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PageGroup New York City Reviews

Updated July 3, 2018
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  • "The culture perpetuates a terrible work/life balance" (in 87 reviews)

  • "Long hours compared to other industries and not too much intellectually stimulating work" (in 171 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hardworking? Money hungry? Crave autonomy? Read further"

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

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    • Industry leading sales/recruitment training
    • 20 days starting PTO + holidays
    • Advance at your own pace (management or individual contributor)
    • Autonomy of your own portfolio
    • Raises to your base salary very quickly (and large bonuses)
    • Quarterly high flyers trips to exotic destinations (Miami, New Orleans, Denver, San Diego, Vegas, etc.)
    Michael Page is one of the rare companies out there where your success is truly in your own hands. The company does an incredible job of setting you up for success (ie. group training, 1 on 1, exposure to senior leadership.) The only thing holding you back when you work for MP is yourself. I briefly worked for another recruitment firm before Michael Page and can tell you that there is a major difference between a "boutique firm" and an established brand like Michael Page. Namely, they have resources that most companies can’t afford.
    If you are currently interviewing or thinking of applying but are on the fence- DO NOT HESITATE. I came to MP with zero sales experience and turned myself into a top performer by working hard and taking the guidance of those around me. Hard work and determination are what can catapult your career. Each employee’s targets are the same, so the faster you can reach them the faster you get promoted. The targets are cumulative so even 1 bad quarter is not setting you back- you will still learn from those times and get better in the process.
    I interviewed countless recruiters from other agencies and I can tell you that rarely did someone walk through my door who truly impressed me with well-rounded knowledge of both sales/recruitment in the way that an experienced Michael Page employee would.

    Cons

    • You cannot "coast" here- you need to be constantly working hard to succeed
    • Recruitment is a tough industry- but rewarding for those who put in the work

    Advice to Management

    • Keep reinventing the company and taking advice from your employees


  2. "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent Training
    - Culture and rewards

    Cons

    If you're not passioned about recruitment it might be long hours

    Advice to Management

    keep your hard work

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Recruitment Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time

    Pros

    -Great coworkers
    -Mentoring and advice when you find the right people
    -Team Meetings help with communication between disciplines
    -Training programs

    Cons

    -Turnover without warning
    -Even if you love your job and express you want to learn and grow, they fire people without any prior discussion or expression that their activity is lacking
    -No opportunity to explore additional career options within the company, you go in as a recruiter you will stay in recruitment for your entire career there

    Advice to Management

    -Give someone a heads up when they are being considered for termination...they might not even realize their performance is in question (even if they are not hitting KPI's to the proper standard, you should first implement a manager to help figure out why that is, instead of just closing the door without discussion or advice). Maybe there would be less turnover.
    -You preach during training that there is a learning curve to understanding a new market and adapting to the cut-throat sales culture, but don't give new consultants the chance to actually mold into the role before cutting them loose
    -Every time someone leaves a negative review, the response is "recruitment is not for everyone," but maybe you should allow for that to be determined after more than just a handful of weeks


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Training, Horrible Culture, Bad Pay."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, I had been in sales for a few years before joining and it sharpened my sales skills and objections in ways no other companies could not. Not only is every product you sell different, you sure have to deal with a lot of overly cocky personalities that exist at Michael Page

    Cons

    It's very corporate. Dress corporate, nothing will change, your opinion will never really matter, you better like to drink a lot and kiss up to get further in your career. They promote the worst management and those who I admired usually left within a year. SUPER HIGH TURNOVER. I'd suggest this place for young fratty grads who don't mind playing the game vs being promoted by pure talent. You honestly don't make that much money either if you don't play the corporate game. Also be aware your revenue might go to other colleagues who don't bill.

    Advice to Management

    Promote good people. It's 2018, start being open to change. Stop encouraging fratty behavior, it's uncomfortable unless your under 25. Would never recommend a friend to work here, but would recommend a 21 year old just to learn some career skills.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for top billers. Good training for new hires. Good opportunities for growth for successful recruiters.

    Cons

    Sink or swim mentality. Culture is money driven. High turnover among new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining new recruiters.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear promotion targets in early part of your career. Ex frat boys dream.

    Cons

    Total boys club, constantly demeaning women. Openly mocks “women at page.” Only 3 working mothers in the entire US and even married women are few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    It’s not the 80s stop promoting mirror images of yourselves and recognize the smart hardworking loyal people who benefit the firm

    PageGroup Response

    May 2, 2018 – Richard Vickers, Regional Managing Director, North America

    It’s unfortunate and interesting that you harbored these feelings while employed at PageGroup for over three years. We have extremely high standards in regard to how our employees conduct themselves... More


  7. "Great foundation for a career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best training. Consummate professionals. Work hard/play hard. Team oriented. Michael Page was my first recruiting job. I transitioned to in house years ago and I still use what I learned at MPI every day. I work at a great company for great pay and I love my job. I don't think I would be here if it weren't for MPI.

    Cons

    They can be a little cultish. That can make it intimidating to resign. Also, I think they lay directors off once they get too expensive. Not sure. I have just seen some of their finest be let go. Once right before Christmas. I think he got hired back though. Also, my manager was horrible and i saw some other not great managers. Work/life balanced was horrible. Horrible. Over value drinking culture is a little ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Career Advancement Opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Working at Page has been an excellent experience that I would recommend to all driven, motivated and competitive individuals. Having started right out of college, there were many challenges and obstacles to overcome in learning recruitment and getting myself up to speed; however, with hard work and resilience I was able to build a career here which has led to 4 promotions in just under 4 years with the business.

    The company values its employees and rewards those who hit their targets. If you are consistent and performing well, you will have flexibility and reap the benefits of a performance based culture. The quarterly trips are always a great time in excellent locations. There are few organizations that allow for your base salary to exponentially increase (double/triple) over the span of a few short years like Page does.

    The working environment is fun and competitive. Plenty of opportunities to be recognized for excellent performances. Company culture is work-hard play-hard (i.e. fun incentives, quarterly parties, happy hours). The benefits are great (401k, vacation, medical). Most importantly, there is a ton of potential for career advancement and the ability to make a ton of money.

    Cons

    No real cons, just be aware that recruitment is a tough job that requires resilience, determination and adaptability. Hours can be long in the beginning, but the company has gone in the right direction by fostering a performance based culture which allows for flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee suggestions. Keep the performance based culture.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "So so"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality sales training for recent grads.

    Cons

    People are dishonest and rewarded for poor behavior.

    PageGroup Response

    Jan 23, 2018 – Richard Vickers, Regional Managing Director, North America

    We certainly have a renowned training program that goes well beyond beginner level and spans to managerial trainings and Directors conferences. Regarding your additional feedback, we adhere to a... More


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -nice office view
    -ability to be promoted quickly but only if you put in long hours and you're a top performer
    -decent salary

    Cons

    -terrible management
    -very churn and burn
    -if you don't hit your numbers, you're out with no warning
    -very political environment and very big egos
    -a ton of attrition and boiler room type setting
    -not much work/life balance
    -lack of respect from upper management
    -misogynistic and prejudiced environment

    Advice to Management

    -invest more in your employees
    -deliver on your promises and the culture that you speak to
    -perhaps instead of yelling, cursing and degrading your employees you can take the time to learn what their struggles are, why they are unhappy and find out ways to improve upon this
    -take responsibility for your poor management skills

    PageGroup Response

    Jan 30, 2018 – Richard Vickers, Regional Managing Director, North America

    I assure you we have a strict code of conduct at PageGroup and a zero tolerance policy for unethical behavior. Furthermore, we promote and enforce an environment where everyone is treated equally and... More


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