Compare Hastings Direct vs First Central BETA

See how working at Hastings Direct vs. First Central compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at Hastings Direct vs. First Central. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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Hastings Direct

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First Central

Employee Ratings

  • First Central scored higher in 9 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.5
(based on 239 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.4
(based on 106 reviews)
First Central employees rated their Overall Rating 0.9 higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.1
Career Opportunities
4.3
First Central employees rated their Career Opportunities 1.2 higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
3.6
Compensation & Benefits
4.3
First Central employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 0.7 higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
3.6
Work-life balance
4.5
First Central employees rated their Work-life balance 0.9 higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
Senior Management
2.9
Senior Management
4.3
First Central employees rated their Senior Management 1.4 higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
3.4
Culture & Values
4.2
First Central employees rated their Culture & Values 0.8 higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
Hastings Direct Ceo Toby van der Meer
92%
92%Toby van der Meer
CEO Approval
First Central Ceo Michael Lee
94%
94%Michael Lee
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
64%
% Recommend to a friend
86%
First Central employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 22% higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
53%
Positive Business Outlook
80%
First Central employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 27% higher than Hastings Direct employees rated theirs.

Salaries

Hastings Direct has 157 more total submitted salaries than First Central.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Customer Service Representative23 Salaries
£17,765/yr
Senior Systems Engineer1 Salaries
£51,456/yr
Team Leader10 Salaries
£28,291/yr
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£15,152/yr
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£29,436/yr
Assistant1 Salaries
£25,371/yr

What Employees Say

  • "Good benefits" was the most mentioned Pro at Hastings Direct.
  • "Leadership team" was the most mentioned Pro at First Central.
  • "Team leaders" was the most mentioned Con at Hastings Direct.
  • "Haywards heath" was the most mentioned Con at First Central.
Pros
Pros
"Good benefits"(in 13 reviews)
"Good pay"(in 12 reviews)
Pros
"Leadership team"(in 9 reviews)
"First central"(in 8 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Team leaders"(in 12 reviews)
"Call centre"(in 9 reviews)
Cons
"Haywards heath"(in 10 reviews)
"Manchester"(in 6 reviews)
Featured Review
"Great job"17 Jun 2020

Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

I worked at Hastings Direct part-time for more than a year

Pros

Lots of responsibilities in a target driven environment.

Cons

A lot of pressure to meet hard to obtain targets.

Current Employee - Claims Handler

I have been working at First Central full-time for less than a year

Pros

Very friendly from the outset, strong Learning and Development team with a focus on welcoming the new starters. I enjoyed the fact we are made to feel welcome and part of the team within the first... day. The training is extremely thorough, and questions are encouraged. First week had lots of time to get to know people, meet with management, invited straight away to the anniversary event and double checked to make sure we got the invites. Genuinely a very friendly place, actively encouraging friendliness to everyone including colleagues, customers, and third parties. There is zero blame culture which is extremely refreshing. The work life balance is good. We have some colleagues who need to start late or have a non working day due to family commitments. Due to COVID we are all working from home, and everyone is very understanding if we need to answer the door, sort out the kids or see to barking dogs. It's really reassuring this has been taken into consideration.

Cons

It's only been my first week, and so far haven't come across any cons. Will update this review in the future if this comes about, as it's important to give a balanced feel. At present, happy to say... no cons.

Advice to Management

No directions from me. The friendly feel really suits me, and I'm glad the learning and development is heavily focused on - it really stands out. Keep it up!

Job Postings

Hastings Direct has 19 more recently posted open jobs than First Central.