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Oliver James Associates Reviews

Updated 19 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Joining Oliver James Associates was definitely a positive career move for me" (in 39 reviews)

  • "Oliver James Associates is an excellent place to work; my colleagues are friendly, professional and hard working" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "As with any recruitment role we work long hours" (in 34 reviews)

  • "Working hours / core hours are enforced very rigidly with little flexibility" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Great atmosphere, room to develop!"

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    • 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 Oliver James Associates full-time

    Pros

    I work within the operational side of the business in Manchester. My role is incredibly diverse which keeps it interesting . I am also encouraged to seek out opportunities for self improvement through training and qualifications which demonstrates the value OJ places in their employees.

    Company perks! Lots of opportunity to socialise at company events, the extended gym lunch are very useful and free drinks on a Friday maintains the positive atmosphere :)

    Cons

    nothing really to add here!


  2. "Great company to grow with!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Promotion pathway for clear progression structure
    Allow project work alongside BAU to enable growth, development and progression
    Training sessions held my learning and development team covering a variety of topics to aid in your day to day work and also aid in your professional/personal growth
    All ideas are heard, if you have a way of improving a process the company/managers will listen to your ideas and implement if they work.
    Company events are the best i have ever experienced, extended lunch breaks, after work drinks, away days, team/employee of the month rewards, internal recognition are a few things that set this company apart from any I have ever worked for before.

    Cons

    Sometimes the job can be challenging with the volume of work/new ventures.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to people and allow the teams to continue to grow with the increased volume.

  3. "A fantastic choice for those with a career focus"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing, Operations in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Marketing, Operations in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Oliver James is the first company I've worked at where, when they say hard work and dedication is rewarded it actually turns out to be true! With progression plans in place for everyone across sales and operations, regular promotions and a focus on recruiting from within where possible - this is a company which challenges you to think about the direction you want your career to go in, and then gives you the tools to get there.

    When you take this into account, along with the benefits (in-house learning and development, extended lunch break for gym-goers, drinks every Friday and truly exceptional company events - to name a few), I can honestly say that this is a company that once you join, you stick with!

    Cons

    The hours can be long on the consulting side of the business, but no more than what's expected across the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on supporting your people, there is a great family-feel throughout the business - unique for a company of this size.


  4. "A business that cares"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training, always looking to up skill . Trainers always on hand..
    Good social scene , feel likes one big family.
    An inclusive business

    Cons

    Can’t think of any, hours can be long but that’s expected.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on encouraging as recruitment can be quite tough.


  5. "Exciting company with global opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Growing quickly and expanding globally, with lots of opportunities for international relocation
    - Regular training from a top L&D team
    - Great culture - very social, with four major events over the year and drinks every Friday
    - Good promotion prospects - clear route for recruiters and very regular promotions across the wider business
    - 1.5 hour lunch breaks for gym goers
    - Approachable management from ownership down
    - Good work/life balance in operational roles
    - Nice office in a great location

    Cons

    - Long hours for recruiters, but still better than the industry standard.
    - High expectations and hard work, but well rewarded


  6. "A company that genuinely cares for its employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company growth here is amazing which offers fast progression that is guaranteed. A corporate but fun environment, no two days are the same and there is opportunity to make real money. One of the best, if not the best comission scheme in manchester. All of the benefits advertised are real, unlike a lot of companies. Work events are fun, and happen all the time! Rewarded constantly for hard work, a really motivating environment to be in. All directors are approachable and give valuable advice.

    Cons

    The hours are long

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing, its why OJ thrives so much!

    My only comment to make would be on KPI’s, i think people should be given more freedom to work the way that works best for them. What works for some doesn’t work for everyone


  7. "Professional and Friendly"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Consultant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Delivery Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Oliver James has been my first employment since finishing university, and the company could not have been more welcoming. From being approached on LinkedIn to starting, the process was made simple and hassle free. If you had any questions someone was always at the end of the phone to answer!
    No matter what level of seniority, everyone is friendly and always offering help and advice. The progression routes are planned out, and the commission schemes are transparent, which makes being motivated at work a breeze.
    From the minute you enter the professional environment you will be trained and any queries or worries I had were answered within minutes. In addition to this the social side of the company is great too!

    Cons

    The hours are long!

  8. "Amazing company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    •Brand new offices in City Centre
    •Amazing company benefits
    •Learning and development team are exceptional
    •Extra long lunch breaks for gym
    •Global opportunities
    •Clear promotion pathway
    •Excellent commission scheme
    •Social events are always happening

    Cons

    None - truly a amazing place to work where you feel a part of the company


  9. "Consultant"

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

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Progression. L&D. Competitive salary/commission/incentives. Global opportunities. 90 minute lunch break for gym goers.

    Cons

    The level of professionalism and standard of recruitment is quite intimidating at the beginning - but being taught and led by example has got me to where I am now and I am forever grateful.

    Advice to Management

    *


  10. "Inspiring leaders, comprehensive training and the best parties"

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

    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    • Literally the best office space in every city location
    • Approachable senior leadership team
    • Team of serious high achievers - good mentors and knowledge of the market is exceptional
    • Genuine opportunities to relocate to overseas countries with OJ
    • Fast career progression and the support that makes it achievable is the best I’ve experienced in my career
    • Company events are unreal and a great opportunity to meet colleagues from all European offices
    • Working in senior specialist markets means earnings far exceed the norm in the North - decent commission structure
    • Friday drinks are great
    • Gym lunches make all the difference

    Cons

    No downsides worth mentioning that are different to any other businesses within recruitment

    Advice to Management

    Keep the environment you have - don’t go down the heavy KPI’s route in the future, the approach you have right now is spot on! Bring back the races for the spring event - that was so much fun!


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