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PageGroup Reviews

Updated 12 November 2018
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  • "The culture perpetuates a terrible work/life balance" (in 90 reviews)

  • "Long hours compared to other industries and not too much intellectually stimulating work" (in 178 reviews)

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  1. "Michael Page Dublin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Michael Page offers great training and development, it can take your career in a number of different directions and to a number of different locations.
    The Dublin office is small and unique in that you can focus on billing and making bonus! You also have the creative license to take on temp and perm and choose your industries within your discipline across the Island of Ireland.
    We have great craic as a team and celebrate success with breakfast clubs, dinners/drinks and loads of internal incentives to ensure the sales environment is motivating and rewarding.

    Cons

    Recruitment is not for everyone - we are a sales company so you do have to have a sales mentality. Page Group will support where necessary, around training and development but if you are not motivated or energised by making money and business development then the job is not for you.

    PageGroup Response

    15 Oct 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and it’s good to hear you are enjoying the fun and rewarding sales culture in Dublin! I agree with you; recruitment isn’t for everyone and, even with the training and... More


  2. "Michael Page - Dublin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good workplace atmosphere, decent respectful colleagues who know their markets and operated in a professional and ethical capacity and still have good fun doing so. Decent remuneration and very good benefits package. Company good at investing in its people by way of training, support and promoting its people in Ireland and internationally.

    Cons

    Working hours a little bit longer than competitors but still the company allows good flexibility when you might need to finish up earlier every now and then.

    PageGroup Response

    15 Oct 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and it’s good to hear from Dublin! I’m glad to hear the environment and culture work for you and you value the ethical and professional practices. I’m also pleased to hear... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "You get out what you put in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere;
    Team;
    Management;
    Ability to learn and progress;
    I've worked for other agencies during my 8 years in recruitment and while it's not all perfect, it's pretty good.
    MP Ireland is a different animal from their other offices; they carry a huge brand from a global perspective but we're very much a boutique agency in Ireland. The office is small in numbers but loud in presence and they compete at the highest level.
    There's no micro-management from the senior figures and there are no egos to compete with.
    The hours are the hours - the expectation is that you do what it takes to achieve what the company asks of you; if you're not asking more of yourself then is recruitment / sales in any office really where you should be? The management team are hugely flexible and accommodating as long as the work is being put in.

    Cons

    The bonus scheme is exactly that - it's a performance related bonus with a threshold in place and it's paid quarterly but not guaranteed. Management will always make sure you're looked after but you get out what you put in.
    If you've worked at other agencies that operate on a traditional monthly commission scheme and you've been able to calculate your own earnings then you may find it a real challenge to see the benefit in moving to a quarterly bonus.
    The basic salary should reflect the market - if candidates salaries are increasing because the cost of living is increasing, then an employee of MP shouldn't have to wait for promotion to have a base salary increase - I do not believe this to be unique to MP, more a trait that's indicative to the recruitment world.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise that not everyone can be pleased and not everyone can be pleasing.
    Fight for Ireland to be its own entity rather than being governed by UK budget

    PageGroup Response

    15 Oct 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your review and it’s good to hear from someone who has worked in recruitment for other companies too. Our un-capped bonus scheme is different to a standard commission scheme and is... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PageGroup - Dublin"

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time

    Pros

    Michael Page Ireland has a strong experienced team. The existing team highlights the meritocratic culture and opportunities to grow within. Great training for anyone seeking a long term career in sales. Office has central location, which is great for building a network with clients and candidates

    Cons

    Long work days but there is more flexibility when hitting targets. Bonuses are not guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    Management should revisit the team's structure, territories and how leads are distributed. Slightly old school approach to recruiting and management should organize more networking events. Overall it was a positive experience and a very social office.

    PageGroup Response

    8 May 2018 – Beverley Nicholas, Regional Talent Director

    Thank you for your feedback and comments about your time with PageGroup in Dublin and I’m glad you benefited from working with experienced people and you received the training you needed to be... More


  5. "PG Dublin - Progressive, autonomous culture with a strong and experienced team."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time

    Pros

    The PG Dublin office is growing and there are lots of opportunities for you to take control of your own destiny. There is also lots of experience in the room and everyone shares similar goals. Anyone capable of managing their own time while getting results is given great autonomy and flexibility. The training is recognised as some of the best in the industry and you get lots of exposure to the wider business outside of Ireland. The organic culture means that you can progress based on revenue targets regardless of your age/hours worked etc. Depending on an individuals preference there are opportunities to manage people or become a senior individual revenue contributor and focus on your personal ambitions (bonuses, responsibility etc). As a multinational business, there are many examples of successful recruiters joining other PG offices around the world. At least a third of the current team have international recruitment experience.

    Cons

    Similar to other businesses within the industry, the team work long hours. However, the model is focused on results/output and there are plenty of employees who manage their time effectively to ensure a healthy balance of work and family time.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to ensure that the business continues to move with the times. Recruitment has an old school feel to it as an industry and PG management must ensure the company stays with the times! Overall, you must be capable of getting results but PG Dublin is a great place to work if you want autonomy, career progression and a social environment.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Awful awful place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hard to think of many. You will get good training which is a bonus, and will learn about recruitment in a sales environment.

    Cons

    This is an awful place to work. You get no commission, just a bonus if you hit a certain target and even that's not guaranteed either. It's kind of like being in prison, you are told if you take a lunch break you don't care about your career you have to put up with being constantly threatened with your job. You can barely even leave your desk. Management is really poor and you will be micromanaged beyond belief. Overall it's just dreadful. Avoid!

    PageGroup Response

    15 Feb 2016 – Olly Watson, Executive Board Director UK & North America

    I'm very sorry to hear that you had such a disappointing experience at PageGroup. We are always keen to learn from mistakes that we may have made. Our payment plans work well typically, as our... More


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Wouldn't recommend at all!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PageGroup full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am struggling to think of anything positive... Working here would probably make you more reticent and resilient

    Cons

    - no work life balance, it's like you have to sell your soul and live and breathe the place
    - work hours are minimum 8.30-6.30... I followed these hours and think it was frowned upon that I wasn't coming in earlier and staying later
    - you are expected to not take lunch
    - it's all about the aggressive hard sell and highly unethical selling to clients/candidates
    - suits grads who have never worked anywhere else
    - terrible database and hardly any candidates. You can't use their system for searches - it's woeful.
    - it's all about cold calling and cold calling the same person again and again. Your phone time is completely monitored - you are supposed to be on the phone minimum of four hours a day!!!! It's pointless and you are annoying people
    - just general awful culture, it's like a pressure cooking. You will succeed if you have no shame, don't mind applying questionable sales techniques, don't mind working like a dog and giving you life up to them
    - the bonus system.... The pooled bonus system is very ambiguous... For all the hours and stress and micro management the bonuses aren't great

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Recruitment Consultant Michael Page Ireland"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PageGroup full-time

    Pros

    If your good, there is fantastic career advancement opportunities
    They are still growing and promote organic growth from within
    Fantastic training and life experience, you are essentially running your own desk which you are wholly responsible for
    No commission, quarterly bonuses

    Cons

    Expectation is very high. Stressful, long working hours. Bonus can be calculated questionably at times. Fully responsible for your own market

    Advice to Management

    Work out the bonus scheme in a more clear cut way.
    Provide some flexibility to employees who deserve it


  9. "Working Mexico Headhunter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Director of Human Resources in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in special for woman that are mothers. This company let you work and develop yourself in different areas.

    Cons

    Salary varies on depending the sales and the payment of the clients also depend of the number of jobs that the company is working.

    Advice to Management

    Great company that the founders have created. They thought in benefits that not all the companies have.


  10. "Great Employer!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PageGroup full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    International Transfers, Great Pay, Great incentives, Collaborative culture.

    Cons

    The only con is that Hays is bigger than MP, but MP is better!


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