Selby Jennings - Have they improved at all?

There are several dated threads (albeit with a handful of more recent comments) warning prospective recruits to stay away from Selby Jennings due to mining for comp data, spamming job boards with resumes, using bait-and-switch tactics, and misrepresenting fund/bank connections, among other things.

Despite these admonitions, they are a large firm that appears to be growing rapidly and to have a constant stream of openings. They now claim resumes won't be forwarded without explicit consent. Has anyone had any recent experiences, good or bad, with them?

Is this a true improvement, or are they still to be "avoided at all costs" as the old threads advise?

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Comments (23)

Feb 5, 2019 - 2:44am

I was looking for a Summer Analyst role as I kept going to interview after interview and I hit one of their recruiters up and they wanted a bunch of docs sent over like resume, cover letter (to Selby), letter or rec from old MD, and 2 referrals. Seemed like a lot and I strapped my boots on and got my internship. So idk.

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Mar 21, 2019 - 2:33pm

I was in contact with an associate there I pinged thru linkedin & had a conversation with, clearly expressing I was looking for an SA role. Maybe he didn't understand that but he sent me all the docs and requests needed to engage in a process with him so take it for what its worth.

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:04pm

No, they're still awful. I got a call from them recently and the recruiter refused to answer any questions about the "opportunity" before I gave her my comp, and a professional reference. I didn't give her anything and hung up.

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:23pm

I never knew Selby had a poor reputation, but I worked with them to land my current job and it was a decent experience. I've never worked with a headhunter before and so I really didnt know how to work with them but I just interested in the opportunity I was interviewing for. I dont have much of an opinion on them other than they got me in front of a top prop shop, which I most likely couldn't do by myself (was coming from back office, position was a trader role).

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:39pm

Watch out for a Gemma Bull from Pinpoint Partners with an opportunity to work at a "European Bulge Bracket Investment Bank" DB recruitment is being handled by DB level recruiters...

thots & prayers

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Mar 29, 2020 - 11:15pm

Having worked with them personally, I feel Pinpoint partners and Selby Jennings are probably thrash shops that a client should NEVER engage, and a candidate should just entertain them with
a pinch of salt. Period.

Extremely pushy sales people and are "sharks" in the market. Avoid them at all costs.

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:33pm

These guys have been able to get me solid interviews at MM shops (think Jef, Baird) but I will say they'll call you with some absolute shit opportunities more often than not.

"The future will be better tomorrow" -Dan Quayle

Apr 11, 2020 - 2:46pm

Probably the worst recruiting firms I've ever come across for banking. Hard to get in touch with when engaged and lack of professionalism.

Apr 11, 2020 - 6:24pm

Avoid Selby Jennings, Pinpoint Partners, Options group, and Glocap.

The most legit recruiters for high-level finance roles are Henkel search partners, Oxbridge, Hunters, Spencer Stuart, Korn Ferry.

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