Workbridge Associates Reviews

Updated Sep 23, 2020

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Pros
  • "If you are looking for an entry-level job where you are surrounded around a group of awesome managers and peers, than look no further(in 36 reviews)

  • "Not to mention the training program is top notch(in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "The entry-level technical recruiter position is very much an(in 21 reviews)

  • "Be ready to cold call ALL DAY and be ready to input 110% to get maybe 1/50 calls to be successful(in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "If you work hard, you will be rewarded"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive Management (both professionally and personally) Fun Environment Competitive (they will push you but also give you the tools to succeed) Open Communication (I have had a lot of conversations with management, both good and bad, and whether or not you like their response - they do listen to you) Structure (while some people may see the structure as limiting, I recently had a brief stint with another agency and let me tell you... job order/call/feedback models ensure you don't miss any information) Great place for a college grad who enjoys competition and is ready to grind. Your team/office will help you celebrate your wins.

    Cons

    it's sales. The job is losing more than you win. Understand that. Accept that.

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  2. "Good job for a starter salesman"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Recruiter 

    I have been working at Workbridge Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere and people.

    Cons

    Touch market with lots of competition


  3. "Okay If You Are Naturally Self-determined"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter 

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun, young atmosphere, happy hours, etc., a lot to learn (if you have a good manager)

    Cons

    Super high-pressure for extremely low pay, promotion system began to feel like a pyramid scheme

  4. "Its okay"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time

    Pros

    friendly office and set up occasional happy hours

    Cons

    long hours, cold call, high stress

  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (9)

    "I wouldn't do it if I were you"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get thrown into the fire so you get some solid experience at a young age dealing with executives in companies.

    Cons

    I purposely waited years to write this review to ensure that I didn't write anything based off emotion, but the time has come. The more I think back to my time at Workbridge, the more I realize how horrible it was working there.The only reason it didn't get 1 star is because I have fond memories of working with my manager, he was/is a good guy. I worked in the Arlington, VA office for reference btw. Long story short, most of what you read about this company is true. It has a fratty, alcohol-induced, fear-driven culture. I'm not sure who is still there from my time, but i'm sure not much has changed because even when you speak to people from other regions it seems like they're all carbon copies. Leadership style is based on fear, whether its fear or being fired, fear of being publicly embarrassed in front of the company, or fear of not being promoted. This isn't even an actual workplace, you're an adult but yet you have a strict schedule you have to abide by and are told when you can eat lunch. You get guilt tripped for taking vacation time, saying stuff like "your numbers aren't great right now, do you really think this is a good time to take off"? Micromanagement is through the roof, the whole "feeding you line while you're on the phone" tactic is completely awful, the people on the other end of the phone can tell what's going on. If you don't come in early and leave late (despite making pennies for doing so) then you're labeled as someone who doesn't care about the job. There's no wonder everyone they hire is fresh out of college, still wet behind the ears, and breath smelling like Similac. Fresh college grads are easy to manipulate, easy to take advantage of, and will work for damn near minimum wage. I saw all types of inappropriate work behavior, whether it was the language they used or the fact that managers would be having "relations" with the recruiters they hired. You're most definitely pressured to drink, like a lot of others have mentioned. I feel like I could sit here all day and list cons, and we're in quarantine so I just might. But ultimately, I really just don't have bad memories of working there. It gave me anxiety and I can definitely say the saddest years of my adult life thus far was working there. I actually just thought of another Pro but it's not going to go in the Pros section, and its the fact that they fired me and put me out of my misery. The biggest blessing in disguise was the day I got fired because I got to see what it looks like working for an actual company and not a sweatshop. I eat when I want, I tell THEM when I'm taking time off (don't need to ask for approval), work at my own pace and don't get micromanaged, and I get promoted when I deserve to get promoted. It's been several years since i've worked at Workbridge, but that should tell you how bad it was if I'm taking the time to come back and write this. They gotta change.

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  6. "Great first job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Its an awesome place to start getting a vibe for recruiting in the technology space. If you can thrive here, you will do well just about anywhere. -Culture is good, regularly going out with coworkers for happy hours, events, etc -Genuine opportunity for advancement if you perform with clear requirements on reaching the management level -You will learn how to recruit/sell in the tech space

    Cons

    The company does value performance over any other factor, so some pretty negative habits and behaviors get tolerated in employees who generate high revenue. This leads to some employees who really shouldn't be managing people getting into management seats. Most of the managers are awesome, but a few are...problematic. -A minority of managers do exist that are not good people to work for -Comp is pretty bad if you don't get a promotion

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Team environment, lots of room for growth, leadership opportunities for early career professionals

    Cons

    Work is mind-numbingly boring and repetitive Very little feeling of social impact but that’s not something that everyone prioritizes Training is repetitive

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "The Training Program is the only thing that is worth it in the LA office."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The training program for beginning employees is much better than other recruiting agencies.

    Cons

    There is very little respect for those who are not in management. You quickly realize that they have no true interest in you as a person or your development but rather how much money you can make them. The low pay is laughable when comparing it to the work that is being done. The amount of money that is funneled directly upward makes it not only very difficult to sustain a life in the Los Angeles area but is a slap in the face. (Ex. 100K in individual placement Revenue, a non management recruiter will see a $500 spot bonus and depending on the total amount of deals done, a $2K annual raise MAY occur (often times that equates to about 15 cents an hour more ). However, a Team Lead will see upwards of 12-14K in revenue from the work that you have done - This also does not matter if your manager has individually placed anyone, they will still get this pay out) Office culture is disgusting, not only will you be belittled at every step, you will also be subject to harassment and mistreatment from management. (EX. Public embarrassment of the employee as a means of making an example of "what not to do" often times without prior communication with the individual about whatever the issue may be) The ability for free thought and decision is not allowed here. It does not matter if others in Management(who are likely more successful) have told/shown you how to do something more efficiently, if your direct manager objects - you are immediately considered subordinate and will be threatened with being fired. ( Ex. Thinking about ways to be more efficient in your work, or a technique that individually works best for you, applying past teachings from trainings into your daily work. It doesn't matter if you are performing and doing your job well, you will still be subject to ridicule and being pulled aside for " Undermining your manager") Management isn't decided by the ability to show leadership, organizational skills, interpersonal relationship building, or mentorship. Management is decided by reaching an arbitrary sales goal. The "Management Training Program" teaches nothing more than how to order people around. Most managers that have been promoted from the LA office are not able to effectively lead teams and train others to become " Successful." (Ex. The first day a new employee started, was the first day their manager had ever been in management, for the first 6 months the team was highly unsuccessful and needed to have almost daily intervention from other upper level management to make sure that the team members were properly being trained.) Although not mandatory- company events where large amounts of alcohol are consumed are expected to be attended, if you do not attend you will then be questioned for your "loyalty to the company" and whether "your head is really in it." If a drink is refused, there is likely to be peer pressure until either you give them a very valid reason as to why you will not be drinking, or you leave the event.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "A big disappointment"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of young college grads that management tricked into thinking this was a good workplace culture

    Cons

    Hostile management; very quick to PUBLICLY reprimand employees whose numbers they weren't satisfied with that week High turnover rate A couple people in management have big tempers and have no business being in charge of anyone Culture can easily become vicious and cut-throat. Management makes beginner employees stick rigidly to a script If a potential client expresses interest, we are told to put them on hold while we explain the situation to the supervisor; the supervisor will then dictate, two words at a time, the message they want conveyed to the client with the expectation the employee repeats it verbatim. People often are confused hearing the manager speaking in the background, and the awkwardness and long delays leads potential clients to hang up and allows little room for personal development. It also prompts management to begin the cycle of yelling at their employees again to talk about why the client hung up. Mostly cold-calls, the stuff about 'warm calls' doesn't mean anything Honestly this was the worst work experience of my life

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away"

    1.0
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Workbridge Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only pro I can think of is the CEO is a very nice lady. She knows everyone’s name in the company and is a real grinder.

    Cons

    I don’t know where to start. I don’t typically do these types of things but I will never forget how terrible this company treated me. This was the most miserable experience of my life. Recruiting is sales but this company teaches you to absolutely harass clients and most importantly candidates. The biggest part of sales is listening to what the client/candidate wants and executing. They have the most unreasonable expectations for someone straight out of college this company makes there money by hiring people straight out of college that don’t know what they want to do for a living and they take absolute advantage of them. They threaten job security everyday, they don’t give you a quota, and if they simply don’t like you or they don’t see you as a culture fit they will find away to put you on a PIP plan. Which is a performance plan where they then give you a “quota” to hit unreasonable numbers that they know you want hit because they want you gone. I’m not going to sit here and say all managers are bad because there not. Some I was really close with that actually took me out to help me and give me guidance. Most managers are un experienced 25 year olds that have no idea what it takes/knows how to run a business. If you’re team isn’t performing they throw you under the bus to the person who runs the office and they’ll literally call you out in front of the whole office and embarrass you and make you look like a fool. You’ll then get pulled into the back room and talk about what you have to work on. They’ll suggest you go talk to someone you’re close with on management for a beer or a lunch. You’ll open up to that manager to discuss what you like/what you don’t like. That manager than reports back to the person or your manager on everything you said. If they don’t like it you get pulled into a room and yelled at. The pay is GARBAGE. On and one. My message is to stay far away from this company. You can’t trust management in the slightest. They are just a bunch of punks who bully and take advantage of kids right out of college who don’t know what they want. There are a lot of personal things that happened to my team that I’m not going to get into. But some things in life happen that are to big to ignore and they ignore those signs and force you to show up and bring a smile everyday. Working for McDonalds has more appreciation for there employees then this company.

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