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Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. "Penna"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)

    Pros

    Penna was a business full of soul and integrity, which seemed to successfully balance strategic aims with the needs of all the people it touched in a relatively agile manner. Penna looked for solutions and was receptive to suggestions, working collaboratively to strive to be the "best in class".

    Cons

    I did not experience any

    Advice to Management

    Not applicable


  2. "The future's bright"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penna full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are amazing.
    Great sense of camaraderie.
    Fun and light-hearted atmosphere without adversely affecting productivity.
    Open and approachable senior management.
    Now that we're part of Adecco, the future is stuffed full of opportunities.

    Cons

    Cost of investment in resources often obscures the value.
    The sense of enforced jollity can get wearing if you're busy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the floor. Don't fall into the trap of surrounding yourself with an echo-chamber.


  3. "Driving a once great business to mediocrity.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Penna full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Penna is a good brand within the HR community
    Good range of services
    The recruitment business is the jewel in the crown
    Some genuinely values-driven people remain - I wonder for how long?

    Cons

    Not impressed since Penna was bought by Lee Hecht Harrison - become distinctly mediocre as they attempt to squeeze more money from the business
    Unhappy employees and associates too afraid of losing their roles to speak out
    Lots of people going through the motions with little real passion
    Attempts to create a happy atmosphere don't resonate with anyone over 26 years old
    Young and inexperienced leadership team

    Advice to Management

    Try and understand the business you are operating and the people you are working with
    Root out the 'yes men' - there are way too many of them
    Have some humility - egos are allowed to run riot


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  5. "Neutral/Dissatisfied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall decent atmosphere
    Some friendly / helpful staff
    Salary and benefits in line with average for London
    Can take pay in lieu of benefits

    Cons

    Middle management are clueless
    Inappropriate workplace relationships
    Completely inadequate training
    Can be difficult to have voice heard despite several platforms to voice concerns
    Some staff can be very petty
    Not focused / on same goal

    Advice to Management

    Management are advised to work it out for themselves.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Place to work, best company to work for and with the acquisition by Addecco Group it will go from strength to strength

    Cons

    Salary review process whilst fair is only on a yearly basis and has to go before the board.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, your doing it right


  7. "YMMV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Half the people there are nice. And a lot of the people there are competent. The company generally treats people ok and you shouldn't get stressed working there. The office in Fleet Place is a great place to work.

    Despite what I say in the cons, generally, the company does try to "do the right thing".

    Cons

    No training of any value. The only training I got was rubbish and there was nothing offered to help me with my role.

    There are some horrible people there, some of them in senior positions. They've grown with the company and are now in positions way beyond their competency level. They make short-sighted political decisions and stamp their feet to get their way.

    The company will expect you to give up a lot of your own time so you can stroke the ego's of the leaders.

    The company does try to "do the right thing". But it gets it wrong because they are so full of themselves.

    The senoir leadership team have given themselves their own brand. Nice enough people but very much a clique and no room to advance within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. You have a great reputation for HR and the work you do in other companies... but I guess its politics that stops you from doing the same to your own organisation.


  8. "Very Supportive Network"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High level of autonomy
    A very supportive network

    Cons

    Some teams segregate themselves

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive our training and development opportunities


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    "Dreadful Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Partner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Client Partner in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are one of the favourites' you can stay there a long time.

    Cons

    Poor management - autocratic - topdown. No real Leadership - top management should have been replaced a long time ago. No real resources for support. Lack of vision, and they do not have structures in place for developing ALL staff. Old-fashioned and out of date organisation whose management style is more akin to a company run in the 1970s.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new job, find out how inspirational leaders run their companies and start listening and develop all your staff, not just your favourites. Stop encouraging 'cliques.


  10. "Very good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent and multi culturally diverse workforce.
    You have access to top brains and a highly collegiate environment.
    Strong leadership team.

    Cons

    On occasion there seemed to be "meetings" just for meetings sake rather than having meetings with objectives and end goals.

    Advice to Management

    Give people room to experiment and develop even more than you are already doing.


  11. "Reputable company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong reputation within industry, well managed regional office, positive work environment and culture

    Cons

    Regional office centralised to Head Office so contract ended.

    Advice to Management

    Well managed by Regional manager.



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