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Phaidon International Employee Reviews about "base salary"

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145 Ratings
Pros
  • "unlimited commission structure for sales staff(in 24 reviews)

  • "Phaidon is one of the most fun places that I've ever worked at(in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and have to be really money motivated else it gets tedious(in 54 reviews)

  • "Don't get me wrong- Phaidon loves innovators - however within our operating model(in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "I would stay away"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Phaidon International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You work with people your age who tend to be very helpful and friendly. Since you work so much, you will become very good friends

    Cons

    very very long hours are told to come in early and stay late yet you already work 8:30-6 everyday You are scolded if showing up even a minute late, sometimes even if you are 3 minutes before 8:30, you still get remarks as to cutting it close and should be showing up early Are "very strongly" encouraged to eat at your desk Some managers have no business being a manager (lack training and leadership... qualities) Extreme low base salary very macho work culture a lot of internal competition

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, stop selling the position for something its not There is a reason your turnover rate is so high

    Phaidon International2019-03-22
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Phaidon International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Honestly, this is an incredible place to grow your career and understand the ins and outs of not only recruiting but also managing expectations from both ends and becoming a salesperson. No sales job is EASY - it comes with building out your own territory, long hours and sometimes a bit of heartbreak. Trust me, most of the guys and the ladies here who have made it to Principal Consultant or above have gone through A... LOT of challenging times here. Phaidon gives you the resources to become successful - it is what you do with them that is up to you Amazing young, fun company - I met some of my closest friends here Work hard, party hard mentality (no, I do not condone the drug use that happens OUTSIDE of work - nothing is ever brought on the premises) Great PTO days - like many people commented, its hard to use all of them without being called out for working "part time" or "taking too much time off" - also if you do use them, prepare to come back with absolutely nothing covered for you Great health benefits - again, if people do go out to the doctors, some people on desk may say they are "interviewing" or not believe them - it happens everywhere The board members are INCREDIBLE - not every company does the CEO come around to everyone when he is in town to hug and greet them. Harry, you are an exceptional leader and someone that we all look up to. Getting to know different teams and brands - company happy hours, team bondings, etc Easy to understand when you will get promoted and how you have to get there Equity - except don't be fooled, only the originals who started this company will ever get a piece of that - which has been rightfully deserved. Awesome perks - vacations, happy hour on Thursdays, winter party, etc. - They really try to make this a fun atmosphere

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    Cons

    Work life balance -it's a hard grind but worth it in the end - career progression, friends who are in the office with you Salary + Commission - This is a touchy subject, while I love receiving HUGE paychecks for a lot of hard work, the amount of money that you actually get from say a $100K deal is minuscule when you subtract the money you are giving to Phaidon, whatever percentage bracket you fall into and then... on top of that taking 40-45% out in taxes to pay to the state and city (NYC) Dress code - This has become a bit laxed recently, some women in the office constantly are dressing up as if they are about to go to a club in Las Vegas for the day. That needs to change. No one gets yelled at so I have no idea why anyone would write that - rather its the opposite of everyone high fiving and cheering when deals close or if challenges arise your manager is there to help you through it Relationships in the office - Yes, this is a very big thing in the office. It is not encouraged at all but spending 70+ hrs a week with people brings them closer. There are a handful of couples (I would say around 20) in the office but they don't flaunt it or are "with one another" when they are at work, so I wouldn't see it as a problem except for when they break up.... then that just makes it awkward for everyone around them and the mood switches. The office - we need an office manager - the kitchen is never stocked, the coffee mugs are everywhere, we are missing a lot of basic necessities that any other Top 10 staffing company would easily provide including basic privileges like printing (we are all adults here, we should have to ask our managers to print out forms for us - just set the printing limit to 50 pages a month or something), basic office supplies (folders, desk accessories, tape, etc), maybe some office decorations other than in the lobby? Expenses - If you go to a client or candidate meeting and have to take a Taxi or a means of public transportation - ALLOW YOUR CONSULTANTS TO EXPENSES THAT. On a base salary of $42K with a $100K threshold, you cannot be meeting clients and candidates downtown and spending $40+ roundtrip on taxis. This should be expensible - maybe join an Uber partnership or something.

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    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - there is a high turnover rate because you are not properly interviewing candidates when bringing them aboard. Invest in your staff - replace the excessive beer in the fridge on Fridays with printer privileges or basic office supplies. Keep promoting socially how we are helping clients - we do some INCREDIBLE work and that's how we have gotten so far - wonderful to showcase all... of the hard work online.

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    Phaidon International2018-11-03
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Wasted Time"

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

    I have been working at Phaidon International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training is very thorough . You meet all of the leadership eventually.

    Cons

    There is full health benefits but really they give you a hard time when you do have to go to the doctor. It’s like being in an abusive relationship. They sucker people into the idea you can make a lot but you have no work life balance. They create a terrible culture with their KPIs and low base salary. You are pressured to go out with the group and drink and socialize. The drama between all of the offices is... unprofessional. They talk about lavish trips you can “win/earn” but it’s like spring break for college freshman. Booze, hooking up, drugs. Not the scene if you are trying to build a career. When you do quit be prepared to walk out. They don’t pay you on outstanding vacation. They don’t even allow you really to leave the office for lunch. It’s a sweatshop environment. They are always hiring new “consultants” which is a joke of a title.

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    Advice to Management

    Change the culture and expectations. There’s such a great platform to be a decent company minus the culture. There will never been long term growth with the turn over rate.

    Phaidon International2018-08-14
  4. Helpful (15)

    "Decent Company, Good Career Growth Opportunity"

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    Recruitment Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Phaidon International

    Pros

    - Above market-average commission structure - Ceiling is high if you produce: you can make six-figures if you bill consistently - Directors/Managers who genuinely want you to succeed and will help you by any means to close a deal (maybe even help you get your first deal) - Team outings are a good time with the first drink or two usually on the company's dime - Great PTO (20 days) and good amount of time off... during the Holiday Season - Travel opportunities for business development - Three step interview process including hands-on work, illustrating legitimacy of your position and the fact they want to hire the right people, unlike other sales floors who hire anyone who can breathe - Cool CEO: young, good listener, charismatic, humble, etc.

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    Cons

    - 32K base salary (~11$ per hour) - 10+ hours a day on desk - 8am/8:30am to 6pm/6:30pm hours - Lunch on desk as well - Micromanaged to painful extents - Rude, annoyed, passive-aggressive attitude from many of the consultants - Power struggle between consultants in the office with no real leadership or interpersonal skills: "I'm her superior" & "I'm his superior" is a common phrase amongst individuals with... no management job title. - Individuals who act arrogant, entitled, and as though they have everything figured out in their lives/career towards others in the office when they make a decent commission check: for example, a lot of the "big checks" you receive here put your yearly total compensation equal to or less than a base salary another company could offer you PLUS commission. Be humble, be courteous, and be nice -- life's too short. I promise nobody thinks you're as established as you do.

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    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed the management. From my experience, they were extremely open to talk about anything that was on my mind both work and life related. They want you to succeed and will work to help you build your book of business-- perhaps help you out with your first deal as well. Not only this, but they genuinely want people to get along in the office and for us to build friendships outside of work with each other. To... be frank, you can find way better sales organizations with autonomy, better pay, remote options, MacBook/company CC, monthly travel allowances , etc.

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    Phaidon International2018-06-04
  5. Helpful (35)

    "Complete Joke of a Company"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Phaidon International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Might befriend some coworkers since its a youthful environment.

    Cons

    Where to begin... The low base salary and commission structure is absolutely ridiculous, they squeeze every dime out of you that they can so prepare to feel completely taken advantage of on every deal you make. The long hours are outrageous for a recruiting agency and they force you to stay at your desk during your lunch break (illegal) and to sometimes stay late on certain nights. If you arrive one minute late,... they will send you a passive aggressive email and also look down on those who don't stay late. But all that craziness aside, the worst part is that they have no respect for their employees, especially their female employees. I saw several cases of managers/directors acting inappropriately towards the women at company events. Any instances of this they just brush under the rug and pretend it didn't happen. Lastly, when a member of their HR called me for my exit interview and I tried to share my opinion on these important issues, they spent an hour interrogating/screaming at me and telling me I was wrong. I would advise to stay far away from this company and spare yourself the misery. I left at the same time as a few of my other coworkers and we all agreed it was one of the best decisions we had ever made! Oh and they also write fake reviews on here after they get poor ones to improve the rating, pretty sad.

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    Advice to Management

    Remember your employees are human beings and not just your little robots to profit off of. Also try to actually LISTEN to issues that come up and suggestions. Talking poorly about the employees who decide to leave is a very bad look.

    Phaidon International2018-05-31
  6. Helpful (16)

    "Sweatshop job out of college. Success here is based on luck"

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

    I worked at Phaidon International full-time

    Pros

    I would say the only pro to being an employee here is realizing the type of place that you would never want to work in the future

    Cons

    -Their HR/marketing team force you to complete surveys so they can win "awards" -Your first day they make you lie on your linkedin to show you have been working there to add credibility to clients -management breathes down your neck 24/7. No freedom or autonomy. make you call 100 people a day. -If you are one minute late you are in trouble. They have their favorites. -Awful base salary of 32k. the rest is luck... based commission. No 401k. They will promise you equity but you will never see it. All they want to do is grow headcount at all costs.

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    Advice to Management

    You are not managers. you are 30 year old salesmen.

    Phaidon International2018-05-25
  7. Helpful (12)

    "Recruitment Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Phaidon International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good work culture and incentives (i.e. early pub leave on Thursdays, quarterly lunch clubs, etc.) - Strong commission structure - Upward mobility (Good time to get in with the company since the Boston office is still in the growth period) - GREAT health benefits - Good vacation/PTO --- get a full week off after Christmas/New Year - Free access to the office gym - Good leadership/management support (they... will put in the time for you to get the results and genuinely care about your progression and the company's success) - Top billers in the company get free trips to Vegas, New Orleans, etc.

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    Cons

    - Longer work hours (as long as you have jobs to work, the work days go by quickly) - No parking garage/travel reimbursement (if you live outside of the city, you will most likely be paying for a monthly commuter rail pass at your own expense) - No 401K option (as of right now) - Standard base salary for a recruiting position (where you will make the majority of your money will be through commission)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the strong work culture --- the atmosphere is something that sets Phaidon apart from other companies. Maybe applying more weekly incentives for early Friday leaves (i.e. hitting all weekly KPIs, which will, in turn, increase output and results)

    Phaidon International2018-02-23
  8. Helpful (14)

    "Don't drink the kool-aid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Phaidon International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Leaving and knowing you never have to go back

    Cons

    Incredibly low base salary and a small fraction of the fee is your commission once you make a placement. Other agency recruiters who are full desk and full cycle get 50% of the fee (uncapped)! Being berated in front of your teammates and on desk becomes a normal part of your day- and it shouldn't be. All solo performance related topics should be addressed in private, but it seems that management lacks the... courtesy or empathy to do this for you. The work hours are a firm 8AM-6PM which means you have to be in the office and logged into your desktop by 8AM to start work. If you’re in at 8AM or a minute late, they would give you a dirty look and either bring you outside to scold you or send you a nasty email about how you’re lazy and need to do better. You’re practically chained to your desk for 10 hours a day and chastised if you get up too often to use the restroom or get water. Even though the hours are long and 95% of the time is spent sitting, you don’t get a full hour for lunch and you have to eat on desk to answer any and all calls that come through.

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    Advice to Management

    Think about THE PEOPLE helping Phaidon achieve the growth goals and build this business rather than just thinking about "building the business."

    Phaidon International2018-03-08
  9. Helpful (20)

    "Horrid Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Phaidon International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Health insurance is very good, culture is young, company is growing, you get alot of responsibility early on

    Cons

    A very hard place to work for anyone but especially if you are female or a different race other than white male. Degrading and racist jokes are an everyday thing. Also, you truly can't leave your desk for lunch unless you are back in 15 minutes. The whole lunch period you are required to answer any calls that come through. You do get vacation and sick days that the company HIGHLY discouraged anyone to take and when... you do they make you seem lazy. The base salary is extremely low even with getting commission. This is not a collaborative environment and you are made to keep your head down and work.

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    Advice to Management

    CHANGE THE CULTURE

    Phaidon International2018-02-27
  10. Helpful (23)

    "Kids teaching kids"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Phaidon International full-time for 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.

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    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?

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    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.

    Phaidon International2017-02-18
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