PSD Group

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  1.  

    contented

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Baguio, Baguio (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Baguio, Baguio (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    co-workers is like a family member.

    Cons

    sometimes there is a misunderstanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    accept ur employer for being a single mother

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    a reasonable stepping stone but not forward thinking enough company

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PSD Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - It's a more relaxed culture than the larger recruitment firms like Hays and you have a bit more freedom to design your days. It is not an aggressive, 'salesy' culture based on the fact they do hire people who will try and focus on building long-term relationships.
    - It is a reasonable stepping stone before joining a search firm that does more retained work and values creativity and entrepreneurial flair

    Cons

    - it is a highly stats and volume based recruitment company, meaning any ambition to be creative/innovative is stifled. You are expected to conform to type and this is completely at odds with any long-term attempts to build long-term relationships
    - it does not seem to evolve as a company, it is stuck doing recruitment the same way it always has, despite the industry changing dramatically - it should be focussed a lot more on developing retained work for example
    - there is a distinct lack of cross-team business development - a cardinal sin for any business. It should be incentivised better
    - managers are generally very poor at actually managing people, partly because they are only incentivised to do well individually and therefore are, in reality, only supervisors.
    - The CEO rules with an iron fist - even fairly minor initiatives have to be passed through her and this is hugely frustrating. Some of her senior management are in their positions because they will be compliant and not challenge her and this creates a somewhat robotic culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The petty politics, bureaucracy & red tape killed a great company

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Haywards Heath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Haywards Heath, England (UK)

    I worked at PSD Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training
    Earnings (OTE) can be good if you are successful
    Long track record in the markets they operate in
    Excellent training ground for people who want to leave to set up their own firms!

    Cons

    Petty politics - your progression seemed to depend more upon who you lunched/drank with than your actual skills and NFI billings.
    Red tape & bureaucracy stifled entrepreneurialism
    The company was locked in the past and wouldn't / couldn't update itself
    Nepotism & favouritism from management for their pet employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the skills & abilities of your people, not just whose face "fits"......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    PSD Group

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work life
    Open company to speak with
    Will look after you
    No micro management
    Strong reputation in the markets they operate in

    Cons

    Salary
    How the commission is paid
    Lack of career advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a good place to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at PSD Group

    Pros

    Good health insurance and social security insurance.

    Life work balance working environment, not too much staff work overtime.

    Long annual leave.

    Cons

    Not providing versatile career advancement opportunities, sometimes you get bored at just doing BD, callings, CV screening, etc.

    Office environment is not close and active enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be the best to have local senior management team to manage the whole office. They can observe better this way.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Nice company which outgrew the competence of the management team

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    Former Employee - Team Manager
    Former Employee - Team Manager

    I worked at PSD Group

    Pros

    Good initial training
    Solid market position
    Breeding ground for many start up consultancies - learn the ropes here and take the business solo later

    Cons

    Poor salaries
    Too much corporate nonsense
    Genuine teamwork not encouraged by rewards
    Large numbers of highest performers leave at the top of their game and take client bases with them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the human beings making the profits for you and downsize the greed culture

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Okay place to work

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

    I worked at PSD Group

    Pros

    If you enjoy autonomy and freedom then this is a good place to work. You can open up new opportunities and the sky is the limit. Great client base and sector coverage.

    Cons

    It can become a little bit boring to be doing the same thing every day and offering a limited service to clients. The cap of bonuses seems a little behind the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into career progression and perhaps broaden the service proposition so that you can retain consultants for the longer term.

  9.  

    Good remuneration and commission structure...low profile

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PSD Group

    Pros

    - PSD Group offers one of the best remuneration and commission structure in the recruitment industry.
    - Sector and function-based approach ensures that each department is kept reasonably independent from each other.
    - Good support in terms of job posting, CV formatting etc.

    Cons

    - Even though it is one of the largest print advertisers in UK, PSD Group has a very low profile in Asia.
    - Sector and fuction-based approach can give rise to conflict within potentially overlapping sectors and functions.
    - UK-listed company which was severely affected by the financial crisis and consequently forced to downsize significantly.
    - Firm is lacking direction in terms of what it wants to achieve in Asia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire an office manager to supervise work in the Asia offices
    - More effort to be spent on marketing as the firm is virtually unknown in the regional market.
    - Be clear of the direction of the firm in Asia so that staff becomes more motivated.

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