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Lucas Group Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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  • work life balance could be better (in 8 reviews)

  • your success or failure will depend largely on who your managing partner is and so will your overall experience at the company (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Senior Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong commission structure
    Clear path for career growth
    Open communication with leadership
    Chance to build your own book of business- you’re an entrepreneur within an established company

    Cons

    no real cons- the company continues to invest in its people and its technology


  2. "Outstanding Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Team-Centered Approach, Mentorship Program, Excellent Onboarding / CRM Training

    Cons

    Enjoyed the work and the culture, no negatives here

  3. "Awesome Company - Lots of smart people with which to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, smart, growth opportunities. and they provide all the tools you need to succeed.

    Cons

    current CRM tool is not user-friendly, but Lucas is deploying a new platform in the 1st quarter


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Accept at your own risk"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Onboarding is fantastic. Solid initial training. IT staff is excellent. Leadership means well. Full desk recruiter. New CRM/ATS in the future. Commission starts at 35%. Corporate HR improving benefit offerings. Unlimited vacation. Flexibility to work remote. Many former employees land a great job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Company focused on higher revenues. Recruiters becoming more doggy dog. A lot of people appear very stressed. Not a cordial environment. Many people don't speak when passing or say good morning. Some retained but mostly contingent search. So a lot of effort could go into a search and no financial reward if the client decides not to hire or candidate takes a counter. Some Account Mangers play god and refuse to submit a colleague's candidate even when the person's a fit. A lot of group think and redundant training doesn't teach anything new. Recruiters are forced to choose a discipline/specialty. If you choose IT, you only recruit IT, limiting opportunity to expand skills. Constantly fighting a DRAW is very problematic. Compensation structure not fair. Paid two weeks, sometimes four weeks post-collection depending on date received due to accounting practice could mean no commission due to draw. Recruiters are asked to chase down clients to pay bills on time, which too may result in no commission. Constant turnover. The majority of leadership has been with the company forever and are very comfortable. Many don't lead by example, are unprofessional, and can be heard belittling employees. Lot of "do what I say, not what I do." No opportunity for traditional growth. Unless promoted to manager (due to retirement or death), recruiter will always be an individual contributor. Company does no community service. All they care about is the money that goes in their pocket. Oh, if a recruiter has a bad string of luck (contingency search) and makes no money for the company, they are fired.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the draw and paying recruiters a base salary + commission. The workforce would be much happier and more productive.


  5. "Candidate Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group full-time

    Pros

    Fun work environment and good people!
    Unlimited vacation (but if you don't work, you don't get paid- it's up to you)
    Company parties are madhouses of fun!
    Fun for a single or retire person with other sources of income.

    Cons

    -Draw salary benefits only the Senior Partners, not younger recruiters.
    -About a 25% success rate in placing any candidate at a job. Very low!
    -Low retention rate of candidates at jobs.

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in those that care about your business and the quality of your work.
    -Don't throw spaghetti against a wall and see what sticks... be selective in what candidates you admit to your program.
    -Have a long term game plan for training/ retaining your employees that truly CARE about the company. If you get rid of talent that cares, you hurt your company's future prospects for leadership.
    -Contingency recruiting is dying slowly due to technology, the military placing candidates themselves, non-government organizations placing candidates, and companies are doing so themselves through corporate recruiting. Lucas Group military division is becoming antiquated.
    -Company shifted from job conferences to all virtual for military division (not good for candidates); Millennials can do that themselves through a smartphone and LinkedIn. Prove to candidates why your formula for getting a job is best.
    -Senior Partners mostly got their start before recruiting industry grew due to the maturity of the internet. A bunch of greyback dinosaurs run this company and do things they have done for years the same way because it makes money. Don't look to this company changing that anytime soon.
    -If you are a half-desk candidate recruiter, have another source of income you can fall back of for a few years (ie keep your draw low as possible- less than $30-40k range), because it will be difficult to make livable money as a junior recruiter.
    -If you are single with no kids and can sleep on a friend's couch OR are retired and have another source of income while you do this job, you will do well. If you have a family or are mid-career, you will not. Plain and simple. That is, unless the company wants to change the compensation system... which they won't.
    -Account Execs make money since they keep more of what they earn and job orders seldom go unfilled. Candidate Recruiters do not for the opposite reasons.


  6. "The BEST Recruiting firm Nationally!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair and Supportive Leadership. A company that invests in its people and the tools for them to be successful. Fun - First Class Trips! Great people throughout the entire organization. Best "work family" ever!

    Cons

    Acclementing new hires them to the team is not always successful. The timing of the trips is too long. You qualify in one year and the trip is still 10 months away.

    Advice to Management

    Look at ways to improve the mentoring program to retain new hires. Shorten the length between the trip qualifications and when the trip is taken.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic culture, personable and approachable CEO, excellent management, great executive team that listens to suggestions and actively pursues changes to improve the business, and an all around group of honest hard working individuals.

    Cons

    Only thing I could say is technology - which has been responsibly addressed by our CEO and Executive Team. So it is well on it's way to not being a "con" anymore!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  8. "Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lucas Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, genuinely nice people

    Cons

    Heavily commissioned, difficult to break into industries, high expectations from management

    Advice to Management

    Need a formal training program.


  9. "Happy Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Happy Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Happy Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lucas Group full-time

    Pros

    No other sales job better than here. Lucas Group truly believes in family first. They allow you to have a geat work life balance. Don't get me wrong, the solid producers work hard. You are given all the tools and support to be successful. Every recruiter has a LinkedIn Recruiter account and two computer monitors. No secret to be successful here. We help companies hire great talent and help great talent with their careers through caring about their needs. Also, training is great, even for seasoned recruiters.

    Cons

    Waiting for new CRM to be installed in 2018. At times competing with management on filling positions. One more computer monitor would be nice. 😊

    Advice to Management

    Managers should train and lead. When managers are recruiting, they are not training and developing.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Brutal corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lucas Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, a flexibility in terms of hours.

    Cons

    Working at the Lucas Group is epitome of being a Dilbert cubicle-worker. You are micro-managed and subject to "Performance Improvement Plans" every time you owe draw, which then gets immediately cut by 50%, leaving you with virtually no take-home pay after taxes and medical deductions. Extremely high turn-over. A horrible place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Treat your "associates" like human beings and team players, not like indentured servants.


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