Major Lindsey & Africa

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Major Lindsey & Africa Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    The best legal recruiting firm in the world

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

    I have been working at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Smart, supportive and highly ethical colleagues. Supportive management. Great brand. If you are interested in legal recruiting at all, you need to try to work for this firm. The recruiters are truly dedicated to delivering great value to clients and to treating candidates with the professionalism and respect they deserve. This work atmosphere is great - the folks here work hard and play hard. People genuinely try to help each other.

    Cons

    It's a commission business so it can be tough. The benefits are good, the company values are great and there is lots of room for professional growth. If this were a salaried job, it would be perfect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with us a bit more about the strategic vision. The annual meeting is great but we need to hear more than once a year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Brand, Terrible Management and Internal Structure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa

    Pros

    The brand practically sells itself to both clients and candidates. Some of the approaches they take to recruiting and transparency of searches were stellar. There were some very smart people that I learned a lot from.

    Cons

    The management is so corporate it hurts. The hierarchy is not an open-door feel. The internal competition can make the environment toxic. You really need to conform in this organization and nothing can be more deflating to an entrepreneurial recruiter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Oligarchy of Recruiting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiting Assistant
    Former Employee - Recruiting Assistant

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and bonus structure for work that a trained monkey can do, co-workers who are smart, funny and engaging

    Cons

    This company is like a country where you have a small percentage of people who run the government and the majority do not matter. They have (had) amazing people who, if trained properly, could become great assets. I don't know if it is fear or greed, but the upper echelon prefer to let the minions do the grunt work while they make the real money - never really teaching them anything in the process. Highly unlikely that you will get promoted or find leadership that actually care about you advancing your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of the people you hire. You do several rounds of interviewing to ensure that your people are educated and capable... use them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for a decade ago - has become much more corporate versus a firm with a family feel.

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

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Work with well-educated, smart people. Have great resources. Lots of autonomy and the sky is the limit on how much money you make as a recruiter.

    Cons

    Much too corporate now. The management tries to pack recruiters into crowded geographical areas, which limits individual commissions. Bloated management layer, which also limits commissions. Recruiters get less than industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your recruiters more.

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

    Overrated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brand is excellent and well-known in industry. Good training.

    Cons

    Very political. They play favorites and prefer white males to women and minorities.Management is biased in favor of white boys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low chance of advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrator
    Former Employee - Administrator

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and low stress

    Cons

    Little to no room for advancement for Administrators. Company spent quite a bit on annual retreats yet had to have layoffs.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Benefits but Management is disorganized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa

    Pros

    benefits
    easy commute
    nice co-workers
    base salary
    nice office

    Cons

    secretive working environment
    management is vague
    401k plan doesn't match dollar for dollar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to organize better which will allow the workers to be clear on what job they want done

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The best of the best - most experienced Legal Recruiters worldwide.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director
    Former Employee - Managing Director

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Positions available; screening methods; candor; top recruiters

    Cons

    Seemingly expensive to new firms and corporations with little negotiable room.

  10.  

    Good place while in transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

    I have been working at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Recruiters show appreciation. Annual company meetings.

    Cons

    Work is monotanous. No room for growth. Administration underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees something to work towards

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but management could use some improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrator
    Former Employee - Administrator

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa

    Pros

    I mostly enjoyed my time with MLA. I worked for good people, for the most part. When bad apples cropped up in my location, they were almost always dealt with pretty swiftly. The work is fairly feast-or-famine, so I appreciated being treated like an adult, and not micromanaged - when there was a lot to do, I worked really hard; when there wasn't, I didn't.

    Cons

    I don't think my experience is representative of most admins at MLA. Almost everyone else I spoke with felt micromanaged, underappreciated, not compensated well enough for the amount of work they do, and dissatisfied in general with management. The last part I certainly observed. Very strange promotion choices that seemed to be based less on management skill and more on who is favored by whom. There are also virtually no opportunities for support staff to advance. This is one of those jobs you don't want to be in for more than a couple of years, or you're going to get depressed and wonder what happened to your life.

    No opinion of CEO

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