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Progressive Recruitment Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not that professional...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Progressive Recruitment full-time

    Pros

    Quick to find you if they need CV's.

    Cons

    Poor communications. Callback requests are almost never followed-up, usual reason being "the requested person is in a meeting". This is definitely not the most professional recruiting agency. This agency behaves like an old-fashioned "CV shuffler".

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act and start behaving professionally and start adding value to your customers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good management and owners, shame about the rest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Progressive Recruitment full-time

    Pros

    Friendly management, supportive
    Good training
    Good incentives
    Managers had all been consultants at the company

    Cons

    Poor professionalism by a lot of colleagues
    Not the best commission structure


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Please stay away and ignore the fake positive reviews!"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Progressive Recruitment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are none! You even have to wait a month before being paid!!!! (The whole point in Contracting through a agent is to be paid weekly!)

    Cons

    Not enough space to write! Underhanded, rip off, liers, thieving... You will be ripped off with your rates both yourself and the customer. Like all agents they do nothing for there money. When I questioned on the such big cut they took, I was talked down to that I shouldn't be asking these questions and I shouldn't be so greedy and they have a lot of things to pay for, like the company cars! (A Porsche was one of them!) They had screwed me and the customer and I went to talk, I told them that they had not represented me and I was sacking them and they threatened me with court told them to go ahead. The customer who's management I got on with very well wanted to take me on direct and they then threatened them if they did they would sue even though they had been found out how little of the rate they where paying to the contractors and why a lot of them were so disgruntled! One positive they lost the contract to supply contractors there! They arnt known as aggressive progressive for nothing! Please please take heed and stay away!

    Advice to Management

    Close shop, I am absolutely astonished that you still going!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Very unprofessional bordering on boiler room practices"

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    Former Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None that I can honestly think of aside from the client list the somehow maintain besides clearly stiffing contractors every chance they get

    Cons

    Very unprofessional and shady business ethics, a nightmare to deal with, refuse to use any other form of communication other than rushed phone calls. I was pressured to accept their offer, which the client hadn't even made yet, even though I had a competing offer on the table.
    Take the biggest commission on contracts of an recruitment agency I've ever worked with, as an example the contract they had with the client was charged at £420 a day with the contractor getting £320, that's roughly 25% commission which is 10% over industry standard(which in many opinion in the IT contracting sector is still far to high for companies that essentially do zero work). When confronted about the frankly huge margins they simply denied it and I was told I was being greedy by blowing the whistle on their unacceptable practices.

    Advice to Management

    I suspect these practices start at the top and feed down to the account managers and recruiters so there's not much to add. I will not be using ProgressiveUK ever again and will warn clients to steer clear


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fun Place to Work BUT"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most of the day was spent getting a laugh with colleagues

    Cons

    Manager didn't have a clue how to do the job or manage people
    Office Administrator micromanages the office and is on a serious power trip
    They tax your bonus at 30% for some reason

    Advice to Management

    Promote people on merit rather than whos face fits


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok but not great."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great office atmosphere, culture, people

    Cons

    KPI focused rather then business


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good place"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good place, nice atmosphere

    Cons

    child like and this could be bad.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I started my recruitment career with this company in 2007 and stayed for 5 years before relocating to London."

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Progressive Recruitment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training programme for graduates and organic growth model which allows individuals to developer their careers at a quick pace

    Cons

    Brand name not got a great reputation on the market which can sometimes be a barrier to winning new customers

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the heavy KPI focus which can sometimes mean performing taks for the sake of it and upsetting potential customers/contacts


  10. Helpful (2)

    "They sell you the dream, but the reality is very different!"

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks like incentives abroad to Vegas, Milan and Ibiza
    They encourage you to socialise after work
    A financially stable company
    An elite recruitment company which looks good on your CV
    Award winning training programme

    Cons

    Boiler room mentality
    40-50 hour working weeks are common
    Very cut throat, u either sink or swim and your job security is under threat every month
    All management were successful consultants but don't all make good managers
    Your only as a good as your market
    Pay is lower than market rate, and the commission has been lowered since recession
    Tough interview process, can be 4 stages

    If you're a natural salesperson then its a great move and the rewards are huge, if you just need a job to pay bills then don't bother, the stress won't be worth the basic salary! Recruitment is not a sustainable job long term, except for the chosen few, even then, make your money and get out!

    Advice to Management

    Greed is not good!


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Promises of a lot, but only for the select few"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, good benefits, some good people, good training

    Cons

    Most other things, selective environment for the favourites to prosper and the rest to crash

    Advice to Management

    Work to live, don't live to work


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