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Pareto Law Reviews

Updated 7 December 2017
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Pros
  • Great brand name, work hard play hard culture, fast paced and entrepreneurial (in 4 reviews)

  • Company has a great culture and reward their staff as you'd expect in any sales job from vouchers to holidays and nights out to fancy dress days (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • It can be long hours, but you get out what you put in (in 9 reviews)

  • 15am-7pm regularly) and incredibly stressful role equals no work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great recruitment company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bedfordshire in Luton, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Bedfordshire in Luton, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    I cannot begin to praise Pareto enough for all their hardwork and commitment to placing me in a role that is not only suitable for me, but also is tailored to my requirements in a job.

    Starting from the recruitment consultant I worked with, who talked me through everything I needed to know about the assessment day, and kept in constant communication with me throughout, ensuring I was well prepared. He even stayed in touch with me after I was placed.

    During the assessment day, I was made to feel at ease. Even though it was competitive, everyone was still professional and friendly. The day was structured well, and it was good to see that there were companies who were actively looking to hire candidates straight from the assessment day - no pressure!

    Overall, my experience was fantastic and the outcome was positive for me, as I am now placed in a great role after a mere 2 weeks since being successful at Pareto's assessment day.

    I would highly recommend this company for anyone looking for a career in sales. In fact, I did! And the person I referred has also gotten placed in a role - even before I was! Talk about a recruitment company that actually cares for its candidates and knows what they're doing, talk about Pareto

    Cons

    The only con I can think of (and this is only because I didn't want to be biased) is that the day was quite long and it involved some waiting, but it is worth it if you're well prepared. The day is ran as it is so that they can accommodate for as many candidates as possible, while giving everyone an equal amount of attention.

    My biggest advice is to bring food, and eat well before going for assessment day (but they let you know anyway)

    Advice to Management

    None! Keep doing what you're doing. It is clear that you are constantly improving your processes. Keep it up


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Actions Speak Louder Than Words."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    Pareto is for people who put their heart and soul into everything they do.
    For me the spirit of the business and the people is best captured by the big hearted commitment to fundraising for charitable causes - done with inimitable wit, colour and competitiveness. It says so much.

    Cons

    Noisy environment, hard to find a quiet space.


  3. "Graduate Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    Transparent progression structure, with clear milestones / KPI's/ Targets which are achievable- many examples within the business of these being met. Strong encouragement and support from senior management to aid and encourage successful progression- practising what we preach in terms of graduate succession planning. Further to this there are options to move geographically as part of your journey through the business.

    Fun incentives and lots of them, favourites being the company holidays- skiing, city breaks, beach breaks.

    Cons

    This con is not applicable to Pareto specifically, but to sales roles in general and that can be (doesn't have to be if you work smart) the occasional longer hours which may be required to secure deals etc. Ultimately though this is reflective of all sales roles and we do it- for the rewards we get when we hit target, which makes it worth it!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hard Work Pays Off"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Manager in Wilmslow, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Manager in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    Team are really close
    If you work hard you can get a very good quarterly bonus
    Progression is on offer if you’re consistently hitting target
    Since I started 4 people have had the chance to work in our New York office for a month which is ace!

    Cons

    Stressful at times due to the number of different bespoke projects.

    Pareto Law Response

    20 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your review.
    It's great to see that you are enjoying working at Pareto and that you have experienced the opportunities we are creating for you and those around you.
    I wish you... More


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Stuck in the last century"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    You get access to training
    Some of the people are genuine

    Cons

    Most people are fake, backstabbing and brown nosers
    Sexist, racist, homophobic attitudes all standard and encouraged
    Cult-like culture where if you don't behave like the rest of the salespeople you won't last long
    Encouraged to comment on women's attractiveness and their love lives
    Male staff have very strict formal dress code, women can wear anything as long as they look easy.
    No action taken about men in the company who behave very inappropriately. (I.e groping, referring to female colleagues as slags, unsolicited rude pics)
    GMs have to lie to candidates
    Forced overtime

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the people who could get you sued for sexual harassment and train your staff in how to behave in the 21st century. Change your attitude to HR. Stop the girls in the office feeling they have to dress like porno secretaries to be accepted. It's embarassing when clients and delegates get shown round the sales floor if nothing else. Makes the company look cheap.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Graduate manager"

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

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    Fun Culture and great team.

    Cons

    can be stressful at times

    Pareto Law Response

    20 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your review and it's great to see you enjoyed your time at Pareto.
    All the best in the future!
    Michelle O'Malley, HR Manager


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing culture & rewards!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pareto Law full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was placed by Pareto at one of their clients in the Telecoms space, and had an amazing 3 years with that business - before coming full circle and working for Pareto. Having worked here for over 5 years, here are the reasons I'll likely still be working here 5 years later!

    Culture is brilliant; loads of banter and fun - yet still supportive and socially conscious (charity work is a big thing for the company and its owners)
    Incentives & rewards are amazing (holidays to Vegas, Dubai, Monte Carlo with 50-60 people! Plus loads of competitions and awards)
    Socially conscious - charity is a big part of what we do, and we raise £1,000s every year for various good causes
    Remuneration is brilliant - although salaries sit at industry average, the commission etc is well above average.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be a little tricky - but this is usually borne out of the type of people who work here being high achievers who want to do their best, and are willing to work long hours to achieve this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! The essence of Pareto is a great culture and a brilliant organisation that contributes to people's success, both in terms of improving sales and improving people's career prospects.

    Maybe invest in more parking spaces too!

    Pareto Law Response

    20 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your review.
    It's great to see you are enjoying your career with Pareto and thank you for sharing more about the hard working, rewarding company that you are part of.
    We understand... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Training, Culture, Progression, Earning potential, Team work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    Progression, Training, commission, business knowledge, culture

    Cons

    Long hours, lacks autonomy at times, salary on the low side, lack fairness when you go the extra mile, work/life balance which leads to burn out mentally and physically

    Pareto Law Response

    8 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your review. As you will be aware, Pareto have been working hard to ensure that colleagues understand they are not expected to work very long hours. Sales roles involve travel... More


  10. Helpful (7)

    "If You've seen 'Bridge On The River Kwai' then some of this may resonate...."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Wilmslow, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Wilmslow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Straightforward way to get a decent grad job with a salary and progression.
    Pareto are well regarded in the sales market so very easy to get a well-paid job when you leave – recruiters are very keen to talk to you so it does open doors for you.
    Personal development and training is industry leading – Everyone has access to this.
    Good socials and incentives – company holidays are good fun and no expense spared.
    You’ll build great relationships with those around you (very strong trench mentality that we’ll all get through it together).
    Excellent sales people – you will learn from the best and become an exceptional seller.
    If you do 2-3 years in sales at Pareto, you really are set for life in the real world.

    Cons

    Churn of employees – in my three years, over 100 people left from one office. Pareto will help you find a job if you want them to though.
    Consistent moving of goalposts and being miss sold by management and HR – I qualified for a company trip to Barcelona then was booted off because ‘there’s no way we’re going to let it be that easy’…. Others have been consistently denied progression/promotions/payrise.
    Junior people are played off against each other by management so that managers can blackmail and pressurise staff (particularly around rumours of sales people wanting to leave or non-work related incidents such as what people do at weekends etc.) Unfortunately, most Pareto employees are recent graduates so don’t see the consequence or the danger of this.
    Anyone who steps out of the status quo is ostracised. There have been very capable salespeople that have been forced out because they are not a cultural fit or are not bought into the mission statement yet.
    No innovation at all. The idea that ‘this is how the best people got to where they are so you’re going to do it as well’ rules the roost. Pareto also seems to have no visible encouragement of innovation or response to more disruptive start up grad recruitment firms.

    Advice to Management

    It is what it is; a sales focused graduate recruitment firm. It'll never be for everyone but is a dream come true for some.

    To be fair, the whole set up works very well for the management at Pareto. I appreciate that it's probably not in their interests to change things as many managers are able to 'phone in' their job with little regard for innovation or change.

    Having been there for three years and becoming a manager, I very quickly realised it wasn't something I could be a part of anymore so I left. The ones that stay will be OK with all of that so the right people will rise to the top. Just keeping feeding the machine with grads knowing that 10% will stick it out for the long term.

    Honestly, consider a HR function that is either human or a resource (preferably both) for employees, not just a police function for the company.

    Pareto Law Response

    8 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you of your feedback - it is disappointing that you have felt it necessary to provide such extensive negative feedback when this has already been listened to whilst you were still employed... More


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Got missold - as did everyone"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very little can be said
    Theme days can be fun
    Having someone down your neck about targets can be good for work ethic?
    The generic type of people they employ wouldn’t know what glassdoor is - so pro for them is they can keep replacing impressionable youngens who work like dogs until they get a brain and leave

    Cons

    How people can think so much of themselves is beyond me

    Keep you motivated by theme days - would be nice if they could put as much effort into actually managing and being clear about what we need to do for promotion

    It’s not fun hanging out with stressed, burned out 20 something year olds all gagging for a company car (because their head office is in the middle of nowhere)

    Commission structure is questionable - hardly any benefits - Christmas party is on a THURSDAY so they don’t have to pay for drinks I’m guessing

    In a nutshell senior management come from a very different generation - they believe tough gains respect - You then scratch your massive heads wondering why people leave and write bad reviews

    Advice to Management

    I have little to no respect for any senior managers - don’t know what can be done about that
    Took this job as it was easy enough for me to get to. Regret it now majorly

    Pareto Law Response

    14 Dec 2017

    We are sorry you appear to be unhappy in your role. Employee satisfaction means a great deal to us at Pareto, so it’s disappointing to read your post.

    We would like to respond to some of your... More


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