Roc Search Reviews

Updated 8 Jun 2020

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Roc Search Managing Director/Owner Conor Roughneen
Conor Roughneen
116 Ratings
Pros
  • "The good thing about working for Roc Search is we have training from the moment we start all the way through so you are always supported(in 38 reviews)

  • "Fantastic working environment and there is training provided for everyone regardless of level(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can Be Long Hours: But The More You Put Into It The More You Get Out(in 15 reviews)

  • "Quite honestly, Roc Search has no moral(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment to work in! Everyone is happy to work hard and enjoy successes together"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roc Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great and really vibrant environments to work in, a lot of experience around the business to learn from (as well as an industry leading L&D / Training function,) clear comms structures and paths to progression. Collaborative surroundings.

    Cons

    None experienced so far... maybe another coffee machine so the morning rush is not so mad?

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very KPI driven. Pretty nice company with good benefits"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roc Search full-time

    Pros

    Nice management, and lots of benefits

    Cons

    KPI Driven, don't really care about anything but hitting the numbers

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Shouldn’t have overall 4 stars"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roc Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Incredible training, will give you all the tools to start in recruitment with 1-week-long “academy” which is simply brilliant. Great progression on black and white, as soon as you reach a certain target you are promoted with an increased base salary and new title, but...

    Cons

    ...that also means that people who shouldn’t be managers at all, in fact become managers and that’s where the source of all problems begins. Quite honestly, Roc Search has no moral. Money is all that matters so if you are driven only and exclusively by money this is the perfect place for you. But this, ironically, has a price. From day one the most important thing you’re taught is that you have to lie to your candidates, to every person you speak to so that you will have leads and references by selling them their dream job that doesn’t exist. You are expected to do so with every candidate ( unless you actually have a job they are good for, obviously). If you are a honest person, money is not worth over who you are and what your morals are. The funniest part about this is that during the above mentioned “academy” one of the main rules on the call with either a client or a candidate is... “Don’t lie”. When this was enlightened to the trainer during the academy (who was great at her job) she clearly didn’t know how to answer that which is self-explanatory. There was continuous bullying from managers in front of other colleagues and was personally victim of it, needless to say the environment is absolutely awful. People working there are actually nice, but some if the managers are awful at their job. Now of the best parts is how you are expected to have 2 hours and a half over the phone every day, doesn’t matter how you get to it. The funniest part is how people would stay on the phone for so long without talking to anybody ( by calling numbers which would take long to answer the call) so that they would boost their call time and not getting told off next day. This represents exactly what Roc Search is. You. Are. A. Robot. A robot in every single way, you are expected to work only their way, no ideas are allowed, no creativity. There’s not other way to describe it. The cherry on the top is this: Did you ever think about your work/life balance and how important it actually is? Well, thanks to Roc Search you will finally realise how really important it is. You are expected to start early and finish late, once heard someone saying “we only want people who work Eight until Late”. This is what this place is. Wait, it’s not over. Office job, right? Well, you know weekends are off, right? Yes, exactly. You are expected to come in the weekends and work. Why would you have a personal life anyway? And you know what, maybe you have to go to that place you booked a long time ago to get some relax... no problem, if you have been working on that job and also pulled it after so much hard work and you can’t be in the office on that Saturday... no worries, someone else will get the job and now it’s all theirs. Beautiful, isn’t it? I would give an advice to whomever is hopefully reading this review before thinking about joining. Don’t look at the 5 stars review, most of them are from people who were there for only a week and were told to post a review, to which they will obviously give 5 stars, because the first week is amazing. The rest if the reviews are from people who have been there for years and are at management level and just want to boost the number up because otherwise this company would barely stand on 2 stars, and I’m being nice. Just look at the google reviews, the good ones are all from people who are high in the company, just look them up on Linkedin. Do yourself a favour and don’t make the same mistake I did, there are so many amazing recruitment companies out there who are managed by honest people who actually love to connect the right candidate to the right company and they don’t have to lie to do so. Passionate people who are not just doing this for the money. If you are a Trainee and are working in there, well... run.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "They really care about the staff"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - L&D Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roc Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere and great people. So many incentives and benefits. little ones such as free breakfast and gym memberships up to big ones like transatlantic holidays and five star meals.

    Cons

    Nothing I have encountered so far

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Environment"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter 

    I worked at Roc Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Team Environment while I was there

    Cons

    Micro Management on some levels

  6. Helpful (11)

    "Immoral"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Reading, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Roc Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice looking offices Fun Incentives Relaxed dress code Basically all the same shallow, on the surface things every other recruitment company offers

    Cons

    Zero flexibility Micro management Weak benefits Irrational, short tempered and emotional owner Inconsistent management of family members within the business Immoral recruitment practices - in particular the FOCUS CALL. The focus call was a practice widely used at Roc Search when a candidate they are working with has multiple offers (for example). They will ask a colleague to call their candidate and pretend to be from another agency and bad mouth the other roles and/or companies in an attempt to persuade them to accept the offer that Roc Search has got them. They also use this technique to try and persuade candidates that they know are against their own candidates for the same job to try and ensure they do not accept an offer. There were different scenarios around the same technique to extract information or to try and mean their deal went through using deception. This type of activity is immoral, unethical and happened daily during my short tenure at Roc Search and ultimately the main reason for me resigning after just a short time at the company. The focus call was often at the request of senior management and the owner.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roc Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working here has been an enjoyable experience, coming from a restricted background where I wasn't allowed to go outside my designated market and sector to coming here and having freedom to take my career where I want it has been very enjoyable. The atmosphere of the office is something that drew me here instead of the other offers I received, great bunch of people and it really feels like management really back you to be a success.

    Cons

    Oxford Street isn't the best location for people coming from certain areas. It's fine for me but when attracting talent to the business, going into the City will open up the pool even further

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Positive and fun environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roc Search full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly working environment - Adequate training and support given - Strong database of candidates - Consistent support from management team - Regular social activities - High performing office

    Cons

    - The work can be very demanding but this is a norm across the entire industry

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roc Search full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved my time at Roc. They gave me training and support to get promotions and increase my earnings. Looking back, I didn't have a clue what recruitment was when I started but Roc taught me everything. But the best thing about Roc is the people. There's such a great atmosphere in the offices that you never minded working late. Had some great times, good memories.

    Cons

    Office too close to Oxford street. Cost me a bomb shopping at lunchtimes.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Really Good Company to Kick-Start your Career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roc Search full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I started here with no recruitment experience before running through the training and getting to grips with an area that I had no experience in. It took me a few months before I started making some decent money but by month 6 I was earning more money than I ever had before (albeit you could always earn more!) The bad thing is that it is a tough job, but the good thing is you get a lot of time and attention from management to help you succeed. I've definitely struggled in some areas but with the support I was given I got my head around it very quickly. The Manchester office is a smaller office but of that I'm glad because the attention that you get is quite often 1-to-1 rather than their time being split up against loads of people! Now to go and hit the next holiday target :)

    Cons

    It's not the easiest job in the world, so don't expect to walk in and start earning the big bucks in your first few months. As long as you appreciate that lots of money doesn't come easy and you need to actually put in the work I'm sure you'd be ok

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