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Payroll is often rude when you make enquiries, not rewarded for providing favours and serving the company a long time. But good job to balance other commitments as well. You pick your own hours. Although not a reliable source of steady income
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Fun and Enjoyable

Good pay, good times, good experiences!!!!!Would definitely recommend and highly enjoyed my time working there, the pay rate was good and had flexible shifts.


Good Events and meeting new people


sometimes hard to book shifts
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Don’t if you have respect for yourself!

The job is very flexible yes, you can chose where to work. Most times managers don’t care about staff. No respect, they shout at you, project their stress onto you etc very toxic. The phone line too, extremely passive aggressive. They can issue strikes for things like uniform or lateness (even if you call in) , and will cancel your shifts without telling you why.. You think you’re going in for a plate waiting shift, but then expected to do the cleaners job, porter’s job, manage heavy weights, oh and be a personal therapist for your mangers too. They give you training at the induction once, even if you take a break you’re expected to know the updated rules and regulations without them alerting you of changes. Good perks: You sometimes meet celebrities, you see beautiful venues, you meet other staff in the same boat as you. All in All, if you have an ounce of respect for yourself, steer clear.


Free lunches, new beautiful venues, possible VIP clients.


Job description doesn’t not match the job, You are not treated with respect, The managers would rather shout and curse than talk like humans, The culture is extremely toxic, The managers are biased and two faced.
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Flexible but no job security

Lots of different roles available and no experience needed. Easy to get in touch with management and app is very easy to use. However lack of work during the summer and no job security. Can be hard to book shifts sometimes.
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Flexible and good.

The people were friendly and the work hours were whatever you wanted. Made fitting other things in very easy and still allowed me to work. All environments were very welcoming.
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Time and location flexibility

stressful workplace

terrible agency but there’s agencies much worse. stadium work is horrible, however shifts at other venues are much nicer to work at. can be quite hard to get shifts sometimes
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Can be tough but worth as a side gig.

The company offers a lot of shifts but not a lot of different jobs. The pay is standard but the shift finds can be inconvenient, either too long or too short.
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Not great

The shifts themselves are alright (although I’d avoid during the summer when there aren’t as many), but it’s calling them to cancel or change anything that’s the problem. They’re rude, (sometimes before you even start to speak on the phone with an attitude of “why are you bothering me?”). Don’t get me wrong, some people are much nicer who work at the office, but wow, some are really just not nice at all.
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Wouldn’t recommend. There’s plenty of other better agencies

What is the best part of working at the company?Very rude staff and always receiving less pay than should be “by mistake”What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Dealing with the agency themselves What is the work environment and culture like at the company?It’s agency work so you meet new people on every shift What is a typical day like for you at the company?Working different events in different venues
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Good for Short Term Work

Good for short term occasional work but not for regular work.Shifts are far and few between in the beginning with a lot of kitchen porter shifts being offered. Once a few jobs have been done more jobs show up but the hours offered are irregular. Overall what you would expect from a staffing agency, you're seen as a number and the client is always put ahead even when wrong but that's the game.
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Good pay and flexibility

High pay and very good for fitting around your lifestyle. You can choose what days to work and can be at exciting locations/events. Although getting shifts can be difficult and when applying for jobs on the app you often won’t hear back for ages. All the shifts are spread widely around London so sometimes have to spend a lot of money on transport and as often they are evening shifts it can be difficult to get home after. And often these shifts are only 4/5 hours so it doesn’t always feel worth it.


Good pay, flexible, fun shifts


Hard to get shifts
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Flexible jobs

Flexible and high paying jobs. Although some places do make you do stuff outside of your job description. Good communication and plenty of jobs except during Jan-March.
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Good working holiday job

Easy app to use and apply for shifts. Staff are super friendly and there are so many different locations to visit, from festivals to cooperate offices. I’ve loved my time with host and found it very interesting to visit new locations every week.
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Pay well and quickly! Fun jobs generally, and good to meet new people whilst working. Can occasionally be difficult to get shifts in summer but when it works I couldn’t ask for more!
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Flexible Job and great pay!

I love working for Host. It was the perfect job to whilst I was at university - I only worked when and where I wanted to work which was great around a busy uni schedule. It feels like only job when you can work full time when needed and then pick up the odd shift when uni is busy . Pay is great too with the added bonus of holiday pay which is added onto the payslip when requested. So many different types of shifts available, I've made lots of friends and learnt many new skills. Can't recommend to a student more!


Holiday Pay, Food on shifts.
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Outstanding hospitality opportunities

I have loved working for Host Staffing. Ever since my induction, I knew I was joining a professional, well respected, and fun agency. All my interactions with the office team and account managers have been friendly and very helpful. The hospitality work is varied and exciting, with many venues and events I would never have been able to see without working for Host. I would highly recommend Host to any person seeking temp work in London.


Great access to varied shifts across London


No cons
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Good pay and not too hard jobs.

Very good job for flexible work. And very well paid. The only problem is the limit of shifts. Can barely find any these days or they fill up very fast.
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Fun place to experience different venues

Diverse working environments with new locations and opportunities to attend live shows it can be hard to get a shift so be on the look out. Chances to travel outside London
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The perfect job for my studies

Absolutely loved working with Host. It helped me out so much during my studies in London. I'd worked a few pub jobs when I first moved down, but when I found Host my life in London got so much more interesting. I worked some incredible events and witnessed a few amazing gigs too whilst working (which was perfect as i was studying music!) Couldn't recommend it enough.


Incredible events
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The most inclusive and supportive company I've had the pleasure to work with.

I started as a temp working as a bartender and plate waiter. I received amazing praise and support and moved to managing and eventually landed a spot on the other side of the business in the office. The amount of amazing opportunities and experiences I have received in 14 months is incomparable. I highly recommend this agency whether it's for flexible part time work or a full time career.


Very easy to grow and move up the ladder
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Great to create my own schedule

I had such a great time working for Host during my uni holidays. It's so easy to pick up shifts here and there and organise around my schedule unlike a lot of summer work where you have to commit to 2months +. I worked loads of different events, some are super fun and chill, others are fast paced but the time goes by quickly. I never felt overwhelmed with the work expected of me ( I didn't have hospitality experience before joining) and there's always a great team of people and supportive team leaders around. I've received really nice food on shifts from some events and managed to see some cool bands perform at festivals as well.


Work around my own time, food often provided, nice team of people, helpful office, competitive pay compared to other agencies
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Based on 161 reviews

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4.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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