Aerotek
3.0 of 5 615 reviews
www.aerotek.com Hanover, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Aerotek Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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78% Approve of the CEO

Aerotek President & CEO Todd Mohr

Todd Mohr

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Fun people and atmosphere but boring work and long hours

Recruiter (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at Aerotek full-time for less than a year

ProsThe people are great and you do a lot of company outings (Tiger's games, dinner/bars etc.) They do offer training to stars looking to be account managers.

ConsPoor benefits, long hours and micro managers everywhere. This type of work does not allow for anything outside of work. Have to be in by 8am no matter what and often you would be there until 7-8pm at night.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more work/life balance and increase base pay and incentive plans. This will help with the high turnover rate.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good first job.

Technical Recruiter (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Aerotek full-time for more than a year

ProsGood first job, especially if you are interested in Sales. Good exposure to the business world and you are given the opportunity to take on some real responsibility at an early stage in your career. Generally hire the same type of person, so people get along.

ConsPrepared to micromanaged. If you are lucky enough to be managed by a Senior Account Manager, you will be better off. Chances are, you'll be managed by someone who has never been a manager in the past. If you are not interested in Sales and would prefer to stay in recruiting, you will have someone who recruited for a shorter amount of time than you telling you how to recruit. They encourage you to be friends with everyone in the office- particularly your manager and division leaders- so you feel guilty if you let them down. Long hours (to be expected of first job), but tough to leave work at home.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake things better for long time recruiters. Have higher standards for hiring besides " I want sales."

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Recruiter (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Aerotek full-time for more than a year

Pros-Solid training (CRM systems and how to recruit). -Instills very hard work ethic and drive. -Introduces recruiting world and how to communicate with people on the phone/conduct interviews. -Ability to make good money if you stick with it for the long haul.

Cons-ZERO work/life balance. -Treated like a child, not an adult. -No independence at all, watched like a hawk at all times. -Forced to stay late almost every night, even if you have prior obligations. -Very little base salary. -Almost impossible to make commissions unless you are above 10K or more in spread, even then you see very little commission unless you are top 5% percent or so of the company. -Account Managers have no managing experience and many of them don't even want to be managers- so the relationship between AM/Recruiter can be awful. -Recruiters do everything; way too much on their plate and do not get much support from AM's or "CSA" team- leaving barely any time to recruit

Advice to Senior Management-Consider hiring AM's who have prior management experience, not just promoting Recruiters in a role to sell and be forced to manage a team. Selling and managing people are two very different roles. -Have to raise the base salary if you are looking for people to stay. -Better comp structure, especially for recruiters (Shouldn't have to put in 5+ yrs to actually see some benefits from all the hard work). Management is more worried about activity goals and numbers than performance. Recruiters are demanded to keep dialing the phone even after they hit their goal. -Better work/life balance and not such an "old school," traditional work environment.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointing

Contractor (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Aerotek full-time

ProsThe recruiter did get me a job at a start up tech company in San Francisco that was super cool and decent compensation for someone of my skill set and experience. I really enjoyed my time there and wish I was still working for the company.

ConsThe first issue was that they kept promising that the job was going to start but the tech company was very indecisive and kept delaying the start time. This went on for a couple of months to the point where I quit my current job and found out the day of that the job would be delayed for another few months. The second issue I have with them is I feel like they were not upfront and honest with me about the nature of the job and what the arrangement was until it was a bit too late.

I found out when I was signing the final documents that I would be a contractor of Aerotek not an employee of the tech company which was a turn off. I was promised that contractors were getting hired and it was only a formality but when I got there I found that only one contractor had been hired on and he is the only one I know of to this day.

Long story short after about two and a half months the company let the contractors go, I got a call from the recruiter who said that he took no pleasure in telling me this which I am sure because he would be losing money. He then told me that at least I had made more money than staying at my old job which was extremely offensive because I would have been better to stay at my old job.

He said that he would assist to me in finding other work but never called me back and honestly I was kind of disgusted and just decided to go in my own direction.

To this day I am still unemployed and stuck with a resume that makes me out to be a job hopper and no real advantages from working with Aerotek. Just know what you are getting into if you use a recruiter and keep in mind that unless this job will give you the ability to advance your career just stay with your current job and attend school or intern to improve yourself.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication, Communication, Communication I can't say it enough. Make sure that your recruiters are up front and honest with people before they get people to quite there jobs and get to a point of no return. Also putting stronger guidelines on companies using Aerotek's services and not allowing them to yank your company around so much with their indecision. Remember you are effecting peoples lives and their ability to provided for themselves and their families.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cult of Aerotek - The Story of a Misguided Contest Hitting Recruiter

Professional Recruiter (Former Employee)
Birmingham, AL

I worked at Aerotek full-time for more than a year

ProsLet me begin with this - this is a great entry-level job. They will give you tools, the resources and trained mentors to help you grow in aspects of customer service, recruiting and business acumen. However, it is after 6 months to a year that you must figure if you are cut out to be a salesperson at this company. If you are not, leave because you can find a better paying job with much less stress that'll provide you with more professional development. One of the pros here is that you don't need to be the hardest worker or the best performer to gain entrance into sales. The company cult[ure] - raw and to the point - is that perception trumps performance. This means showing you can sell the company internally and with flair is your key in getting into with the big boys.

ConsThe biggest con is a lack of control. The difference between having a manager who brings in good business and a manager who doesn't bring good business is the discrepancy betwixt a 50k and a 100k salary. I have seen recruiters work on job orders worth pennies in commission or positions that don't close. When job orders go awry, the recruiters are the ones to blame. It surprises me that many managers don't even understand the company cultures that they are staffing for and this makes it very difficult for recruiters to perform efficiently. Because your manager is the one interfacing with the client, your recruiting efforts is highly impacted by how well your manager understands the client and the relationship your manager has with the client. This makes it hard for the recruiter to grow personally because there is so much conflict of interest. If you want a recruiting gig that is devoid of all of these loose variables, just find a corporate recruiting gig. You can make more money under a lot less stress while actually developing recruiting skills. In terms of promotions, the con is that you can be the best recruiter in the office and still not be deemed promotion-eligible. You not only need to walk the walk, you gotta talk the talk. Whether this aligns with your own self-values is something you have to decide for yourself sooner rather than later.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward those "other" employees who focus on producing results rather than talking up results. There are not enough promotional opportunities/incentives for employees who slave away, but aren't the peacocks that are culturally desired by Aerotek. A strong corporate culture doesn't mean that it's a thriving culture. The difference is the turnover rate and this is something that Aerotek will eventually need to take notice of.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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BEWARE OF CONTRACT-TO-HIRE AGREEMENTS

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Wilsonville, OR

I worked at Aerotek full-time for less than a year

ProsThey give you a paycheck.

ConsThey try to string you along on contract, if you let them.

Advice to Senior ManagementUsing predatory business practices limits your growth. You can only go so far, if you leave an army of pissed off contractors in your wake.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Recruiter (Current Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Aerotek full-time for more than a year

ProsYou will receive great training to learn best practices and meet great people along the way. After you have a contractor pool you will be expected to uphold the customer service piece of the job by taking your contractors out to lunch. There is essentially no cap on the meals so you have the opportunity to eat at some great restaurants.

ConsBesides great training and free food, Aerotek has little more to offer in terms of a career and long term employment. Once you look past the "enormous earning potential," you will realize that you are being overworked, underpaid, and micromanaged. You will be expected to meet up with your triangle at 7:45AM followed by a meet up with your division at 8AM, then an office meeting called "red zone" at 8:15AM. Red Zone is mainly a waste of time where half of it is the DBO asking why we don't have feedback, why there aren't enough reqs on the board, or hearing the sighs of disappointment when we don't "win." The other half of red zone is listening to praises by others when people do their job. Red Zone typically is over around 8:45AM-9AM. All in all a waste of an hour in the morning. On Monday mornings you will be expected to turn in your weekly report where you have to provide in detail your weekly activities and talk about who impacted you and who you impacted and how........basically a huge waste of time.

Aerotek is full of micromangers who want to outline your every second. The main goal is to drive business so Aerotek is always looking to promote recruiters into the sales role typically within 1 year. They also hire entry level people straight out of college so imagine a 24 year old responsible for your career. This person may lack professionalism, does not know HR regulations and policies, may have horrible delivery when it comes to providing feedback but as long as they are top performers they will be in the DBO's back pocket. Depending on your manager this person may want you to do everything the way they would and if you don't you will.

When you first start and when you are in your 13 weeks your hours will be from 7:30AM-4:30PM. After your first quarter you will be expected to take part in BD101 which means every tuesday for about 14 weeks you will role play cold calls, first meetings, and introductions with the management team. This is the chance for the management team to see who they would like to join the fraternity. On these days you will be at work until around 7:30PM. After that ends busy season comes and lasts from September through December. This means that they are a high amount of positions. You will place people but since the positions are so low level and low paying these people are unreliable and you will have wasted your time. They will play up the ability to earn uncapped commissions but at what price? Working until around 7:30PM everyday? If you attempt to leave before your peers you will be looked at like you aren't a team player. You will end up working 11 hours days, which is seen as normal. The sales team is even worse. If you are looking for work life balance, Aerotek is not the place for you.

If you were in a fraternity or sorority, Aerotek will be perfect for you! You will be expected to know the executive team, our "guiding principles," motto, and build relationships with the sales team and DBO aka be teacher's pet which is encouraged. Bi-weekly meetings on Wednesdays can be seen as fraternity meetings.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start, horrible place to stay.

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Cleveland, OH

I worked at Aerotek full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere are great personal relationships to be formed. Good training and exposure. Can make a lot of money quickly if you get lucky.

ConsUpper management controls your ability to be successful through unfair and inconsistent allocation of accounts, poor hiring decisions, and bad employee alignment based off of Director's bonuses. The tiered commission structure is very bad by most industry standards. There are a lot of uncontrollable factors in this job and you will be constantly micromanaged. High turnover of great, talented people. They only hire fresh grads so there is no perspective on the broader recruiting industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are you greatest asset, treat them better. There is a lot of time and money lost with each mistreated employee who eventually leaves.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent ground level professional experience, poor management and very situational.

Technical Recruiter (Former Employee)

I worked at Aerotek full-time

ProsFor coming out of school, it was great for refining a lot of professional skills. High call volume and you get to work with a ton of personalities. They've got a good system in place (They wouldn't be this successful if not) but it's simply a college-grad burn-&-turn environment.

ConsIt is extremely situational because all the offices are different and have different accounts. No one is really there long term, terrible commission structure, and it's like an extension of high school/college in many aspects. Everyone is learning and no one is a seasoned vet. My manager worked 200 miles away 80% of the time and I was put in a very tricky and uncomfortable situation. Poor office environment and you don't really get in what you put out. Not the good type of competitive.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more wisely rather than who is simply "next in line"

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Walk like the Wolf of Wall Street but you really drive a Honda

Recruiter (Former Employee)
North Richland Hills, TX

I worked at Aerotek full-time for more than a year

ProsCulture is great. eventually the drama will change your opinion but never the less you do have some great happy hours

ConsLong work days, low salary and the commission is crappy. A good recruiter will make the company 500k in a year but come out with 40k after commission and all. Environment is very political and the managers walk around like big shot Wall Street millionaires when really they make 50-60k with exception to a few who may have been given a developed territory or payrole from a former employee who just quit. its all luck and timing in this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementRaise pay and dont act like you own the place when your drive a honda or camry

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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