Aston Carter
3.3 of 5 12 reviews
www.astoncarter.com City of London, United Kingdom 150 to 499 Employees

Aston Carter Reviews

Updated Mar 05, 2014
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Aston Carter Founder and Chief Executive Officer Sean Zimdahl

Sean Zimdahl

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excellent place to start your career.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Aston Carter full-time for more than a year

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

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

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

I worked at Aston Carter full-time for more than a year

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

I have been working at Aston Carter full-time for more than 5 years

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)

I worked at Aston Carter full-time

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

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

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

I have been working at Aston Carter full-time for less than a year

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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Graduates stay away!

Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Aston Carter full-time for more than 3 years

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

I worked at Aston Carter full-time for more than 5 years

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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Hard work but great career opportunity and rewards

Recruitment Consultant (Current Employee)
City of London, England

I have been working at Aston Carter full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent training, great support structure, excellent compensation and clear career path. Genuine equity opportunity for top performers, with many people having already benefited. Really sociable company and team approach to work.

ConsThe working hours are long but the hard work pays off quickly.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more frequently with staff at all levels

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