Nicoll Curtin Reviews

Updated 10 Aug 2020

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21 Ratings
  1. "Great for training during my time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The clients The location The people

    Cons

    Not many experienced consultants to take the opportunity of the market they have

  2. "Excellent Company to Work for providing you are Ambitious and Driven"

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

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I joined Nicoll Curtin as an experienced hire after having worked for other recruitment agencies and by far this was the best recruitment company I have worked for. When recruited for this company complete transparency was exercised throughout the interview process and I truly knew what would be difficult/ not difficult within the role and the challenges I would face, however that I would be supported thoroughly. Throughout my 2.5 years at Nicoll Curtin I saw clear targets, constant reports and frequent promotions within the group including a promotion myself to Principal Consultant level. Targets were transparent, promotions were transparent, expectations of activity were transparent- nothing hidden, people are supported but self- accountable and can earn a lot of money, success and a strong reputation on the market if they apply themselves fully to the job within this business. The business is ambitious and looks for like minded people to be part of the team. As an experienced hire or an individual looking for their first steps into recruitment I would recommend this recruitment agency second to none. Pros Clear targets (promotion and monetary) Excellent commission scheme International environment Fantastic team atmosphere Well respected agency within CH- very broad and diverse client base Knowledgeable management team

    Cons

    If you do not want to be a 360 Recruitment Consultant this is not the job for you. Nicoll Curtin works best for individuals that are confident to own and continue to build their own markets (whilst being supported). They work in verticals so everyone has clear markets and the opportunity to run with this- however if you do not enjoy or seek a 360/ end to end (both sales and research) recruitment role this is not for you.

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  3. "Room for improvement"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Young and vibrant team. Access to good clients.

    Cons

    Micro management needs to come to an end - leaning towards a boiler room environment.

  4. "Perfect Service"

    5.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager 

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time

    Pros

    Great team, reliable, friendly, professional and flexible

    Cons

    not so much to say, I was lucky with the manager

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Positive"

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

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working hours Incentives Trips / pub clubs Hands on management all the way from CEO to Director to Manager

    Cons

    Coffee Machine could have more options ;-)

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  6. "Sweatshop"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good sociable company, young and driven individuals. Driven MD with good track record. Training is very good here. Some really good motivators, pub clubs, lunch clubs,

    Cons

    Sweatshop mentality, success measured on call times/number of calls. 8:30-6pm is more like 8-6:30

  7. "Worst company ever, stay away!"

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

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Location is the only thing

    Cons

    Nicoll Curtin in Zurich is by a landslide the least professional company in existence. If one could take moment mean imagine the worst possible place to work: cowboy management, zero culture, no perks, longest working hours expected, no care for the individual, being asked why you are going to the toilet and spending 5 minutes when you can be on the phone and calling candidates! Oh yeah, a smelly dog is running around the office while the policy says no animals allowed!!! There is much much more to say when it comes to the negatives, tbh the list would potentially never end. Someone else wrote a review here on Glassdoor which is 100% accurate, see below: “The worst company I have ever worked for. No company culture of caring about the employees. It 100% focused on KPIs, the minutes you were on the phone, in the toilet and BD even if that wasn't in your job description. I felt uncomfortable and dreaded going to work. It was unsupportive with the worst management. The work hours are a complete lie as you were watched if you left on time.”

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  8. "Great since old MD left"

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

    I have been working at Nicoll Curtin full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Really focussed now the old MD departed a few years ago. Noticed one of the negative posts which talked up the old MD, who did nothing but cause chaos, suck money out of the company (mostly when it hadn’t performed well) and was never engaged with the business. New CEO is excellent and we are treated very well. There are no more “old MD” tantrums or suffering abuse after her long lunches. Well done Derek for making the change. Proactive, energetic, inclusive culture now.

    Cons

    Perhaps a review of commission structure, as this isn’t as generous as some competitors.

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  9. "Collaborative"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England

    I have been working at Nicoll Curtin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Helpful, supportive and collaborative team Approachable management leaders Multitude of resources available

    Cons

    As with any recruitment company, long hours

  10. "A brilliant company to work for"

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

    I worked at Nicoll Curtin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great management in particular 2019 - there are great leaders at the moment coming from very different backgrounds and consultant at Nicoll Curtin have great opportunity to learn from the best. Not the typical recruitment company. Everyone in the business loves to help each other and the culture is very fun, outgoing and diverse. Freedome and autonomy, not hugely KPI driven, a lot of trust in employees, no micromanagement, a lot of room for progression with clear guidelines on how to do so. Free fruit and cereal with a free bar on Friday at 4:30! Great incentives for nights out paid by Nicoll Curtin, high flyers opportunity, summer party, winter party, town halls. Very understanding management and will help you in every way that they can.

    Cons

    Coffee machine makes a lot of noise

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