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Penna Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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  • Senior management bury heads in the sand at the sight of conflict (in 5 reviews)

  • We are a small orginisation, althoughwe would like to offer everyone career progression we are limted in what we can offer (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Was a good place but changed since acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penna full-time

    Pros

    Values based management, good people.

    Cons

    new management much more short term focus.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "New Owner Has Unclear Plan for Penna"

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

    I worked at Penna full-time

    Pros

    People - there are a number of very high quality people
    An open atmosphere - generally you are left to your own devices
    The range of services on offer means you can have broader conversations with clients

    Cons

    Failure to claim a new future for Penna under new ownership by Adecco
    Clear lack of over arching strategy - employees don't know what Penna's goals and objectives are
    While there are a lot of good people in Penna there are a very large number of very unproductive people towards which no action is taken and others have to carry them
    To this above point some people are seriously over worked - to the point of stress
    There is an inner-circle that rarely includes others - very demotivating to those excluded
    A management by meetings culture which are called to "instruct" not genuinely seek input
    A workload of high volume mundane tasks

    Advice to Management

    Clearly set out what Penna's place in Adecco is and how it is distinct to the other brands.

  3. Helpful (2)

    ""We are Family" Yeah right...."

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

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

    Pros

    Nice office (which is moving to Adecco's HQ)
    There are some good people.
    Thats it...

    Cons

    No Career progression.... There is no ambition to promote staff.
    Very very low salaries compared to market average
    Awful commission structure
    Whispering Toxic atmosphere
    Senior management bury heads in the sand at the sight of conflict
    Broken business model, no room for more consultants
    Micro management - You have no autonomy in the slightest.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, there are so many issues and saying 'we are family' does not sort these out.
    Sort out the culture, it is awful, considering its Penna's biggest selling point i think its laughable.
    Having a pizza friday and 4pm drinks doesnt paint over he fact that staff are under paid, have no autonomy and are micro managed to a tee.


  4. Helpful (2)

    ""We are family" - rubbish"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    chilled, laid back, pizza fridays once a month

    Cons

    No career progression. poor salary. stupid motto of "we are family"


  5. "Ok to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture.
    Wide service offering
    Working hours 9-5.30
    Nice offices

    Cons

    Low salary
    Company going through change
    Very process heavy
    Lack of Industry leaders heading departments


  6. "Used to be good culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penna full-time

    Pros

    When I worked for Penna, there was a good "human" culture, valuing of people. I think this may have changed by recent acquisition

    Cons

    Not sure of company direction. consultancy or recruitment


  7. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Penna is a very transparent and nurturing place to work. Great supportive managers and friendly teams.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Lovely leaders. People here really care and support staff.

  8. "Office and Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penna full-time

    Pros

    Good team, interesting projects

    Cons

    not defined career path


  9. "Penna"

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    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


  10. "The future's bright"

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    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.


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