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SThree London Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Phenomenal training, support and infrastructure, great career opportunities, work hard/play hard attitude and some great incentives (in 12 reviews)

  • Work life balance is however depends on how you manage your time with desired results (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Say goodbye to your work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • As a sales based company, you would expect that it would be KPI driven (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "On track but with more to do"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Services in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Support Services in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SThree full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A successful business with talented people at all levels. Great training. Good managers. Great celebration of success and amazing incentives for top performers.

    Strong and believable intentions to fix the cultural challenges that have existed for longer than I've worked here. Clear signs of change in and outside the workplace

    Cons

    SThree needs to shrug off the image of money obsessed recruiters from 5/10/20 years ago and accept that not everyone wants the same things

    Advice to Management

    Identify the people who are stuck in the past and replace them with people who understand what people want from their job nowadays


  2. "A Mixed Bag.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SThree full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    +Very good internal training in business development techniques and candidate interviewing
    +A highly diverse workforce and generally meritocratic environment, with a lot of ethnic minorities and women in visible leadership positions
    +Mostly intelligent and helpful support staff across Legal, IT etc.
    +Brilliant resources for Consultants
    +Overall a friendly and welcoming workplace

    Cons

    +Inability to progress as a company and has an outdated business model
    +As has been described many times on here already, the KPI and metrics continually change from week to week
    +No innovation in talent acquisition methods for new candidates
    +Management treat most employees like children
    +Almost impossible to calculate but: lost revenue (potentially billions) from a) talented but disenfranchised consultants leaving and b) the amount of large-scale companies/clients who simply will never work with Sthree brands due to their relentless mailshots and cold-calling.

    Advice to Management

    Make very senior lateral hires from different functions and industries to bring forward the company to its previous growth levels/profit margins. In order to achieve the desired growth and profitability, the majority of their sales processes should be revised or removed. There needs to be a significant mindset shift from the top down in order to change for the better with thorough research (internal and external) about how agency recruitment should look in the future. They have a world-leading database and great human capital, but the entire sales (and recruitment) strategy needs to be redefined for 2017 otherwise they will continue to lose talent to smaller agencies and internal roles.

  3. "The place to build a career in recruitment"

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

    I have been working at SThree full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fully inclusive work environment
    Best training in industry / investment into consultant development
    Big database
    Great prizes and incentives
    Amazing progression opportunities

    Cons

    Recruiting too many people into busy markets

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value employees the way you have recently - but do not let go of the sales culture!


  4. "Below average team management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Offered strong in-house training and on going weekly training with knowledgeable MD.
    • Good PSL's built up over the years.
    • Different departments get involved in developmental morning briefs.
    • Technical teams try to help each other when sourcing for new jobs.

    Cons

    • Exceptionally long working hours, part of recruitment.
    • Promotion of new management in teams demonstrate limited leadership skills, require more training and support before making the step up.
    • Aggressive sales approach especially towards candidates.
    • Lack of strategy and support when senior management move on.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management need to spend more time with the teams before making promotions as this is potentially harmful to otherwise a profitable company.

    SThree Response

    May 3, 2017 – Employer Branding Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide detailed feedback, both pros and cons. It's good to hear of your positive experience of our training and development and collaboration between teams. These ... More


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Would be a good company with proper direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SThree full-time

    Pros

    The company culture was acceptable in the early days

    Cons

    Human Resources leadership team - unethical and untrustworthy

    Advice to Management

    Start again. With good investment the company could flourish


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Software Development Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Two share schemes. Discretionary bonus. Reward lunches for high achievers. Quarterly town hall get togethers. Huge christmas party. Great City office location with good transport links. Forward thinking Agile tech team. Positive and professional atmosphere in office. No overtime for developers - ever.

    Cons

    Pension scheme could be better. Hours aren't flexible (9 - 17:30)


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Rec Consultant Review"

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

    Pros

    Good training as a trainee

    Cons

    Pyramid scheme
    Poor management
    shocking commission structure
    shockingly high turn around of staff
    favoritism
    too many egos
    Big empty promises at interview stage
    values arent followed
    no loyalty or trust within teams (backstabbing environment)

    Advice to Management

    Quit

    SThree Response

    Oct 28, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your positive feedback on our training of new consultants – this is something we’ve always prided ourselves on at SThree. I’m sorry to hear that the ... More

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good vision but lacking leadership to drive the business forward"

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

    Pros

    - Good company where you can really make an impact to the business to set it apart from the competition
    - Limited but good rewards and benefits system
    - Sales functions roles have a good career progression programs
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Lack of leadership or strategics thinking as decisions are made by ex-sales/ex-consultants without due diligence or understanding of market/customers
    - Support function staff not seen as business partners and are usually consulted late on project/initiatives
    - Benefits/Rewards favor managers/leadership team/sales roles
    - Unless its sales related roles, there is limited career progression

    Advice to Management

    - Develop more people to advice the leadership team or get more external assistance
    - Take advice and listen to the people, there are some great people that can make an impact

    SThree Response

    Oct 28, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your positive feedback on our rewards, career progression and work/life balance. These are all areas that we’ve consciously tried to improve in recent ... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Inconsistent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SThree (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Energy from the people around you, get to work with some very smart people. It's reasonably dynamic as a business although has become more corporate over the years

    Cons

    Inconsistent approach to strategy that often ignores the wider macroeconomic picture, which means the company seems like it's no longer the sector leader it was.
    Poor communication throughout the management chain, which ends up looking like a lack of leadership from those at the top, and impacts morale.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication about plans (especially those that have an impact on your employees).
    Develop a more grown up attitude to strategy rather than changing direction every 9 months.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Company with Good Benefits"

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

    I have been working at SThree full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Competitive salaries
    - Great people
    - A solid CSR strategy
    - Benefits are improving all the time
    - The company genuinely puts the time and effort into helping individuals build their career within the business

    Cons

    The company was established in 1986 and sometimes you can really tell - it's a corporate entity that sometimes struggles to catch on to new ideas, although the CSR team are doing a fantastic job of drilling diversity and other contemporary ideals into the company. The slow pace of progress is really down to the individuals who have been with the company for years who don't like change. In the 2.5 years I've been with the company I've seen a lot of positive changes, so I've found that even slow-paced corporate cultures will respond if you hang in there and keep making noise for change.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the dinosaurs - the company is making rapid progress at joining the 21st century but there's still a lot of work to be done and there are still enough stale-male-pale suits in positions of power, making key decisions. They don't have the answers the business needs.


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