Current and former
employees of Purplebricks are leaving highly critical reviews of the company’s
working conditions and environment on a recruitment website, it has been
In a story broken by Estate Agent Today, reviews claim that Purplebricks is a ‘horrendous place to work’, that they make ‘empty promises and pay decreased as and when the management feel like it’ and also allege it is a ‘cult like company, with borderline bullying tactics when training.’ One reviewer comments: ‘Worst company I’ve ever worked for. Never work for Purplebricks. Selfish company and such a con.’
There are a number of positive reviews on the Indeed website which can be seen here, with one former employee saying their job was ‘rewarding and enjoyable’. However these appear to be in a minority.
EAT say a Purplebricks’
spokesperson told them: “We’re always listening and working with our teams to
understand how we improve the working environment for our people. The Purplebricks
model appeals to estate agents who would like to run their own business and
enjoy the flexibility that offers.”
It isn’t unusual, of course, for employees to be critical of their employer –especially anonymously which these reviews are. And while the way in which Purplebricks works does in many ways challenge the practices and conditions of traditional agency the company probably do, as they say, need to give more thought to the working environment. Many will wonder, however, what impact this might have on Purplebricks’ financial performance.