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Aston Carter Reviews

Updated August 15, 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)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is tough to manage (in 11 reviews)

  • 1 Absolutely no work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close with the people on your team, support each other and back each other.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional environment, business is still growing and most people don't know how to be successful in the role yet. Management uses HARSH tactics such as scolding the team weekly telling their employees that they are awful at their jobs and need to do better. In turn management did not provide business for recruiters to thrive and couldn't close on business often which directly affected performance as a recruiter.

    WEEKLY someone would go home crying, or go to cry in the bathrooms and managers would pretend not to notice.

    There is absolutely NO work life balance. You are expected to eat, sleep, and breathe the company and are looked down upon for taking lunch, or leaving before 7pm. Work days are 12hrs/day.

    Very much a numbers game, you will get booted if you don't perform and hit DAILY and WEEKLY number goals that no one in the office hits, and you will most likely quit before that happens.

    CRAZY TURNOVER, in first few months I saw at least 6 people quit, two of which were in manager positions. In addition the office is extremely cliquey because it is a young environment of students right out of college.

    Terrible benefits, decent pay but you work your life away for it.

    Advice to Management

    The more you scold your team and make people upset everyday the less the team will be successful.


  2. "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    Taking candidates out to lunch.

    Cons

    the environment- too fratty. Always gossipy. People were extremely intense and hard to ask questions to without getting your head bitten off.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people for management that not only prove themselves in sales but also in personality and the ability to handle situations. A lot of the management was immature and liked to gossip.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Graduates stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good potential to earn.
    They let you sleep for 6 hours a day, (but the rest you're expected at work)
    Good banter before management stamp it out.

    Cons

    Hours are ridiculous
    Management are inconsistent and make things up as they go.
    Made to feel guilty for taking holiday and preferably not take it.
    Trying to turn business into a factory with every minute accounted for and standardised, so free thinking not needed.

    Advice to Management

    People perform better when they don't have someone standing over them every second asking what they are doing.
    KPI's are not the most important thing in the universe
    Good billers don’t necessarily make good managers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely disappointed with Management in Aston Carter/Compliance Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    In the compliance team you will learn a lot about the financial industry and working in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    This company lacks on how to motivate and speak to staff. When it comes to reviews they dont listen to you but decide on the basis what they have heard from other people who are childish and immature. there is lack of professionalism and blatant favoritism. graduates stay away as they do not appreciate how much work you put in and feel threatened on the qualifications you have

    Advice to Management

    definitely be more supportive to staff and graduates. you employ intelligent people with degrees. unfortunately there is no support and careers progress for them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Negative"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Their is money to be made.

    Cons

    Presenteeism culture.
    Employee turnover is exceptionally high.
    Poor management, v.aggressive.
    Unwilling to engage with staff. One way of working. Adopt that, or get out.
    Recent merger has caused a once succesful company to lose what made it so great.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Bums on seats and blinkered management"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Potential to earn management if you manage to brown nose the right people - Good corporate events - Good clients (despite the fact they hunt from them also resulting in losing clients)

    Cons

    - Red tape upon red tape - Micromanagement to every degree - Appauling work/life balance - New initiatives being rolled out adding extra layers to everyone's process slowing everything down meaning you have to stay longer to get things done - No overtime pay - Favouritism

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the disgruntled employees and maybe the turnover won't be so high. Poor impact on morale seeing people come and go so often, it doesn't help people feel secure in their job. Red zones twice a day with the whole team lasting an hour each time is counterproductive. Too much irrelevant training decreasing the amount of time people can get on the phone and actually make money.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A numbers game"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of financial backing, If you show commitment and can bill they will back you quickly. They work with good clients in FS however regionally they too reliant on one or two accounts.

    Cons

    Long hours. multiple meetings (2 daily stand up meetings that last over an hour each!) a 7-7 culture, your looked at as "not committed" if you leave before 6:30pm.
    There is no work life balance. They expect you to give up your previous commitments for the role.
    Management philosophy is that if you make X amount of calls a day you'll get X amount of CVs which result in X deals. If you don't hit the KPIs you'll be in trouble. Very aggressive management structure and the "fast track management programme" is only for people who are friends with their team managers. Its very political, especially in the regional offices.
    It can also be very difficult to develop new accounts due to the bad reputation caused from former workers.
    Senior management in the office has a low opinion of other recruitment companies and HR and that attitude is passed down to the consultants. They train you to treat HR like the plague. Candidate care is also an extremely low priority.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what the up and coming recruitment companies are doing to attract top talent, its about treating your employee like a human being. Money isn't the only motivator when joining a company.

    Some billers are not good man managers, don't promote just because of their numbers.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Boiler Room"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Initial training and L&D follow ups are great for helping progression and the new offices in London are fantastic

    Cons

    The boiler room culture is stuck in the dark ages. Phone hammering and "one shoe fits all" KPI's are ridiculous.
    The perceptions are nothing shy of scandalous and the office politics and gossiping is a joke. They are more focused on what you appear to be doing than your actual results.
    A strict dress code and the way they treat those that are different make it a terrible place to work long term.
    Aston Carter's philosophy...let's throw mud at a wall and see what sticks.
    A great place to start one's career, so you can learn what not to do in the future.
    Too many glass ceilings to break through to realistically progress.
    Oh and any promises they make you during your interview. Don't believe, they lie, and force you to lie to others.
    Making people work 60 hours a week + for a recruiter fee of 300 and the need to do 6 deals and a 360 before getting promoted to billing, on a basic of 20k...But it's not all about the deals to get promoted, one has to show Aston Carter values. So realistically it will be a year before earning commission. on 20k + 300, and they expect you to be over the moon when you do a deal.

    Advice to Management

    it's the 21st Century. ADAPT.
    Relax the KPI's and talk to other people in the industry and see how they are doing things. Guaranteed more success.
    Listen to employees.


  9. "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    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.


  10. "Not the Best Comany"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    Great foundation for being your career as a recruiter

    Cons

    Too much politics, pick people based off of looks not work ethnic


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