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★☆☆☆☆

“Great Opportunity - Dodgy People”

Written on: 14/08/2016 by RobEdmondson (1 review written)

Pareto helped me find the job I wanted and I am now 2 weeks in. That is the only reason I would recommend them to a friend.

However, my experience of getting there was unfortunately very negative.

1. The Assessment day - I think the assessment is well thought out, it gives you the opportunity to show your strengths and discuss your options.

2. The company allocation process - Once you have passed the assessment Pareto get in contact to find you a job. I was actually asked to interview with Pareto, and until I was absolutely crystal clear that I did not want to accept they would not show me any other jobs. I explained to them several times that I wanted to be able to make the decision with all my options in front of me but they wouldn't let me do that.

Once I was certain about wanting to interview with a company (Mimecast) we went ahead and arranged the interview.

This is where my story gets very negative. The Pareto employee who was in discussions with me asked me how £33K sounded as a starting salary. I was very excited. He later revealed that this was including basic + OTE. At this point he then told me that the OTE was calculated by a formula that works out the average bonus earnt by a first year employee. When I later received a job offer this turned out to be a flat out lie. Perhaps I was gullible, but there is no excuse for lying about money. He was essentially saying that I could expect to earn £33K if I was average. The truth is that this is was a strong first year will earn.

Another thing that frustrated me - when various acc. managers from Pareto contact you, they write their adverts assuming that you are a teenager with no intelligence or ambition. Seriously! The first things they mention are typically:

1. This job lets you dress down on Fridays!
2. Theres a pool table!
3. There is a beer fridge!
4. Young working culture!

I find this really embarressing. It makes me cringe that they havn't even attempted to find out what MY priorities are.... I MEAN THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SALES EXPERTS!!! Isn't it a basic principle that you pitch the product to match the prospects concerns??

Bleurgh.... Anyway. In conclusion!

Pareto may be able to help you find the job you want. But no matter what they say, they really don't give a flying fish about you. They are the worse kind of sales people. I've heard the working culture there is bad, and to be honest, based on the tactics used on me, it wouldn't surprise me.

Pareto, if I could give you no stars I probably would.

- This is just MY experience, I hope that others didn't have these issues -

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