Manpower UK Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
52 Reviews
4.2
52 Reviews
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Mark Cahill
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Training and development has been second to none (in 7 reviews)

  • I've raised my family while working at Manpower UK thanks in part to the company's culture of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Basic holiday entitlment - can be long hours but worth it (in 4 reviews)

  • It can be a bit of a battle to try to get market rate wages or even the same wages as new starters (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Manpower are the alternative to unsuccessful recruitment processes.

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

    I have been working at Manpower UK full-time

    Pros

    Decades of experience installing confidence.
    Business ethos ensuring longevity.
    Global resources at a local level.
    Shortcuts not in Manpower's Vocabulary

    Cons

    Work-life balance is difficult as it takes commitment to be great in recruitment,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Manpower UK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Money was good for the type of work being carried out. Also the HR department was effective in their job roles

    Cons

    The management wasn't the nicest to people. I began work at 18 from college and it was a massive culture shock to enter a factory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at Manpower UK full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well established company with global presence that seems to be going from strength to strength.
    Good company values & ethics.
    Excellent training team.
    Unlimited support right up to board level.
    Good career progression.
    Regular updates on UK and Global performance and inititaitives to all colleagues.

    Cons

    No clear salary bandings across business for roles so can be inconsistent even in same business area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work over the past few years taking the company forward and delivering some great success, keep up the momentum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Manpower UK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting company with positive thinkers

    Cons

    Can keep people who are not good at their job for longer than they should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your hands dirty at ground level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    More opportunities for career and personal development than you'd expect. Lots of knowledgeable and talented people

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

    I have been working at Manpower UK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A surprisingly broad and deep range of solutions delivered to clients, with new ones being designed all the time also there are several brands, 80+ countries, so lots of potential to develop - I started work in one sector, then switched to another and then moved continent for three years.
    Senior management open to approach and are investing in enabling customer facing staff.

    Cons

    Large organisation so pay structures etc are quite rigid, but there are various incentive schemes etc.
    Service industry so there's often reactive demands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pro-active career planning from the organisation at an international level would be ideal - but obviously not easy!
    In the UK the market perception of the brand sometimes holds the company back - many potential clients aren't aware of the scale and scope of solutions that are already beoing delivered

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great People

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Manpower UK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with the Manpower People has always been fantastic and still is. Even through difficult times people are listened to and tough actions taken.

    Cons

    with great people comes plenty of goodwill, sometimes this can be taken for granted, bringing new people in on what is said to be market rate salaries / benefits can devalue that goodwill, why not focus on existing people with renumeration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your people and trust them, allow people to be creative and not be too focused on ticking box's and hitting targets, creativity and trust will do that anyway

  8.  

    Payroll issues

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Manpower UK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Possibility of long term employment

    Cons

    Internal communication and action is very poor

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Good job, lots of opportunity to make a difference

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

    I worked at Manpower UK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -My reporting line was really good all the way up to board members - it was a very supportive environment and people were approachable.
    -I felt like my inputs were valued and ideas and suggestions for improvements/changes were possible and even encouraged.
    -Really nice company and co-workers, and a lot less aggressive and intense than other recruitment agencies I've worked for and never got bombarded by emails out of hours and at weekends which was so refreshing
    -No other company I've worked for has done automatic annual salary increases and they did take steps to address widespread employee dissatisfaction regarding holiday and flexible benefits

    Cons

    -holiday and flexible benefits were addressed this year but still pretty poor compared to competitors
    -cost is always a consideration, so teams were lean, however never had a justifiable request to recruit declined and able to ramp up quickly using temp workforce to support during busy times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unfulfilling

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

    I worked at Manpower UK

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere
    HR / training department

    Cons

    Medieval mindset
    Negative place to work
    Majority of employees at head office just there to pick up payslip/bare minimum done to get by

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very supportive company and great colleagues

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

    I have been working at Manpower UK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    During my career with Manpower I have changed my role several times, giving me great development. The company has supported me through having and raising my family, providing flexibility and excellent benefits and the people I work with are second to none - helpful, friendly, dedicated and empathic

    Cons

    It can be a bit of a battle to try to get market rate wages or even the same wages as new starters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have to pay market rate to get a new starter, why not pay your existing staff market rate and keep them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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