tightly controlled by absent canadian owner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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