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  1. "Great Opportunity and Ownership of Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The ability to take ownership of your position, the amount of money you make and your career path is great!
    Fun environment
    Flexibility with Vacation-European mindset
    Working among ambitious people
    Little representation of Americans among leadership- opportunity!

    Cons

    Young office
    Still structuring and Developing their management Team
    Little representation of Americans among the Sr. Management

    Advice to Management

    Might need a bit more maturity, ownership of your position and put in the hours. You are the example to the people that report to you. Lead by example and seek to grow.


  2. "Former Recruitment Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office is in the heart of downtown, and for anyone just graduating college who doesn't know what to expect from "corporate america" (kind of) this opportunity sounds intriguing! Most of the new hires end up living together to cut rent costs and they definitely encourage colleagues to become friends and try to promote strong team bonds.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, because most of the new hires are recent college grads with no other corporate experience, they absolutely use and abuse them! The pay is unbelievably low - the base pay is $30,000 which comes out to $14/hr - now add in the fact that they don't pay parking which is minimum $150/month and your down to living on $2300/month BEFORE tax!
    It's sales - so i could deal with the money issue, it's management that truly makes this an unbearable place to work. Your micromanaged to the point where managers are listening into your calls WITHOUT your knowledge, your marked late for arriving 1 minute past 8 AM AND your not allowed to get up and use the restroom 5 minutes before lunch, because that's something you should do "on your own time". "Respect" is one of their core values but you will never feel respected; Rapport is another value - yet management will demand you behave with clients in a way that will NEVER build rapport. The only good VP they had is gone and now your left with 2 managers who blow-dry the little bit of hair they have left and weren't successful in sales so they moved to management............. Biggest advice I can give is to work somewhere else first - nearly everyone there is miserable, but they don't leave out of the perceived fear of loss! Don't get sucked in.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the management team. The last 5 years should have indicated the problem stems from the TOP down.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "You can, but probably won't, make a lot of money"

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

    I worked at Progressive Global Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is pretty good camaraderie in the office. Most people are team players and celebrate the success of others. If you happen to be placed into a lucrative part of the market, and on the right team, there is potential to make decent money.

    Cons

    It feels like middle school. Management is far too strict enforcing arbitrary rules.
    Huge disparity in pay. There are two people in the office who make the kind of money the company likes to tell their recruits about ($500k+), but the moderately successful make close to 60k. Most consultants don't make more than 40k. Recruiters will never make more than that.

    Advice to Management

    You've recently seen a load of talent leave, arguably some of your smartest employees. Respect them, trust them to do their jobs, and implement their ideas.
    What is the point of hiring the brightest students straight out of Uni if you aren't going to utilize their wits to make the company better?


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Hard Work Really Does Equal Money Here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Progressive Global Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    To do this job one must possess resiliency. You experience a lot of failure, especially in the beginning, but those who can stick it out (they say the one-year mark is the "you made it!" point) can find loads of success.
    The base salary for new consultants is $30,000. It's not negotiable, however, you get bumped to $35,000 upon completion of the "100-point training plan", which can take anywhere from 4 months to a year to complete. Totally depends on how hard you work. No one takes this job for the $30,000 base salary. If you've read this far into the review, you're worth more than that. People take this job because if you work hard, and quite frankly, if you're smart, you can make 6 figures within a couple years. The commission is truly uncapped, and we operate in a booming industry. The company also offers great benefits. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, gym memberships are all part of the package.
    The culture is young, loud, and fun. There is always an incentive you're working toward - a trip to Miami or Vegas or somewhere else. On one hand you could count the number of employees over 40 years old.
    You'll hear the term meritocracy thrown around a lot, and it's not simply lip service. They reward their people who work hard and make the company money.
    Overall, I've liked what I've experienced so far. It certainly isn't the best fit for everyone, so ask a lot of questions and do your research. If it is a fit for you - if you work hard, possess resiliency, and are financially motivated - this is a great time to get on board, as the company is growing rapidly.
    Finally, the job is sales. You're selling a service. You're selling people (but in a totally ethical way). It's important you understand this when while you consider applying here.
    Another way to think about this job is as a matchmaker. You see a company with an open position, and you see the resume of a person looking for work, and your job is to put them in a room together and convince them that they're perfect for each other. That's what we do. We're the eHarmony of the Oil and Gas industry.

    Cons

    The office is very young, very loud, and can be off-putting to mild-mannered individuals. This job requires travel outside the comfort zone when it comes to cold calls and explicit conversations about salary.

    Advice to Management

    Energy, Reward, and Rapport are lived out every day.

    Respect is sometimes suspect in the sense that it is unprofessional to my clients on the phone when my coworkers are screaming obscenities across the room. I feel like the employees from the UK could benefit from a crash course in American business etiquette and professionalism.

    Also, for the love of everything holy, can we please install voicemail on all consultants' phones? This business where the calls get passed from one phone to the entire office is insane. It causes majors miscommunications, missed messages, and lost business. Not to mention the major distractions that are caused by people shouting across the sales floor telling their coworker that so-and-so is on the line for them.
    Voicemail would solve all of these problems.

    Company-wide emails when deals are closed and no voicemail boxes were probably great ideas when the company was in its infancy, but now that we're growing so rapidly, especially in the Americas, it's important that you adjust policy to match the growth.


  6. "Growing company that is perfect for younger, high energy people seeking just compensation for hard work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Progressive Global Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working here for 3 weeks and I love the people, location, and growth potential. It is really a great corporate environment during the day and friends at night

    Cons

    It is not an easy job. Takes hard work and perserverance. But the commissionn payment does justify it...

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Progressive Global Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The fact that it is a young office is very appealing. You don't find that many places. They do a great job of training you but it can be a bit boring. The incentives are all based around going out and partying so if that's your thing then its great. You can definitely make a lot of money. It just takes a long time.

    Cons

    No privacy. You feel like you are being babied the whole way through everything. Rules about being on time and how many calls you make are very strict. They monitor everything! Professionalism is very low in the office. People talk about inappropriate things and its uncomfortable. Commission structure isn't great. The company gets so much money and you get a small portion depending on job title.

    Advice to Management

    We are all educated. Please let us learn and grow. We aren't children. We can handle things!! Please help keep the atmosphere professional. A lot of people dread going into the office for that reason alone.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ups, downs, side to side...AND a whole load of fun!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Progressive Global Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent training in place both from the Corporate function and locally from the leadership team. A lot of peer to peer support on offer and a buddy/mentor program which offers additional support particularly in the beginning.

    Excellent benefits on offer, outshining many competitiors in the local area. Vacation time for example is excellent for the local area.

    There are a strong set of values in place which are driven from top to bottom globally and locally.

    There is massive opportunity to earn well here; financially motivated people thrive. Additionally, there is huge career potential in Houston with a lot of growth ongoing and planned.

    The Houston office has fun & socializes together a lot and as a result are a tight group.

    Cons

    It can be demanding on your work/life balance. The only 'downside' of working in a meritocratic organization is that you have to really put in the work and time to get the rewards back.

    Like the title of the review suggests, there can be a lot of ups and downs; an emotional rollercoaster at times.


  9. "Great place to work with lot's of money to be made"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Progressive Global Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, environment, money, career path, leadership

    Cons

    Job can be tough at first

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  10. "The definition of "Work hard, play hard""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Progressive Global Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The uncapped commission is great because you always know that if you work harder you'll make more money. The rewards the offer the employees (monthly lunches a 5-star restaurants, trips to Vegas, Miami, etc) are definitely a plus. The office environment is fun because it's an open sales floor, so every day is like working with your friends. Being that the company is organic, you can always go to your manager with any problem you have & they will most likely be able to help you solve it based on past experience. I also really like the transparent career path & the clarity around what you need to do to get to where you want to be.

    Cons

    Any sales job is an emotional roller coaster. Other than that I can't really say much.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Opportunity to make decent money, but MICROMANAGED"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Progressive Global Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are a self starter, with a strong work ethic, you can make some great money.
    Merit based promotions. (Mostly)
    Global presence. Opportunity to move into different markets/places.
    Merit based rewards.

    Cons

    Very, very, very Micro-managed. They track how many phone calls you make per day, hour minute, mili-second. Everyone goes to lunch at the same time every day. If you are two minutes late coming back, comments are made. We are all adults, this is not needed. Turnover is high for those who can't handle this type of atmosphere/ hand-holding.
    The commission structure is top heavy, to pay for the trips, fancy offices, etc. It should be more, to deal with the above.

    Advice to Management

    People are different, manage them accordingly. Some new hires are college students, that need guidance/a fire under their butt, some are experienced and know how to conduct themselves. Coaching and tyranny are not the same.


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