Aspire Reviews

Updated 25 Feb 2021

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Chris Chandler
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  • "There's an argument to suggest there are too many mid-level managers here just 'managing' one or two people(in 3 reviews)

  • "High expectations of staff but this can be a positive if you take advantage of it in the rewarding environment(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Vibrant and friendly work environment."

    5.0
    Former Employee - Receptionist 

    I worked at Aspire part-time

    Pros

    Interesting people, brilliant corporate culture

    Cons

    The office was very small and the company is not large

    Aspire Response

    February 15, 2021Chairman

    Many thanks although as we don't employ receptionists I think you have selected the wrong Aspire

  2. "Nice place to start career, but some structural issues"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training package for new starts. Generous bonus for non-billing team members.

    Cons

    No real progression for Birmingham based talent consultants and friction in relationship between offices and teams.


  3. "clique heavy"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Talent Consultant 

    I worked at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    great facilities, benefits and good rates of pay

    Cons

    Clique heavy, micromanagement, revolving door

    Aspire Response

    February 15, 2021Chairman

    Thanks for taking the time to review and your comments

  4. "Good environment"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition in Birmingham, England
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment Good Salary Good Commission structure

    Cons

    Communication across business can do with major improvement

    Aspire Response

    November 12, 2020Chairman

    Thanks for that and something we need to look at

  5. COVID-19

    "Do not care about staff"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruitment Specialist 

    I worked at Aspire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Offer decent pay, better than a lot of companies

    Cons

    There’s no loyalties towards their staff or their wellbeing. Came across as a nice company. But covid really showed their true colours. It’s a joke. Favouritism exits. Mainly favour men. Sexist pigs

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    Aspire Response

    November 12, 2020Chairman

    Sorry you felt that way but with more than half our staff having over 3 years service we do look after our staff and have loyalty. Well being we provide a lot of resource available to all employees via Vitality from free counselling through to cash for treatments. Yes with covid hard decisions needed to be taken and those that sadly were unable or unwilling to adapt to the changing environment unfortunately became passengers that we can't continue to invest in.

  6. "Company review"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Support Worker in Bristol, England

    I have been working at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    Local work , plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Constantly ringing me, do not value staff

    Aspire Response

    October 8, 2020Chairman

    Hi, we are a recruitment business specialising in digital media and marcoms based in London and Birmingham and not employed anyone as a support worker based in Bristol. Think you have selected the wrong Aspire

  7. "Just average"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Birmingham, England

    I have been working at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment Good experience if you're starting out in recruitment

    Cons

    Low salary and lack of training

    Aspire Response

    October 8, 2020Chairman

    I hope you have selected the right Aspire. We do have an office in Birmingham but other than the CEO no one there has been with us over 10 years as we only set the office up in 2016. We do offer lots of training so if it is us please talk to your manager about the training you require

  8. "Great company great culture"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    Nice size company. Well established. Everyone in the business can have a say and have an impact. Very pragmatic. Decisions are made quickly and based on sound reasoning. We have a great reputation in the market place and are very well respected by clients and candidates who who us and know our heritage. The Directors really know what they are doing, are very hands on, know everyone in the business by name and are very respected by everyone in the company.

    Cons

    Vision, mission and values could do with a refresh. Training in general is a bit of a work in progress following some changes to the business structure. Very organically diverse in all areas of protected groups barring age. Average age of a consultant in the business has probably contributed to some recent high turn over.

    Aspire Response

    July 1, 2020Chairman

    Many thanks for you review and apologies for taking so long to respond. I don't rate Glassdoor because it allows reviews from people who don't work at Aspire - see above. So only look at it occaisonally

  9. "review"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Administrative in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Location nice lunch options nearby free breakfast

    Cons

    Long hours, not the best managers

    Aspire Response

    August 2, 2019Chairman

    Bit confused by this review, firstly because we have a very small admin team who are still with us after 5 and 14 years, secondly because our hours are normal and flexible and finally because we are located centrally and offer free breakfast.

  10. "Good"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspire full-time

    Pros

    good team welcoming atmosphere flexible work transparent progression

    Cons

    lack of direction a high churn rate

    Aspire Response

    April 8, 2019Chairman

    Thanks for the review and I am guessing this was in the Talent Hub in Birmingham before we made our changes. Shame it was too late for you. Now all employees can see that options are open to them and hopefully that will help reduce churn. I agree that it wasn't that clear before

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