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Harvey Nash Group Reviews

Updated 15 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Commission structure is amazing and they have a better base than any other agency" (in 15 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 7 reviews)

  • "The commission structure has potential to be great but only if you have consistent, steady business and good relationships" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Fabulous culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic; a supportive & generous culture comes from the top and permeates the business.
    Brand, and industry surveys / reports are of top quality.
    Commission scheme is pretty average but is clear and transparent.

    Cons

    The systems could do with an overhaul.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the positive focus on culture


  2. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great office, reasonable benefits

    Cons

    Old school management, outdated processes.

  3. "Great company for recruitment professionals who value freedom and variety in their work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great people; working at Harvey Nash you will be surrounded by intelligent and professsional people.
    - investment in people; if you demonstrate the ability and ambition in developing, my experience is that Harvey Nash will invest in you.
    - transparent and rewarding permanent commission structure.
    - great events and investment in acitivities such as Diversity & Inclusion.

    Cons

    - nothing major to say, my four year experience at Harvey Nash was all positive and I wouldn’t have left had it not been due to an international move.


  4. "Decent Company, Not the best for Grads"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented people there

    Cons

    Not the best best learning for grads

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    21 Aug 2018 – Head of Talent

    Hi there, really interested to catch up on your experience and how we can adapt and make all our people feel included and get the best from their time here.

    Despite knowing we have industry... More


  5. "Can’t conplaon"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time

    Pros

    Really relaxed atmosphere, never feel pressured.

    Cons

    Could be a bit better in terms of holidays and amenities in office (areas to sit and relax, table tennis etc) as don’t want to have to be stuck at desk all day.

    Advice to Management

    Cons ^^


  6. Helpful (4)

    "WORST MANAGEMENT IN RECRUITMENT"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice office - that's it (however when you work for this company going into the office everyday turns into hell because you will hate it that much)

    I had to give 1 star as wouldn't let me submit review otherwise however i would give this company a minus if i could.

    Cons

    commission structure will see you take home less than 5% on overall deal value and they make it so complicated to work out you don't realize how much you are getting ripped off by.

    They say its "flexible working" however its the most un-flexible structure ever and frowned upon if your 30 seconds late.

    Management are stuck in the 80's and think you need to be "on the phone" 24/7 and don't understand how recruitment works anymore.

    The Managing Director of London has clear favorites and only speaks to certain teams and if you are from his rugby club, if you are a girl just forget it he cannot talk to women.

    Training is shocking and done from a guy who has never worked in recruitment and doesn't know anything about it, literally sit in a room for hours learning nothing.

    All the good consultants have left (Speaks volumes)

    The environment is like working in a morgue (where you will go to have your soul killed) They will make you feel so uncomfortable and like management are speaking about you. Never know what is going on in the company as team leaders are always pulled for chats by senior management in private rooms or whisper and you constantly made to feel paranoid.

    Micro management to the point you feel like you are back in school (being in school is actually better than working for this company)

    Advice to Management

    past the point of help, get rid of all senior management especially MD

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    21 Aug 2018 – Head of Talent

    Hi,

    It’s really disappointing that you feel this way and not something that we are happy to see.

    I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this in more detail so that we can address any areas... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great atmosphere, friendly place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Friendly colleagues, good atmosphere.
    -Managers generally not too hierarchical, easy to approach and involved with day to day workings of the business.
    -good location on the business park, easy access by car from most nearby towns. Not very accessible if you don't drive though.
    -I can't speak for all managers but mine has always been supported and invested in my career and I have always been encouraged to pursue interests and received promotions when duly earned.

    Cons

    -can be disorganised
    -lack of any clear progression structure or criteria, you have to make your own path completely and push for what you want there are no established salary bands, promotion ladders, or similar. No two careers are the same, depends on your personality and your manager as to how far you can progress.
    -gender pay gap, due to lack of females in senior management, no clear plan about how this will be resolved and no specific mentoring schemes or talent development schemes in place to fix the current gap via succession

    Advice to Management

    Greater clarity about progression and pay scales for all staff (not just consultants) would benefit all employees, several people choose to leave rather than fight for progression with unclear goal posts.

  8. "Moving on - have loved the job!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Harvey Nash (Leeds) is a great place to work and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The office has all of the benefits of a global corporate business but with the feel of a boutique local to the Yorkshire market. The team is friendly, inclusive and supportive and the directors have been with the business for a number of years and are hugely knowledgeable and professional. This business has many long-term relationships and clients which is always beneficial for any new starter – especially on like myself being new to the country! It has been a lot of fun. We have team nights out, lunches, events, ski trips, free beer across the road at the local brewery and a pretty flexible approach to work as well as casual office attire which is always nice. It really is not your typical KPI driven agency! All in all I am sad to go and would work with Harvey Nash again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    The environment is best suited to someone who is proactive and doesn't need to be told what to do all of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up you have a really good thing going .


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worst company I have ever worked for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The view from the kitchen. That’s about it.

    Cons

    Bullying. Micromanaging. Pressure to work early, during lunch AND after work. I was told I packed up “too early” 17:25 (finish at 5.30 so unsure what 5 mins would do?), I asked for help (senior) and was told to seek help from someone else as they were “too busy”. I was told to “make up for the time” when I had an emergency Drs appointment after being taken ill on the way to work, but then told it was “my duty” to stay late on month end? I would get looked at badly when I left on time or if I was away from my desk for more than 5 mins. I was told “don’t make plans on a Thursday evening as you will be required to stay late”.
    Horrible working environment and I walked out on several occasions CRYING. Not once did anyone senior approach me to speak to me. Never have I ever been mistreated in my entire career history other than at Harvey Nash. An absolute disgrace of a company. Left me on the verge of a breakdown and I realise nothing can be as bad as Harvey Nash. I would NEVER recommend even if you were desperate for a job.

    Advice to Management

    Train them up for people skills and realise your staff have a life outside of work. If you have to much stress, maybe hire more people to help.

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    15 Feb 2018 – Head of Talent

    I am so sorry to hear that you have experienced this as this is by no means a reflection of how we operate.

    I would appreciate it if we could get in touch to talk about your experience so that we... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Graduates"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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