Aston Carter

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Aston Carter Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.1 14 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Aston Carter Founder and Chief Executive Officer Sean Zimdahl

Sean Zimdahl

(5 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    excellent place to start your career.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent training and the opportunity to learn the job from some of the best consultants in the city. Generally speaking, perm team consists of some very bright people who are very capable. Good approach to recruitment, quality driven and research focused.

    ConsRidiculous work/life balance that needs to be addressed. Hours for perm team are officially 8-6, but expect to be at your desk for 07:30 and in the office until 20:00. Nothing productive happens after half 6, it's just a case of waiting out management. Inter-team politics and favoritism from management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress work life balance as it is the reason for staff turnover.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsTheir is money to be made.

    ConsPresenteeism culture.
    Employee turnover is exceptionally high.
    Poor management, v.aggressive.
    Unwilling to engage with staff. One way of working. Adopt that, or get out.
    Recent merger has caused a once succesful company to lose what made it so great.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work for recent undergrads (young company culture)

    Headhunter (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsAston Carter works with top Investment Banks and you get to speak to candidates who are at the top of their field. Promotion transparency - you know exactly what you need to do to be promoted from day one.

    ConsLow base salary. However, once you become a consultant the variable part is good and depends 100% on your placement achievements.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic place to earn money and get the opportunity to work the full recruitment life cycle with little cold calling

    Senior (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat people / good earning potential / great learning experience

    ConsThere is only 1 way to work in recruitment - their way. If you can conform to this you will be OK.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your staff to get on with their jobs rather than needlessly pushing every 10 seconds of the day

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start your career as a recruitment consultant

    Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent learning environment for getting to grips with recruitment, great people work there, good culture, springboard for bigger and better things

    ConsPoor commission, glass ceiling, needless paperwork

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    platform to make money

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    Proswith so many clients and so many good relationships across London Aston Carter represents an awesome platform to make money for any budding recruiter.
    Excellent career opportunity as all promotions are based on personal performance - no barriers to entry.
    Equity is on the cards from day one and is a big reward at the end of the year.

    Conswith such a competative and successful team you have to work hard to succeed - but this isn't any different to any other company I have worked in.

    Advice to Senior Managementensure all staff understand the opportunity in front of them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My graduate experiance

    Headhunter (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsContinual support and ongoing training provided by a highly skilled team which is enhanced by a mentoring system.

    ConsIn return for the extensive training, AC expects high levels of commitment and dedication from employees, unfortunately some fall by the wayside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCross business area/team interaction could be further enhanced in order to maximise the business opportunities for individual teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely disappointed with Management in Aston Carter/Compliance Team

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIn the compliance team you will learn a lot about the financial industry and working in a fast paced environment

    ConsThis company lacks on how to motivate and speak to staff. When it comes to reviews they dont listen to you but decide on the basis what they have heard from other people who are childish and immature. there is lack of professionalism and blatant favoritism. graduates stay away as they do not appreciate how much work you put in and feel threatened on the qualifications you have

    Advice to Senior Managementdefinitely be more supportive to staff and graduates. you employ intelligent people with degrees. unfortunately there is no support and careers progress for them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduates stay away!

    Consultant (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGood potential to earn.
    They let you sleep for 6 hours a day, (but the rest you're expected at work)
    Good banter before management stamp it out.

    ConsHours are ridiculous
    Management are inconsistent and make things up as they go.
    Made to feel guilty for taking holiday and preferably not take it.
    Trying to turn business into a factory with every minute accounted for and standardised, so free thinking not needed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople perform better when they don't have someone standing over them every second asking what they are doing.
    KPI's are not the most important thing in the universe
    Good billers don’t necessarily make good managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive, before the management became too greedy.

    Recruitment Consultant (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsExcellent meritocratic structure, with a focus on rewarding excellence. Good salaries and benefits, with an average commission structure. Great working atmosphere with polite and well educated colleagues, and a fun environment within which to work in this pressurised industry.

    ConsAggressive management with a favouritism towards legacy performers. Serious lack of investment in staff. No appreciation for the fact that the staff may actually be brighter than some of the management and have the potential to offer something extra - the problem when dumb people hire bright graduates and money loses its motivating edge...

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop looking outside and see what you had right there in front of you. It just needed a little cultivating.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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