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  1. "Good place to train and then move on"

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

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

    Pros

    Good incentives - lunch club, plenty of competitions and summer/winter holidays.
    Training scheme is good and big focus on this
    Working for a stable company (in the main)
    Social place to work

    Cons

    Some people make lots of money, most don't.
    KPIs for the sake of it. Doesn't matter if you upset clients or candidates as long as you registered a D Job/Current Manager.
    Very poor commission structure compared to the rest of the industry.
    Goes through cycles of rebuilding and then losing people
    Lose a lot of work due to high fees needed as minimum

    Advice to Management

    More flex on the type of roles you work


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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

  3. 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


  4. 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.


  5. 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bad bad times"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Progressive Recruitment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun employees to work with, full of energy. Good training.

    Cons

    50 - 60 hr weeks, very very low base pay. Some great managers, but some really really really bad ones. You will either succeed or be dropped like dead wood quickly. I was there one year and only a few were earning decent money, with promises of gold and deliverance of dirt and bullying as a culture.

    Advice to Management

    Control your dogs


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