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Oliver James Associates Reviews

Updated February 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "Oliver James has been one of the most welcoming companies I have joined, allowing autonomy and a great culture in and outside of the office" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Active support for you career progression" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long Hours - Nature of Industry" (in 51 reviews)

  • "The only con I could think of was the pre-existing long working hours when we finished at 7pm, this has now been changed to 6pm" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great Rewards - Fun Atmosphere - Experienced Mentors"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Summer trips to Mexico, Miami
    - Long lunch breaks to go to the gym
    - Learn from market experts
    - Big client base to leverage from
    - Amazing office on 5th Ave NYC

    Cons

    - Long hours, but that is what you need to do to be successful

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the growth in USA its very exciting to be a part of it!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Overworked, Underpaid, and Micro-managed!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time

    Pros

    Global presence and company sponsored happy hours on fridays.

    Cons

    Long long hours, day starts at 8am and ends at 6pm but leaving on time is highly frowned upon. Employees typically work from 8am-8pm DAILY. This has resulted in high turn over rate along with being micro-managed.

    Lunch is scheduled at the same time every single day giving little room for flexibility, only those that are going to the gym get 1.5 hour lunch break, those not enrolled in a gym membership only get a 1hr lunch break (pretty unfair).

    Call times are monitored, tracked, and sent to the entire office at the end of each day to highlight those with the highest call times and embarrass those with the lowest call times.

    No one here is happy, very sweat shop like environment.

    ***Upper management personally request their staff to write positive reviews on glassdoor and gives a skewed perception of what an actual employee experience is at Oliver James. I was asked to write a review on glassdoor the first day I came in for work after being hired along with another newly hired colleague. ****

    Advice to Management

    Implement flexible work schedules and/or increase salaries. Ask your employees for feedback and IMPLEMENT those things and your employees will be happy.

    Maybe try making your employee needs a priority and they'll probably be willing to overlook all the cons this job comes with.

    Oliver James Associates Response

    Dec 19, 2018 – Marketing

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. Firstly, we’re pleased that you recognise the opportunities our global presence brings as well as the benefits of catching up with your colleagues... More

  3. "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great support from management
    Transparent Career path
    Great benefits and commission opportunities
    Hard working supportive environment
    Co workers are all pleasant and easy to get along with
    We Work building is a nice place
    Happy hours, Team outings and end of year holiday

    Cons

    Early Start and long hours
    Not much PTO

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting and providing feedback
    Celebrate the small wins


  4. "Great Career Opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Specialists in the market. OJA have found their success in remaining niche and having a thorough understanding of the industry.

    - Coworkers : Most are a genuine pleasure to work with and happy hours on Thursdays/Fridays allow for some unwinding together.

    -Management : Truly care about your progression and success. Stew, NYC Director, and CEOs ,Jimmy and Oli, make sure to communicate with staff of all levels from Researchers to Consultants to Management, even if they don't manage you directly.

    - Career Progression: OJ make it easy to understand targets and KPIs. They are understanding of the fact that each desk has their own successes and difficulties and provide training at every step of your career to ensure support. Recruitment, particularly in a niche industry, can be hard work. However, everyone has a fair chance of advancement here at OJ. Because they are a global company, there is room to explore working in other offices. They are supportive of those who might want to run a new desk or part of a desk - with hard work and results first, of course. I started at OJA with no recruitment experience and am grateful for the tools given for success.

    Culture: Truly a work hard, play hard environment (forgive me for the cliche). Everyone helps one another out. Coworkers are understanding of the need to balance work with a pleasant environment. Plenty of laughter through the office.

    Office: Located in a WeWork space in a very nice office

    Team Environment: Accountancy and Finance desk is a newer desk in the office (just breaking a year old) that is growing rapidly. Entire team is a pleasure to be around on a daily basis and Jake is genuinely a great boss. Like other teams, people bounce ideas off one another, ask give or receive help when needed, and truly epitomize team work. Additionally, great money to be made here.

    Cons

    - Hours can be tough, but that is the nature of the industry. Late nights are on Tuesdays but that is balanced out with early finish on Fridays and "Summer Fridays."

    - Metrics: KPIs can be stressed to the point that you need to explain quality vs quantity. However, management has done a great job of taking this feedback appropriately and encouraging quality work over numbers for the sake of numbers.

    - PTO: Vacation days at American companies suck. That's a known. As a European company, offering a package equivalent to UK standards would certainly be a perk.

    Advice to Management

    There are high expectations in the business (as there should be), but with consistent guidance and support to employees it's a great place to be.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "I look forward to coming into work everyday"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Encouraging and beyond caring Director & Management staff
    - The CEO’s, Oliver & James, are amazing people and very personable. They visit the NY office quite often and it’s always a positive experience.
    -Friendly, fun and motivating company culture. Everyone in the office motivates each other and I couldn't have asked for a better work environment. I look forward to coming into work everyday.
    -Ongoing training sessions are super educational and helpful. Each manager is incredibly successful and each gives amazing advice - They care about everyone's personal development.
    -OJA is truly different from other agencies. Everyone has an equal opportunity for progression here. Promotions are very possible with dedication and hard work.

    -Hour Lunch breaks (1.5 hr if you go to the gym)
    -Thursday/Friday drinks creates a fun bonding experience - great way to let lose after a week of work!

    Cons

    Would love if the work day could start 8:30am :)

    Advice to Management

    Continued direction and support - keep it up! High expectations from management are actually very motivating.


  6. "Oliver James Associates"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great L&D team who give you all the tools you need to succeed
    -WeWork office space make it a fun working environment
    -If you put your head down and work hard you can make GOOD money
    -You can leave work in the office / no weekend work
    -High performing and competitive culture
    -1.5 hour lunch break if you go to the gym
    -Finish early most Fridays
    -Happy hours and company holidays are great

    Cons

    -Sales role so high pressure environment
    -Work later on a Tuesday


  7. "Friendly Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly, people work in a collaborative fashion - there are several out-of-work activities planned by the company for the staff to network, mingle and build relationships with colleagues regardless of what team they're on. The office has an inclusive culture. There is a yearly trip for everyone to attend if they'd like to. This year's trip was to Cancun.

    Aside from all the fun, the OJ environment is a good challenge for those who are looking to grow professionally.

    -Structured
    -Fun
    -Friendly
    -Results Driven
    -Collective work responsibility

    Cons

    -Structured, if you dislike working with structure and well defined rules perhaps it isn't for you.
    -Collective work responsibility, everyone is willing to put in long hours regardless of their position to complete a task - if you're more laxed you might not enjoy it. (Long hours if necessary)

  8. "Your hard work will pay off"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    OJA are industry experts with impeccable standards. Senior leaders, collectively, offer top tier training, coaching and support and have experience with the challenges all recruiters face. If you're just starting out in recruitment then learning from specialists is a fast track to your career & financial growth. If you're a seasoned recruiter then you'll take some pride in the quality of work you'll focus on.

    Cons

    Like anywhere else in recruitment- long hours


  9. Helpful (9)

    "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the OJ Machine"

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

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1.5hr lunch breaks. if lucky, you might land on a decent team

    Cons

    no support or training involved. massive loads of micro management from supposed experts. no flexibility or trust from senior management. its true when they say this job isn't for everyone

    Advice to Management

    drain the swamp or risk losing all your good people

    Oliver James Associates Response

    Sep 20, 2018 – Marketing

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. Firstly, we’re pleased that you find benefit in our extended lunch breaks, however we are concerned to learn of your thoughts around the training... More


  10. "Managing Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Coaching and L&D support
    Entrepreneurial environment where I am encouraged to look for new niche's and market angles and build something for myself.
    Hugely supportive managerial team, regular 1-on-1's with my superiors and open lines of communications with all tiers of management, globally,
    CEO's who care and know everyone's name. I personally feel like they are genuinely invested in my professional growth.
    Fantastic future progression, open discussions about new office locations and promotions.
    INCENTIVES! Annual all expenses paid summer trip, regular team nights out, weekly happy hour.

    I have now worked for three different recruitment companies, in three different countries and can say with all sincerity OJA is the best one in my experience for a recruiter to have a long, supported career.

    Cons

    This is sales so of course there is pressure and KPI's/targets - but that is par for the course in recruitment and not something exclusive to OJA. This job isn't for everyone, it requires hard work and the ability to perform under pressure and when you do the payoff is second to none! Anyone looking for an easy ride or a relaxed 9-5 should consider a different industry, you have to be a self starter and bring energy to your work day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!!!