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Oh What a Difference A Year Makes - out with the old and in with the new!!

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant  in  Houston, TX
Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX

I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great experience, great skills to be learned. Let's be honest - most people don't go to college and aspire to be a recruiter. That being said this job will prepare you for pretty much every other job you will ever have. Its a young, fun office, with really good people. We get off early on Fridays, have fun nights out or incentives. Good vacation allowance - and all of the current managers really understand the need to take time away.

Cons

There were some huge cons for the last year - which you can see in the past reviews for the company - but that has all changed for the better. A lot of these reviews here on glassdoor can be traced back to 1 particular cause and that issue has been removed from the business and it is a completely different atmosphere.

SO was a very difficult company to work for here in Houston. There was a lot of negativity and the office was in a position where leadership did not have emotional intelligence, nor did the understand the US or Houston and there was a major clash of cultures. Additionally, the policies and incentives and house rule that were established were not what should have been rolled out. With a new Leadership and HR team in place its a really exciting company to work for, and the first time I've felt the excitement others have talked about.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Well done recognizing that there was a major issue with this office and remedying the problem.

Stick to the new mantra and continue to develop, reward and embrace your employees who toughed it out and understand what we are building.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Challenging but Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Spencer Ogden full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A young, rapidly growing company in a booming market. Great office location and unique trading floor. Fast paced with high energy, an office unlike any other which creates a strong environment for both team and individual success. The opportunity to control your own desk and your own income with a solid commission structure. Top notch office, team, and individual incentives. Great holiday/vacation time off.

    Cons

    Lower base salary (not a job for slacking, high income potential, but you earn it)
    Challenging job, must be resilient.
    Parking
    Long and challenging interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Created a great environment/company culture and provide the training and support to help employees become successful.
    Work/Life Balance can always be improved
    Houston office - possible stipend or parking discounts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dishonesty All Around

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Spencer Ogden full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    *Working at Spencer Ogden was a great learning experience. I learned a lot about the Oil and Gas industry as well as the recruitment market.

    *We got off early on Friday

    Cons

    *Rampant Dishonesty - For example, every positive review on this website is written by the same current manager. NOT an employee. Great companies should look to improve their structure and products so that employees and customers give it positive reviews. NOT draft up false reviews to misrepresent itself to the outside world.

    *Unethical Business Practices - on numerous occasions, I was instructed by management to either lie or falsely represent myself and/or the company.

    *Bad Management - The two directors in the Houston office were successful in the industry but as managers there were aloof and poor at managing teams and motivating individuals.

    *Extremely low pay - base pay is $24,000 a year after taxes. You won't make over $60,000 until near the end of your second year.

    *Non-existant work/life balance - Expected to work from 7:00am-7:00pm Monday - Thursday. You can forget about working out, seeing friends and family, hobbies, etc. Management will see them as only a distraction.

    *Sweatshop - HORRIBLE attrition rates. Everyone in the office is on some form of performance review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Continue to hire associate directors who are better at managing/directing teams.

    *Stop writing false reviews about the company on glassdoor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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