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  1. "A sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Associate in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere, good camraderie with staff
    no micro-management, free to work as you want
    friendly staff, no big egos
    location,

    Cons

    terrible choices made by the former owner mean's the company is on it's knees.
    the current CEO whilst business savvy has no experience in recruiting meaning his advice is often incorrect.
    little to no training
    poor wages

    Advice to Management

    invest more in the company in order for it to grow


  2. "Mediocre"

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

    I worked at The Ingenium Group full-time

    Pros

    People are generally friendly and lighthearted. Very relaxed. As long as you're billing nobody cares about how you organize your day, spend time, who you meet or do in general. Nobody checks your KPIs, come and go as you like. Autonomous environment. Compare to other search firms you get higher percentage if you perform.

    Cons

    Processes are horrible. Think again if you are just starting out in the industry, you will not likely to be given any support from your colleagues or management. Sink or swim, you are on your own. Data management can't be any worse as nobody wants to share information. Hiring is another concern, decisions are made based on emotion rather than by any set standard or processes which results in a high turnover rate and financial crisis. Be ready to deal with office politics and dramas, some emotional and unreasonable management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Think about long term plans and the big picture for the business. Hire well, they are your best assets. Picking up inexperience people or underperforming unprofessional recruiters from other search firms isn't a good idea. Make the organization more transparent and share information.

  3. "Great rewards, upward mobility, and autonomy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Ingenium Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have a lot of freedom to build you own business - if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, sky is the limit to your success. Management has a lot of experience to contribute and very open door policy. Very transparent reward and salary structure - you know what you will get and no hidden surprises.

    Cons

    It takes time to build your business so if you don't have a sense of urgency from the beginning, it is easy to get caught behind the curve.

    Advice to Management

    To new consultants with no experience, start them off at researcher level for 6-months so they learn the value of 'sense of urgency' before being put into a P&L situation.


  4. "Ingenium is a fantastic place to work and especially so for those who value professional autonomy."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ingenium is a growing company and has a great corporate culture with a team of extremely talented consultants, associates and back office staff. Management is very transparent and responsive.

    Cons

    Ingenium isn't a giant corporation and so it lacks the infrastructure and some of the training and development opportunities that one might expect of a large multinational.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on training.


  5. "Not bad. Not great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pros are industry rather than company specific. It was a great opportunity to gain insight into a variety of multinational companies as well as build a diverse network. If money is your driving force, then this is a high-potential industry to "bring home the bacon".

    Cons

    As for the company, extremely long hours and relentless micromanagement are to be expected. Very little constructive feedback in difficult times [in fact, virtually none] and no appreciation for the non-quantifiable contributions. The company faced cash-flow problems, along with key executives and management "jumping ship", after the Lehman shock and was rescued only after being acquired by an IT consulting firm.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership should adopt effective leadership skills, including a more human touch. A little less focus on KPIs (granted, they are important) and more attention to the intangibles - more specifically, goodwill business building and teamwork. The industry is cut-throat enough as it is but it should not be as such within individual recruiting organizations. In other words, an overall stronger focus on the future is advised.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "steep learning curve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    great learning experience, very well-structured inside training program, flexible with your own schedule as long as you get your work done. great culture

    Cons

    it is more about the recruiting industry rather than the company, it is a very rewarding profession is you are good at it, but the job can get really frustrating if you are not that good. you get kicked out very quickly

    Advice to Management

    great management, relatively flat structure encourages creativity and open communication. constantly improving on all aspects of the company. great marketing and highly client-oriented. great company to work for!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Okay if you don't mind a little micromanagement."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with as a whole. Dynamic and exciting work environment. Environment has a "frontier feel" of an American business in Japan.

    Cons

    Management makes decisions based on emotion over logic. Definitely playing at the kiddy pool here in terms of strategic thinking as a firm.

    Advice to Management

    "Ethics" is not merely a business catch-phrase. Reputations are built on how you interact with your clients as well as your employees.