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Updated December 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Phenomenal training, support and infrastructure, great career opportunities, work hard/play hard attitude and some great incentives (in 14 reviews)

  • Sociable inclusive working environment and culture: Not many companies allow me to involve my Fianc (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes difficult to the Work-Life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Recruitment is ultimately a sales role so very KPI driven (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Company - Fantastic people"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the 1 and a half years I worked with the company. The training program was always changing and adapting to the need in the office. The people in the company really made my experience as there was a diverse group and they were extremely inclusive and you always would have someone to grab lunch with, a coffee, a beer or someone for some friendly advice. The management was great as all of the managers had started as fresh graduates and had built the business up. My personal situation meant I needed flexibility for some time off and my management worked with me for that without questions. Anyone looking for a successful career should consider Sthree. Also the office views are out of this world!

    Cons

    I never really experienced any down sides when I worked there

    Advice to Management

    Keep the diversity going! Be known for hiring out the box and this will give you the edge over other companies!


  2. "Great company for career growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SThree full-time

    Pros

    - voice heard with management
    - clear opportunities for professional growth
    - fun work environment
    - great benefits

    Cons

    - can be stressful and very fast paced

  3. "Great place to learn, grow, earn!"

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at SThree for 4 years out of college, and I wouldn't trade my experience there for anything. It has a great training program and many exceptional people. The earning potential and opportunity to grow into management is very strong if you apply yourself and stick with it. It's not typical to be able to become a manager in a large business 2-3 years out of college, but SThree presents that opportunity. There are very frequent discussions with your manager about your strengths, weaknesses, and career aspirations, so you need to be open to coaching/constructive criticism. The culture is fun and everyone who works here seems to make several great friends. The job is difficult and will definitely test your confidence at times, but the skills you develop will benefit you the rest of your career. There is also a great opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and implement positive changes in the office if you are proactive.

    People complain about a 'drinking culture' and 'lack of diversity' but SThree has made positive strides in these areas. They have also developed a more flexible working environment while still keeping their principles of hard work and accountability.

    Also - the office space is beautiful and work hours aren't bad. You will get out what you put in, so those who are focused between 8-5, or put in the extra hours, will do better. Although it is a numbers driven environment, these metrics are created for a reason and will lead to success.

    Cons

    Turnover is extremely high. This job isn't for everyone and it will require a great deal of perseverance to be successful. The management style can be "micro" but that is often what it takes to be successful in this job, especially considering most of the employees are fresh grads. Like any business there are pockets with stronger and weaker management, but there are plenty of resources to get support. The low base salary in a hot job market like San Francisco means struggling employees may jump ship before seeing success. Clients are sometimes badgered by multiple consultants in our contracts/permanent businesses & an aggressive business development strategy, which can harm relationships/reputation.

    Advice to Management

    SThree San Francisco has made tremendous strides since I joined and has been very successful in building a strong brand and developing great clients. It has also developed many excellent employees.

    Continue efforts promoting diversity, inclusion and a professional work environment. Raise the base salary. In addition to recent graduates, continue hiring experienced recruiters/sales people to bring in fresh perspectives and maturity into the business. Ensure that clients and employees are respected and relationships with them are managed professionally. Value long-term relationships over short term billing revenues. Ensure that communication between the contract and permanent divisions is open and honest, and that client relationships are respected and handled tactfully.


  4. "Interesting Experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the office culture
    Work Hard/ Play hard. Very Social office.
    For Recruiters/ Consultants training is first rate with tough but highly dedicated team leaders.
    Company is self aware and does not view itself in a vacum. Dealing effectively with culuture issues and promoting a healthy working enviroment.
    Talent Acquisition team is first rate.
    Great stepping stone / good first job.
    Lots of internal travel oppurtunities.
    Good starting salary.

    Cons

    Argubaly too results driven, often can nurture bad habits.
    ghosts of sales enviorment still linger.
    potentially luctrative but often wealth is concentrated with managers and senior consultants.
    High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise talent and different personality types rather than trying to develop everyone into "car salesmen".

    Keep up good training structure.
    open up incentive trips to wider range of goals/ acheivements rather than just profit driven.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "MISERABLE - don't be fooled by the fake-positive reviews! look at the rating trends!"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aside from the thinly veiled attempts at retention incentives and the few people who make working there worthwhile, I can't think of any.

    Cons

    When you are first contacted by the talent acquisition recruiter, you will be lured in with stories about how the people are great, the work is hard but rewarding; they sell you a myth that you can "create your own career" and the job has nothing but upward possibilities as long as you work for them. The recruiter gets bonuses for hiring a certain number of people within a month and will be very pushy with you to start on the start date they want you to start on. It's a churn and burn environment. You get placed on whichever team has a need and God help you if you get placed on a contract team, where you'll be abused by your coworkers and candidates alike. You'll be micromanaged at every moment of the day, your supervisor looking at your computer screen each hour to ensure you're not looking at your email when you should be looking at salesforce. The targets are impossible to hit unless you're willing to throw someone else under the bus. Your job is to leech information off people who are just trying to get a job. The career progression is an absolute lie. You will be taken advantage of. They host events and incentives so you won't quit, but I've seen people get fired after managers pull them in for a "check in" conversation. If the managers sense you have one foot out the door you will be set up to fail. It's an unfair environment with upper-level people picking favorites. Sexism and classism are very prevalent - your coworkers will say terrible things about poor people or make fun of those who can't afford certain things. The environment is toxic and the hours are long and if you have other options for employment, take them - there are great agencies out there who don't treat their candidates as spare parts, who facilitate a fair environment, and who have employees who have more maturity than a ferret.

    Advice to Management

    There's no advice you can give to stuck up people who are set in their ways

    SThree Response

    Dec 4, 2017 – Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We take employee feedback seriously and we would like to address some of your concerns. Developing an inclusive environment in which everyone has... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible work environment"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual address and some incentives

    Cons

    Impossible targets, made to feel stupid all the time, micro-managed, everyone sleeps with everyone, no senior leadership, high staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Get new leadership

    SThree Response

    Dec 4, 2017 – Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoy our casual dress code and the incentives we offer.

    We take employee feedback seriously and we would like to address some of your... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Recruitment Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They try to have fun events around the office

    Cons

    One of the worst jobs I've ever had. Toxic work environment, micromanagement, and terrible pay. You will seriously be taken advantage of there, both as a candidate and as an employee.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Money but no values"

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

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

    Pros

    -transparent career progression; more seniority = more flexibility
    -good commission scheme compared to other companies of the same size (check the systems to ensure you're receiving the correct amount of commission; this can be changed by management without your knowledge)
    -independent working environment; you'll learn a lot about work ethic and navigating a highly political work environment in pursuing success.
    -401(k) matching and insurance options
    -some (few, but you can find them) genuinely wonderful people

    Cons

    -To Women: harassment is normal and normalized. they have initiatives around fixing this, but you'll regularly hear things like, "how's the talent?" and "XXX's [insert body part] looks amazing today" among more inappropriate harassment that happens at the incentive events. Some truly filthy email chains circulate about women in the office..
    -HR will not act about most discrimination/harassment claims (not just sexual harassment) unless you either follow up consistently (documentation is key) and/or threaten legal action.
    -For Women: High deductible medical plan only allows either annual check up OR OB/GYN visit.
    -if you don't fit the "work hard, play hard" mold, life is just harder. Most people socialize a lot within the company, and it does help mediocre performers get promoted more quickly.
    -Heavy drinking and partying environment.
    -respect is earned, and people are sometimes treated with contempt until they prove themselves.
    -leaving the company can be taken very personally; I've had friends who were given the middle finger by executives on their last day.
    -unprofessional, gossip-driven environment.

    Advice to Management

    lead by example

    SThree Response

    Oct 31, 2017 – Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your experience of working at SThree.

    We’re glad you appreciate the transparent career progression, flexible working, independent working environment... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "There are better places to work for."

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

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

    Pros

    - great incentives
    - clear opportunities for growth if you hit the targets
    - good training

    Cons

    where do I start?
    - teams are pitted against each other. lots of pettiness follows.
    - unrealistic performance expectations if you are new to sales or recruitment
    - not a place for people who are genuinely intelligent
    - management lie to your face. period.
    - extreme favoritism
    - the formal training is useless when your managers expect you to adhere to their personal preferences
    - hard work. not for everyone. the smartest person could be horrible at this job.
    - depending on which team you join, the people are very unreceptive to new meat unless you were referred by one of them. it’s very alienating and isolating and can affect your performance if your colleagues refuse to collaborate with you in a respectful way.
    - just another heartless, capitalistic, hierarchical sales environment

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees - don’t treat them like the products you try to sell to hiring managers. Don’t make promises you can’t keep when it comes to keeping people from falling off the wagon. Unethical practices all over the place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Constant progression & reward!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear expectations for promotion and progression
    Lucrative commission scheme
    The company are self aware and innovative, initiatives to improve client, candidate & employee experiences are front of mind and top priority (especially in the last 12 months)
    Phenomenal learning and development team, training program is best in class!
    Fun culture, teams are relatively small so relationships are really valued

    Cons

    First six months can be the hardest, requires time and dedication to build a market but worth the reward!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the experiences and processes for clients, customers & employees.
    Stay true to meritocratic culture.


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