Written on: 23/04/2012 by NUFC1 (2 reviews written)
There are too many negatives about the way Pareto go about their business to list so I will just expand on the main points I have.
They cannot accurately assess graduates based on the experience I had. We were 50 in a hot, stuffy, room. We were asked to arrive early and we did not leave until gone 5. This would be no problem if were actually being assessed for the majority of the day, however I was in actual exercises for about 40 - 50 minutes. You will spend the majority of the day doing nothing or listening to the Pareto guys telling you how great they are. Its a real shame as they will really big the day up before hand, and you just end up wasting the majority of your time. Even when in exercises you will be with 10 - 15 others for 15 mins, what can you reasonably achieve/ what can they actually tell in that time?
The Pareto people themselves are not terribly impressive. They are all polite enough superficially but they can be very dismissive and have this big superiority complex as if they have really good jobs when they are just recruitment consultants. They are also fairly unprofessional in my experience. We had an aggressive old bald guy and a few young women who looked like they were about to go out for a night on the tiles not conduct interviews, in a proper London corporate environment I am sorry to say they would be laughed out of the office.
They also did not offer expenses to travel to interview, again, this is pretty bad practice.
They may well place some people in good jobs but sadly my experience was very negative and I could never recommend them. If you are a 2.1 graduate from a good uni don't worry if these guys don't like you, you'll find something better. I would also say to take everything they say with a big pinch of salt, they are sales people so don't rush into job offers / interviews with then without gaining all the facts!