SThree Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Definitely a work, rest and play hard company (in 5 reviews)

  • Career progression; training; work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance was non-existent, and any attempt to have some was often looked upon with disdain by senior management (in 4 reviews)

  • Some serious Ego's are flying about in the senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Recruitment Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Uncapped earning potential. Flexible hours. Excellent performance incentives. Clear promotion targets. The best thing about the company is that if you work hard you are rewarded. Tenure does not dictate promotions.

    Cons

    The business just moved into a brand new office and has already outgrown the space. Consider it a positive however as the current trajectory is to open multiple offices both in NYC as well as around the country.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Pretentiousness will result in failure.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Pros

    More time off that most US companies offer.

    Cons

    Does not recognize that the US is a different market from Britain. Low salary Negativity from management... disconnect.

    Advice to Management

    Your business in the USA. Do not assume that the same pretentious attitudes that your company seems to get away with in other countries will work here. Otherwise you are doomed to failure and you will be closing offices in the US as you have in other countries. In the US, friendly and relaxed business people are the most successful. Backstabbing and pretentiousness will result in failure, especially when dealing with your US employees and clients.


  3. Great company

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SThree full-time

    Pros

    Good management, compensation structure, company culture, training program, and opportunities for growth. Would highly recommend both non-experienced and experienced consultants to apply

    Cons

    The company is still up and coming so the data base is not so extensive. Only focusing on IT and Life Sciences at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Put in the maximum effort into developing all employees of all different levels and background and stay late when needed.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Recruitment consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Potential to make a lot of money. Most co-workers are young and friendly.

    Cons

    While there is potential money to be made here, it's doesn't happen to everyone (or really anyone for that matter) I'd say 5% of the company makes 90% of the money, and management is sure to make you aware of who that is. If you aren't a top performer you might as well leave because they don't have time to waste on that. The job is all about hitting your KPI's, not about the quality of the work being done. You are constantly micro-managed about everything. Besides that there is clear favoritism amongst some people and it is demotivating for those who are not within that circle. If you're looking for work-life balance or flexibility this is not the place to go. They tell you after 2-3 years you'll be making $100k+ but I only know a handful of people who have been there longer than a year. All they care about is making money and that's the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Take note of the fact of how high turnover is. How do you expect this company to be successful long-term if you are having to constantly bring in people since everyone else is leaving?


  6. Helpful (3)

    Sthree

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Database / training / drinking and drugs

    Cons

    all the senior managers, its not the 90's and "Mate" is not my name!

    SThree Response

    Aug 7, 2015

    Thank you for your feedback. We would like to assure you that we have a strict anti-drug policy and do not condone such behaviour. However, it's accepted that we enjoy great nights out at SThree to ... More


  7. Principal Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Recruitment Consultant-ICT APAC in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Principal Recruitment Consultant-ICT APAC in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Young Culture - fast pace - Promotion is completely based on your performance hence opportunity to accelerate your growth Overall, its an awesome company to work for, to build career and earn big bucks..

    Cons

    -Can improve on building the brand name. Management need to invest on Marketing/brand building.

    Advice to Management

    Top management should speak up on TV/media/conferences to give insights on the recruitment environment so that people knows our brand


  8. Helpful (2)

    Don't stick around too long

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can fast track career progression, earnings and relocation IF you're lucky... If you're missing college/university's social interactions it has it's similarities; minus the intellectual side! A lot of people find their future love partners at the company, and they're pretty liberal about it.

    Cons

    .. but everything is fast tracked, including your decline.:people with experience (or smart people) have no reason to stay there more then 2-3 years or are pushed out. Churn because of company culture and job burnout Total lack of management maturity and education Narrow minded management culture Unfriendly conditions for women to access managerial functions Recruitment sales consultants salaries peak at 2-3 years of employment but is bad at the start and doesn't compete anymore against other sales jobs when you start having more experience They're easy to relocate people but accepting a relocation to the USA is a career dead end Micro-management typ of environment with call-center types of crowded offices A lot of work life balance initiatives not respected by lower middle management

    Advice to Management

    Start accepting a different way of thinking and a more professional work environment if you want the company to grow. I've only heard about growth during my +5 years but come back to earth: not much has grown if you look at the figures.


  9. Great introduction to the world of sales.. get out before you become brainwashed

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SThree (More than a year)

    Pros

    For your first job in a hardcore Sales environment, this is a great intro. With strict KPI targets to meet, and very long hours, it teaches you how to manage your time and workload. You will receive frequent sales training on how to approach/speak with Clients, objection handling etc. Really good 'banter' from similar minded individuals, helps ease the stress of the working environment. Lots of social after-work nights out, competitions to win company trips abroad and an incredible Christmas party at Battersea - no scrimping on decor, booze and entertainment. Commission is adequate.

    Cons

    Promotions are based on billing targets being met, NOT whether you are a great people person, have great managerial skills etc. This will demotivate some, and cause others to move on prematurely. Very immature environment - lots of nonsense going on, unprofessional managers, favouritism, 'sharking' of markets/deals. (This does toughen you up though). They only want to know you if you are making lots of money; quickly losing interest if you are having a low month. Extremely micro-managed, no autonomy to make decisions or present ideas for yourself. Seriously be prepared to say goodbye to any hint of a work-life balance. You are expected to be there from 8am-8pm, whether your work has been completed or not - its all about 'keeping face'. Advice - stay for around 2 years to gain experience and CV credibility, then find a real job in a proper company where you can be respected and grow in your career on your personal and professional merit, not simply because you had a lucky streak of hitting your targets.

    Advice to Management

    Become more professional, invest time, effort and belief in your staff and I'm sure you will have a happier working environment as well as more loyal, successful employees who WANT to be there. Most are biding their time until something better comes along.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Hard work, learn lots but in retrospect ridiculous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of learning if you start at 0, fun, energetic company, young and driven consultants, good money for a starter.

    Cons

    very bad for clients, no respect in that case, learn the job wrongly (although if you start at 0 it is a good place to start learning), extremely kpi driven, good consultants often become managers, but that doesnt make them good managers. Actually, very often bad managers. high workload.

    Advice to Management

    treat your clients well, train your managers better, stop focussing on kpi's. understand the business better.


  11. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    really strong growth potential and ability to make a lot of money in your first year.

    Cons

    a lot of long hours when your first start



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