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Updated December 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent L&D and 'Academy' for new joiners (in 6 reviews)

  • Competitive, like minded people, great people, support, ability to move up and grow with the company, great base pay and ability to earn more (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good and Forward-Thinking Recruitment Company in London"

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

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office culture
    Strong training program
    Genuine career progression
    Good remuneration
    Nice offices
    Part of a huge company, but don't just feel like one in a machine

    Cons

    Long hours - but if you're not willing to do that, you shouldn't be in recruitment
    Inherently frustrating job at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee feedback (great job so far)
    keep it up


  2. "Highly Recommend"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Recognition for achievements is great, consistent awards for performance
    Opportunities to develop new areas and run your own team
    Great social side and office culture
    Fantastic offices
    Improving approach to change and innovation within the industry and to working culture

    Cons

    Minor disparity between promotional targets in different areas of the business
    Strict approach to expensing client entertainment

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a more relationship driven, client centric approach to recruitment
    continue to support & reward your employees in the way you do!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very professional in sourcing candidates"

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

    I worked at Aston Carter (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as an "Intermediate Accountant" at a Senior Living company sourced through Aston Carter. AS exactly knew what I was looking for a career change and found my archived profile to match an opportunity in Vancouver. They were very quick in contacting me, scheduling an interview and placing me with the client. Their payroll system is very advanced and the staff followed up to check if everything was going well throughout my tenure.

    Cons

    None. They did not give any opportunity for a bad review. Nick and Shay were very professional and courteous to avoid a bad experience.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue your reliable service to all the F&A professionals. You went a step ahead in fulfilling my career aspirations. I congratulate the AS staff for their dedication to help candidates follow their long term goals.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Provides some of the best opportunities in the recruitment market"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - There is serious money to be made with some earning in excess of 300k a year.
    - Excellent L&D and 'Academy' for new joiners.
    - Support to grow into what ever role you want: Account Manager, Client Strategy, Sales Manager or even if you want to move internationally (USA, Asia, Australia)
    - Performance Culture. Working with some real high performing teams.
    - Sean (CEO) & Eli (RVP)leading the Sales Division across EMEA are very inspiring and have a clear vision and purpose.
    - The company is adapting to enter new markets and sell more than just staffing to its clients which yet gain creates even more opportunity for employees.

    Cons

    - a lot of people complain about KPIs in the below reviews. If you don't want to be given a target and be asked to hit it recruitment in general is probably the wrong industry for you.
    - contracted hours are 8-6 which is normal for the city, sometimes you may have to work late to source an urgent role. No one makes you do that though.
    - attrition will be high this year because of market challenges. The role is harder than ever before and only those able to adapt to selling new products will end up staying and making money.
    - recruitment is often looked down upon by many due to a saturated market of small-medium sized firms with moody tactics. Luckily Aston Carter are not one of those and have some excellent values.
    - no benefits in package.

    Advice to Management

    - Finance now able to only sign off £30 a head for client lunches and meets? Seniors have to pay for their own paintball day out organised by the company on work time? No real benefits, no company contribution for pension? We are a big corporate now it would be great to actually see the benefits of that.

    Base Salary for Seniors should be 35 atleast. Many of these people billed you 300k last year to hit the incentive trip. Consultants should be 28k.

    Keep driving right performance culture. Not all attrition is bad attrition.


  5. "Good Place to Learn"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good place to learn
    - Some admirable support from management, in and out of office
    - Good to start here, even if it's not for you you, it's a good first step on the career ladder
    - Good l&d and exposure to European teams
    - Good social side
    - CEO
    - Well known name in the market

    Cons

    - very corporate
    - some poor management across the company
    - Wouldn't say morale is the best
    - Lots of people leaving
    - basic salary poor - but still potential to earn

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff more, it isn't school


  6. "Average, good learning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    they plug a lot of money into their l&d, there are people who want you to succeed but at the end of the day they aren't going to help you get there. It's a very independent job and you have to have a lot of self-accountability.

    Cons

    The company are incredibly cheap, they will try and nickle and dime you on everything. If you do a 20 grand placement, you can't take the candidate for a nice dinner to celebrate and maintain that relationship. Senior leadership are so distant from having ever done recruitment or picked up a phone that they have no idea of the challenges. The company has a massive on drinking culture, it's like no one in the business has a hobby outside of going to the pub. It's a very stale culture with a very high attrition. You join here to learn recruitment, not enjoy life. Work life balance sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Relax your rules, adults who are succeeding are doing it for them not for you. Learn a bit of emotional intelligence, if someone has worked 3 70 hour weeks in a row and turns up late 15-20 minutes one day, there is no need to pull them into a meeting room and bollock them. This happens all to frequently. Significant disconnect between sales managers and what their teams are doing.

    Sean is a great guy though and very inspiring, his Sales Manager and Directors of Sales - not so much.


  7. "Highly recommend"

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

    I have been working at Aston Carter (More than a year)

    Pros

    Structured training
    like minded people
    very high earning potentials/uncapped commission
    fast paced
    forward thinking, fast growing company
    Career progression
    overseas opportunities
    huge client base

    Cons

    Can be tough at times and the standards are very high, but it's worth it

    Advice to Management

    We did junior level appraisals with a senior director last year, which was very beneficial and interesting - more stuff like that please!

  8. "Positive Learning Curve"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 Aston Carter (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    After working in a variety of sales roles prior to working at Aston Carter I found that my experience at the company really developed me as a recruiter and taught me the true value of hard work. After meeting some of my potential colleagues at interview stage, I was placed in to a team that best suited what I was looking for in terms of a new role and into an environment I felt I could progress in. I was given support along the way and learnt from some of the best recruitment consultants in the city which built my confidence and helped me to develop my own set of skills. I found working with so many motivated and driven individuals helped me to stay focused and really gave me the foundation to progress in my career. Definitely recommend this company for driven individuals with a hunger to earn money and people that want to be rewarded for the work they put in.

    Cons

    The demanding nature of the job got the better of me and I find myself stressed at times but always persevered and the commission cheque always helped.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Definitely work here if you want to do sales!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I get the previous persons comments, it is hard, it is long hours, it is challenging. However what that person obviously doesn't get is that all jobs are hard to begin with, all are long hours and all pay relatively low salaries until you add value. The person below has missed out some key elements of their own under performance (one deal in a year usually means you don't earn a lot and you get put on some form of performance support plan - it is Sales after all), however I won't go into that, I will just outline how well I have done in the past 18 months as an example to all potential joiners to what is possible if you are smart, organised and are open to listening and learning from those who have performed well over the years!

    I have been promoted twice and earned over £40k in my first year which isn't bad considering how tough the market has been.
    I am now the Account Manager for one of our biggest banking accounts and am loving the responsibility.
    My team are great and we all get a long well and are all pulling in the same direction.
    I know exactly what I need to do to get promoted to the next level and I hope to do this within 6 months which will mean I have made it to Senior Consultant in 2 years!!

    Cons

    It is hard, a lot banks were not hiring this year and we have had to develop out client portfolio more so than in previous years. The biggest negative is that I didn't start the year before (2015) as then I would have been a year further forward in my career and could have earned more in 2016 as I would have known more!

    Advice to Management

    Be open with new joiners, I was told how hard it would be in interview and that really helped when I started finding it tough 6 months as I had thought about how to deal with it!
    Also, don't change things due bad people leaving, only change things to help the good people who are building the business.


  10. "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office banter was good at times.

    Cons

    - Archaic form of management. All based on hitting KPIs for calls, CVs brought in, meetings booked etc. If you fail to hit these you will be torn apart, usually in one of the "red zone" meetings that happen at 8am and 2pm every day.
    - No consideration for work/life balance
    - Be prepared to work 12 hours minimum. At the peak I was arriving at 7am and leaving at 9pm...and my work ethic would still be questioned at times.
    - All based on face time, doesn't matter if you're efficient, leave before 7pm and you will be considered lazy.
    - You will be grossly underpaid if you work in permanent recruitment, base starts at 20k and £300 fee per placement regardless of the size. I once made a deal that made the company 50k, my manager 10k, and me £300.
    - The opportunities sold to you in interviews are largely a myth. Potential earnings will be massively overstated and realistically there is little scope for rapid progression (in perm at least).

    Advice to Management

    Start living in the 21st century and treat people as human beings rather than machines. Some of the staff you lose through awful mismanagement will go on to have great careers elsewhere with companies that make them feel valued.


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