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Aston Carter Reviews

Updated January 13, 2017
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  1. "From an accounting contractors perspective"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Accounting Contractor in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Accounting Contractor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexibility of being a contractor. They pretty much found positions that were a good fit for me and close to home.

    Cons

    The benefits for vacation are nil unlike other temporary agencies. Of course since you're not a direct employee the cost of the benefits are high and unpaid holidays come with the territory.


  2. "Good recruitment agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of activities outside of work

    Cons

    Work/life balance not worth it for the pay


  3. "ok place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    ambitious atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    very clique orientated, have to fit in


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  5. "Support Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good money to be made

    Cons

    American work culture has negative impact on some


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good recruitment firm to begin your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -well established brand in the recruitment market
    -work with a list of large banks and companies
    -ambitious growth plans and encourage people to take ownership and grow out the business
    -good commission structure and opportunity to make a lot of money in a short period of time

    Cons

    -office politics make it difficult to progress if you're not in with senior management
    -ridiculous hours - I am talking 12 hour days generally
    -very corporate environment
    -perception is everything.. you could be working very hard all day but if you leave at 6pm people will question your work ethic


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Aston Carter - Resourcer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    Work with some great people. Social element of the job is definitely a highlight. As for the job itself, it is fast paced and challenging.

    Cons

    Long hours. People stay late to "be seen" as opposed to doing any work. Sales targets are weekly, which can put undue pressure and haste on a consultant. Work can be monotonous. No real training other than a 3 day intro course at the beginning of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more of a detailed and tailored training course to retain staff. Challenge the poor work/life balance.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great for those who are ambitious and want to make money, but be prepared to give up your personal life and opinions"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great place to earn money. The POTENTIAL for making good money fast is there for those who want it.
    - The banter in the office can be quite good, until it is stomped out by management.
    - You are encouraged to go out and meet people as much as possible
    - Career progression is very much in your own hands, up to a certain point
    - If you are liked by senior management, you are well looked after and can be accelerated in the business

    Cons

    - Very poor work/life balance - Arriving any later than 7.45am and leaving any earlier than 7pm results in a full blown inquest
    - Independent thought is discouraged.
    - Fresh ideas and suggestions on alternative ways of approaching things are described as "being resistant" and are dismissed
    - Sales floor run through fear, rather than through trust
    - Spoken to like children by management
    - If you are not favoured by senior management, then life can be hell. Seen impact on colleagues who have all since left the business
    - High turnover of staff
    - Highest billers become management irrespective of their ability to manage and no training put in place to make them managers

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff and treat them with respect or you will continue to see good people leave


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great company to work when it was growing fast 2005 - 2010
    Lots of flexibility and reward
    Very little red tape and reporting. You go to what ever meeting you wanted when ever you wanted and no one would ask any questions.
    Lots of money to be made in what was a booming banking market
    Management had been there for a long time
    Base pay is good, but you have to demand pay rise and show you can perform otherwise your struck in some standard payrise structure. I asked for a 100% increase on my base (i was smashing it) and got 50% base uptake.
    Good alternative to other super large recruitment businesses.

    Cons

    Red taped increased after the business sold to a larger recruitment business
    Lots of reporting
    Top performers could not just get away with what they wanted - maybe a good thing
    More of a structured larger management layer after the sell - some people may like that, but i prefer a flat structure.
    Banking market is performing bad now - less likely to make top dollar like in 2010. I made £200k in my last year as a hands on biller!
    Takes longer to become a team lead these days from what i can see.
    Senior management have made their money. Sold the company. There's no reason for them to change the world, drive the company to the next level, or take on even a reasonable amount of risk to push the business forward in what is a evolving competitive £4bn industry.

    Advice to Management

    Try to hold on to what you once was as a company that gave you a competitive advantage.


  10. "Great place to start your career as a recruitment consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment for getting to grips with recruitment, great people work there, good culture, springboard for bigger and better things

    Cons

    Poor commission, glass ceiling, needless paperwork


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Positive, before the management became too greedy."

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent meritocratic structure, with a focus on rewarding excellence. Good salaries and benefits, with an average commission structure. Great working atmosphere with polite and well educated colleagues, and a fun environment within which to work in this pressurised industry.

    Cons

    Aggressive management with a favouritism towards legacy performers. Serious lack of investment in staff. No appreciation for the fact that the staff may actually be brighter than some of the management and have the potential to offer something extra - the problem when dumb people hire bright graduates and money loses its motivating edge...

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking outside and see what you had right there in front of you. It just needed a little cultivating.



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