- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Aquent full-time (More than 3 years)RecommendsRecommends
Benefits, Training, Open PTO policy, Advancement Oppts, Performance Reviews, Good base, not a typical cut-throat staffing mill. Activity goals are very obtainable for both sales and recruitment positions for anyone with ambition and good work ethic. If you embrace the kitschy culture, the office environment can be really fun - eating lunch together, socials, etc. There are some great, truly nice core employees who will bend over backwards for new employees who actually work and want to learn. The Cons listed are nit-picky (yet important from a sales perspective), butoverall the PROs far outweigh the CONS.
Some challenges are self inflicted, but many are a product of the evolution of the contingent labor market (primarily working within MSP programs) which every staffing company is dealing with. A sales "hunter", who is very results oriented and money-motivated will eventually get frustrated because comp and corporate culture is not designed around securing new logo business. That is not necessarily the wrong corporate direction, just an observation to certain sales candidates. Aquent is a very "recruiter"-centric vs. sales-centric organization; understandably so, but Recruiters are not truly held accountable for sometimes abysmal fill ratios, and some should have been gone long ago. Granted, good recruiters are very hard to find, but the overhead paid to non-performers limits what can be paid to the talented employees - who will eventually leave or fall into the circle of mediocrity. The increased visibility, competition, and lower markup/margin of orders via MSP programs has really shone a light on this issue. Even if you consider yourself more a sales farmer vs. hunter this lack of accountability to fill the orders could annoy you. In fairness, good recruiter "bandwidth" is an issue at any staffing firm, but the repercussions of supporting that culture is probably is not sustainable and is perhaps already being addressed.
Advice to Management
Great job overall! Increase focus on employee performance, reduce overhead and get really focused on how Aquent will play a part in NEXT generation MSP/SOW programs.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Aquent in June 2015.
About a couple days after I applied through the company website, I was contacted by the Internal Recruiter. Standard and typical phone screen regarding background experience, education and current position. A couple days later, I had an hour and a half phone interview with the Regional Director. We went over my experience, the company/position and any questions I had. I moved forward to the in-person interview where I met with the Market Manager and the Regional Director. After meeting with them for about an hour, I then spoke with two Agents in the office. Finally, I was given an Agent project that wasn't too difficult if you understand what they're asking you. I was contacted a few days later with an offer.
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