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Connells Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2019

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Connells CEO David Livesey
David Livesey
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Reasonable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Connells full-time

    Pros

    Variety, each day a little different

    Cons

    Very poor commission structure, antiquated systems and duplicitous paperwork - very long hours

    Advice to Management

    Modernize

    Connells2013-10-01
  2. "Pyramid Scheme"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Negotiator in Coventry, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Connells full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice offices. Decent annual party. Colleagues were good and had ‘freedom’ to manage my own work and time.

    Cons

    Bad pay structures. Basic wage is so low and so far below minimum wage that when you earn decent commission you’re only just earning above minimum wage! Any little thing you sell you receive a tiny percentage. Then your managers earn theirs. Then the area manager earns their cut. And so on!

    Advice to Management

    I had a total lack of training, after two years I had still not received formal training! Improve pay structure- as an estate agent minimum wage should not be the benchmark. Targets during work are very unrealistic also. Also there was a culture of handing in your notice to get a pay rise. Instead of recognising hard work and commitment management would push you until you handed in your notice .

    Connells2019-07-17
  3. Helpful (2)

    "An immorally corrupt culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Negotiator in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Connells full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The ability to get out the office to purchase tea, coffee and milk....

    Cons

    In general, there is am immorally corrupt culture that exists within this company. Favoring someone to complete a mortgage with Connells over a cash buyer thereby purposely delaying putting cash offers to vendors as they know a mortgage buyer will attract commission for the company. Advertising shared ownership properties but failing to disclose important material facts such as a large cash premium required to purchase...

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    Advice to Management

    Wisely consider why there is such a high turnover of your staff?????

    Connells2019-07-09
  4. "Avoid like the plague"

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    Current Employee - Trainee Property Negotiator in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Connells full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get a job because of the ridiculously high turnover rate Learn exactly how an employer SHOULDNT treat you Get your foot in the door to being an estate agent

    Cons

    Hysterically bad micro management from area directors Stupidly long working weeks Shady business practices

    Advice to Management

    Teach your area directors to manage the branch managers, not manage every single negotiator. Set reasonable targets for each branch, not equal targets for all branches. Allow branches to settle when new employees begin.

    Connells2019-06-16
  5. "BE PREPARED FOR THE AWFULLY LOW WAGES"

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    Current Employee - Lettings Negotiator in Watford, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Connells full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not a lot of ‘pros’ about the company!

    Cons

    Awfully low pay Poor commission structure Poor car allowance Little career guidance and support from management

    Advice to Management

    Management need to stop selling ‘the dream’ before employment as there is such a high turn over of staff due to this and the way members of staff are treated. No recognition for achieving and no benefits what so ever! No a lot of positive things to say about the Connells Group.

    Connells2019-04-25
  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Board of Management Partner in Ipswich, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connells full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hard work pays off. Great promotion opppertunities. Good incentives for top achievers.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult to manage.

    Connells2019-03-17
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Worst job I ever had"

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

    I worked at Connells full-time

    Pros

    If you work incredibly hard (and get a bit lucky) you can make money.

    Cons

    - Awful work atmosphere - Training was minimal, no effort was made to help support new members of staff - Base pay is barely enough to live on the first few months when you don't have some sales under your belt, and car allowance is nowhere close to covering how much money you spend driving around.

    Advice to Management

    I was at Connells for 3 months and it was by far the 3 most miserable working months of my life.I came in with such enthusiasm, before I was thrown in at the deep end with barely any support and immediately lost interest in the job. If I needed to ask a question, I was treated like a burden. If I didn't ask the question and got something wrong, I was shouted at or belittled. When I tried to discuss with my colleagues...

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    Connells2019-02-14
  8. "Mortgage Adviser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Connells full-time

    Pros

    Good Training, and development would recommend for trainees

    Cons

    Bad pay, long hours, and no flexibility!

    Advice to Management

    pay more!

    Connells2018-10-16

    Connells Response

    December 3, 2018Assistant Recruitment Team Manager

    Hi thanks for the review and sorry to hear it not work our perfectly for you but pleased to hear you enjoyed our good training and development. We look always to promote internally if we can and the training and development helps our people better themselves and get promoted within ...

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  9. "Lettings Negotiator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Connells full-time

    Pros

    The commission is very competitive, the people I work with, days go quickly, sense of pride, really good training, clear progression, incentives

    Cons

    Long hours and small basic salary but commission is where you make your money so I think that’s really fair. It’s a massive company so it can be hard to get noticed but turnover is high so stick at it if you enjoy it and you’ll probably go far.

    Connells2018-08-22

    Connells Response

    December 3, 2018Assistant Recruitment Team Manager

    Many thanks for your review

  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leighton Buzzard, England

    I have been working at Connells for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay for administrative assistant role

    Cons

    Long hours 8.30 til 5.30 and working alternative Saturdays - but these are minor

    Connells2018-08-17

    Connells Response

    December 3, 2018Assistant Recruitment Team Manager

    TY for your review

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