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SThree Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
45 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not my greatest career move!

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

    I worked at SThree full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Majority of the consultants are great fun to be around and there is a great social culture
    Good place to cut teeth before moving on to a company that pays better and treats you like an adult.

    Cons

    Poor Management- some managers are just in senior roles because they have been in the business so long.
    Awful commission for front office staff
    Progression is SLOW
    Don't listen to staff
    Haven't made any changes for a number of years- certain arrogance about the way they work
    Churn of staff
    Terrible interview process - making candidates complete the same interview with up to 3 brands
    Can only attract trainee consultants as low salaries, commission and poor progression
    Heavily KPI focused- aware it's a sales role but some kpis are just in place to control staff
    No flexibility (Unless you'be been there 18 months then there is pre-booked flexibility)
    Arrogant managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on why you are losing so many staff and do something about it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    If you have to constantly sell your staff on why it's a great place to work then it isn't one

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and advance.. if you enjoy micromanagement.
    Incentives can be very rewarding
    Nice office locations

    Cons

    They make you post excellent reviews (lie) on the company to glassdoor
    Micromanagement
    No creative thinking
    One set of rules for one and another for others
    YOU HAVE TO QUIT TO GET AHEAD OR WHAT YOU WANT IN THE COMPANY
    NO WORK/LIFE BALANCE
    Lack of professionalism
    Poor management
    They churn and burn staff. People usually leave within the first year.
    Drugs are openly talked about the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is so much potential here. Employee some people with experience and create a professional and constructive environment. Stop encouraging people to live pay-check to pay-check. PLEASE STOP TRYING TO SELL EMPLOYEES ON HOW GREAT IT IS THERE. USE THIS ENERGY AND TIME AND MAKE IT GREAT INSTEAD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning ground, but work culture might not suit everyone

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

    I worked at SThree

    Pros

    Great learning ground - especially for recruiters who are new to the trade, highly developed recruitment system/tools, you can't help but get better/develop quickly in a highly competitive environment

    Cons

    Micro-management culture, management lack emphathy, low base salary and unrewarding commission scheme, work-life balance is almost non-existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be successful in Asia, you need to first understand the culture and way people do business here.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Management, Total Boys Club

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at SThree (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Uncapped commission structure, with pretty decent payouts if you can stack your sales.
    -Great incentives.
    -Young, energetic co-workers.
    -Decent formal training (though the real way to learn is to emulate top billers).
    -We are moving to a beautiful new office.
    -The SThree brands are becoming more and more recognizable in the US.
    -This job will teach you to be disciplined and punctual, and if you pay attention, you will learn a great sales skill set.

    Cons

    -Upper management is completely disconnected from their employees; maybe now that we have had some turnover they will realize how unhappy the majority of us are.
    -They claim that career advancement is completely meritocratic, but several managers have been promoted based on inflated (read: FALSE) numbers. We know you didn't hit your targets, so we don't respect your authority.
    -Total boys club. It can be incredibly frustrating/intimidating/humiliating to be a woman on the desk. Oh, and don't think we aren't scratching our heads over the fact that there are as many women as men at this company and there are still an absurdly low proportion of female managers/directors. (As a side note, and overwhelming majority of the people who recently left were women.)
    -Management will endeavor to learn as much as they can about you, your professional aspirations, and your personal life and use it to manipulate you. They will figure out your paint points and harp on them until you produce or crack. With very few exceptions, these people are NOT your friends, although they do an awesome job of making you believe otherwise.
    -Sales is absolutely a numbers game, but the emphasis on KPI's can be wildly excessive at times. Hint: It also gives away the fact that you don't actually care about us as people, only as revenue producers.
    -The atmosphere has become increasingly unprofessional. If you come in drunk from last nights party, it's not a problem as long as you were out with coworkers (this includes managers).
    -I don't know where to begin with the CEO. Maybe I'll just say that the unprofessional atmosphere, especially as it pertains to women, probably filters down from him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't start showing at least some signs that you will take steps to improve employee welfare, I won't be the only one who starts looking elsewhere...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    SThree Response

    Nov 6, 2014Talent Acquisition Manager

    Many thanks for your feedback and I'm sorry to hear that your experience at SThree wasn't entirely positive.

    I know that our management team cares passionately about the welfare and success of
    ... More

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, terrible management

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

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

    Pros

    The training here is exceptional. Many of the people I worked with were lots of fun, and the atmosphere that created was evidently youthful. The experience gained from this job, is invaluable, on many levels, and will take you far in your next role - given you stick with it for long enough to be able to use it usefully.

    Cons

    Along with a youthful atmosphere, came pettiness and unsavoury, childish behaviour. Work-life balance was non-existent, and any attempt to have some was often looked upon with disdain by senior management. The management structure meant that people who were good billers, often automatically became managers - the two do not necessarily go hand in hand. The career pathways are limited and stringent. Be prepared to go into a full dog-eat-dog environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company should endeavor to value their human capital and embrace diversity and fair employment practices

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

    I worked at SThree full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    International career opportunities, great pay and perks for high performers. Leadership and work culture that believed in working hard and play even harder

    Cons

    Promoting the best sales person that may not necessarily be cut out to be a good leader. Some what disturbing employment practices in compensation and rewards that may be deemed discriminatory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace diversity. Walk the talk. Stop with discretionary practices which are often being viewed as being discriminating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    SThree (support services): Many good colleagues but not a fair place of work

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

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Pros

    They seem to pick good and interesting staff ..

    Cons

    ..and then they treat them badly. Instead of valuing people, they are micro-managed and treated like children. Managers are cliquish with each other but would not associate with other staff in an honest manner. All the good people are trying to leave. Managers monopolise the best tasks and do not share them in order to develop their team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as you would like to be treated.
    Notice people's hard work and give them credit for it.
    Don't persist in disregarding some and privileging others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn the trade and then leave while your soul is still intact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Pros

    -Excellent training ground for people new to recruitment.
    -Provides you with strong structure, discipline and understanding of business
    -Good database
    -Very profitable company

    Cons

    -Inconsistent approach by management.
    -Managers lack empathy and can be very manipulative of staff.
    -Lacks work-life balance.
    -Business Ethic is often overlooked ("Boiler Room" attitude)
    -Limited career growth if you're not British (especially in offices based in Asia)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward, Rapport, Energy, Respect.
    Practice the above values rather than just talking about them OR change the values to just a Big Dollar sign.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Suffering from all big corporate problems, support staff is overlooked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part of Internal IT Team in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Part of Internal IT Team in London, England (UK)

    I worked at SThree full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Decent package, good work/life balance
    - Some nice people to work with
    - If you work as an agent, your possibilities are endless (if you have the skills and the guts)
    - There are some good initiatives in the company, like encouraging and supporting more women in management
    - Stable place, expectations are clear

    Cons

    - Very conservative and risk averse, especially in IT (upgraded from IE6 to 7 in 2012!)
    - Very formal, no flexibility (Shirt and tie, even if you never meet client or business)
    - Slow moving, marketing is a bit behind
    - Old systems and solutions everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay attention and reward support staff
    - Work smarter, not harder
    - Adapt new technology, because you're loosing money because of the old systems
    - Make sure that feedback works both ways, some members of the middle management are horrible
    - Corporate values are something you do, not something you talk about

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

    Long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in City of London, England (UK)

    I have been working at SThree

    Pros

    There is excellent training at Sthree

    Cons

    The pay on commisson and base is not high enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is needs to be more clarity on the international growth and more money on offer for consultants.

    Approves of CEO

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