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Huxley London Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Hypothetically - if you are a top performer - you could relocate offices/countries and earn a lot of money (in 4 reviews)

  • Good people, training very good, definitely a good business to join for those looking for sales training (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, unpredictable (just like any sales role) (in 7 reviews)

  • Or try your luck and request to join the team that is already mature to make money (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Life changing (a bit dramatic but true)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - As someone new to recruitment the experience and training you receive is amazing.
    - Lease with the biggest investment banking clients in the world
    - Build an amazing network
    - My team was amazing. Work hard play hard culture.
    - Potential to earn a lot of money

    Cons

    - Poor base salary
    - Long hours (expected with recruitment)

    Advice to Management

    Loved every second of it. Opened so many doors and made life long friends within the business. Thanks for everything!


  2. "Terrible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, with managers exempt

    Cons

    terrible salary, terrible managers, terrible progression

    Advice to Management

    Sack your management

  3. "Associate Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good hiring standards
    Collaborative atmosphere
    Located in the Square Mile
    Fun incentive trips

    Cons

    Commission arguably not as strong as other large companies
    Focus on headcount in teams, rather than individual output which leads to under-par activity levels
    Promotion criteria longwinded
    Team leaders don't take their teams out, even if they hit targets

    Advice to Management

    Let the current employees work harder and hire people who can expand the business, rather than junior candidates who data-mine for their first 2 years.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A tough place to be successful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training is absolutely superb, the classes and activities really do help overcome any shortfalls you may have infield.

    I have a lot of respect for some of the longer serving senior staff. There are some good role models at partner and director level.

    It gave me the opportunity to get a better job.

    Cons

    I didn't enjoy it, a lot of these drawbacks apply to recruitment in general so my advice would be steer clear of becoming a recruiter altogether regardless of the company.

    For Huxley in my opinion, there is no opportunity to have a laugh. You work a long time so you have to do be able to have some fun and relief at work.

    I felt like results were important than behaviour. I worked so hard but because I didn't contribute to the bottom line I was seen to have poor work ethic.

    The hours are so long if you have any interest in seeing your friends (or daylight) it's not the right job for you.

    Top performers are made managers. It sounds logical but Usain Bolt wouldn't be able to coach me to run 100m in under 10 seconds and the same principal applies in the office. This idea actually disrupts the business as the top performers are not doing what made them great in the first place.

    The ethical treatment of clients and candidates is pretty poor; mass emails, headhunt calls to people working, dodging candidates who call into the office etc.

    The money earned is not worth the work you put in.

    I found people in my office quite arrogant and would not consider any of them friends.

    Advice to Management

    Hire older and more experienced staff on higher wages who would have a better understanding of the amount of dedication required for success. Younger people see recruitment as a culture shock when they first join because working extra hours beyond 9-5 is so alien to them.

    At the junior level, bring in non-graduate staff who need the work experience on their CV to get noticed by other employers hence they would have the desire to do well. Hire them on a FTC then make them permanent if they take to it. If they aren't right let then let them go and find their true calling.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not bad for a first recruitment job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good support and training when you first start
    Quite a good atmosphere
    The office is located in a decent area in the city

    Cons

    Flexi hours don't exist. You work from 8.30 till 7pm no matter what they tell you when you get the job
    Pay is low compared to other recruitment firms
    Not much progression
    When I left the company they made my notice period a very bad experience
    Very high turner. People left all the time

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better and they might stay longer
    Match what others pay
    Working hours are too long
    Create better progression opportunities


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Better Option in your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Known name in the market, as been going for several years.

    Cons

    The average employee churn rate is 30%, whereas Huxley is 50% churn rate - the good people go to get better commission, and others go as they feel they are not being developed (and get better money elsewhere). Senior Management are supposed to direct and develop junior employees, but the way Huxley seems to be set up, they are focussed on your KPI outputs, and because they don't feel obligated to go out and meet people, they are not as tuned into the market as other senior figures in competitor firms, which means they are less able to really help people specialise in their market.

    Consultants are encouraged to channel the client relationships through business development, which is not a bad thing if it were not for the fact that they focus on keeping their personal tier 1 accounts through HR. Any job will come out of an client account on an email, and they will want someone to work it- regardless of the relevance of your market.

    SThree used to known for having great training, but as budgets on this have been cut - what used to be a 2 week classroom session, is now just the occasional training, and it really shows when you listen to people talking to clients, and what they think they are setting to achieve in their day.

    As Huxley tend to take on inexperienced people, my advice would be this: speak to several recruitment consultancies that specialise in placing recruitment consultants about what are the boom markets, do research on the financial services companies/ banks that specialise in this space and call the HR function on who they think are reputable and give the best service (a by-product on great training) - and approach those recruitment companies directly. Huxley probably won't be given as a name they respect.

    It's important to join a team that is hiring due to a growing team, as opposed to potentially joining a company because someone left to get a better option elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    If you interview, you will see that there is a table on the side of the room where the senior management sit, and talk amongst themselves, and have little interaction with the sales floor. They actually know very little/ show little interest on what more junior people are doing. If a new account is broken into, or someone has a good month - no positive feedback is given from senior management, which leave the junior people feeling they don't care.

    I would advise them to no longer sit on that table and be with the people that are trying very hard - they may actually learn something about the market and the people they are supposed to be supporting.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very good for Banking recruitment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot here at every stage of your career. The management team is organically grown so practice what they preach. Very structured and organised with a healthy environment where everybody helps each other

    Cons

    The organisation is solely banking so if you want to understand other industry sectors this isn't the company for you. You have to live and breath banking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the interaction with the staff. It's a very flat structure where all management are on the shop floor which helps a great deal.

  8. "Like A Second Family"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pragmatic, trusting and a genuinely good place to work from day one you are made to feel like part of the family with a walk around and a meeting with the European MD. As long as you practice the right behaviours (humility, hard work and a thirst for knowledge) you should instantly get off to a good start.

    It isnt all about doing deals either, with there being a number of cases where people have been moved into more suitable roles for them (CRM, Candidate acquisition consultant etc).

    Cons

    If you aren't prepared to practice the behaviours I mentioned above; you won't last long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the trust and belief you instill in us..


  9. "Very good company to learn"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Huxley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Famous brand for Banking. Very structured training where you get exposure to working with high profile clients. You are also guaranteed to learn and become a market specialist.

    Cons

    You have a great deal of knowledge to absorb as the banking industry is complicated so have to do a lot of background reading about your market.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the 1-1 training as this makes a huge difference to bringing talent through the ranks. All managers have worked their way up, so important to learn from


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resourcer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Resourcer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good social side to it

    Cons

    Ladish culture
    Poor basic
    Horrific commission
    Boring work
    Horrific working hours

    Advice to Management

    Better pay
    More responsibility


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