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Aerotek Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
9 Reviews
3.4
9 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • With hard work, there is the potential to make a lot of money in Recruiting & Sales (in 24 reviews)

  • Potential to make a lot of money as Recruiter or Account Manager (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • If you are looking for work life balance, Aerotek is not the place for you (in 96 reviews)

  • No work life balance- Your work a minimium of 45 hours a week (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good experience, too much turnover

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    People, fast growth, excellent experience

    Cons

    Depends on your director, attrition, no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive to prevent attrition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Aerotek Response

    Oct 15, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! We are very happy to hear about your positive experience. If you have any concerns, please let us at webfeedback@aerotek.com , and we will address them as efficiently as ... More

  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Training Ground, Then Move On

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aerotek full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place for a person right out of college. If you are looking for a career in recruiting you will learn how to manage your time under strict and unreasonable timelines. Depending on the division you are under you will also learn market knowledge and insight. You have one year to prove yourself within your specific office for a promotion to an Account Manager role. The goal is to grow the business via sales so really proving yourself within this amount time can grant you a promotion with 12-16 months.

    Cons

    Any person on the street can get hired at this company. They seek new grads or anyone who is working in a customer service role. One meeting was called for more referrals reminding employees to keep anyone in mind they had a great experience with working at a restaurant or clothing store. It's not that hard to get a job here. They pick these types of people because they do not know what a corporate environment looks like and are easily moldable into believing their work is important. For anyone who has had previous experience working for a well established brand, even as an office assistant in college, you will see right through the illegal practices that take place here. Your first 12 weeks you are a trainee and hourly. You will be expected to work hours that you will not be paid overtime for (which is ILLEGAL). You will be expected to use your own car to travel to clients for meetings or networking events but will not be paid the national average for mileage reimbursement (which is ILLEGAL). At the time of my employment the national mileage was $.55 per mile, Aerotek would only reimburse $.37....and they will not tell you that because of this you are able list every car expense as a tax write off (car wash, maintaneceservices....ETC). Once you are a salary employee be expected to work from 7:30AM (sometimes 7AM for "breakfast meetings") to 6:30PM. During busy times leaving before your team is heavily frowned upon.

    Your experience heavily depends upon your manager and their abilities. If you work for a micro-manager you day to day will not be enjoyable. IE getting calls throughout the day or emails to check on progress is not a fun experience. The goal is to grow business and they hire recent college grads which means that people that have 1-2 years of experience are in management roles. Some people just are not mature enough to hold these types of roles.

    The rewards are not enough to merit for the amount of work that is being put in. There will be happy hours every here and there but once again you won't realize how much you are being underpaid until you see other companies in the Bay Area. Other companies compensate a lot better for the same role and give way more. Aerotek only gives you 5 paid holidays per year. You will be expected to be in office to work until x time and not take a lunch before you leave for holidays like Christmas Eve. What kind of company does this?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate better, provide better work like balance and increase holidays per year. Stay competitive within the Bay Area market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Aerotek Response

    Dec 16, 2014

    We really appreciate your comprehensive feedback. We are really sorry to hear you have had a poor experience with us, however your opinion will help us improve our service. We would like to address ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job out of college, lots of opportunity for learning!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Aerotek full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They invest in their people, if you work hard, show effort, and get involved they notice that. You will start to be given extra projects or additional training invitations, this is a good thing, they see you as a leader. They value hard working people who want to make an impact on the office and their peers. This job takes hussle and time management; it also takes someone who self-driven which is something you can't train. Gotta bring it and push yourself.

    Cons

    The hours can be tough to adjust too if you're coming from college bubble life. The hours are long 7:30 - to sometimes 6pm, 6:30pm. Manage your time, work your butt off when you're there and you'll be in good shape.

    Your work goals and environment depends a lot on your account manager - each one runs his ship a little different but as long as you communicate all manger/recruiter relationships have great potential. The team aspect is good here -- although some account managers can be pretty tough...all depends on the actual person though and their management style. Micromanaging verses a more hands off approach.

    This company is numbers based 100% - high performers = success. It's necessary to hit your numbers, for some this is motivation for others it's a con.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Aerotek

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Chemst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Chemst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Aerotek as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    great people and nice benefits

    Cons

    everyone is friendly and tries to help

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly Contract Managers on Autopilot

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Aerotek as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting positions available in wide array of industries. Well suited for entry-level contract work. Payroll works without a hitch.

    Cons

    Aerotek "handlers" often have to be cajoled into being responsive. Maybe they're stretched too thin but, I've seen their (my) clients practically beg them to return calls/email. They are generally very pleasant to work with but if you're looking for more than the bare minimum management of your contract (i.e. terms negotiation, multi-contract planning), look elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aerotek full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communication, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Largely disappointing experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aerotek as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, and networking potential.

    Cons

    Recruiters only care about commissions, and will engage in deceptive business practices to get employees to sign temporary contracts. For example, I was told by my recruiter that a position would be for one year, and that at the end of the assignment, the employer would hire me. What happened was that, after the project I was hired for was completed, the employer no longer needed my services and my assignment was over. Rather than a one year "contract to hire" position, it became a four month temporary position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your business model to one that doesn't require being dishonest to employees about what to expect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good stepping stone but management is immature and micromanages employees too much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aerotek

    Pros

    Great training for New Grads
    Amazing people and socially minded company
    Promotes Teamwork
    Good place to gain industry knowledge

    Cons

    Promotion into sales doesn't included training on how to manage recruiters. Too many sales people are not fit to manage the recruiters under them
    Terrible benefits
    Very little room for growth outside of sales
    Not a very good place to express new ideas, promote change (dissent strongly discouraged)
    Poor work/life ratio, very few days off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you recruiters who have a pulse on this industry more than anyone else in the company. Encourage new ideas and encourage dissent and feedback because the Aerotek is not always the "right way".

    A HUGE majority of management have never worked for another company because they were hired right out of college. Work on better training for management and seek ideas from how other companies operate in order to better suit your young workforce.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aerotek provides entry-level candidates with a strong starting point to succeed in business.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aerotek

    Pros

    Aerotek provides entry-level candidates with a strong background in the basics of the recruiting industry as well as the oppotunity to develop overall business competencies in client relations, time-management, and negotiation.

    Cons

    Work at a field office can at times take on a "Boiler-Room" atmosphere. The average age of a field-office is mid-twenties and while this lends itself to a fun atmosphere it can also feel like you are still in college. In general the leadership is very competent but openess to new methods of doing work and "forward-thinking" leadership seems to be lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to emphasize the basics of sales and recruiting but be more open to changing they way process and management is structured and measured.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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