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Major Lindsey & Africa Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. "Top-Tier Company for Recruiters"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a tremendous amount of flexibility as one of the recruiters. They give you the opportunity to be successful. While management is available if you need them, they are fairly hands-off. The people within the company are great as well, tons of different personalities. You can make as much as you put in.

    Cons

    Commission based environment can sometimes create difficulties amongst peers.


  2. "Mediocre, So Don't"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - good recruiting training
    - flexible if you have good relationship with your manager
    - global brand
    - in certain recruiting positions can make a lot of money

    Cons

    - staff side of business is poorly managed, in office, nationally and by recruiters
    - feedback, when it exists, is saved for reviews and is seen as something you should know already
    - benefits are mediocre, health insurance is expensive
    - attrition rates are very high
    - salaries are significantly below market and bonuses are laughable for admins
    - if you're early in your career, you won't get the training and skills you need in the long term under most circumstances. invest your time in an organization you can benefit with your hard work that will also help you grow.

    Advice to Management

    - hold midlevel managers accountable
    - look at the high attrition rates as an indication that managers aren't helping their reports and salaries don't reflect the market
    - hope that you can make the changes necessary before you destroy a well-respected brand

  3. "Best in the Business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Top professionals dedicated to clients and candidates. Organization has many ongoing programs to improve: IT, marketing, candidate assessment, etc.

    Cons

    Database isn't the best but is being replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Too much self-congratulations. Employees need to learn consistent database protocol. Better training on nuts and bolts.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Managing Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good at marketing. Their hype is better than their abilities.

    Cons

    Back stabbing hostile work environment. Difficult to make money and colleagues are greedy and uncooperative. Management are puppets. Tough reputation. I believe they have "plants" on this site to balance out the truthful, negative feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Simon Robinson does not even have a college degree and was a pizza maker prior to a career in staffing. Cronie and Lackey of Steve Biscouti and Ed Davis. Boys' Club perpetuated....


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Success"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been an employee at MLA for some years now. MLA is without a doubt the best organization I have worked at. I sincerely mean that. The Company is always working toward becoming more successful and as they succeed, they share that success with the employees. I for one am very proud to be a part of this team. MLA has a diverse group of team members which makes it that much more interesting to work at. My experience with MLA has been that they treat the clients and candidates with respect and provide top service. It is not by accident that MLA is as successful as it is. Proud to part of this team

    Cons

    I honestly do not have anything negative to state .


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Receptionist in New York, NY

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is treated equally with respect and professionalism. Your work and efforts are recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Belittling is their way of life"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Must enter 5 words, NOTHING.

    Cons

    • Terrible management; Regional managers oversee staff they see maximum 4-5 times a
            year. How can you effectively evaluate an employee's performance if you do not see their
            work? - You can't.
    • Recruiters consistently belittling support staff is a way of life.
    • Remote login was a great option for recruiters who grace the office with their presence
            once every other week, but the same option was not available to support staff who can run
            a full desk from their home instead of commuting to the office where they would be the
            ONLY employee in the office.
    • No opportunity for advancement or movement into a different role. You are told if you hit
            certain points outlined in a document that you can be "considered" for a promotion, only
            after informing your boss you would like to be considered, but it very rarely happens.
    • Recruiters demanding you complete work they should be doing, I stress THEIR work, NOT
            yours, because it MUST be done, meanwhile they are at their desks painting their nails, in
            plain sight. (professional)
    • Certain recruiters (partners) will call your desk phone and send repeated red flagged
            emails to you (while cc’ing your “boss” who you never see), because you didn’t answer
            them fast enough. (try going to the bathroom, or eating a sandwich in this environment)
    • Recruiters treat support staff like personal maids. Are completely incapable of loading
            their own coffee mugs and plates into the dishwasher, it is obviously beneath them. If said
            support staff is not in the office, the dishwasher does not get run. Certain recruiters leave
            cups and plates in their office for so long that they grow mold, and expect support staff to
            cleanup. Do they also live in filth at home?
    • Pay is not adequate for the treatment.
    • One bonus per year, and a possible 1%-3% raise dependent on your satisfactory work
            performance, that is again monitored by a boss who never sees you. You would think a
            company as large as Allegis could afford more than a minuscule 1%-3% raise for its
            support staff who do the majority of the work that goes into every search, aside from
            collecting the commission.
    • Yearly Review with goals made up completely by your fake boss that have nothing to do
            with your actual job description.
    • Yearly Review also takes place in your office, with every recruiter you support and your
            fake boss, in one room.. talking about you. All while you are sitting 10 feet away. Makes
            you feel extremely comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better, invest in better management, and allow for growth.

  8. "Managing Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours; work from home when you need to. Management leaves all of the people who are producing alone.

    Cons

    The ever-moving commission structure. Major, Lindsey & Africa was a great place to work when it was privately owned. Then, The Allegis Group purchased it and started fiddling with commission structure, to its advantage and the top producers' disadvantage.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more consistent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not for the tame at heart"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working with high caliber attorneys who were interested in a career change. Networked with thousands, many of whom are now great resources.

    Cons

    If you need a reliable income, lateral recruiting is not for you. VERY competitive business and a lot tougher to get paid than you might think. If you can get assigned to the in house legal recruiting team, that's the way to go as there isn't as much internal/external competition.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Professional, cosmopolitan, generally merit-driven."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Major Lindsey & Africa full-time

    Pros

    Offices are independent, but the company shares a relatively well-designed proprietary database, and research center. Competitive pay, professional environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Personalities are big, and there can be disputes over commission/pay that trickle down, but that's just how executive search works. I worked for a partner -- he had a big personality and stepped on a lot of toes -- but he was, in truth, sensible, sharp, and I learned a lot from him.

    I can see why people might not have found the firm very hospitable, but I felt like you could, with some effort, carve out a role for yourself, and communicate with upper management directly and easily. Though the firm has its share of jerks -- what firm doesn't -- there's also not much red tape or bureaucracy. If you're smart and persistent and have thicker skin, you'll rise to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize some functions, like research, and encourage movement between offices. The global network of offices isn't utilized quite right, talent-wise. And the IT department, and its software, is getting pretty antiquated.


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