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Updated February 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Good training from internal training and also your day to day team (in 18 reviews)

  • Great training and development opportunities (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Some find the dress code restrictive (in 21 reviews)

  • Theres arent many main ones are that its hard work and can be long hours however you get out what you put in (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "In-fighting, politics, and all that's wrong with recruitment"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Instant name recognition
    Lots of opportunities
    Company values are outstanding
    Variety of recruitment areas

    Cons

    Different "specialisms" compete with each other and reed.co.uk for business, and it can get really nasty
    Managers are so busy making sales figures that they don't manage staff properly
    Lip service paid to values, but not upheld in the company
    Outdated mentality about recruitment: call, call, call, etc

    Advice to Management

    The glut of agencies in the recruitment industry means that the "tried and true" methods don't work anymore. Reed has ceased to offer a "value add" to the recruitment process, especially when consultants are having to compete with deep discounts offered by reed.co.uk. Needs to be more united, and revisit how reed will fit into the new environment of recruitment.


  2. "A company that invests in their staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Consultant in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Executive Consultant in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Market leading training
    - Owners that take an interest in their business
    - Clear career progression & opportunities
    - Rewarded for success
    - Flexibility & support available
    - A business that supports and celebrates success
    - Flexible Benefits
    - Bonus/Commission in line with market average

    Cons

    - Contrasting management styles can lead to an inconsistent approach
    - Not all office locations are professional and need improvement

    Advice to Management

    - Be more flexible with staff & working arrangements
    - Embrace technology and stay ahead of competition
    - Invest in appropriate site locations across all sites

  3. "Great career prospects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As the title suggests, Reed is an excellent place to build a long-term career in recruitment - something which is not easily achieved in many other organisations. Training is truly exceptional at Reed. The investment in professional, as well as personal, development is genuinely superb. Coupled with an open policy in regards to opportunities across the network, it enables staff the flexibility in their career paths in order to succeed.

    The company culture and values are key in the business. Reed is still a family run business and this is demonstrated in their approach to a fair work-life balance and great benefits.

    Senior Management has experienced some change recently, but new initiatives and business plans are coherent and well thought out. Communication at all levels within Reed is clear and access to information is open and transparent.

    Bonus structure is very clear. There are no discretionary elements (as with some other household recruitment names) and if you hit your figures, you get paid. Career development framework is also really straightforward. If you perform at the required level, you'll move through the grades, with associated pay increases, etc.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a negative, but there can still be some difficulties of working between divisions, but this is improving.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about investing in the "Agency" side of our business. There's a lot of money and investment (understandably) into the reed.co.uk side of the company, but we need to maintain our own sense of identity and try to keep the differentiation clear.


  4. "Fantastic company that offers continued investment in their staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Recruitment Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Recruitment Consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for a market leader with a great reputation UK wide.
    Continuous investment in staff training and development
    Good career development and promotion opportunities
    Supportive and approachable management at branch level and above

    Cons

    The Reed ties and dress code need looked at.
    Not many training course held in Scotland

    Advice to Management

    Keep the channels of communication for all co members open to Senior Management.


  5. "Graduate Training Scheme at Reed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Since I started on the scheme in 2015 there have been plenty of opportunities to grow and progress, I rose to executive consultant within 18 months and team manager within 2 years and there were many opportunities that came my way.
     - Offers a good clear and transparent c omission structure where you can earn a lot of money quickly
     -Buzzy, friendly sales environment
     -Strong brand name
    - Chance to work with lots of exciting clients

    Cons

    As is common with sales/recruitment there is a reasonable turnover of staff


  6. "Consistently rewarded & developed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Lancaster, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The training at REED is second to non in the industry, hard work and development is encouraged and even rewarded. There is always a way to develop your career as well as your skills. The business is positive as a whole and encourages team work and rewards hard work. I love it, haven't been as happy in a business for so long

    Cons

    System and internal inconsistencies, very few cons I can think of, it was a challenge to think of those.

    Advice to Management

    Same rewards, training and structures between different branches of business


  7. "Great Company To Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been working for Reed Specialist Recruitment for over for years and have enjoyed a successful and rewarding career so far.

    • Well-structured targets and black and white promotion structure.
    • Opportunity to meet people face to face in a predominantly telephone based industry.
    • Good training from internal training and also your day to day team.
    • Rewards for high performance and company recognition.

    Cons

    • Not as flexible as some companies in terms of working from home - remote access and BYOD is a massive step in the right direction.
    • Could do more to allow pay rises in between promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop new consultants in a non-micro managed fashion and encourage a collaborative culture of networking.

  8. "Outstanding training!"

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

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great training
     - Good benefits
     - Strong and fair commission structure
     - Great internal data-base
     - Good candidate focused values
     - Great service options for clients
     - Reed have a great recruitment name in the market

    Cons

    - Poor management
     - Management abuse their power at times
     - Internal roles mis-sold
     - Tough KPI system
     - No investment in modern services such as Linkedin
     - Major company divide between North and South England


  9. "Positive Overall"

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

    I worked at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Sir Alec and James Reed take an interest in the business still and will occasionally visit the offices, so despite the company's size it does still feel like a family business at times
    - There has been a recent push for better benefits and some of the new ones are quite good, such as the health cash plan
    - On the whole, people in the company are nice, and though there is the usual churn of new starters that you always get in recruitment there are a lot of staff who have stayed with the company for a very long time, which says a lot

    Cons

    - The different specialisms don't work together very well and management attitudes between them differ, which can mean that though you may share an office with a lot of other Reed staff at times they can feel like they work for a whole different company
    - Dress code outdated and you have to either pay for expensive company ties or circle leavers like vultures to get theirs
    - Unless your intended career path is to become a branch manager then area manager etc., you will most likely have to move to Northampton or London
    - The downside of having lots of long-tenured staff is that a few of them have quite negative behaviours (such as treating candidates rudely) that are just accepted as they've been at the company too long to change

    Advice to Management

    Keep Sir Alec and James visiting the offices regularly and showing an interest in the staff at the coalface, and keep modernising the systems.

    Reed Specialist Recruitment Response

    Jan 30, 2018 – Service Excellence Manager

    Hi, thank you for your review, your opinion is greatly appreciated and your comments will be brought up with our management for review.


  10. "Incompetence at its best"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff could audition for circus staff, Clowns.

    Cons

    Don't expect professionalism or intelligence.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your Recruiting staff, they are absolute charlatans in the Birmingham office!


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