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Drake International Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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R. W. (Bill) Pollock
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Pros
  • Autonomous work environment and great to learn how to run your own mini business (in 7 reviews)

  • lots of great people work at Drake (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Top-heavy management; Marketing; work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salaries , high turnover of staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Quality products and Services"

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    Current Employee - Sales Support Representative in Olive Branch, MS
    Current Employee - Sales Support Representative in Olive Branch, MS

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

    Pros

    Client-base and Brand are phenomenal. The atmosphere is laid back and a pleasure to work in.

    Cons

    Lines of communication is limited.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place I've ever worked by far"

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

    I have been working at Drake International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global company. New CFO is the best thing that has happened to Drake. Maybe he can turn it around.

    Cons

    Poorly run, co-workers are terrible communicators, rude, slow to respond, don't respect your time, and rarely say thank you. There is no career path planning. Benefits are the worst. Management does not make good business decisions. You can expect to make the same salary you were hired at for the rest of your time at Drake.

    Advice to Management

    You have a global company. Hire global-minded employees who want to work together. You need people who are positive, proactive, and respectful of their coworkers, not the typical Drake employee.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Are you reading this?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Drake International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Founder of the company is a brilliant man and has much wisdom to impart about recruiting and business in general. Training is good.

    Cons

    Everyone tells the founder what they think he wants to hear. Noone is really honest with him. The business needs to make more decisions based on long term profitability rather than personalities and office politics. People who are fussy, difficult to work with, and who cause problems are retained, while good people are let go or wisely move on on their own. There is no global vision or cohesion. Time wasting procedures, forms, and policies abound.

    Advice to Management

    Changes need to be made to streamline and simplify red tape workflows. Drake needs to trim the management fat and put the power to change things in the hands of the people who actually do the work.


  4. "great place to work, relaxed and friendly"

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    Current Employee - Mid Management in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Mid Management in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Drake International part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy with the freedom to be creative.

    Cons

    sometimes business strategy change too frequently


  5. "Recruitment Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Busy with lots of opportunities to get experience

    Cons

    High turnover of staff each year


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stuck in the 1940's"

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

    I worked at Drake International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company yielded massive potential at the beginning of its life and has since seen its downfall, if you don’t adapt you die and Drake has kept its recruitment culture from the stone ages

    Cons

    Commission Structure impossible to make, you must triple your salary in a set quarterly target, more luck starting your own company and replace the word Drake, with your own startup. Blank canvas as most clients have left or been scorched by other recruiters who are more competent, they have nothing to offer in specialist side, extremely open-ended generalist recruiters with nothing disruptive to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Less Micro Management, less shrewd judgmental and condesending comments, the manager I dealt with enjoyed humiliating others and remaining unprofessional behind the scenes, most likely had personal difficulties. Most vertical teams are a great bunch of people but the culture is quite toxic at Drake and often people will compete for clients and become very territorial, the pressure to perform never stops and few of the management staff are satisfied with performance. Do not treat people like a piece of meat or a number, this is not the 1940's and we have since come to develop autonomy and self-reliance compared to scaring and dominating people into adapting to an over structured environment stuck in its early days of recruitment. The manager I dealt with used fear and only fear to motivate, definetlly a shapeshifter


  7. "Hospitality freelancer"

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    Former Employee - Hospitality Worker in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Hospitality Worker in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomous role. Contracted to multiple sites. Not stuck in one location all week.

    Cons

    Little preparation time to get ready and go to sites; not enough hours.

    Advice to Management

    Should put staff on full time basis; more hours.

  8. "Good if you want to learn but don't stay too lonh"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule but nothing else

    Cons

    Everything else is a con

    Advice to Management

    buck up!


  9. "Sr Technical Recruiter"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Opportunity to grow
    Supportive Colleagues

    Cons

    the heating on the building


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Drake International full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff; good support from management; opportunities to advance

    Cons

    it's hard to keep track of all the components and businesses that make up Drake International

    Advice to Management

    Stay focussed on what works well.


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