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Pareto Law Reviews

Updated 17 November 2017
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Pros
  • Great brand name, work hard play hard culture, fast paced and entrepreneurial (in 4 reviews)

  • Ability to do all the sales training for free (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • It can be long hours, but you get out what you put in (in 7 reviews)

  • hard work initially - lots to learn and sometimes late nights are required (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing culture & rewards!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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!


  2. "Graduate manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


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  5. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Don't do it to yourself."

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

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's very easy to get a job if you look right.
    - You meet some good people & friends for life.. as people who suffer together tend to stick together.
    -You know what 'bad' looks like, so it makes you think more rationally about
    your next move.
    -The notice period is short and not generally enforced so you can escape with haste.

    Cons

    - You're actively encouraged to be racist, sexist and generally discriminatory in every way you could imagine.
    - Your job on a daily basis is tedious. In a nutshell: you cold-call graduates, sell them a dream that is largely fictitious to get them to an assessment centre where they are ridiculed by employees with clipboards and pens.
    - You're advised a graduate will be unsuccessful if they could be perceived as unattractive or if they don't 'look sales'.
    - You're forced to work late on Monday's with no extra monetary incentive or any warning before you sign your soul away (contract).
    - Senior management will spend their day scrolling through social media, (or emails should more senior management walk by) only to occasionally look up, clap, say 'c'mon guys' and return to Instagram.
    -Senior management walk past you like Madonna ignoring fans in an airport because they believe they are far superior to you in every way.
    -Female staff members have been vilified numerous times for their clothes, choosing not to wear heals or even not wearing enough makeup to represent the Pareto brand, especially when there's a client in the room.
    -The staff last relatively as long as Moyesy did at United, the only reason to not leave immediately is because you spend too much time there to look for something else.
    -Colleagues who have been there longer will tell you upfront how terrible your job is and to look for an escape.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better or these reviews will no doubt increase in volume as you try to grow your profits with 21st century slave labour.

    Pareto Law Response

    17 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Pareto Law have been in business for 22 years, offering fantastic job opportunities to candidates and colleagues alike.
    Our candidates are assessed fairly and consistently based on the competences... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Biased towards people with non sales experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None their assessment programme was an absolute joke and they kept us waiting for nearly an hour after I got there

    Cons

    If you lack sales experience and wish to get into sales DON'T APPLY HERE
    Long pointless assessment process
    They hire on face value (on your appearance) more than your skills and feed you BS based on how sales is more an evaluation of your skills and charisma.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting people's time when it comes to those with a background in Marketing, Advertising or PR. Your hiring process is completely biased and it was no surprise how 6 others alongside me with an advertising background got rejected here. Don't demotivate people by telling them sales isn't the right field for them INSTEAD TELL THEM THAT PARETO LAW ISN'T THE RIGHT COMPANY FOR THEM!


  8. Helpful (2)

    "good job for about 3 months... before you get a REAL job"

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

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - forces you to be resilient
    - easy to get the job - be confident, middle class, and attractive
    - you get to work with some amazing characters
    - free gym (if you can drive yourself there)
    - dynamic atmosphere
    - easy to get a job afterwards (not through them)

    Cons

    - sexual harassment which goes ignored by HR
    - senior management take pleasure in publicly humiliating young girls over how they dress
    - male employees are allowed to comment on young female employees weights, physical appearance, and sexual reputation
    - friday 'wrap-ups' consist of senior management reading out anonymous notes which involve discussing peoples private business - more often than not, intimate details of work relationships
    - a male employee who thinks its appropriate to refer to one of the young female employees as an 'unprofessional little sl*g'
    - depression is ignored by HR (unless you pass probation and become a little trickier to kick out)
    - one male employee regularly gropes the girls, sends them explicit photos of himself without consent, and rates them on their attractiveness. If this is brought to managements attention they blame it on alcohol or say 'that's just how he is'. Same employee wrote off their car for drink driving and the company bailed them out and allowed him to continue to work there as normal.
    - they lie about the salary and OTE drastically
    - 100% cold calling
    - progression based on 'spaces' or how much you brown-nose
    - commission structure is a joke
    - tiny but deafeningly loud office
    - they lie about work times (you have to work late to avoid a severe public telling-off by management who leave whenever they want)

    Advice to Management

    - Enter the 21st century and perhaps educate yourself on the laws which surround, sexual harassment, sexism, and racism.
    - stop lying
    - pay people what they deserve
    - discipline based on legal guidelines and not management favourites

    Pareto Law Response

    17 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Glassdoor offers you anonymity to write freely whether your comments are factual or not.
    On behalf of Pareto Law it is disappointing that you have chosen to make serious allegations in this way. We... More


  9. "The good, the bad and the ugly!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Wilmslow, England
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Wilmslow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pareto Law full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Really good youthful culture.
    - Senior sales people are great to learn from.
    - Will always support you if you're struggling you just need to ask!
    - Ability to do all the sales training for free.

    Cons

    - Very cliquey culture.
    - Poor work life balance.
    - Minimal reward for extra work / engagement.
    - Poor salaries and commission structure particular before getting to a senior sales position.
    - Managers aren't natural leaders and are typical just very good sales people that were resilient enough to stick it out.

    Advice to Management

    - Address the salary challenges for people.
    - Upskill the managers as they are generally just the best sales people that stuck it out long enough.
    - Keep supporting when people struggle (as you already are so more of a keep doing the same)
    - Listen to employee points more often.

    Pareto Law Response

    8 Nov 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Thank you for your review. It's great to read that you have felt well supported in your role and by the business.
    We believe that some of our best sales people show great leadership potential and we... More


  10. "Consultant"

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

    I have been working at Pareto Law full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity to earn a lot of money, great atmosphere in the office, progression is very clear and achievable.

    Cons

    The hours can be long but this is often rewarded on placement of a candidate through commission.


  11. "Excellent Employer"

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    Current Employee - Resourcing Consultant in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Resourcing Consultant in Nottingham, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Pareto Law part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, training and incentives

    Cons

    None Applicable, excellent company to work for

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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