Selby Jennings

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Selby Jennings Reviews in London, England

Updated Jun 10, 2014

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    excellent career, pay and experiences

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    Prosexcellent training
    great exposure to all aspects of the role early in your career
    good culture and incentives
    strong commission scheme
    plenty of support and guidance
    clear path to progress career and earnings

    Conshours can be long, but is the nature of the industry

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep pushing and growing
    keep listening to your staff
    keep telling people where we are going and why - is a great story

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Strong rewards packages, Good and exciting company holidays but little else...

    Consultant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe commission is very good at Selby with 15, 20 or 25% of a deal size and these rise by 5% if you hit certain targets. Realistically you can double your base salary by having a half decent year (Base is £18-20k).

    This is also on an individual basis so you are accountable for your own performance on not relying on others before you can get commission, which often happens at other recruiters.

    The social life around work on Thursday and bi-monthly Lunch Clubs on a bi-annual basis are also available for top performers and are enjoyable to go on.

    ConsVery target driven right down to calls per day, interviews, deals etc. although that said this is consistent with any recruitment company.

    Hours are significantly longer than contracted (working 8-7 rather than contracted hours of 8:30-6:30). Furthermore, unpaid overtime is always expected regardless of what you're achieving (usually an extra 1-2 hours a day on average).

    Promotions are at a set level of business done in a financial year. However, you effectively do the same job as before but just on slightly increased commission rates and you may get a junior to manage. However, this person often isn't interviewed by you and so mismatches often occur.

    Holiday isn't an option (I had circa 8 days in 2 years) and any that is approved is subject to your performance. This is something you have to realistically understand before working here.

    The basic salary isn't enough to live in London other than rent and food. Therefore if you want to go to the social events, you need to ensure you're regularly performing. Not so much a negative as it motivates you to work hard but worth highlighting to anyone considering a job at Selby.

    Staff turnover is extremely high (one year I was there they hired 62 new people in a year but also fired 58). Expect the pressure to be on all the time once you've completed your probationary period.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvestment in talent for the long term and be consistent with targets/incentives that are set. It can also be highly de-motivating to hear that you're not doing well but offer no new ideas on why this may be happening other than your own laziness.

    It would also be worth trying to understand the issues that de-motivated employees are having and this way, it would help to turns things around more effectively for the current employee, saving significant investment in new staff that have to come in and learn a new market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun, young atmosphere - with very good salary, if you put the work in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIt's a young company across the board, so the work atmosphere is fun and vibrant. If you work well and consistently then the salary is quite a bit above average salary. If you work very hard, then the salary is excellent. Your goals are obvious, and you know exactly how, when and how much your reward will be, which is a good motivator.

    ConsThe work can be monotonous. There can be periods where it is not very prosperous even when you are working very hard. Part of the work is luck, which can be infuriating, but the more things you have going on the more chance you have of things going through. Career progression is only possible through very high billings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The best perks in the business

    Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat compensation and commission structure on all work.
    Great perks including Company holidays, lunch clubs and much more.
    Good buzz- yound age group, good social scene

    ConsLong hours
    KPI's are the only judge of performance

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are clear favourites.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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