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Harvey Nash Group Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 13 Nov 2019

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Pros
  • "transparent and rewarding permanent commission structure(in 17 reviews)

  • "Collaborative, friendly environment, some great people, some less so, but that’s no different to anywhere else(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance - long working hours (but better than most competitors)(in 8 reviews)

  • "You need to be flexible and dedicated, there are long hours but once you manage your time well and figure out what works for you it's great(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Working Culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A great business to work for, with the ability to progress and grow within the company, their strong appreciation for work-life balance and offering flexible working arrangements. The 'family feel' of the office always makes it a welcoming environment to work in.

    Cons

    Traffic around the business park can get quite busy in the evenings.

    Harvey Nash Group2019-10-02
  2. "An inspirational and ethical workplace"

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

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group full-time for 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

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    Harvey Nash Group2017-09-20
  3. Helpful (7)

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

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    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.

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    Harvey Nash Group2017-08-24
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Recruitment as a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone treated as an adult. You are backed to create and develop your own personal brand. The business is interested in work/life balance, and all levels have access to flexibility. Recruitment business that genuinely thinks about people and their long term careers. Non-hierarchical environment.

    Cons

    Office space is a little tired. Business Park amenities are poor.

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    Harvey Nash Group2017-04-07
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A truly fantastic company!"

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    Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group

    Pros

    I was utterly impressed by Harvey Nash from the moment I began, to when I left. It is an incredibly inclusive and talented company, whose transparency I believe is key to their success. The company operates in a flat structure, and when they say you can speak to anyone, it really does ring true. They foster an entrepreneurial environment; if you would like to carve out your own section of the business or want to try your hand at a new project (be it corporate or charity) they offer you endless support. Their leadership is diverse in style, but they all share genuine concern for their teams' wellbeing and success. Something that really stood out to me was the work-life balance. You work particularly hard, but the company understands and encourages you to foster your life outside of work and take the time to look after yourself. The whole office was friendly, accommodating and talented at what they do. A well run large corporate business, with the opportunities to match, but the culture of a much smaller one.

    Cons

    There are no cons to speak of.

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    Harvey Nash Group2016-06-30
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not as they advertised"

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    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -The great people within the organization are REALLY amazing. -Solid comp plan.

    Cons

    -extreme micromanagement -hypocritical expectations from management -lack of work life balance -lack of loyalty to employees

    Harvey Nash Group2015-06-03
  7. Helpful (8)

    "A once good business that has lost its way."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Better than most recruitment agencies, which doesn't say much, but at least they give you time and reasonable initial support to find your feet. It isn't a top down culture and you are encouraged to find your own style. I was financial successful working there, but that only goes so far.

    Cons

    Favouritism is rife, there is zero training, zero work life balance, highly juvenile culture and people are stressed through the roof. It's no surprise that the vast majority of the positive reports here are for people under one year service, there is a lot of great talk and non of it followed through with, give it two years and the only people left are the favourites...................and I was one of them!

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    Harvey Nash Group2015-02-25
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Groomed for success or left to rot?"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brand name looks good on CV. Charasmatic CEO and European MD. Recognisable brand name, especially in leadership.

    Cons

    - No training whatsoever. - Clear favourtism of staff members by directors and senior staff - Junior staff are either groomed for success if their face fits, or left to rot then turfed out at the earliest possible opportunity. - Systems crash leaving staff unable to work at least one day a week. - No Direction from senior staff. - (some) Regional managers sit and watch youtube instead of billing and contributing to the office. - People who handed in resignations were refered to as 'judas'. - No verticles at all - everybody scraping around for roles and candidates. - Database is a MINIMUM 5 years out of date. - High staff turnover. - Very low staff worth. - Director's is a 'friend's club' - people are promoted on the basis of how much the management team like them and time served rather than ability. - Very slow salaries. - Resourcers and junior consultants are exploited by senior staff as a way to get the senior staff more commission whilst rewarding the resourcers or junior consultants with next-to-nothing. - Regional Directors unable to answer any questions or make any decisions without consulting their boss. - Commission not paid when staff leave the company. - No Market Intelligence is collected. - Very poor work / life balance.

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    Harvey Nash Group2014-08-27
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Boileroom - Avoid at all costs"

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

    I worked at Harvey Nash Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None (20 word minimum but no positives)

    Cons

    - Call times analysed daily - Aggressive and negative culture - Awful values - No work life balance - Wrong people promoted - Senior Managers use junior staff (resourcer's) to get rich by paying them very very little and keeping the commission for themselves

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    Harvey Nash Group2012-12-09

    Harvey Nash Group Response

    December 8, 2017Head of Talent

    Hi, I would really like to review this feedback in detail with you. I am really sorry you have had such a poor experience. Please do give me a ring directly on my mobile 07702870641 or send me an email larry.ridges@harveynash.com.

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  10. "Lots of autonomy, room for growth, great people."

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    Current Employee - Management in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvey Nash Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Harvey Nash is a great place to work. They're small enough to allow tons of autonomy and opportunity to try new things, while being large enough to have the support structure in place you need. They are willing to try new things and there a very low ego culture. In an industry that can be face paced and very sales driven, HN has always operated under a strong moral code, treated employees and clients well, and rewarded people for good work. It's a fun culture, good work life balance, and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Still a traditional sales job, so there is the aspect of hitting metrics and quotas. Although not NEARLY to the level other agencies do. The right metrics are analyzed. But it can still be fast paced and stressful!

    Harvey Nash Group2019-11-13
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