Venn Group Reviews

Updated 5 Mar 2021

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3.1
48%
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Venn Group Chief Executive Deirdra Moynihan
Deirdra Moynihan
137 Ratings
Pros
  • "Team Commission Structure is really great, it gives you invaluable support when creating new business in multiple markets(in 21 reviews)

  • "Good training structure for a junior, team based so opportunity to take home good commission early doors(in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Recruitment in general can be long hours however Venn Group is one of the best for work/life balance(in 44 reviews)

  • "You are promised an hour lunch break but you are lucky enough to have 15 minutes to yourself(in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent experience and support"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Venn Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A real team based and a place where you feel you belong and can be your self . Great opportunity for self determined salary increases and promotions . Management actually cares .

    Cons

    Having to WFH over past year - but can’t really blame Venn for that !

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  2. "A great place to develop..."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Venn Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's the perfect environment to learn how to recruit. Decent on the desk training, quick progression and fear tactics in an office where everyone is going through the same thing, The comradery amongst your colleagues creates lasting friendships as you've all been through it. That on top of the short term predictions/threat of commission being taken away for not picking up the phone, really drives you to overcome fears and become a better recruiter/sales person. Ultimately if you're willing to graft you will come out of the experience with a good skillset for any career and you will be very employable to other agencies. The conveyor belt of trainee recruiters coming through Venn Group and going on to do very well elsewhere is proof of that.

    Cons

    - Commission structure is very opaque. On the surface it looks OK as you get caught up in the quick promotions and progression, but once you get to a certain point, you do wonder where all your billing is going. When you move somewhere else, you realise it isn't anywhere near competitive -Commission can be held back should you not hit certain targets which upon reflection, is utter madness -Anyone above Manager/Senior Manager is essentially a man manager and holds very little sway in terms of actual relevant recruiter experience which is frustrating. -Very little flexibility in terms of working from home and having lunch breaks at different times

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  3. "Awesome Company"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Venn Group full-time

    Pros

    Supportive and truly a company that ivests in its people

    Cons

    Slow to change in an increasingly changing world

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  4. "Valued Team Feeling"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Venn Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Team working and good commission scheme

    Cons

    Long hours to reep rewards

  5. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Venn Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Treat you as a person, not a number

    Cons

    Previously couldn't offer remote working (now changed)

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Not great"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Venn Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Early finish on Friday's Put money towards getting people presents for their birthday

    Cons

    High targets Don't care much for their staff Was made redundant a few days before the furlough scheme announcement

  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Be Prepared To Sell Yourself For Minimum Wage"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Venn Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some really kind and genuine people but this is very few and far!

    Cons

    I joined Venn Group as a fresh consultant who was set up to fail on the pretence of many false promises. There is no guidance or training and also harsh scrutinisation for questioning the training you have received even though it is very unresponsive. You are made to feel like you are inferior to your peers who have been there for longer and have the higher management on their side. Be prepared to have to change yourself in order to ‘fit in’ with what other people expect of you. Forget enjoying the workplace, you are simply a machine they will pay the absolute minimum they can for. Be prepared to be micro managed and controlled every minute of the day. Be prepared to be ridiculed for minor things whether that be work related or not. They will do there best to ‘sell their culture and market leading commission structure’ to fool you into believing you will excel in this forward thinking company - DO NOT BELIEVE THEM! You will have to do all of the the work for someone else’s roles (sourcing of candidates, admin, meetings, compliance and CV sending) and receive no reward - you won’t even get an acknowledgment email for you help and effort. Be prepared to give absolutely everything you can and be worked to the bone and receive no recognition for it. The team commission structure works on the basis that depending on what level you are in the company the higher the percentage you get - if you don’t get lucky with your team/ clients you can kiss goodbye to the ‘fantastic earning potential’ they will groom you on. KPIs are ridiculously high and so backwards compared to every other recruitment agency. You may think your call counts as business development but if it hasn’t met a set criteria of 5 things which the directors have set then it doesn’t count and they will change it behind your back - you will have to constantly cold call and aim to get 20 of these ‘counted calls’ each day and if you don’t you will be penalised and made to feel incapable. Combine this with a high number of candidate meetings, client meetings, mail shots, sending CVs, candidate marketing to clients and you have yourself an impossible set of targets to reach - and by the way if you don’t hit these targets say goodbye to the little commission you would be earning. There is the occasion where you will be given your commission but you don’t know until you get your pay slip so you are constantly on edge and feeling anxious that you will be getting grilled in your next 1 to 1. Now on the team. Unfortunately, I was greeted with a very abrupt and passive aggressive and sometimes forwardly aggressive manager. I was made to feel very stupid for asking questions and for also being myself and for wanting to do anything different to what the company process was - I wasn’t even allowed to use a headset opposed to a handled phone. For the months leading up to covid, it was constant abuse in front of my colleges for getting things wrong (bearing in mind I was new) and I was even forced to clean shave every day and if I didn’t would be pulled into a meeting room and told I look grubby and not presentable and that it would lead to disciplinary if I didn’t shave every single morning. Also, the office is filled with toxic people who will talk about you behind your back and who are complete snakes. Do not trust your colleagues because at any chance they get they will screw you over in order to get ahead or fill a job instead. It is a very set clique and if you’re not in that clique then you will be treated like an outcast and not be respected and almost sub human. The only good thing about Venn Group is that, 1 you get to leave and second you will find genuine people in this office that also feel the same as you and they will have your back. Contracted hours are 8:30-5:30 or 9:00-6:00. Its expected in recruitment that you will have to put in extra hours when needed in order to get work done, this is completely acceptable. However, at Venn Group you are expected to arrive 20 minutes before your shift starts and leave at least 30 minutes - 45 minutes after it finishes. This is not acceptable. You are expected to do this every day and if you don’t be prepared to be constantly put down and made to feel and look like you are not working hard enough. Also, you are allowed to take a 20-30 minute lunch break out of your entitled unpaid hour break you are contracted. It’s highly frowned upon to take the whole hour. If you want to come into work everyday and feel depressed, get worked to the bone, paid minimum wage, get put down for you personality and get a 30 minute break each day then send your CV to the talent team at Venn Group.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Tough, boiler room and typical recruitment firm"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Venn Group full-time

    Pros

    Good career progression Good opportunity to earn

    Cons

    Long work hours Toxic work environment Managers regularly encourage consultants to break rules and cut corners and then get angry at you for being caught. Looked down upon for being ill

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Recruitment Company"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Venn Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Expected to work through lunch

    Cons

    Low salaries long working hours worst commission structure - even managers can't explain it no diversity in the people bullying environment just a number for them - all about calls and targets and no consultant development

  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not worth the time and energy"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Consultant in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Venn Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with, although this will depend where you are...

    Cons

    The company doesn't care about its consultants, they get people in, take a few years off them and then people realise their worth and move on. While the team commission structure helps with stability, if you're any good you could work somewhere else and get paid double for doing the same. If you want to work in recruitment, pick a different company, if you don't want to work in recruitment, there are better places you can waste a couple of years off your career.

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