Workbridge Associates

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Workbridge Associates Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
62 Reviews
3.6
62 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This happens in all entry level sales environments (in 11 reviews)

  • If you want to learn the full life cycle or sales, business development, and social marketing then work for Workbridge (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • You will work long hours, sitting on the phone cold calling the same 10-20 numbers over and over again (in 5 reviews)

  • You don't want to work here till 9PM sourcing do you (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    If you are looking for an entry-level position and willing to work hard, Workbridge can give you tools to be succesful!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates full-time

    Pros

    The culture is awesome. Although everyone is fairly young and made out of recent college grads for the most part, everyone is ambitious and hoping to be successful. They have a great training program, and really want you to be successful. Since Workbridge focuses only on IT, you are put on teams and each team focuses on a certain type of technology. They really want to make sure you know exactly what you are talking about, opposed to other agencies who I've heard send Java candidates to C#/.Net positons, which blows my mind! They have teams specifcially focused on C#/.Net, Open Source (PHP/Java/Ruby on Rails, etc.), Embedded/C++, System/Network admins (IT), and more in other offices. They really want you to know what you are talking about when speaking to managers, as well as candidates. You sit down and meet with all of your candidates, as well as your clients, to get a good understanding of what each is looking for which helps you to make good matches and ultimately do deals! It's great to work for an agency that doesn't spam resumes to managers, but really makes an effort to build relationships on both sides. You also only focus on your specific local market, which allows you to have multiple candidates for jobs you are working, as well as multiple positions your candidates might be interested in. They really make an effort for you to be successful, and you can always ask managers to speak with you one on one to give you tips as they are always happy to answer any questions you might have. It is also great that everyone in a manager/lead position has been where you are, as everyone is promoted from within. If you are willing to work hard and are dedicated to the job, you will be successful.

    Cons

    This job is not for everyone. The job really is what you put in to it, so if you don't want to work hard and really make an effort to be good at this job, it may not be for you. You need to be able to be aggresive and handle rejection well, this job is not for the weak-minded. You may have to work long hours to get things done, but you are never forced to. The people who do stay late are the ones who are most dedicated to the job. Also you will see ALOT of people come and go, like I said the job is not for everyone. There will always be batches of new people, some will fail and some will succeed, which really shows you who wants it more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is awesome, keep it up! Really love that managers are always willing to help you out, and want you to be successful. The only thing I would say is to really consider the people you are promoting to "lead"/manager. Generally 20 deals means you are promoted to a "lead recruiter" position, but doing a lot of deals does not necessarily make you a good leader.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company, If you can last

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of potential. Great company culture. Everyone cares about each other and helps more than needed.

    Cons

    No time off and work life balance. Intense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    crash course in sales/recruiting, but long hours and low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will learn the basics of sales and recruiting *very* quickly.

    Co-workers are super personable, genuinely nice people.

    Ample opportunity to advance quickly if you can pull it off.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that you are paid hourly and upper management actively discourages employees from clocking all of their working hours in an effort to minimize overtime pay. Even though you're pulling 10-hour days at the office on average, you are *expected* to do a minimum of 1-2 additional hours worth of work every night and on weekends *at home*, for which do not pay you. It's really not fair to not get paid for all of your work.

    The work environment itself is quite stressful - it's a full desk recruiting role, and balancing time between clients and candidates is difficult (hence logging 10 hour days on average).

    Micro-managing was also a huge issue - I would get a disproportional amount of negative feedback literally every time I made even the smallest mistake, which made the work environment more stressful than I felt it needed to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise the compensation structure to account for such long hours. While long hours are definitely the norm for any sales job, you should really transition employees to salary pay if you don't want to compensate employees for overtime. Increase the starting salary to boot - $32K is not enough to survive for 6 months.

    Tone down the micro-management and boiler-room sales environment. The pressure in the bull pen is way too high to focus and get anything done with any level of confidence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Exchange Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Exchange Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working as a contractor. The process went smooth.

    Cons

    I have no cons to offer. I'm happy working with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mismanaged Mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were nice, and as a non-sales employee I wasn't micromanaged

    Cons

    Managers berated sales teams on a daily basis, extremely low pay, unethical recruiting practices, consistently high turn over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management grooms certain recruiters very early. As soon as a recruiter starts, you can predict how long he/she will last (and it's usually a couple months). It's a very hard job, but if you play the game you'll snake your way to the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, great management, really good opportunity to grow very quickly in your career!

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

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a really good place to learn the ins and outs of business and sales ultimately be rewarded for your successes! If you work hard and take advice from your managers then you will have a great experience and learn a lot very quickly. The more that you put in the more that you get back in both knowledge and money.

    Cons

    The work environment is very competitive and requires a personality that is driven for sales. If you are not a competitive person or someone that can handle a high pressure sales environment then this is likely not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to train hands on with junior and senior staff, while also pushing to drive sales tactics forward and advance your own knowledge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work your ass off = make tons of money, feel like you're getting a hands-on MBA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Recruiter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - The culture (super fun, young, work hard, play harder)
    - The limitless opportunity (if I don't meet my sales quota for the morning/day/week/month, it is 100% up to me to change it). You make your success here a choice. And you can change your desk from having nothing going, to a top performing autonomous business unit in one phone call.
    - No politics. Very clear cut communication where you know what you need to do in order to succeed.

    Cons

    - Cold calling, but it's sales so expect a lot of that and expect to be pushed outside your comfort zone.
    - Lots of lows (but also lots of highs). Be prepared to ride the waves.
    - Takes a while (longer than I expected and was told) to make "real" money.
    - If you're interviewing for a job here, and you're reading this, be prepared to work harder than you ever thought you would right out of college. Just listen directly to your manager/trainer, stay positive and you will be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it motivational. Keep it simple. It's an easy job conceptually, but it's hard to keep an office of entry level, college grads motivated. Keep the incentives creative (booze is good, but gets boring and unmotivational after a while).

    Trim the fat. Be more critical of people when interviewing. Get people in here who can hustle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, great job, high rewards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The sales and technical training that you receive is top notch. In two short months you will be a great salesman with a extensive knowledge of technology. I came in with little to no knowledge of software development/engineering and would now consider myself an expert. Also, the everyday challenges are what make the day go by fast and keep things exciting. There is a a great balance of individual responsibility and teamwork/collaboration. If you give effort and are helpful to others on your team, your team will be very helpful toward you. Essentially, being helpful to your team is a solid investment and the favors will be returned. You are also rewarded for your productivity, and the rewards are uncapped. Promotion is only from within, so your paychecks will increase very quickly if you work hard enough.

    Cons

    If you do not have a positive attitude, this will not be the job for you. If you are someone who is easily frustrated and let's frustration ruin the rest of your day, then a sales job is not for you, and this is most definitely a sale job. That being said, if you are a great communicator and have that positive attitude and a great work ethic, you will thrive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pressure Cooker Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Recruiter in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Recruiter in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Occasional happy hour parties downtown.

    Cons

    Employees are ridiculed, berated, and broken down. Low pay with no respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wouldn't do it.

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

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paid Training. That's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Parking is UNPAID, you have a lot of responsibility. Management were not properly trained to lead or mentor others. Disrespect is thrown around. If you stick with it long enough to actually book a candidate at a job, you get a tiny raise which isn't even comparable to the money you just made the company, plus they say you work on "teams" but you're all competing for all these candidates to take 1 position offered at 1 company. I don't see why anyone would work with these guys as a vendor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for your staff's parking. Train your management to treat people like humans, and ADULTS. This job was pitched as one thing when it is really a sales job, so that was extremely misleading. Also, requiring a presentation as part of the interview process is pointless because it is nothing like the real pitches you give to clients/candidates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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