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4.0
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74%
Recommend to a Friend
68%
Approve of CEO
Barbara McGrath
3 Ratings
Pros
  • "Hard work and professionalism is rewarded(in 11 reviews)

  • "Commission structure is one of the best in the recruitment business(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Like in all recruitment companies there was a high turnover of staff from new people into the industry(in 7 reviews)

  • "(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company to work for- great management and staff"

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brightwater full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Really look after their staff Fun place to work a lot of opportunity to grow Great training from Senior experts in the industry Hold a great reputation in the industry

    Cons

    Could have better benefits Casual Friday none N/A Nothing more to add

    Brightwater Response

    November 7, 2018Managing Director

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. One of the main points of pride for us is that we provide really great training and we're constantly looking for ways to improve this and enhance our consultants' skills and knowledge. We also work hard to ...

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Unethical practices"

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      Former Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Brightwater full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Worked with great people. Some genuinely excellent recruiters to learn from

      Cons

      I was forced to offer a role to a second choice candidate as a member of senior management didn't like the choice the company made so we lied and said their choice rejected but candidate number 2 accepted. Training is centered around "control" which is code for manipulation. You can't control people. Crazy Friday morning meetings where 50 plus people call numerous irrelevant KPI's

      Advice to Management

      Care more about people and less about money

      Brightwater Response

      December 3, 2018Managing Director

      I am very sorry that you didn’t come to me at the time if you felt like you do – as you will know from working in BW for a year, we have an open door approach as a Management Team. We are very careful to ensure that we do our best for both client and candidate and it’s simply impossible ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "No frills"

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

      I worked at Brightwater

      Pros

      Well established name in Irish recruitment

      Cons

      Unwilling to change. Victorian dress code. Impossible hiring standards. Very high turnover (even for recruitment). Management free to act how they want. Front and back office/us and them mentality.

      Brightwater Response

      November 7, 2018Managing Director

      Thank you for taking the time to review - however we're a little puzzled about some of your remarks and can't reconcile them with the reality of working at Brightwater. We work hard to create an inclusive environment where ideas are listened to and we definitely try our best to adapt ...

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    • "Early Days Extremely Positive"

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      Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

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

      Pros

      Flexible start time, no expectation to take work home, excellent team spirit, clear communication from management, good salary and capacity to earn excellent commissions.

      Cons

      An earlier finish on Friday would be nice!

      Brightwater Response

      November 7, 2018Managing Director

      Thank you so much for your lovely words. We try our best to foster a great team spirit in all three offices and ensure that expectations of our staff are very clear from the get go. We're also firm believers that everyone at Brightwater has the ability to earn unlimited commission ...

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    • "Perfect environment for a true Sales professional"

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      Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Excellent training for new starters. Hard work and professionalism is rewarded. Above average salary and bonus structure for the Industry. Management are easily accessible and there is an ‘Open Door’ policy which is adhered too. A great culture of ‘team’ and sharing which is rare in the world of sales and targets. As a new start I have been welcomed warmly, trained well and it was made clear what was expected of me from...

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      Cons

      No ‘cons’ per se more a ‘heads up’ - if you are the type of person that wants to float through your day and just get by doing the bare minimum I don’t believe this would be the Company for you - although really if that’s the role your looking for then Sales is not for you either.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what your doing!

    • "I'm proud to work at Brightwater."

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      Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brightwater full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Almost 2 decades in existence and Brightwater is a well known brand, respected by our clients and competitors alike. Working for Brightwater brings a certain pride that I enjoy. For me, it is knowing that it is the best place to be as a professional recruiter, I've seen what other companies put on the table for a recruiter. Ultimately, Brightwater offer everything you need to be successful once you are willing to put...

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      Cons

      I wish I could say it is easy to get promoted but it is quite hard. Expectations are high. But when you think about it, that's good, really. An easily done thing is usually not a thing worth doing.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what you have been doing, especially in the last few years: adapt to the market, listen to the staff and keep pushing the envelope in recruitment.

    • Helpful (3)

      "Excellent"

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      Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brightwater full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great management Set you up for success Great commission structure Really nice teams and people

      Cons

      no complaints I don`t have any cons Positive experience

    • Helpful (1)

      "I love coming into work again."

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      Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Brightwater full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I have worked at 2 recruitment company's before, and I feel like I did when I started in recruitment. I love my work! I had heard great things about Brightwater, but then read some comments from ex employees that gave me pause. What I can honestly say is that this is a fantastic company. People are fantastic. Hard working, professional, open, friendly and respectful. I have never worked in such an encouraging and positive...

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      Cons

      I really don't have any cons for you. Some comments say they are long hours, but I have no problem at all. Working at Brightwater until 6, is a lot shorter day than working at my old company until 5.30!

      Advice to Management

      Not my place to say really, it just seems a great company so they must be doing it right and I want to learn from them how to do it right.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Loved my time at Brightwater."

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      Former Employee - Recruitment Specialist in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Brightwater for more than 4 years

      Pros

      I am normally not one to write reviews but I am really confused by the negative comments written on this site about Brightwater. It seems like some sort of campaign to make the company look bad and I really don't understand why. My time there was one of the happiest working experiences I have had thus far in my career and would recommend them to everyone. I moved on for personal reasons only and would still be there...

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      Cons

      Really can't think of any. I worked long hours but that is more because of my work ethic rather than them expecting any sort of ridiculously long day.

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the great work!

      Brightwater Response

      July 20, 2017Deputy Managing Director

      Thank you very much for kindly taking the time to write this positive review. As you may know, all the management at Brightwater believe that happy employees are usually successful employees and vice versa, and so we strive to support them in making this happen. We do have a very ...

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    • Helpful (22)

      "I guess I'm not Brightwater material!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Brightwater full-time

      Pros

      Some nice people but most likely they have all left by now.

      Cons

      Many horrible people, stuffy old building, freakish levels of micro managment. Crazy rates of staff turnover. Lots of fake smiles from staff for fear of being sacked for not being brightwater material. What is brightwater material? They want submissive 'yes' people. New ideas are frowned upon by managers, they are too insecure. Very old fashioned company, dress code was pulled from an edition of Good housewives guide....

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      Advice to Management

      No point as management dont listen.

      Brightwater Response

      July 20, 2017Deputy Managing Director

      Having read your interesting review, I feel that a response is merited. On behalf of all the management at Brightwater we are so sorry that you were not happy with us and that you felt you were not "Brightwater material". In answer to your question about this, I can only say that ...

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