Brook Street

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A great place to start your career

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Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant
Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant

I worked at Brook Street full-time

Pros

-Great atmosphere all around, great people to work with and a very positive and welcoming environment.
-You get trained for a week, and then continually have training sessions to help you grow and understand the market and the position a bit more.
-Nationwide competitions that have good £ rewards.
-Constant communication with colleagues from other branches.
-Great recognition from everyone for your achievements.
-Management is open to hearing suggestions.
-You can run your own desk without being micro-managed, and are welcome to explore new ways of doing things.

Cons

-Not evolving with the ever changing market. Stuck in the dark ages of recruitment. Up to the end of 2011, still didn't even know about the existence of LinkedIn, or any other tool apart from Monster and TotalJobs.
-You can move around in the company, but cannot easily move up.
-Not specialised recruitment. You are welcomed to target any clients, in any industries for any positions you want or can. It doesn't give you a great base of knowledge to stand on, and you have to make things up as you go along.
-They make you go to training to other cities for one day every month, but sometimes they send you to the wrong training sessions (sessions you've already had), and it becomes a massive waste of your time.

Recommends
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    Great training, good salary + commission; offering excellent prospects

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cheltenham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cheltenham, England (UK)

    I worked at Brook Street full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training, nurturing offering the ability to forge good career prospects

    Cons

    Flat management structure, therefore little room to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your top performers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A slow and painful decline

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    Former Employee - Trainer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There is a fantastic atmosphere amongst most of the staff and the company is small enough to have a family feel. There is a good opportunity to learn the industry for Consultants, and because of a relativly high turnover also room for progression.

    Cons

    The business is being run into the ground because it can't move quickly enough to keep up with the market. The website is terribly out of date, Linked In has only just appeared on their radar and the senior managers are not reacting to the needs of their customers. Most disappointing is an inability to listen to the talent advice from within the organisation in favour of sticking with the advice of a few old and trusted heads. Various initiatives have been employed to improve employee engagement but ultimately, nothing changes.

    The company has been in a spiral of decline for the past 5 years posting lower and lower profits whilst continuing to engage in heavy branch closures and redundancies. This has included the closure of the training department. In the past, Brook Street's training was regarded as some of the best in the industry and now it's being performed reluctantly by a few Regional Manager alongside their normal role.

    Performance targets are also well out of date being based on pre-recession business and consequently bonus is very difficult to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brook Street, it's time to wake up! Recruitment is not the same as it was 20 years ago when your Directors started.

    Doesn't Recommend
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