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Phaidon International Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Upper quartile reward, management opportunities in a work hard play hard culture (in 6 reviews)

  • Lucrative & transparent/formulaic monthly commission structure (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • With the long hours we work it is sometimes hard (in 16 reviews)

  • Work life balance needs to be thought through - this is a place for high performing people with urgent and ambitious aspirations (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Really Good"

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

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

    Pros

    The business is run well and has strong organic leadership which means all the mangers have been there and done it.
    All mangers are sat on the floor, and very accessible to staff, including all the juniors as well.
    You can speak to all clients including their key accounts - unlike other firms I interviewed with - this was really appealing to me.
    There are lots of like minded people who are there to achieve progression and earning potential - this makes it a really good place to work with clear drive and ambition.
    The CEO built the USA and is always there for anyone to speak to rather than in an office with a closed door.
    Every cares about each other - and that makes it a friendly place to work where you feel supported.
    Lots of people make 65k plus in their first year which is good to see.

    Cons

    Because the business is growing so fast it can sometimes seem messy.
    Marketing support is not great and there are often documents that consultants would need to write themselves or update as the support from the London HQ wasn't amazing.

    Advice to Management

    more training when people progress would be useful


  2. "Exactly as advertised"

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

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

    Pros

    Huge potential for growth! Your targets are clear from day 1 and you know exactly what you need to do to get to the next level. It's completely up to you to put in the work. So if you are someone that is looking to work as hard as they can to be rewarded - this is the opportunity for you. There is no coasting by.

    Cons

    None - I knew exactly what I signed up for

    Advice to Management

    More incentives, please! But aside from that, not much.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Love it"

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, great pay

    Cons

    none business is not for everyone, but to be expected


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  5. "Kids teaching kids"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're just out of college and single, this is the place for you. The principal that you'll be working under is most likely 24 or younger, your team manager a year or two older. There are certainly opportunities to make good money (hence the 2 stars versus 1), but it'll require a lot of extra hours in the office beyond the 10 that you'll already spend there, being matched with a manager who knows what they're doing and actually cares about empowering their team, and just a wee bit of luck. Healthcare is completely covered, which might not matter since most employees are young enough to still be on their parents plans. Commission structure isn't terrible but certainly not special, which is crucial considering how low the base salary is.

    Cons

    Where to start? This seems like a company that had the right idea once upon a time, but have clearly lost their way. Far too focused on quantity over quality, turning profits versus creating great recruiters and maintaining a reputable brand. This company is trying to grow far too quickly, it's now just another churn and burn recruitment agency like the rest of the others that take advantage of recent grads. Shuffling in a dozen or so wide eyed kids every week and selling unrealistic dreams of making $70K - $120K in your first year, which few employees actually hit. They tout their rate of retention as well above the industry standard, but it's a total farce. Many recruiters go elsewhere after two years once they're fed up with the nonsense.

    The culture is very fratty and "wolf of wolf street" esque, it's mainly a bunch of 22 year olds running around, binge drinking every other night, and sleeping around. KPIs aren't necessarily over the top, but too often, unqualified candidates are being sent over to vacancies just so that numbers are being hit.

    Technology...yeesh. The system constantly crashes, its clear that they use a cheaper service to make sure the company is maximizing profits. Oh and good luck checking your email outside of the office...because you can't! You'll have to come to the office on a Saturday if you want to get a little extra work done. And that's probably tough, because the base salary is too low to actually afford rent and you're likely commuting.

    After your 1 week of training, there is basically no continuing education. No one really cares how you're doing and if you're actually growing as an indivual, it's just shut up and hit your numbers. As a result, their reputation in each brand's respective markets is going downhill. Consultants don't fully understand their markets, and too often, they're required to constantly send spam emails to hiring managers just to pull jobs. There's no direction whatsoever, and theres a clear lack of communication between recruiters. Team meetings? Brilliant idea...why don't they ever happen?

    Advice to Management

    A little bit of diversity would be nice. 80% of the office is young white dudes, maybe switch it up? And pay your employees a bit more, your competitors are laughing at you with the below average base salary that you provide.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent opportunity for learning and growth"

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

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

    Pros

    I came into the company as an experienced hire and have worked at various sales firms in NYC for over 6 years. Upon coming into the company it was very clear that there were some hugely talented individuals here.

    While the average age of the company was around 22 to 26, the team brought such a business maturity to the table every day like nothing I have seen before. The company has had lots of success in the shape of awards, huge investment, and other recognition due to the hardworking nature of those that run it. With that success comes a lot of financial reward to those that work hard for it.

    It's apparent that the management here are proud of what they have built. They consistently do the basics of recruitment extremely well and I think that is what has made the company have such a strong foundation to build on. Management also really cares about their employees. Ultimately, they want to make sure they have happy people that want to come in every day.

    Cons

    Yes, there are some growing pains with taking on huge growth plans but everyone has good intentions. I can't say there are any blatant cons that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up your hard work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity"

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

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

    Pros

    Great training, great team feel, lots of incentives, serious work hard play hard mentality. I became part of "the team" instantly. Also they offer incredible health insurance.

    Cons

    Hours are long-but we signed up knowing this! Base pay is also low-but the money you make if you just do the work makes up for it.


  8. "Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    It's a good group of people to work with and the party/social life is a great way to make friends throughout the company. The CEO is great and there is a lot of growth at the company.

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate. Very low base (32k in NYC) and you won't see compensation for 4-6 months after you start on top of that. You work 10.5 hour days with very repetitive work. No life, dental or 401k.

    If you're a high energy individual fresh out of college and you don't mind forcing people to take jobs that may not be right for them (just so the company can make a ton and you make a little) this is the job for you! If you had higher than a 3.0 in college with a passion for something specific, GO DO SOMETHING ELSE.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a liveable wage. Stop selling everyone the dream (which only 5% actually get)

    Phaidon International Response

    Dec 13, 2016 – Marketing

    Hi, Firstly, thank-you for your feedback – we welcome all feedback to help us continually improve the business and will definitely take this on board. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed working ... More


  9. "Recruitment consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Phaidon International full-time

    Pros

    Fun people to work with, can make good money if you don't mind the work environment and hours

    Cons

    Long hours with no flexibility what so ever, I used to get in trouble when I went to the bathroom!

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees will make more money. There is a difference between wanting your employees to work hard and not letting them do normal every day things.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Recruitment consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    awesome culture, great people, work hard play hard atmosphere. Absolutely freakin loved it

    Cons

    the usual for any sales role, long hours, high pressure on yourself to hit targets if you really want to go far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and I know you'll go far


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Phaidon International full-time

    Pros

    -great commission brackets
    -family orientated work place
    -benefits
    -You get what you put in

    Cons

    -long hours
    - training staff can be aggressive at times

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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