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Pro's and Con's of Temping. Diamond review

AdvantagesFlexibiltiy. Better rates of pay. Less responsibility. More variety.

DisadvantagesSome resentment on placement. Non-refund of petrol/police check costs. Office Politics and dissorganisation.

"...a relatively negative review of Brook Street (or simply BS as it is more commonly known) recruitment agency by Lucie_S1984. After reading about her experiences I decided I should give mine in contrast. BS are a national recruitment agency and with 55 locations across the country you can find them on most high streets. I have been working for BS Social Care on a Part-time basis while I am studying for my self-funded PhD in Newcastle Upon Tyne for just ..." Read review
05.09.2005

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Community Level 6Lucie_S1984

Lucie_S1984

Bother with Brook Street - Nope!

AdvantagesEasy & Quick Registration, Pleasant Staff!

DisadvantagesDelay in Payment, Jobs aren't Great!

"...back at a later date! Brook Street has over 140 branches in the UK and has been going for over 55 years now so it's quite a well known agency that can boast experience. It's now actually owned by Manpower Inc which is an agency that operates worldwide yet Brook Street still retains it's name and character. So anyway fast forward two days and I found myself back at Brook Street, with my CV and two forms of identification (this is now a necessary ..." Read review
20.08.2005

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Community Level 5anjib

anjib

How many words a minute can you do

AdvantagesI find they have quite a lot of work, rates of pay are not bad and you know exactly what you are getting

Disadvantagestemping isn't for everybody

"...periods in my life) and Brook Street was the first Agency that I went back to. Let me take you through the registering process. First of all you call in (most of the time you don't need an appointment). You will be seen by a friendly Recruitment Officer (always female in Coventry). You can tell them what sort of work you are after and they will take a look at your CV, so it is a good idea to take one along with you. They can offer you advice on ..." Read review
27.09.2001

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Community Level 1MrSanguine

MrSanguine

Unprofessional and possibly dishonest

AdvantagesNone that I can think of

DisadvantagesI feel I was misled and that it is not a trustworthy company.

"...by a member of the Brook Street Agency to see if I would be interested in a position they had come across that seemed a good match to my C.V which they had come across on a local job site. Having never had much success with agencies in the past, having always ended up finding a position myself before any agencies came through with any interviews (I am in a very specific industry), I am naturally a bit cynical of recruitment agencies. As such I told ..." Read review
03.12.2009

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Community Level 2Seagreen

Seagreen

Temping - Up Your Street?

AdvantagesFriendly staff, actually gave me work (unlike some temp agencies)

DisadvantagesTook some time to call me with work - not great for students wanting holiday work, they'd be back at uni! Or for anyone who needs money quickly.!

"...again, not something unique to Brook Street. I got a call a week or so later with a one day assignment, surprisingly, for a local council. This involved reception work. It turned out to be answering the phone, and being a general office dogsbody - photocopying, mailing and entering data in spreadsheets - the boring stuff no-one wants to do. It was work, I left at 5 p.m. No problem. This is another tendency of agencies. They give you a 1- or 2 - ..." Read review
21.08.2005

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Community Level 2wordswort

wordswort

Recruitment agencies

AdvantagesEmployers prefer them

DisadvantagesThey lie

"I have tried most of them in my time, having had several periods of unemployment, and I cannot say I've ever encountered one I could trust. They all come at you as the best, most caring, compassionate answer to your job-hunting prayers, and they are completely free to boot. Which ought to start alarm-bells ringing in these money-grubbing times. Of course they're free - to you, because you, the job-seeker (as we are expected to refer to ourselves ..." Read review
17.03.2001

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Community Level 6coolchanty

coolchanty

Not only and agency

AdvantagesGreat welcome, always happy to help, always only a call away, always there and on the case to find you work asap.

Disadvantagesnone

"...out of all of them Brook Street have been the best, although I never got a placement through them the consultant I had was always trying his hardest to find me a joband whenever he arranged any interviews for me he always got me to come in so he could give me some interview advice and kind of interviewed me himself and gave me some feed back and really prepared me for my interviews. No other agency has gone this far for me. They all give you the details ..." Read review
03.08.2001

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Community Level 3Biffa

Biffa

Very quick!

AdvantagesGood at finding jobs

DisadvantagesRegistration can take a while

"Although Brook Street don;t have an online recruitment facility, their high street recruitment branches are across the country and are very good at finding jobs for you. I've registered with them for the second time, as I first used them in Southampton over 18 months ago, and recently when we moved to Leicester. As with all agencies, you have to go in and register, and depending on which sort of job your after this process can take anything up ..." Read review
06.09.2000

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Community Level 4mrbibbly

mrbibbly

Street to the point

AdvantagesQuick,friendly and reliable

DisadvantagesIdeally need own transport

"...big name agencies,I came across Brook Street in my local high street so I thought I'd give them a try. The staff seemed friendly and very helpful during the application process.I had to complete what seemed like an easy aptitude test,and register with them.Being as I didn't have any transport or much free time I didn't think they'd find me anything. Later that same night I recieved a call asking whether I'd like a job working down the local ..." Read review
24.02.2001

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Community Level 1Sunnymui

Sunnymui

More hassle than it is worth - Will harass your references!

AdvantagesLarge company

DisadvantagesSlow, Hassle, Lie, No communication, Low Pay

"...work, so my friend recommended Brook Street. Personally, my experience has put my future into the red as well. --REGISTRATION-- -The usual - Typing tests (on computers that are slow and ancient) and normal shortcuts that don't work, so the outcome is questionable and not a true reflection on your ability with Microsoft Word or Excel, which is pretty basic. -Fill in forms -Cursory chat with a consultant (who is not actually listening!) and who ..." Read review
10.11.2009

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Community Level 1bentye

bentye

You could do alot worse!!

AdvantagesHonest and thorough registration process

DisadvantagesLow salaried jobs

"...in a permanent job for Brook Street they were very professional and only contact me regarding relevant positions. Temporary vacancies are also admin and sales, I was placed in 3 different temporary roles for Brook Street. I enjoyed two them, the consultant took care to make sure I would fit in to the team/ environment in the first two placements. However, the third I was talked into doing a sales role which I really did not want. I was placed ..." Read review
01.09.2005

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Community Level 1vicsterb

vicsterb

Not exactly the best I have experienced.

AdvantagesThey have a lot of branches

DisadvantagesSlow service

"Brook Street always came across as efficient, friendly and helpful in the many of their adverts I have seen throughout London. I was keen to join this agency as I was sure they would be able to help me in my search for temporary work. However I was disappointed. I began by sending my CV to their Baker Street branch and having heard nothing for over a week called them to see if they had received it, which they had. I was told someone would call be ..." Read review
31.01.2001

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Community Level 1End-user

Quick review of Brook Street - Recruiment Agency

"Cannot say I am impressed with the professionalism of their consultancy, offering someone a forklift drivers job when he is looking for graphic design and related work and telling him thats all we have got is just not on. The person I gave my CV to I always see him outside smoking, told me he had lost my CV and worst of all told me that I didn't sound too worried about finding a job - Is there any reason for anybody to be worried about finding work, one wonders!!
01.12.2008

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Community Level 1starbuckgirl

starbuckgirl

B.S. Grrr!

AdvantagesAlot of shift work at weekends

DisadvantagesDon't trust them and watch your payslips like a hawk.. get hourly rate in email as proof

"...stands for and it ain't Brook Street !! ..." Read review
12.12.2009

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Community Level 1robin170

robin170

Brookstreet - a disappointing experience

AdvantagesMostly good telephone manner

DisadvantagesUnprofessional, problems with payment, poor communication with line managers

"I've worked with many agencies, as I've been a postgraduate student for years now and need temp work to make ends meet. I was very disappointed with my individual experience with Brookstreet. They initially found me a position with a week or so, and I was of course well pleased by this. However, the position was awful: firstly I was told it was a 5-6 week position, which worked perfectly into my study schedules. However about 4 weeks in I was told ..." Read review
26.04.2007

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