Adecco Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
272 Reviews
3.2
272 Reviews
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Adecco CEO Baron Patrick G. De Maeseneire
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Co-workers, work life balance and PTO (in 5 reviews)

  • decent work environment, chance for travel (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Everything, no benefits to speak of, horrible pay, and their staff are mostly idiots (in 7 reviews)

  • No growth potential, very corporate and upper management run (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Adecco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great creative culture, very dynamic and at the forefront of the recruitment industry.

    Cons

    hypen brand witin adecco group have an unorganized management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more involved and give better support and direction to the teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, poor systems

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    Current Employee - Central Services  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Central Services in London, England

    I have been working at Adecco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall quality of staff is excellent - even the crap staff are of high quality compared to other companies!
    Fantastic experience - this company will teach you everything about how not to do things. Due to high turnover of staff you will be promoted quickly.f

    Cons

    Very poor systems, promises to replace them aren't happening.
    Senior Management (UK CEO - Peter) focuses on the front office business with no understanding of what the hamsters on the wheels in back office are dealing with.
    Expect excessive unpaid overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company cannot function without a happy back-office. Stop paying peanuts, recognise that the experienced staff are leaving in their droves due to overwork and underpay. Put Neil in charge.
    Restructuring a department won't fix problems if the core job can't be done anyway due to poor systems and office politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Badly managed

    Former Employee - TACS Specialist  in  Chester, England
    Former Employee - TACS Specialist in Chester, England

    I worked at Adecco as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They offered me a job in the geographical area where I needed to work.

    Cons

    I found my whole experience with Adecco to be ridiculous, they would agree to holiday time in writing and then attempt to withhold payment on the grounds that it had not been approved. The payment system appeared to change constantly and I would often receive the wrong compensation, they also messed up my tax code and it took a year to sort it out. All in all I would never work with them again. However, this is specific to Adecco with Bank of America - I have no experience of this company outside of this context.

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  5.  

    Best place to work

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    Current Employee - Service Reporting Analyst  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Service Reporting Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Adecco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Biggest recruitment agency in the world with good work culture. Recognition is achieved through dedication and hard work

    Cons

    Can be long working hours, salary not as good as competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Peter Searle is a great CEO

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An abundance of managers with but a shred of experience combined

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Adecco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There was a good atmosphere amongst the team.

    Cons

    Managers were too competitive and political which resulted in confused metrics, goals and handballing of support issues. In particular, setting KPI targets that didn't reflect the aims of the work & showing a basic understanding of IT support.
    The managers simply forgot to renew several contracts (they then panicked when replacing the staff).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Combine your support teams and set your measurements to reflect actual work being done instead of oversimplifying it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Cog in a machine -

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adecco

    Pros

    Good support and training - not bad salary

    Cons

    Very controlled and watched - overpowering!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excessive KPI's are not necessarily realistic or productive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent Experinece

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Adecco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Alot of support and resources at your disposal to do your job

    Cons

    Not alot of flair in the role, primarily process driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to use their natral talent to grow the business as opposed to just achieving the necessary

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Average at best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adecco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the people have great potential, company culture, central location, schemes including cycle to work, recognised recruitment company on CV, opportunity to work with multiple brands

    Cons

    Derisory pay increases, New staff brought in on higher salaries, Favouritism at management level, Slow processes and decision making, United Nations style conference calls, Annual conference maintains a tired format. Considering the size of the company the lack of a subsidised Christmas party, IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An understanding that current workers need to be rewarded appropriately or they will leave with their knowledge and experience and you will have to pay more to rehire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Recruitment Sales Director uk wide

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Director in London, England

    I worked at Adecco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    prestige , scale, branding, people, opportunity

    Cons

    slow, bureaucratic, run by accountants

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Administrator

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    Current Employee - Administrator  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Administrator in Reading, England

    I have been working at Adecco as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Servicing their contract workers needs and answering querie is good. Help and advice always available at the end of a phone. Will answer all queries, no evasive answers.

    Cons

    Didn't update individual contractor records when the placement finished. When contract ends still asks why no timesheets submitted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update contracts as changers and assignments end.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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