Aston Carter Reviews

Updated 6 June 2015
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  1. Good place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    - You get to work with the best clients in the industry you operate in. - Management is experienced and generally speaking intelligent. - The training is progressive and thorough, and throughout your career you are constantly given opportunities to further your knowledge.

    Cons

    - Hours are long and dependant on which team you are in. - Sometimes management neglects to take on other people's opinions and can make it difficult for you to try and be different.

    Advice to Management

    - There are more ways of achieving the same result. - Don't just try to focus on the financial reward as an incentive to succeed.


  2. Not for a first employment. Maybe for someone more experienced in the heads-hunting job market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sorry, could not find any. It's on the average of this kind of recruiting agency. Not the worst, far away from the best. If you are experienced and you negotiate then it might be a good deal. You can use it as filling-the-holes employment, or to make the first experience. If the client you work at has a good reputation you can benefit for your CV. If the client you work at meets the expectations of its reputation, then you will gain experience. After that just move somewhere else to grow for real.

    Cons

    No attention for any need of the employees, no help in burocracy, no guarantee of a commitment for you to get any government advantage (bare in mind that in some countries your employer applies for these benefits). They drastically change the contract upon (late coming) renovation. Payslip not clear.

    Advice to Management

    There are employees before (or at least same level) money


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great for those who are ambitious and want to make money, but be prepared to give up your personal life and opinions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great place to earn money. The POTENTIAL for making good money fast is there for those who want it. - The banter in the office can be quite good, until it is stomped out by management. - You are encouraged to go out and meet people as much as possible - Career progression is very much in your own hands, up to a certain point - If you are liked by senior management, you are well looked after and can be accelerated in the business

    Cons

    - Very poor work/life balance - Arriving any later than 7.45am and leaving any earlier than 7pm results in a full blown inquest - Independent thought is discouraged. - Fresh ideas and suggestions on alternative ways of approaching things are described as "being resistant" and are dismissed - Sales floor run through fear, rather than through trust - Spoken to like children by management - If you are not favoured by senior management, then life can be hell. Seen impact on colleagues who have all since left the business - High turnover of staff - Highest billers become management irrespective of their ability to manage and no training put in place to make them managers

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff and treat them with respect or you will continue to see good people leave


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Team Lead

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company to work when it was growing fast 2005 - 2010 Lots of flexibility and reward Very little red tape and reporting. You go to what ever meeting you wanted when ever you wanted and no one would ask any questions. Lots of money to be made in what was a booming banking market Management had been there for a long time Base pay is good, but you have to demand pay rise and show you can perform otherwise your struck in some standard payrise structure. I asked for a 100% increase on my base (i was smashing it) and got 50% base uptake. Good alternative to other super large recruitment businesses.

    Cons

    Red taped increased after the business sold to a larger recruitment business Lots of reporting Top performers could not just get away with what they wanted - maybe a good thing More of a structured larger management layer after the sell - some people may like that, but i prefer a flat structure. Banking market is performing bad now - less likely to make top dollar like in 2010. I made £200k in my last year as a hands on biller! Takes longer to become a team lead these days from what i can see. Senior management have made their money. Sold the company. There's no reason for them to change the world, drive the company to the next level, or take on even a reasonable amount of risk to push the business forward in what is a evolving competitive £4bn industry.

    Advice to Management

    Try to hold on to what you once was as a company that gave you a competitive advantage.


  6. good pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payer in Illi (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Payer in Illi (Armenia)

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice people of staff they work really well together

    Cons

    none it really is a great environment

    Advice to Management

    people are funny


  7. Helpful (1)

    Negative

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Their is money to be made.

    Cons

    Presenteeism culture. Employee turnover is exceptionally high. Poor management, v.aggressive. Unwilling to engage with staff. One way of working. Adopt that, or get out. Recent merger has caused a once succesful company to lose what made it so great.


  8. Helpful (4)

    excellent place to start your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent training and the opportunity to learn the job from some of the best consultants in the city. Generally speaking, perm team consists of some very bright people who are very capable. Good approach to recruitment, quality driven and research focused.

    Cons

    Ridiculous work/life balance that needs to be addressed. Hours for perm team are officially 8-6, but expect to be at your desk for 07:30 and in the office until 20:00. Nothing productive happens after half 6, it's just a case of waiting out management. Inter-team politics and favoritism from management.

    Advice to Management

    Address work life balance as it is the reason for staff turnover.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A good place to work for recent undergrads (young company culture)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Headhunter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Headhunter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Aston Carter works with top Investment Banks and you get to speak to candidates who are at the top of their field. Promotion transparency - you know exactly what you need to do to be promoted from day one.

    Cons

    Low base salary. However, once you become a consultant the variable part is good and depends 100% on your placement achievements.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to earn money and get the opportunity to work the full recruitment life cycle with little cold calling

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aston Carter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people / good earning potential / great learning experience

    Cons

    There is only 1 way to work in recruitment - their way. If you can conform to this you will be OK.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff to get on with their jobs rather than needlessly pushing every 10 seconds of the day


  11. Great place to start your career as a recruitment consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aston Carter full-time

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment for getting to grips with recruitment, great people work there, good culture, springboard for bigger and better things

    Cons

    Poor commission, glass ceiling, needless paperwork



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