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Updated 2 August 2018
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Pros
  • "Lots of progression opportunity, lots of training, great culture, very collaborative team" (in 5 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Sometimes long hours - but you get out what you put in benefits wise" (in 12 reviews)

  • "None really, good work/life balance and great atmosphere" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great place, great people!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pareto is an internationally-recognised brand name so with Pareto on your CV you can go anywhere. The culture is extremely supportive and the progression opportunities are clear and achievable. If you're prepared to work hard to get where you want to be then there is no better place to be than with Pareto.

    Cons

    Occasionally you may have long working-hours however management strongly encourage a work-life balance. Extra hours are definitely self-led as everyone is very driven.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Graduate Manager / Business Development Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    The trainers in general are very good.

    Cons

    Very low salaries that people complain about constantly. Environment feels like school and is incredibly unprofessional. People in the office constantly use crude language and discuss inappropriate topics. Generally unskilled employees with massive egos.

    Advice to Management

    The pay structure is not "better than anywhere else". Clearly you have never worked anywhere else..........

  3. "Excellent place of work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, great progression and great benefits

    Cons

    Hard work is essential, full of ups and downs!


  4. "Pretty good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pareto Law full-time

    Pros

    Supportive and positive environment,
    Really nice team
    Not micromanaged

    Cons

    Long hours (8.30-5.30) and no flexibility to leave early.
    Incentives are all drinks - nothing around team building or any other culture
    Holiday is the worst I have ever had

    Advice to Management

    Give staff shorter hours.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard, play hard culture."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work and fantastic development opportunities.

    Cons

    None really, good work/life balance and great atmosphere


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team culture, reward driven

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours - but you get out what you put in benefits wise


  7. Helpful (34)

    "Stuck in the last century"

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    • 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.

    Pareto Law Response

    5 Oct 2018 – Managing Director

    Thanks for your review, and we wish you all the best in your continued career.

    We read through your review and will be feeding it back to our HR team. That said, our dress code is defined as... More

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (18)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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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


  10. "Graduate Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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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