Compare New Western vs first direct BETA

See how working at New Western vs. first direct compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at New Western vs. first direct. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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New Western

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Employee Ratings

  • New Western scored higher in 9 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.7
(based on 204 reviews)
New Western employees rated their Overall Rating 1.0 higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.7
(based on 67 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
4.6
New Western employees rated their Career Opportunities 1.3 higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
3.3
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.5
New Western employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 0.3 higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
4.2
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
4.4
New Western employees rated their Work-life balance 0.9 higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
3.5
Senior Management
Senior Management
4.7
New Western employees rated their Senior Management 1.4 higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
3.3
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
4.7
New Western employees rated their Culture & Values 0.8 higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
3.9
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
New Western Ceo Stuart Denyer
97%
97%Stuart Denyer
New Western employees rated their CEO Approval 15% higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
first direct Ceo Joseph Gordon
82%
82%Joseph Gordon
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
93%
New Western employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 26% higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
67%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
93%
New Western employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 38% higher than first direct employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
55%

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What Employees Say

  • "Work environment" was the most mentioned Pro at New Western.
  • "Great people" was the most mentioned Pro at first direct.
  • "100 commission" was the most mentioned Con at New Western.
  • "Call centre" was the most mentioned Con at first direct.
Pros
Pros
"Work environment"(in 25 reviews)
"Fast paced"(in 17 reviews)
Pros
"Great people"(in 6 reviews)
"Good pay"(in 4 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"100 commission"(in 23 reviews)
"Hard work"(in 10 reviews)
Cons
"Call centre"(in 3 reviews)
"Unsociable hours"(in 3 reviews)
Featured Review

Former Contractor - Salesman

I worked at New Western for more than a year

Pros

100% commission, eat what you kill environment. Absolute meritocracy. The top sales guy will make a very comfortable 6 figures, the bottom sales guys might not make 20. If you are already a confident..., talented salesman it is easy to latch on to the system they teach you and start making good money very soon. Also a really fun place to work. It's got a "Stratton Oakmont '91" type culture.

Cons

100% commission. If you are shy, or more technically oriented as opposed to people oriented; this may not be the place for you. The top sales guys are not going to share there contacts with you... (although they might give you some tips if you ask); your going to have to claw your way to the top same as they did. Also, it can be stressful. This is more of a lifestyle than a 9-5 job. If you are the type who can buy into something with all your heart and soul you will do really well here. If you are looking for a career that you can leave at the office everyday at 5, you won't be happy here.

Advice to Management

The company is what it is, and they never try to frame it as something else. Keep doing what your doing! I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and made a good cushion for my savings before parting ways... to finish my education.

"Don’t bother"14 Oct 2020

Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

I worked at first direct full-time for more than a year

Pros

Moneys decent after a year or two working there

Cons

Two faced office environment, feels like slave labour to take calls constant, if your a minute over your break or go to the toilet your will get pulled up

Advice to Management

Relax, your nothing outside of work

Job Postings

New Western has 106 more recently posted open jobs than first direct.