SThree Employee Reviews about "micro managed"

Updated 19 Mar 2019

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  1. "Recruitment Consultant"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SThree full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good team environment, career opportunities, more of a stepping stone.

    Cons

    Rigid structure, micro management & KPIs

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    SThree Response

    June 11, 2019Employer Branding

    Thanks so much for your feedback - I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with SThree. I'm so glad to hear your thoughts on our working environment at SThree. We work hard to ensure we're continuously creating a working environment that's inclusive and allows everyone to feel represented. Thanks for sharing your comments with us, this really does help us to make SThree a great place to work!

  2. Helpful (3)

    "A serious need for more capable leaders"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Pros

    - Some consultants on the team are genuinely caring and are helpful. They go out of their way to spend that little bit more time assisting with work and giving good advice to new or junior consultants.

    Cons

    Micro-Management to the fullest: In Sthree there seems to be a directive where consultants are consistently micro-managed by senior consultants and managers which simply does not bring out the best in each individual. Incapable Management: New or junior consultants are brought in to be a market specialist in certain industries. However, under the direction of a certain manager, this does not happen. Conflicting Instructions: Other than the e-learning training, when it comes to actual training from seniors/managers there's often conflicting instructions and guidance with no real direction. Shows how much of micro-management from multiple individuals are ineffective. Unfair Practices: There are certain benefits/needs such as annual leave and MCs. When you practice those benefits, the management doesn't take it positively and has a negative impact. Management encourages it employees to turn up for work even if they are unwell. Seniors with own agendas: New or junior consultants are given additional tasks by seniors as part of their own agendas and are being taken advantage of.

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    SThree Response

    May 1, 2018Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We’re glad you had a positive experience learning from some of our more experienced consultants but we’re sorry to hear that your time with us wasn’t all that you’d hoped for. We have the benefit of an experienced senior management team across the organisation and we are investing in developing their leadership skills at all levels, ensuring they have the tools, competencies and behaviours they need to be well-rounded managers and leaders. We are committed to ensuring that our managers are consistent in their approach, build strong, collaborative working relationships and support our culture. Furthermore, we are committed to fostering a positive and inclusive work environment and we take the well-being of our people very seriously. We offer support where an employee needs to take time off for sickness or for another reason and we encourage all employees to openly raise any instances of unfair treatment directly with their Manager or Human Resources. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Be prepared to be micro-managed (S3 Singapore)."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Pros

    - Good e-learning programme for new comers. - Flexibility to work at home.

    Cons

    - Low commission scheme compared to others within the industry. - Be mentally prepared to be micro-managed, even if you are experienced. - Female manager for newcomers is condescending in her interactions and does not value-add to learning and development. Coaching is too theoretical and not practical. - Extremely KPI-driven system. Not much emphasis on building rapport with clients or candidates. - Although company claims to have the benefit of flexibility, it is not practiced in reality. Management will question your work efficiency if you try to implement it.

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    SThree Response

    May 3, 2018Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. It’s good to know you appreciated our training programme and valued the flexible work environment we offer our employees, but we’re sorry to hear your experience hasn’t been all that you hoped for. We pay a fair, market rate basic salary and offer an achievable commission scheme. Through our incentive schemes, we are always looking at ways for our employees to be generously rewarded for their performance. We strongly believe in building an inclusive and meritocratic culture. We invest in developing the right competencies and behaviours to ensure we have well-rounded managers and leaders that are consistent in their approach, build strong, collaborative working relationships and support our culture. Building great customer relationships has always been a focus for us. With the introduction of NPS in recent years, we’ve got a great tool to measure customer satisfaction and our employees have really been empowered to use NPS to work on their rapport with clients and candidates. Wishing you all the best with your future endeavours.

  4. Helpful (15)

    "Questionable Practices"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SThree full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The training provided and regimented system does provide you with structure when you begin working at STHREE (keyword: begin). Your team leads are generally very supportive and willing to teach you the ropes. However with the unrealistic pressure they get from Senior Management, there is the trickle down effect. You have clear targets to hit to get promoted. It is fairly transparent. However, please refer to the Cons section to see how you get fast track your way to the top. You get to go for drinks almost every day after work. You get to have a rushed game of table tennis during lunch because you need to be seated at your desk at 2pm and not a minute later for fear of snide remarks from the boss (see more of his reputation in the Cons section).

    Cons

    If you like to be treated like children and be micro-managed more than your parents ever did, you'll love it here. If you think you can sleep with the boss to get promoted despite not hitting your targets and get away with it, you're not wrong at all.

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    SThree Response

    February 21, 2018Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to describe in detail what you like about our on boarding and training process and where you think more flexibility would have helped you enjoy your time with us more. We promote an inclusive, flexible and meritocratic environment and do not tolerate the behaviours suggested here. We are committed to creating a supportive environment that encourages our people to raise their concerns in a way that is not defamatory and enables us to address them directly.

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Casual address and some incentives

    Cons

    Impossible targets, made to feel stupid all the time, micro-managed, everyone sleeps with everyone, no senior leadership, high staff turnover

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    SThree Response

    December 4, 2017Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoy our casual dress code and the incentives we offer. We take employee feedback seriously and we would like to address some of your concerns. Developing an inclusive environment in which everyone has the chance to be successful is important to us and something we have particularly focused on this year. We value our experienced management team but we are constantly looking to evolve and improve as a company. We are constantly working to ensure that our managers are consistent in their approach, creating collaborative working relationships and supporting our culture. We are committed to investing in their development and providing a safe and inclusive environment where all of our employees can enjoy coming to work everyday. We appreciate all feedback and encourage you to speak to a member of your management team or local HR.

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    "not good at all"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SThree full-time

    Pros

    The employees that work there are great.

    Cons

    A complete micro managed environment. Management practices what they preach, they lie and manipulate. Are not transparent in any capacity. Do not expect to make any money your first year, despite what they tell you. Turnover rate with employees is high.

  7. Helpful (4)

    "An necessary temporary experience"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Back Office in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SThree full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a 'comfortable' working environment in back office. The building is nice & the employees are friendly. The management work hard. If this is a first job or a job that is a temporary stop then this is fantastic. Alternatively, if you're looking to close out your career and are happy to do the same position with little chance of progression then this is perfect.

    Cons

    This is not what I'd consider to be a professional environment. Growth in back office is minimal & the overall 'person to person' management isn't very good at all. Although the managers themselves are adequate in their role, a lot clearly lack the people skills to manage staff. Some of the higher level management are not approachable & have an arrogance that makes even the managers they manage uncomfortable. There is a lot of gossip & some extraordinarily unprofessional banter that is totally unacceptable in a office. A lot of the people who have been there for many years just 'go through the motions' & are generally quite unhappy. Micro-managed environment with little chance to express oneself or bring anything new to the table.

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    "Unethical, drinks and drugs etc..."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in London, England
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SThree full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can earn good money if you don't mind lying to people and the sales directors seem pretty genuine.

    Cons

    Not only are this company unethical and expect you and train you to lie to candidates about job offers, interviews and opportunities, there is also a big drug culture. I worked in an office with 20 people in and I'm sure I was one of the 3 that didn't participate. Also people having affairs with other staff etc doesn't create a nice working atmosphere alongside with micro management

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    SThree Response

    January 21, 2016

    At SThree we have a zero tolerance policy against drug usage and advise everyone who knows of any drugs being taken to report this to their manager. We can also assure you that lying to candidates is not a practice which is promoted within SThree. Our in-house training focuses on the highest ethical standards and all our teams are encouraged to embrace our values of respect, rapport, energy and reward. As part of our engagement survey we also ask our employees for feedback about the way our values are lived and how our ethical standards are embraced.

  9. Helpful (6)

    "Antiquated and micro managed."

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

    I worked at SThree full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Not bad for a first job as a graduate. If you are an established sales professional then steer clear as they will obliterate any professional confidence you may have.

    Cons

    Childish environment, highly micro managed and a negative atmosphere. It's their way or nothing - all about ridiculous call times. Everyone is out for themselves and will make themselves feel better at the cost of someone else. There are also plenty of people who have been there a short space of time who think they know it all and have the right to interfere despite not actually being management.

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    "Recruitment consultant"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SThree

    Pros

    Potential to make a lot of money. Most co-workers are young and friendly.

    Cons

    While there is potential money to be made here, it's doesn't happen to everyone (or really anyone for that matter) I'd say 5% of the company makes 90% of the money, and management is sure to make you aware of who that is. If you aren't a top performer you might as well leave because they don't have time to waste on that. The job is all about hitting your KPI's, not about the quality of the work being done. You are constantly micro-managed about everything. Besides that there is clear favoritism amongst some people and it is demotivating for those who are not within that circle. If you're looking for work-life balance or flexibility this is not the place to go. They tell you after 2-3 years you'll be making $100k+ but I only know a handful of people who have been there longer than a year. All they care about is making money and that's the bottom line.

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