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Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mercuri Urval (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Make a real impact with the clients through the potential of people
    Freedom in the work place, you structure your success
    Meritocracy
    World class assessment process
    Great people

    Cons

    Cross border business can be more streamlined
    Better marketing outside of Europe
    No clear partnership model

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating on the changes that you are making in a transparent fashion.

    Mercuri Urval Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – VP

    Thanks for your feedback! We are glad to say that cross-border business has been streamlined during last two years, and next we will build up also more systematic marketing and roll out our new... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - International Business Consultant in Rosa, AL
    Current Employee - International Business Consultant in Rosa, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mercuri Urval (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexible schedule, close relationship with clients

    Cons

    low salaries, Little training, poor career development

    Mercuri Urval Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – VP

    Thanks for your feedback. We have been working recently on clearer expectation management around result-based and transparent salary system, and I hope that is becoming familiar both for existing and... More

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Poor leadership, antiquated company"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercuri Urval full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * International travel
    * Interesting companies
    * Takes care of their employees financially

    Cons

    * Poor leadership
    * Unvalidated practices
    * Terrible team environment

    Advice to Management

    Make a more team-oriented culture to achieve larger projects and have more success.

    Mercuri Urval Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – VP

    Thanks for your feedback, and of course it's sad to hear about your experience. Leadership is something we have recently invested both through leadership training in three key areas of the role, and... More


  4. "Good Learning Opportunities, Earnings Opportunities Very Limited"

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    Former Employee - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercuri Urval full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with some fantastic clients.
    Have the opportunity to see individuals within those clients develop and progress their careers.
    Develop your own style of delivery and account management.

    Cons

    Growth in the business is relatively stagnant, achieving circa £2m in annual sales in over 40 years in the UK.
    Limited opportunity to earn bonuses.
    Few opportunities for career progression - job titles are not meaningful.
    Those hitting the numbers have typically inherited large accounts.
    You basically have to build a business from scratch which is not the typical expectation from a salaried position.
    Leadership not truly open to the ideas of the team in respect of growing the business.
    High turnover of consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Implement radical change to allow the business to scale and become independently sustainable.
    Invest in marketing - even at a low level to support consultants' efforts and drive sales leads.
    Listen to the views of those on the ground and implement suggestions rather than continuing with the same messages in the face of consensus to the contrary.
    Provide equal access to earning opportunities for all - a meritocracy is fine, but the starting point has to be the same for all to make the system fair.


  5. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mercuri Urval full-time

    Pros

    Freedom , creative space to explore

    Cons

    Needs to have more focus on enabling solutions for Asian market

    Advice to Management

    Have a solid offering for the Asian markets

    Mercuri Urval Response

    Jul 9, 2017 – Head of Employment

    Thanks for your review! We're in progress on strengthening further our presence in Asian market and the results are promising. Our intention is to stay close to our existing and new clients also in... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Recruitment Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are keen on learning about sales, Mercuri Urval is the place to be. You will join an internal company that everybody knows.

    Cons

    Basically, a sales company that does not know how to do proper qualified consultancy

    Advice to Management

    Improve the quality of the tasks delivered to clients as some are leaving a bad reputation

    Mercuri Urval Response

    Jul 9, 2017 – Head of Employment

    Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad to hear you've found our approach to sales good and that you appreciate our international brand. I assume you mean by consultancy our talent services outside... More


  7. "Business Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mercuri Urval full-time

    Pros

    lots of inhouse expertise, great company culture with strong will to share knowledge and expertise with other colleagues, nice offices, lots of flexibility and potential for growth

    Cons

    be self-dependent and find your way to make success in the company

    Mercuri Urval Response

    Jul 9, 2017 – Head of Employment

    Thanks for your review, it's great to hear you've found Mercuri Urval's culture strong and our people knowledgeable. It's true we provide intentionally ultimate freedom for our people, because we... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Had it's problems"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercuri Urval (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, most accuracy assessment tool I've worked with, interesting clients.

    Cons

    It's all about the sales or lack of. Exec accepted poor leadership at a local level due to good sales, took a long time to act on incompetence. In the end it was too late & they lost a lot of good people.
    Confused identity - pitching themselves as a HR Consultancy but projects we're recruitment & assessment.

    Advice to Management

    Please use your tools internally, it will enable you to figure out who you are, what you want to be & how to get there. I'm still confused as to why this wasn't happening. Adopt some innovative approaches ie employer branding, more modern sales approaches etc

    Mercuri Urval Response

    Jul 9, 2017 – Head of Employment

    Thanks for your review and comments. I'm glad you've found our assessment tool competitive, I'm sure you have insight into quite a many of them. Sorry to hear about your experiences regarding some... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Confused company with a lack of leadership"

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

    I worked at Mercuri Urval full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Automony is in-built to the company, you choose what you do and when you do it.
    -Global footprint can lead to opportunities to support projects abroad if you pursue it.
    -Assessment IP, when correctly deployed and administered, is amongst the best.

    Cons

    -Sales is the only thing the company values. You are what your Consultant Economic Performance is (sales + delivery fees). Quality delivery is not measured nor valued.
    -Company IS a recruitment company. It still has legacy clients in other areas such as talent management but doesn't retain or attract the consultants to effectively deliver this work.
    -Pay is very poor and as a result they cannot attract top quality talent. They want to be a search company but are not even close to the pay scales the industry leaders offer.
    -Politics at the upper levels is exhausting. Get in with the right people and see it their way or be ignored.
    -Rely on decades old methodologies like SPIN selling and Trusted Advisor. No value put on updating styles and approaches for the 21st Century.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on who/what you are and then pay according to that industry. Be clear to people joining and don't exaggerate the ability and reach of the company. Honestly assess the leadership's ability to attract, retain and motivate people on a domestic and international level. (use your own leadership framework if necessary!)


  10. Helpful (4)

    "It's a recruitment company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people
    You can learn
    No management at all really so you can do your own thing

    Cons

    MU is a recruitment company that does some other 'stuff'. There is no real HR work done here so don't think you are going to get challenging HR projects to work on. It is a sausage factory of recruitment and assessments.

    Advice to Management

    Put a proper management structure in the UK, put career ladders and proper salaries in place and stop pretending to be more than a recruitment company. Invest in that and do it well.


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