Exsurgo Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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  1. Great fun. You'll meet a lot of people. Not all of them will be around for long...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exsurgo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture (starting to shift to a more corporate style)
    Competitive commission scheme (if you know how to work it)
    Flexible management
    Lots of nights out
    Good location
    You'll make genuine friends, not just colleagues
    Relaxed vibe
    Managers are happy to talk to you about anything

    Cons

    Lots of pressure if you aren't making money
    Unstructured
    Backed by private equity firm
    Everyone is super busy all of the time

    Advice to Management

    Give new consultants more than 3 months to prove themselves, you might be surprised what they end up doing
    Watch out for HB :)
    Believe in your staff
    Don't focus all of the benefits on the big guns

  2. Love It!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exsurgo full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exsurgo mix the serious and professional, with the fun and friendly. They have a complete people strategy, ranging from full job descriptions for each role, personal development plans, structured training programmes and a defined career path. They have recently reworked the commission scheme so it is one of the most competitive schemes in the industry and the location is as central as it gets in London, which is great for after work drinks - which happen very regularly :-)

    Cons

    Too much temptation to spend all my wages in the shops on Oxford and Regent Street!

    Advice to Management

    We know Exsurgo is moving quickly as it is clearly an ambitious business, make sure the communication on the ongoing projects is regular and consistent, great job so far though!

  3. Very poorly run business

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Exsurgo full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong financial backing, good location.

    Cons

    As a senior recruiter I was surprised at the aggressive nature of this business and micro-management of all employees even up to manager level. You feel very scrutinised to hit all of your numbers even when you have reached your target. No thought is put into the fact that if you have just won 5 new jobs, you need to go and fill those not go out and develop further business!

    Exsurgo live off the James Caan reputation, but unfortunately they have inherited the private equity culture. Not an enjoyable place to work.

    Advice to Management

    You need to trust your employees and be more flexible in your style.

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  5. Cut throat, hire and fire culture - definitely not recommended

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Exsurgo full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good location if you'd like to work in the very centre of London.
    Social office environment.

    Cons

    I have worked in a few recruitment agencies and Exsurgo's hire and fire culture is second to none, they literally treat people like cattle, bringing in high numbers of new graduate/first time recruiters in order to quickly get rid of 8 out of 10. This approach is appalling, as they do not give some of the newbies a chance to learn the trade and then perform up to speed.

    This goes not only to entry level recruits, as during my time there many of the experienced recruiters, who have been working there for anything from 8 months to 2 years, were easily disposed of after a slower month in their billings.

    The company shows no loyalty to their employees and treats them as a quickly disposable element that can be easily exchanged.

    Please be careful if you are considering a career at Exsurgo, as you might be left searching for work again sooner than you might expect it.

    It's better to get involved with an employer who will train you properly and give you the necessary support and confidence which will allow you to succeed.

    In addition to the above Exsurgo has a strict KPI management style and monitors your every move, you will be questioned on every step you make and will have interrogation style one to ones every week.

    Their commission structure is also below their competitors and doesn't offer great earnings.

    Advice to Management

    Change your management style, believe in your employees, hire and fire is not a good approach.

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