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Reed Specialist Recruitment Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  • I do think that the corporate dress code could be relaxed a little (in 13 reviews)

  • No work life balance, old fashioned recruitment, lack of budget (marketing material cannot compete with other big agencies) (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    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    Outdated mentality about recruitment: call, call, call, etc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. "BEST PLACE TO WORK"

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    Current Employee - Permanent Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Permanent Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Just recently started working with reeds. Is been one of the most amazing experience ever. Good management team, very tailored training and a lovely cultured environment to work in. LOVE YOUR MONDAYS....

    Cons

    As i just started none am aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work

  3. "Incoherent"

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

    I worked at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time

    Pros

    Good initial training
    Some attractive office locations

    Cons

    Poor Leadership
    Internal bickering amongst senior managers.
    Low pay (base salary)
    Lack of ongoing career development opportunities.
    A lot of control at very top level of hierarchy with little room for autonomy.
    Different departments have their own agendas which very often do not compliment each other.
    Outdated corporate dress code for male employees, relaxed dress code for female employees, equality should work both ways.
    The published culture and values are glossed, but do not match the reality.

    Advice to Management

    Put aside former squabbles and really work hard to form a solid leadership team - lead by example. Print out the culture and values, carry them with you, apply them.


  4. "Good company but lacks direction"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training is of good quality and the staff running this have developed the program well. They have large accounts although they have lost the biggest account to a competitor.

    Cons

    The senior management didn't seem that interested in developing the team I worked in. We had gone from 6 people down to 2 when I left yet the workload hadn't changed much at all. There was little to no appreciation of work done and everything was just a numbers game with no incentives. They are stuck in the past with regards to the culture (who really needs to wear a tie when you don't see any candidates) and commission scheme's are poor given what the majority of other agencies offer and with such a large company the pension contribution is almost laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the business into the 21st Century. You pride yourself on being family run and starting recruitment yet you have little interest in adapting in an ever changing market that allows you to hold on to the best talent.


  5. "Great first job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time

    Pros

    Great first job, good training and support.

    Cons

    Regimented KPI's and not much progression


  6. "Great Training... no atonomy to control your business"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great Traning at all levels

    Cons

    Very old fashioned ....not flexible in changing to compete with competitors


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time

    Pros

    Good training in to recruitment

    Cons

    Low pay
    Thresholds
    People steal your jobs
    underappreciated

  8. "Education rectruitment"

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

    Pros

    local office in centre of town
    fast hiring process

    Cons

    no backend support
    network out of touch


  9. "I currently work at Reed Specialist Recruitment"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Real investors in people, great training and the opportunity to obtain certified qualifications, friendly staff and positive working environment, an honest and ethical company, give back to charity and those in need.

    Cons

    I can't think of any!

    Reed Specialist Recruitment Response

    Jul 24, 2017 – Service Excellence Manager

    Hi, thank you for your review, your opinion is greatly appreciated.


  10. "Good to learn ropes"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training , Good benefits and commision

    Cons

    Very target driven adopting a churn and burn approach. After just over a year there i was one of the veterans in an office of over 200 people.

    Adopted some shady recruitment practices. This is not a generalisation of Reed in general just the team i was in, which was one of the highest performing teams.

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn that not everyone is motivated in the same way


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