GCS Recruitment Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2020

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GCS Recruitment Managing Director David Bloxham
David Bloxham
75 Ratings
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  • "very long hours but that is the nature of the industry(in 20 reviews)

  • "Fairly regimented working hours, not much working flexibility until at a more senior level(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Positive Experience From Start To Finish"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GCS Recruitment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I had an incredibly positive experience at GCS for the year I worked there. I came to GCS with no prior recruitment experience, and I learned everything on the job. From day 1, I felt like my manager really invested his time to make sure I was learning and comfortable. Once I started to become more independent, he always checked in to see what other resources or advice I needed to be successful. There was a constant open flow of communication from my manager to make sure I was as successful as possible in my role. I felt he expected a lot from me, but he was also my biggest supporter. In recent months, GCS has also implemented additional training and coaching to reinforce learning and improve the basics. It was nice to look at problems with advice from a different perspective, and group sessions were a good way to discuss what other methods might work for you. I also felt like GCS had a great team environment. Senior consultants were always available and eager to help when it came to brainstorming ideas, sharing materials, and other tips and tricks. Everyone was also very inclusive. We had lunch together as a team, celebrated birthdays and anniversaries, and there were frequent company events and outings. I don't drink alcohol, but "work drinks" weren't uncomfortable because the team at GCS was so supportive.

    Cons

    Recruitment, in general, is not right for everyone. High turnover is not exclusive to GCS. If you're not prepared to hustle and put in the work and hours it takes to build your way up to being a top biller, then recruitment is not right for you. It's also easy to get caught up in other people's success and think it comes easily or naturally to some people. You do not see the time and energy those people are putting in after hours.

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  2. "Anything else."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GCS Recruitment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    GCS will quickly make you aware of the type of company you do not want to work for.

    Cons

    Bad leadership, training, morals, ethics, and culture. Every man for themselves environment, which can be a good learning experience but not to the extent that team members will work to bring each other down rather than gain a win for the company.

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  3. "Amazing environment, great people, motivating objectives"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    My experience with GCS Austin has been nothing but positive. There is a strong culture of collaboration. Management is supportive and engaged in each individuals success and growth. If you want to feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself then seriously consider applying.

    Cons

    You get out what you put in

  4. Helpful (1)

    "The place to be if you want a career"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The managers reward hard work, are incredibly driven and smart, and respect their crew. I am so excited to be here. GCS Austin is a rocketship on its way to huge success. It is great to be a part of something that is growing and getting stronger. There is so much room for promotion and career advancement.

    Cons

    Wouldn't necessarily consider this a con - but if you want to be great, you've go to put in the extra hours.

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    "Negative Experience"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GCS Recruitment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Potential to make money but must be willing to work hard.

    Cons

    - Non ethical UK business attempting to make it in America. - The business doesn't prioritize benefits. - Benefits such as healthcare, flexibility, PTO, are all very minimal and expensive. 401k is not offered - The environment in the office is very toxic. You are expected to work long hours arrive early stay late. -Talking to your peers during work hours is strongly discouraged. - No flexibility. You have an hour break that is very strict from 1-2pm and you are expected to be back at your desk on time. - All incentives are based on your billings and not on your work ethic or the work you put in everyday. - Training is very minimal and never structured. You rarely receive feedback or words of encouragement. -Management is made up of top billers who haven't received the leadership training they need in order to run a successful business in a different country. On the contrary they find it difficult to see junior succeed and often train to benefit themselves first. - Feedback is not shared with the team in a constructive manner to ensure confidentiality. - Resources & tools needed in order to succeed were taken away to save the business money but you are still expected to continue to bill just as much. - There is no room to grow your skills but only to grow in earnings. - The commission structure is changed often and not communicated with the team. Communication is very poor overall in the business. -Expectations are unrealistic and not achievable with the training in place. - The salary and commission structure is too low and realistically you will not make enough to survive in New York your first year as a junior consultant.

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    GCS Recruitment Response

    November 6, 2019

    We are so sorry that your time with GCS was not a wholly positive one. We are always striving to improve our workplace so we would be love to discuss your experience in more detail anonymously so we can act on your comments to make the experience better for the many GCS employees that are building successful careers within our company. Please email hr@gcsrecruitment.com. Good luck for the future.

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    "Toxic Culture, Horrible Management, Avoid at all Costs"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GCS Recruitment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This can be a great opportunity for those who value money over anything. You have to be willing to be worked to the bone and not value ethics.

    Cons

    If you have even the tiniest amount of integrity, DO NOT WORK HERE. The culture is extremely toxic. - They take "work hard, play hard" to the next level. They have a bigger budget for happy hours (that turn into benders) than they do for basic office supplies. - The minute alcohol is introduced, all of the managers begin hitting on every female in the office. Harassment is common (e.g. accidentally grazing someone's chest or butt) - In the office, there is absolutely no transparency. No one ever knows whats going on in the business and entire processes change at the drop of a hat. Some times you don't find out about the changes until weeks later. People quit or get fired and management acts as if these people never existed. - Overall, management has a horrible attitude. They take out all of their frustrations on the lower level staff, slamming fists on their keyboards. If the office is having a bad week in terms of sales numbers, you can trust that they will be monitoring your restroom breaks, personal call times, the time you arrive and leave (they expect you to work a minimum of 10 hour days) - You will never be given direct feedback. You never know where you stand, where you're struggling, what you do well, things you can improve on, how they can help you. At the end of the day, everyone is a number. They hold the cost of employing you over your head. They openly expect to hire 1 good person for every 10 and will not hesitate to leave behind the other 9.

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    GCS Recruitment Response

    November 6, 2019

    On behalf of the GCS team obviously we are disappointed that your experience wasn’t positive. We always welcome feedback from both current and former employees. Please feel free to contact us anonymously should you want to pick this up. Otherwise, we genuinely wish you the best of luck in your future career.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent career opportunities"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GCS Recruitment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked in the Austin office, which is one of GCS's newest locations. There was always support from management, and the career progression is fantastic! The close-knit team worked closely together to make the Austin team successful, and we loved to celebrate one another's success. Your progression and commission are all down to the work that you do - the opportunity is there, you have to grab it with both hands if you want it! There are so many opportunities to work towards - your progression, commission, holiday incentives, team celebrations, and award ceremonies.

    Cons

    This isn't a 9-5 position. But you don't get these opportunities in 9-5 positions!

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "GCS"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GCS Recruitment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The life at GCS was great. The people that you work with from day 1 are all welcoming and make sure that you have the tools you need to succeed. There are hours that you have to put in but that is not anything to be unexpected, especially in the recruitment space. The hours that you put in will turn into the money that you make in the end. All upper management is there to help you and it is definitely a work hard, play hard environment (can't emphasize that enough). You hit your goals and do what you need to do it will be celebrated. All individuals were treated with respect and giving time to handle outside responsibilities. If your dog was sick, dealing with personal issues, or anything else you could handle it without issue from management

    Cons

    This type of work is not for the faint of heart. You will have good weeks and bad weeks, that is really just the recruitment space as mentioned though. Training program could be improved slightly but know that recently a new training program was put in place so should be much better. The environment is not for the weak of heart as you will deal with rejection on a daily basis, that is really just sales though.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great growth opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the ability to make 75k-85k your first year and 100k your second. Now obviously not everyone can get to that level but it is possible. If you are successful and like to move around you can work in any office. This is sales so of course if you hit your targets you can do what you would like.

    Cons

    None so far. If you hit the ground running your first 6 months you will reap the benefits in the long run.

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  10. "You Get Out What You Put In"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiting Consultant in Austin, TX

    I worked at GCS Recruitment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - great place to start out a career in recruitment - good environment for someone who is dedicated and will work hard

    Cons

    - very long hours but that is the nature of the industry - base salaries are not in line with market value

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