Penna Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Career Coach

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I have been working at Penna

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Highly professional and progressive HR consultancy who really do embody their own values - accountable, collaborative, inspiring and supportive. Genuine and passionate about helping organisations source, attract, develop and support their people even through difficult periods of change.

    Cons

    Great team spirit even if you are part of Associate community with only drawback being that it can be hard to keep in touch with colleagues when working on diverse projects. If you are a clock watcher and not prepared to give 100% then this will not be the right culture for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your front line deliverers!

  2. Office Manager

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

    I worked at Penna full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    can't think of anything at the moment

  3. Friendly, supportive, collaborative, professional

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

    I have been working at Penna as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work but also everyone works hard and is very professional.

    Cons

    Different parts of the company work in silos and its difficult to talk across departments

    Advice to Management

    Educate colleagues about different areas of the business. Promote communication across the business.

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  5. Thyoroghly recommend

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

    I have been working at Penna

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people / the work we get involved with / variation / working with lots of different organisations with different challenges. Pay / holidays benefits all reasonable. Good culture and values.

    Cons

    Demanding environment, like all consultancies paying your way is essential. Limited progression opps though lots of people and situations to learn from.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership generally good although gets into unnecessary panic at times.

  6. Coach

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Coach in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Coach in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Penna as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, learn most of other coaches

    Cons

    Hourly rate decreased, with no chance of it increasing again

  7. Great company, great environment!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Penna as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good ethos here, everyone very friendly and welcoming!
    Free bar Fridays!

    Cons

    No cons of the company itself, only ones associated with being in recruitment such as long hours!

  8. Highly rewarding and highly challenging company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Penna full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The jewel in the crown at Penna are the people. Lots of genuinely talented and driven individuals that are given opportunity to make an impact and develop the business. Leadership is open and encouraging but needs to be stronger and more together on some issues. Definitely an opportunity for the business to leverage its end to end HR expertise, but this is currently not optimum.

    Cons

    Long hours required and there isn't really a script. It's a small Plc, and as such there is a very strong focus on numbers (no bad thing, but it limits reward). Work needs to be done in either REALLY aligning the three separate businesses into "one Penna" or separate them out entirely. There are three very different cultures across the three business units.

  9. In need of a change

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

    I have been working at Penna full-time

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

    Pros

    Great talent within the business that should get utilised fully

    Cons

    For a business who delivers Change to organisations, they really need to change themselves. Clique mentality in the business and too many people there a long time with no drive and ambition

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and change

  10. Very reputable brand but senior leadership lacking

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

    I have been working at Penna full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CEO inspires his people, company values are lived as closely as I have witnessed in most organisations by most people (but sadly only amongst the middle tiers of the org) - Great people and some great minds.

    Cons

    Politicking far to apparent amongst so called senior leaders in career services or what was the old HR Consulting Business.
    Lack of genuine "talent" at the senior table, consistent blocking rather than enabling and back covering.

    Advice to Management

    There is literally zero evidence of genuine development of people at the most basic of levels hence the decline in Best People awards.
    Certain "senior" members of the organisation have no breadth or depth of experience outside of Penna. A new broom needs to freshen up the organisation and remove the blockers of talent in order to release the full potential of the organisation and its people.

  11. Inspiring place to work

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

    I have been working at Penna full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Penna has a great brand and does great work - it's a company that helps people, so it naturally attracts people who want to help people. It's a very nice and friendly environment, though each office definitely has its own characteristics and personality. Managers are generally quite respected and liked, and people here always talk about loving the teams they work in. Also it's nice to work for a company that wins awards (Times Top 100 Companies, RADs, etc.). Compared to some other city companies, Penna is a really nice place to work with professional and friendly employees that like to have fun but also care about the work they do.

    Cons

    Being a public company it means there is less money around for bonuses and staff rewards, which is a shame. Also as it's a small company (around 400 employees) there aren't a lot of clear opportunities for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Form the organisation around what is right for the business, not what is right for the person.

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