Rentokil Initial Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Rentokil Initial Chief Executive Officer Andy Ransom
Andy Ransom
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Pros
  • Except for this it is a global company and a quite strong brand in some countries (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Commission scheme is designed to get the most sales at the least commissionable value (in 4 reviews)

  • Unilever perspective which is TOTALLY different and does not make sense at all (in 3 reviews)

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  1. RI

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

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

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

    Pros

    Career Driven Business Focused Customer Service at its heart Challenging Interesting

    Cons

    Political Large company not for the faint hearted and those not willing to invest time outside standard working hours if you wish to succeed


  2. Helpful (1)

    This company was good at a time but recent leadership changes ruined the culture.

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    Former Employee - B?ranch Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - B?ranch Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL

    I worked at Rentokil Initial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people in the branch offices are great.

    Cons

    The corporate leadership lack people skills and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some talent from other sources beside uniform industry and military background.


  3. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rentokil Initial full-time

    Pros

    Good work ethics with clear direction

    Cons

    Not longer trading as initial


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  5. Good, but could be better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Analyst in Dudley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Analyst in Dudley, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Never a dull moment! Always looking to innovate new methods and technologies.

    Cons

    No apparent structure to progress, everything seems to chage from one moment to the next witha pparently little thought on consequence or communication. Whatever seems to be "flavour of the month" is pushed at the detriment to other areas of the business.

    Advice to Management

    More clear communication to staff required and realistic, attainable targets need to be set for staff to follow and aim for.


  6. Good place for a while

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rentokil Initial

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, good experience through business changes

    Cons

    Politics, talents / open minded people leaving

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the right people are in director positions


  7. Management Graduate Trainee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Management Graduate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Rentokil Initial full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Initially the company makes you feel like there are endless possibilities and that you can make a name for yourself. However, after spending over 2 years at the company it is obvious that the graduate scheme did not deliver anything that it had promised in the job description.

    Cons

    There are a large number of cons for this scheme. Before you apply for it, this is not a real graduate scheme. There is no real structure. The reality is is that you will start the company as a pest control technician, killing mice, rats and cockroaches, and work at ground level for up to 2 years. Promotions do not exist at Rentokil. You have to apply for new jobs within the company to progress, and go through the entire interview process. The job description seems to imply that you will automatically gain a promotion to either a field biologist, surveyor or team leader within 12-18 months. Again, this is false as you have to compete against other graduates, technicians and external sources for these positions. If you live in London there is too much competition to go anywhere fast, however, a few of the graduates have made these positions. Others leave when they realise that it is going to be very difficult to achieve this. Along with this, I had issues with being paid correctly and for 2 months I was not even paid and had to chase it up. I know other people have had issues with being paid commission for sales properly. My experience of management at Rentokil was terrible. Line managers and team leaders have too much work and have no time for technicians. I would spend weeks with only small amounts of contact from management. Obviously they have no time for the development of each of their technicians either. Talking to other employees also made me realise how inherently bad the management is at all levels at Rentokil, and why retention levels are so bad. In summary, I would not recommend this graduate scheme, even if it is your last option. There are better jobs out there and unless you want to be treated poorly, paid badly and have no life at all due to the vast amounts of work as you progress, then do not apply for this scheme,


  8. Helpful (1)

    Graduate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevenage, England (UK)

    I worked at Rentokil Initial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great career opportunities for graduates

    Cons

    Chaotic and lack of team mentality


  9. Very learnfull experience!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Diegem (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Diegem (Belgium)

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

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

    Pros

    Previous experience is not always necessary, but you must be dedicated, committed and willing to learn! I am not only improving my skill but also my financial background. I have been learning each and every day new in field & office level. Happy to be here!

    Cons

    Must be able to adapt to rapid changes within the organisation

    Advice to Management

    Let candidates know how good it is to work for Rentokil Initial!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Negative company culture, no career progression, uncertainty

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Rentokil Initial full-time

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

    Pros

    Very good Work-Life Balance (not much direction, not much to do) You still get perks such as business class travel and junkets which is virtually unheard of in most companies these days

    Cons

    Terrible company culture-- no cooperation between units, or amongst colleagues,going to work every day painful Lack of leadership direction, management changes its mind based on personal agenda and whims without any checks. Global direction is not communicated to regions, lots of gossips and anxiety about retrenchments and company future Poor performance management culture- favouritism and cronyism is common regardless of individual contribution or results. Lack of professionalism amongst senior management, do not set good examples for their subordinates.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional and provide better leadership


  11. Helpful (4)

    Turmoil

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Rentokil Initial full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good place to network. Get contacts from all around the world. You will find many inspiring manager. Follow them and learn fom them. In fact, in any large company you will find good leaders.

    Cons

    Turmoil turmoil turmoil. This company goes fast up and down. People are getting sacked and 5 days later people are getting hired. Work-life balance depends on the role. Some are getting paid more for doing nothing, while others are working hard for less pay. Unfair environment.



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