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Updated 21 February 2019
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  • "Work life balance - Michael Page is very transparent about what the hours are when you interview here" (in 93 reviews)

  • "Long hours, micro management, relatively inexperienced management" (in 180 reviews)

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  1. "3 years working in Sales & Marketing team in Leeds"

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

    I worked at PageGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong team culture, enjoyed the people i worked with. Good boss. Decent benefits on top of salary (5% matched pension, quarterly bonuses if hit targets).

    Cons

    No major ones but to have success you need to work hard

    Advice to Management

    Continue with hiring people with good attitude and work hard play hard culture.

    PageGroup Response

    15 Feb 2019 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and I’m glad you enjoyed your time with PageGroup, the culture and benefits. It is an environment where working hard leads to success and rewards and we strive to provide... More


  2. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great progression - keep this its great

    Cons

    Poor commision - pay more thats better

    Advice to Management

    None

    PageGroup Response

    22 Feb 2019 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review. Remuneration is only one part of the way we reward and recognise employees for their success; the progression you reference and the associated development also form a part... More

  3. "Rewarding and highly KPI driven culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast promotion possibility and working for a global and strong brand may give someone entering recruitment industry very good chance to climb the career ladder from the right start point.

    Cons

    Highly KPI and result driven culture can be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be in such a competitive market focusing to service quality to client and deliberate account management rather than KPIs would turn back as sustainable partnerships.

    PageGroup Response

    22 Feb 2019 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and feedback. Our KPIs are designed to help people focus on key activities that will enable them to support our customers and also achieve the success they want. Our... More


  4. "Changing Lives"

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

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It’s been great for me, have worked in several locations and had a varied career

    Cons

    As in any sales business there are high expectations and a need for resilience

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pace of new sayers implementation

    PageGroup Response

    15 Feb 2019 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and it’s good to hear from someone who is having a long, varied and successful career with PageGroup.

    As you say the job can be demanding and expectations are high but... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Boss sleeps with consultants! Disgusting"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Parties
    Drinking culture
    Good money if you work like a dog

    Cons

    Basically where do I start?
    Boss is sleeping with his consultants and putting fees in their ownership to share the bonus pot.
    Late nights- you’ll be told your contract is 9-530 but realistically your there from 8am - 7pm most days! Only a Friday if your boss is feeling generous will you ever be allowed to leave at 5! Maybe 5
    4.55 at a push.
    Watch out for everyone! There all in this for themselves.
    You are sold the dream! You are told you will make so much money, your told you’ll be richer than your friends, your told if you work late it’s recognised. In the 3 years I’ve been here I’ve made about £20k in bonus. Which is nothing for all for the man hours/ social life sacrifice and money you bill for the company.
    You have to work like a dog, cold call businesses who hate Michael page, hang out with clients till all hours of the evening just to get them to invest.
    Take it from me... it.takes.over.your.life. It’s not worth it unless your young and have no idea where your career is going

    Advice to Management

    Work normal hours! Stop mistreating the staff and favouriting the others! Stop doing dodgy fees and fudging numbers and backouts to hit your targets!

    PageGroup Response

    22 Feb 2019 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review although the allegations you make are concerning. We have clear processes and procedures which outline what we expect from our staff. Please be assured that should you... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Consultant - 4+ years with the business"

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

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great business, great people. Treat their staff with respect. Brilliant training programmes at all levels. Most of the senior management team live and breath the companies values. Very supportive when it comes to work and non-working matters.

    Cons

    Lots of change, restructures which can become frustrating

    Advice to Management

    The management team is good, but they could sometimes benefit with tackling the "change" in a different way or ideally trying to get it right more often. Too many restructures internally.

    PageGroup Response

    5 Dec 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and it’s good to hear that you see our values being lived by senior management and you have the support that you need to be successful here.

     It’s important that we keep... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company for starting your career - not so good after"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training programmes - arguably the best in the business
    Lots of incentives and activities for all level of performers - it's a fun place to work
    Some really passionate and friendly employees
    A good brand to work for when starting a career in recruitment

    Cons

    Management often promote consultants based on favoritism over meritocracy
    Feedback from employees often goes unheard (the Page way or the highway)
    The workforce is the least diverse I've ever worked with in terms of socio-economic background and ethnicity. They have won awards for diversity however on the ground-level this doesn't show.
    Poor and unclear bonus structure - you can make a lot more money elsewhere
    Too many consultants are out for themselves and management are not good at establishing controls over this

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and take feedback constructively
    Have a more clear bonus system and promotion system (and don't let Directors promote based on favoritism!)
    Don't keep hiring and promoting the same mould of people and practice what you preach, diversify your workforce and management team

    PageGroup Response

    31 Dec 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and I’m glad you enjoyed your time at PageGroup and valued the training and working with your colleagues.

    As you reference, incentives play a part in how people are... More

  8. "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Cleaner in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Cleaner in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clear instruction, Flexible, nice atmosphere...

    Cons

    Temporary, waiting period, delays before next opportunity...

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    PageGroup Response

    22 Nov 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review. Unfortunately, the nature of temporary work is that it can be unpredictable but I’m glad you are having a positive experience working with PageGroup.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Consultant"

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

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic Training, Great money potential and a fun working environment

    Cons

    Long hours, massively kpi focused, lack of loyalty towards the consultants

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the training, don't stress the kpi's so much in the beginning and be more transparent about what you are doing

    PageGroup Response

    1 Nov 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review but I’m sorry to hear you don’t feel there is a high degree of loyalty to our consultants. We are constantly looking at ways to create and reinforce a culture and... More


  10. "The best in my career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 PageGroup full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn something everyday, and if you deserve you will grow

    Cons

    Nothing that would make me leave the company

    PageGroup Response

    1 Nov 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and positive ratings. It’s good to hear there is nothing that would want to make you leave us and that you are constantly learning. I wish you a long and successful career... More