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Harvey Nash Group Reviews

Updated 10 January 2018
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Pros
  • The 401k offering is the best I've seen at an agency, as is the commission structure (in 13 reviews)

  • The business is interested in work/life balance, and all levels have access to flexibility (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance - long working hours (but better than most competitors) (in 6 reviews)

  • There are no cons in my estimation (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong leadership, great brand, and customer relationship focused

    Cons

    Cant think of any thing

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Graduates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group full-time

    Pros

    Good development opportunities for junior people
    Nice people
    Great work on Diversity & Inclusion

    Cons

    No development for people with mid experience
    Progression depends on who you know
    Limited investment in business (marketing, IT infrastructure etc)

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    15 Jan 2018 – Head of Talent

    Hi, I am really sorry you have had a disappointing experience from a development perspective. We have a dedicated training programme for all our employees at every level within our business. I would... More


  3. "Title Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time

    Pros

    If you put in the hard work there is the opportunity to make a lot of money.

    Cons

    No structured training / support regime

    Advice to Management

    Training and support

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    15 Jan 2018 – Head of Talent

    Thanks for giving us some feedback. I would be keen to have a confidential conversation around this and how we can get you on the extensive training programmes we have for every level within our... More


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  5. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Brand, excellent company ethos, managers lead by example and are approachable. Best Recruitment company I've worked for.

    Cons

    No comment on Cons really. Excellent company!

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    15 Jan 2018 – Head of Talent

    Thanks for the great feedback, its always nice to hear we are doing a good job!
    Regards
    Larry


  6. Helpful (4)

    "No Longer a Search Firm"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Focussed on developing hard sales people for low level recruitment

    Cons

    Poor Management focussed on 2020 pay out for the senior managemen tteam

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    8 Dec 2017 – Head of Talent

    Hi, I am sorry to hear you are unhappy. I am really keen to understand more so we can look at the challenges you are facing. Please feel free to get in touch confidentially with me... More


  7. "An inspirational and ethical workplace"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Autonomous working
    - Non-hierarchical management
    - Fantastic Culture
    - Brilliant Development Opportunities
    -Great work life balance
    -Good commission structure

    Cons

    - Location wasn't brilliant, I can see how some (grads in particular) may not be attracted to BBP

    Advice to Management

    - Generally brilliant, sometimes more presence in the office would have been useful


  8. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good management
    Selective hiring policies which mean that talent is retained
    Good training programme
    Very broad client base
    Very good working culture and flexible working policies
    Consultants are really able to forge their own career path

    Cons

    Very few, there could always be more incentives- but the company has a good culture where consultants can earn very well well if they are willing to put the work in.

    Advice to Management

    Management could listen to views of Consultants who have been at the company for a few years a bit more. This is something which is being worked on in the company though.


  9. "A fantastic company with a family feel!"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Blended business model
    2) World class leadership team
    3) Excellent team culture and incentives
    4) Plenty of opportunity to grow and develop your career

    Cons

    Honestly....there were very little cons from my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! I really especially valued the mentoring program as well as the in-depth quarterly performance reviews, I would certainly encourage to continue that.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stable company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time

    Pros

    Sensible financial management - the CEO was promoted from CFO
    Market leaders in some of the fields it works in
    Meritocracy - if you want to do well you can

    Cons

    Silos - areas of the business don't really talk to each other. Practices within business units don't collaborate much - not wanting to share fees.
    The sensible management can be too slow and rigid at times.
    Development is not particularly structured, you have to push to get what you want.
    As a technology recruiter the internal technological capabilities/facilities are pretty poor.

    Advice to Management

    Bash some senior heads together to make the place run smoother.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing + very Polished brand from the outside, but abysmal to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time

    Pros

    The brand + the clients on offer, great location and office too. This is genuinely a brilliant offering.

    Cons

    In light of the pros, I cannot stress enough to not judge a book by its cover. I would think twice before joining this organisation. It's plain and simple - there are just better recruitment firms out there where you will be happier to work, earn more (commission structure is a flat 10%, once you finally squeeze the information out of them) and have a better work/life balance.

    The environment encourages bullying and backstabbing, feel free to complain about being harassed - you'll get told to deal with it whether it's your manager or your MD. Relatively pointless complaining about any sexual harassment too. It will be overlooked.

    Some of the behavior of senior management and the way they treat their staff is truly appalling. It's the sort of place where the MD will pull you into the "snug" a room within earshot of the sales floor and dress you down in a humiliating way.... for being back 2 minutes late from lunch. That office is a cauldron of stress, aggression and anxiety - that comes from the top - you do not want these people overseeing your career if you're new to recruitment.

    From a training perspective... not good for your first recruitment job. They will bring you in and throw you on the phone without any real training. A baptism by fire which kills confidence and damages the brand. As a newbie, you don't know what you're doing and it is painful for everyone involved... not that you'd know, they won't invest time in you.

    There is no clear career progression, no structure to go off and targets/goalposts can easily be moved.

    Plain and simple, they are far away from a good organisation to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Start over. Your internal operations are letting you down so much with your brand. Just because you were blasted if you didn't do 400 calls a week "back in the day" does not mean you should carry on this behaviour. Recruitment is not the same boys club it was when you started up. Change with the times or lose your best people, and touch with the industry.

    You are fantastic with your extra-offerings, but horrific with your treatment of staff.


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