Sparta Global: honest reviewsWatch
did you end up joining their training program ?
I know this is an old thread, however I'm thinking of applying but I've seen lots of negative reviews and I would like to get more details about what the training process is like ?
- Can give direction to those without.
- Fridge, microwave and free coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
- Fellow trainees.
- Satisfactory training.
- Some trainees get placed.
If you join, in Week One you will read the words "DON'T WASTE OTHER PEOPLE'S TIME" in capital letters on the board. They'll neglect to inform you, however, that respect only goes up the hierarchy, so management will gratuitously waste your time when they feel like it. To understand the disrespect shown by management towards trainees, it is helpful to look at Sparta's business model. Trainees are told they can only leave voluntarily if they pay ludicrous fees to cover the training, which in reality costs a fraction of what they say it does. To further lower costs, as many trainees as possible are squeezed into each room, which also means each possible client has a longer list to choose from. BAs who get placed get an average of £22,000 from Sparta over two years, while engineers get £24,000. Sparta does not reveal how much it receives from each client, but I suspect it's about £7,000 extra/year as that is around the market salary. This explains how Sparta can be a viable business with such a low placement rate. The trainees, many of whom are from poor backgrounds, quickly comprehend the dearth of interviews and begin to dread five months without income. Sparta doesn't provide any financial support, not even travel costs.
Sparta values sycophancy over honesty and effort. I was frequently lied to, spoken to disingenuously and made to wait unnecessarily. When I complained about management's hypocrisy, I was told off for being indiscreet. The Sales Team (so called because they sell the trainees to clients, I infer) are the worst offenders when it comes to the truth, but HR also pushes the lie that everyone gets placed. I suppose their job is to take care of the staff and trainees aren't staff, so, from this perspective, they're doing their jobs well. Half of my training was productive; the other half was wasted playing with Lego or sitting there cluelessly as the trainer worked on private, non-academy business. My trainer was a lazy hypocrite who behaved obsequiously towards his manager—naturally, some teachers are better than others.
If you have no options, you may as well gamble by signing their dubious contract, but continue to apply elsewhere. After all, it works out well for some and if something better comes up (or the disrespect starts to matter more than the possibility of a placement) you could deliberately fail a test. In my experience the business stream has a placement rate of 1/4, while the engineering stream does better around 1/3. Some are kicked for subjective reasons, like "failing" a quality gate. Most are released after completing 2 months of training and 3 months on the bench.