Written on: 15/10/2013
Nothing positive to comment , oh maybe the fact you can use the portal for your invoicing other than that nothing good here. Avoid like the plague. Been lied to, about rates about hours, poor payment schedule (28 days) and all other agencies pay you weekly. No professionalism what so ever. By far the worst agent I have ever worked with, other contractors I have worked along side have said the same. They will make a lot more than 25% margin on your rates (found this out from two place I have... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2013
I had an engineering contract with a well known British Engineering Company through Progressive. The company wants me to continue working but Progressive have not renewed the contract in time so I am out of contract. Still working on a promise of a new contract but no payment post contract date despite assurances to the engineering company that I would be paid. I am now going through my pay with a fine tooth comb as I now realise what a reputation they have in the contract world. (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2013 by srj0001 (1 review written)
I have worked through many agencies over the years and Progressive are by far the WORST agency I have ever worked through. They usually paid me late and I was always under paid, it took many hours of 'phone calls to get the correct money paid into my Bank account. STAY WELL CLEAR - they WILL rip you off. (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2013 by AnnaTesting (1 review written)
I have been an IT contractor for 20 years and had a short contract via Progressive in 2005. I found the agent I dealt with completely unprofessional. I was recovering from a heart attack which had occurred a few weeks earlier when he rang to berate me for speaking to another agency as I was technically still in contract to our shared client. I had at this stage decided not to return to the client and take some time off work. The agent's manner was very aggressive and I regret not... (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2012 by morriganmaisy (1 review written)
It has been my misfortune to deal with this agency for the last 7 months and I will not be using them again. They do indeed take 25% commission and are useless at negotiation pay increases. Their website portal for entering timesheets is temperamental and when it causes issues with payment, they couldn't be less interested in sorting it out. Do not use them if you have a choice! (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2012
I found employment through Progressive Recruitment in Australia, They made me become employed by them instead of the company I was working for and Progressive still can’t even pay me all the money I am owed. They are incompetent and or Scammers, stay away from them (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2012
I recently contacted their company about an advertised position. Trying to ascertain details of that role was like extracting blood from a stone. They were totally reluctant even after me providing a CV. Subsequent attempts to contact them have met with no response even after 3 attempts. I fully believe this was another phantom position (I am extremely qualified and experienced in my field) and was just CV harvesting. I will avoid this company at all costs in the future, regardless of what... (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2012 by decker2186 (1 review written)
Terrible company constantly spamming myself and my colleagues who have no involvement in recruitment. If you are a job seeker avoid this company. They will send your CV out to people who don't recruit so they are a total waste of time. I am willing to bet that 97% of the emails they send on your behalf go to junk mail. Can't get them to stop spamming me. Have called, but they wouldn't take no for an answer. Had to put the phone down on them. (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2012 by Bead (1 review written)
The worst contract recruiters I've ever had the misfortune to deal with. These guys apply a 25% markup on day rate and then are totally inflexible negotiating any increases. They don't pay you for a month so you will always be four weeks behind and they have ridiculous lockin clauses for the client. If you can avoid at all costs. (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2012 by dutchy4all (1 review written)
As an independent contractor in the Netherlands, I have to pick up projects from time to time through agencies. Progressive took me off a project with the promise that they would contract me on a significant day-rate for 6 months. When I signed their day-rate overview, I canceled the month contract I had with my other client. Two weeks later, I was without a new project because progressive had forgotten to tell me that they did not have the right signatures on the contract. To end a long... (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2011
I know that most of the agencies are spamming from time to time but Progressive are doing nearly daily. I contact with them few times and asked to remove my data but without effect. (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011
Unprofessional at 100% !!
They asked me by phone information about others company I'm currenlty applying, not only the Company names but also the single person, which is totally illegal.
Every time I called them (after have done the apply) for being update about the position availability, the continue to ask me about my other interview.
They said they call you back, but in fact, they didn't.
You try to call them, asking for updates about the position, and you can get information only after... (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2011
progressive recruitment is the worst recruitment company that I have ever dealt with.
I was contacted by them asking me to give them an updated CV to apply for a contract that they where advertising. I submitted my CV and heard nothing for weeks despite numerous phone calls and emails. I wanted to know who the company that she has sent my CV to on my behalf. She would not tell me claiming that she had an agreement with the company not to disclose the company name. lets be clear, if a... (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2011
'Progressive is very pleasant party to work with. The do not only effectively act upon business-opportunities, but they also 'feel' the sense of urgency in occasions where we have worked together. By this Progressive has helped me adequately several times in situations, where time-pressure and required quality-standards has been high. By this approach I see the consultants more as a business partner, than only as supplier of resources and in my perception this is positive for the image (and... (read more)
Written on: 18/03/2011
These idiots sold my contact details to TheITJobBoard.com, without my permission, which fact I discovered only after I had been forced into making a complaint to the ICO about TheITJobBoard.com's subsequent persistent spamming by e-mail about jobs I wasn't interested in and surveys I was even less interested in. This agency advertises jobs that don't exist, purely to harvest CVs (which they then sell on in the manner described above), send you spam about roles that are not in your... (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2011
These guys are the worst they charge up to 25% commission rates and are completely inflexible when it comes to negotiation. They are unprofessional at best and are out to rip off the contractor at every turn. Avoid like the plague. (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2010
Like most companies the experience is based on the people that you engage with. The consultants that I have worked with have always been professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Throughout the recruitment process I felt supported and well informed. My only "dislike" is the amount of time paper work takes and amount of forms I had to fill out which is I suppose expected from a major recruitment firm. (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2010
As a seasoned Project Manager who has dealt with Recruitment Companies both as a client and as a candidate, I have to admit that I disagree with alot of the reviews posted.
Ive "engaged" a few "cowboy" recruitment companies in my time, who promise the world but rarely deliver - Progressive have never fallen into this category.
They always outline a process from the get-go and follow it until a placement is made - listening to what I want and reacting to it accordingly.
Even when not... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2010
Professional service, they enabled me to secure 3 interviews with different clients then got me newest role as a web developer.
Compared to the majority of the recruitment market they are head and shoulders above!
I would not hesitate to recomend them to a friend or colleague - they get results!
Liked - Concise, to the point
Disliked - Not a lot
I would use them to recruit people in my new role as ultimately they get the job done!
Written on: 04/11/2010
Ive read some of these reviews and think they should be taking with a pinch of salt.
I've been an IT freelancer for several years and have worked with Progressive on 2 different freelance projects in the Netherlands. The agents I was dealing with that work for Progressive Amsterdam treated me fairly and took good care of me.
They helped me to arrange flights, picked me up from the airport to take me to the interview and even recommended a good priced hotel. Everything was explained in... (read more)
Written on: 26/10/2010
This company has a serious communication problem.
I applied for a job and they told me a week later it had long since gone, so I was passed to another agent for a similar job. When I finally got to speak to someone the following week (ignore the "He'll call you right back" as no-one will) I'm told the position had been filled the week before.
I've had emails from different members of staff asking the same questions, request for my CV to be sent again and so on. What's going on inside this... (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2010 by dino7 (1 review written)
People in Progressive are basically dishonest verging on criminal, they are disgusting individuals.
They dont pay, dont do correct administration.
Lazy arrogent rude.
They become the most important person in the three way realtionship in which all they do is obtain a CV.
They deliberately leave you with sense you will not get paid to gain power over you.
There should be no stars.
Written on: 13/08/2010
Utterly unprofessional timewasters. I had a problem with someone having sold my personal contact details to theitjobboard.com, resulting in large amounts of spam by email that wouldn't stop no matter how many times I complained or used their joke of an 'opt out' system. Upon eventually making a complaint to the ICO, it turned out to have been Progressive that had sold that disreputable website my personal contact details.
I can only advise contractors that wish to keep their spam levels to... (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2010
Avoid like the plague, They tell lies, never respond to Emails or return calls and give you false hope. They have caused so much distress and frustration I am nearly ready for topping myself. (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2010
Using Progessive currently and basically they were economical with the truth. Not at all flexible and the advise anyone to read the terms of the contract before signing as they really tie you down.
In my experiencing of contracting spanning a decade, I rate these the worst Recruitment Agency I have ever used, particulary in the way they try and tie you down and their late payments (28 days plus). (read more)
Written on: 08/12/2009
As a contractor, they lied to me and cheated me out of money
Avoid at all cost. That goes for any S Three company, I should know I work for them, tey are actually trained to be dishonest.
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Written on: 16/09/2009
Progressive Recruitment Specialists is the worst recruitment I have ever worked for. Took them 7 weeks to pay me after I started the contract. In that time I had missed payments on my account and racked up many charges. I was told they would look into this. 1 year later they are still looking into it and my pay continues to be late almost every week.I am around £700 out of pocket and they just dont care. Worst one is they have me locked into a contract that stipulates I cannot leave and... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2009 by angel10 (1 review written)
After looking to get into contracting I went online to find out other people's views on recruitment companies, so I would know who best to go through. I read some mixed reviews on Progressive Recruitment Specialists, so when they contacted me after I put my CV online I was a little dubious.
However the experience I have had with them ever since has been helpfully, pleasant, at times a little bumpy, but overall has made my move into contracting easy and enjoyable.
Written on: 10/11/2008 by Snapper1750 (1 review written)
My first contract was lost and then 2nd contract was sent to wrong address.
Wouldn't pay my expenses for a trial day even when agreed through email.
My invoices were only paid after 28 days, not up to 28 as stated in contract event though the customer had paid on receipt of invoice from Progressive.
I never received return phone calls or emails unless it seemed in their favour
The problems always seemed to be the fault of someone else.
I will never use Progressive again or any of the S3... (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2008
After placement with Progressive Recruitment Specialists, I felt totally forgotten about and as though they were making money off my back. Payment terms appear to be stacked in their favour, they seemed to be making a lot of money on top of my rate and also in interest on what they were holding back for a month. I felt I received bad service from them. I did not receive any return phone calls when I needed to speak with them. I was wondering what I was getting for the £500- £700 per week... (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2008 by veryunhappyman (1 review written)
All of a sudden I started getting emails from them when I had not given my contact details to them as far as I am aware or anyone with any links with them, when I called them to find out where they got my details from they gave me all sorts of different names, then said that someone who had now left the company had actually added my details to their database as far as I am concerned.
Hard to get hold of and get any intelligent sense out of anyone there, and as a big recruiter will not ever... (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2008 by shailey (1 review written)
Basically I replied to an advert on Jobserve, which was through progressive, got the interview, interview went well.
For a 3 month contract, tried contacting them the following week, ignoring phone calls etc:- didn't know what to do, eventually found agency was not a recognised agency for the job.
2 weeks later found the same job advertised with recognised agencies, applied and got the position through another agency.
As my current employers were ready to extend my contract, progressive... (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2007
I have been working for Progressive for three months and have only been paid twice. Outrageous. (read more)
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