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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The truth"

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

    Pros

    I've worked in a couple of recruitment companies, and reading some of the negative reviews on here are staggering. Cititec is the most supportive, friendly, and genuinely enjoyable recruitment company I've come across. I came from somewhere which was difficult to say the least, where you'd be beaten with a stick (metaphorically of course) for various KPIs and spamming CVs out. Cititec help you build great relationships, and give you every tool under the sun.

    It's also incredible how the company has performed this year, and that's in no small part to management but also to some very talented recruiters.

    You can always tell the measure of someone by how they treat people more junior than them, and for example the kindness shown to the cleaner & the DIY guys from the directors you wouldn't see at any other recruitment company.

    Cons

    Recruitment always has certain pressures, and Cititec is no different. However if you didn't want the pressure you wouldn't get the financial reward, and that's the same everywhere.

    I guess in a smaller company there's less opportunity to 'progress' past say Principle Consultant, but then again if you do well enough the company are very vocal about being happy to add juniors into a team.

    Advice to Management

    If anything be a little pushier, it can be too easy to have a quiet day and it go unnoticed!


  2. "Failing company"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Cititec has/had some great relationships with clients
    - Relaxed environment
    - Patience when it comes to under-achievers
    - They take on graduates
    - Relatively flat hierarchy
    - Work related incentives

    Cons

    - Inappropriate sexism
    - Certain staff are favoured more than others
    - Consultants being handed sales
    - Current Directors do not know how to run a business
    - Very high staff turn over with also directors and managers leaving

    Advice to Management

    - Hire new directors or sell the company

  3. "Build your own recruitment career with the support of an employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cititec full-time

    Pros

    If you want a recruitment role that encourages you to build your own business within a business - Cititec offers the best platform to do this. If you possess initiative, resilience & drive to succeed then they have the resources to help you.
    Fun working environment; lots of incentives.. lunch club, holidays, cash prizes. Commission structure is very competitive.
    The Sales Directors are historical Cititec top billers & know the recruitment world inside out. The flat structure allows you to work closely with them & benefit from their experience.
    Great balance between managing people who need supervision & allowing self-sufficient people to get on with the task in hand.
    Despite a few hiccups in the past, Cititec are very good at selecting good people to join the company who have the right passion & personality needed to keep us all working as one unit.

    Cons

    It’s rare for a successful recruiter to leave their company. Regardless of hearsay, people tend to leave a recruitment job because they are not as successful as they hope/are expected to be, so feel fresh start will help them. The joy of the recruitment world is knowing where you stand - if you don't achieve the primary objective of making money & don't apply the required effort then you won’t achieve the great things on offer here.. However Cititec provide everything you could possibly need including support & a career path, so the rest is up to you.
    As markets changed, our people didn’t change which created some negative responses, however we now have the right people with the same vision.
    I was very surprised at some of the negative comments on here, as whilst everyone is entitled to their opinion, I’ve been here for the ups & down over six years & feel that some largely negative comments have simply arisen from bitterness, which is a common theme in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Continue in the same direction, adapting with the market & bringing in the right kind of people into the business.


  4. "Better than most but still room for improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great working environment
    - Really passionate about internal diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    - commission scheme is only good when invoices are actually being chased
    - Not passionate about diversity in their placements
    - internal politics


  5. "Can Improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They had good processes in place, location was close to City based clients, had strong accounts. Admin and back office support strong.

    Cons

    Commission structure could have been better, bosses were cutthroat and there were some strange cuts in staff even in senior management which didn't go well.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so bloodthirsty, understand the market more, don't be so materialistically money driven and forget about the wellbeing of your staff.


  6. "It all went wrong in 2014"

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

    Pros

    Was a strong brand, some great people, investment in initiatives such as equality and environment.

    Cons

    All of the brothers minus the CEO! The family imploded and so did the company. People promoted to directors who didn't deserve it and were not capable or professional. We lost some great back office people (contracts, marketing and finance) and seemed to hang on to the wrong ones or replaced them with worse. People were playing at recruitment. Took their eye off what they were good at and put faith in the wrong people. Children doing a grown-ups work. A shell of it's former glory. Such a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and/or bring in people who know what they are doing. On the face(book) of it, everything looks nice and shiny, but everything has gone downhill. You have no strategy. Get in outside help for crying out loud.


  7. "One big happy family"

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    • 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 Cititec (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work where the Directors really listen their employees. Its a collaborative, fun and social environment. We're all like one big happy family enjoying each others successes.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!

  8. "Unnecessarily aggressive interviewer"

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    Former Intern - Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cititec as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office space looked nice, nice location in London. That's about it really. Not much else to say. Oh, they had a pool table.

    Cons

    Interviewed by lady who obviously had been watching too many of the "interview" episodes of the apprentice.

    Rude manner, asking very personal questions about past salaries and grades, acted like she didn't really care.

    It would have been amusing in any other context, but it was not on.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the interview last, not sure why she was so aggressive and rude.


  9. "Sad demise of a once great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cititec full-time

    Pros

    Decent offices, infrastructure, some good people and a good client base, reasonable compensation and commission for the industry.

    Cons

    CFO and senior management are all a complete joke and lack any detailed knowledge of either the industry or the markets they are meant to be responsible for, their performance in client meetings is embarrassing .After a disastrous bust up between the two brothers who owned the business the family atmosphere that the company sold itself on is clearly no longer there. Sales employees have half halved in recent months resigned or fired to cover management failings.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the CEO is open your eyes and change the senior management quickly. They are either completely incompetent or manipulating you to order cling on to their over inflated salaries. You need to make them accountable, if people are working hard then what are the managers doing to ensure they succeed? If you hire Senior managers who are meant to be business developers for their teams where are the results?!


  10. "Short and sweet"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good perks and company events, relatively relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Massive staff turnover, top management don't really have a clue what recruitment entails and a sack or a hire is the answer to every problem

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in your employees


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