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Updated January 2, 2018
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Pros
  • Flexible working hours is a massive plus (in 8 reviews)

  • They value their employees and the culture, as well as work ethic and how we portray the company to our candidates and clients (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of buy-in from London staff and upper management (in 2 reviews)

  • Can sometimes feel pulled in too many directions (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Very good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of pros for this particular company

    Cons

    none at this time, they are a great company


  2. "okay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    not to bad but not best

    Cons

    too much favoritsm due to small amount

    Aspire Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Chairman

    Difficult to respond to that. For the record I do favour positive, enthusiastic, motivated and successful employees.

  3. "good place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, flexible hours, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Pay not what I deserve


  4. Helpful (1)

    "HORRIBLE"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    Not many. I supposed the people you work with are the highlights...

    Cons

    run. management is horrible.

    Aspire Response

    Jul 13, 2017 – Chairman

    Oops, I guess you must have left because if still here please come and talk to me or Charlotte so we can understand why our management team is horrible. If gone best wishes and hope you have better... More


  5. "Employment Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work, great culture, inspirational

    Cons

    more communication from higher ups

    Aspire Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Chairman

    Thanks and noted


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An incredible recruitment agency to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've really enjoyed my time at Aspire, I worked alongside some incredible colleagues and worked with inspiring clients. Aspire do things quite differently from other recruitment agencies, both within the digital and media space, and also in general. Everyone lives and breathes the company's values, and there is a real sense of collaboration. They are also forward-thinking, are quick to realize the flaws in the ways recruitment is traditionally done, and are quick to change and adapt in order to best service their clients and candidates.
    Excellent branding and marketing, and they make sure you have all the tools needed to reach potential clients and candidates.
    Training is great, combination of on- and off-desk.
    Perks are brilliant (flexi-time was a life saver, and I'm going to miss the monthly massages!)

    Cons

    Don't really have any, just keep doing what you're doing!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do, don't be afraid of change, and keep shining :)


  7. "Great Office Culture alongside a Great Company to be part of!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    Lovely office environment the minute I joined, everyone is very welcoming.
    Management always there to offer support and help you make progression.
    The 1-1 meetings offered are taken very seriously and help you to push yourself, you always feel like you are being listened to.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to comment on so far.

  8. "Good start"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start your career

    Cons

    Employees are always under surveillance

    Advice to Management

    Be free to your employees.


  9. "Inability to Change or Accept Input While Blindly Continuing on a Troubled Path"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Talent Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Regular career reviews

    Semi-flexible hours

    Superb office space, location and facilities

    Cons

    Attitude and general personal ability of management

    Internal communication

    Endless Circle of attempts to change processes

    Lack of buy-in from London staff and upper management

    Fee splits often leading to internal competition over candidates

    Advice to Management

    "The definition of insanity is performing the same task over and over expecting different results"

    An immensely over-used cliche but disturbingly accurate in this account. A down-to-earth founder and a very business smart CEO cannot get this company working the way they want it to without the help of the core staff. A lack of any sort of accountability from 360 consultants and resourcing managers has allowed the tension between the two offices almost reach a point of no return, causing a visible crack in the company between the sales people and the new million pound venture in the midlands.

    It is my understanding that issues have been repeatedly highlighted by both ends yet no concrete results have been noticed. At the conception of the 'Talent Hub', certain processes were established, but there is a clear reluctance to make any changes or even consider adapting the model for the benefit of the Birmingham employees. Everyone seems to be measured by the same yardstick regardless of industry, and KPIs are based around an environment of 'office targets' which feels like activity for the sake of activity.

    I feel like unless serious changes are made in both the way internal conflict is handled and how Birmingham staff are directing their time, the Talent Hub will quickly become non-viable and the exceedingly high staff turnover will only increase.


  10. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Talent Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspire (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent Birmingham office
    - Central location
    - Approachable, friendly board of directors
    - What seems to be a genuine desire to succeed

    Cons

    - Forever changing strategy, KPIs and expectations
    - A reliance on "London" to steer the Talent Hub and a lack of consistency in expectations across London teams
    - A real lack of buy-in or will to change from the London teams
    - Turnover, turnover, turnover...

    Advice to Management

    Change the way London work to push them away from an over-reliance on their key accounts to a business development focused way of working in order to make the Talent Hub valuable.

    You have a very successful business, but if growth is the intention you will only realise this when London move out of their comfort zone and let Talent Hub add revenue and not just fill jobs London would have filled on their own anyway...

    Aspire Response

    Oct 2, 2017 – Chairman

    Thanks for your feedback and I don't disagree that getting the balance between what we need both operations to achieve has been a learning curve for us all. Pleased to say that we are now getting... More


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