Barrett Business Services

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Barrett Business Services Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Barrett Business Services

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Dover, DE
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Dover, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barrett Business Services (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Staff. Start working quickly.

    Cons

    I don't know of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. PEO team

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    Former Employee - Payroll Manager in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Payroll Manager in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barrett Business Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Financially solid company - debt free

    Cons

    Lack of benefits - vacation etc


  3. HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most co-workers were fun to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management styles; disorganized; poor communication. Management doesn't seem to have the courage to effectively manage their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to performance manage employees the HR way; not old school or in a passive aggressive manner.


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  5. Not what they say they are!

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    Current Employee - Risk Management Consultant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Management Consultant in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Barrett Business Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good knowledgeable risk management staff.

    Cons

    Fragmented management. Back biting and tattle tailing is out of control. HR's do nothing for their clients. BP's lie to the Area Manager and he believes them. Money is the only thing that matters. If the clients only knew!

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your chair and pay attention to what's really going on. Make the BP's do their jobs. Ask the clients what their impressions are of BBSI services. YOu might get a big surprise.


  6. Helpful (3)

    HR Consultant

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Barrett Business Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Experience to add to your resume.

    Cons

    Big money games behind the scene. There is no loyalty to clients and no inviting culture.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate better the talent of your employees and


  7. Helpful (5)

    If I knew then what I know now ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barrett Business Services (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the CEO and Corporate staff are wonderful. Great experience working with them both in the branches and at Corporate.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunity. "Pigeon-holed" in position, status and salary. Will not promote from within or branch to branch or branch to Corporate or Corporate to branch. Benefits are pitiful; no PTO, sparse vacation and sick leave accruals.

    Advice to Management

    Give your people opportunities for advancement - both in salary and in position. They will be prone to stay with you rather than looking for something else where the opportunities DO exist.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Ok place to work, but no long term advantage.

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    Current Employee - Human Resource Business Partner
    Current Employee - Human Resource Business Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barrett Business Services full-time

    Pros

    Branches are able to run as separate business model's without micro management from corporate.

    Cons

    Horrible benefits, no raises, no work/life balance. No incentive for long term employees. Profit sharing is almost unattainable since the teens we're changed and everything is charged back to the branch.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better benefits, more comprehensive sick leave and merit increases. Also stock options along with the 401k. Offer more training at the branch level and update HRIS systems.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Lack of organizational structure, leadership, and talent strategy has created an environment ripe for implosion

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Barrett Business Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Significant compensation potential (until the commission structure changed) Benefits are decent Great job if you're a self-starter and have zero expectation for a teamwork environment

    Cons

    Siloed, decentralized branch offices compete against one another for new business No training curriculums or professional development opportunities offered Disjointed on-boarding process Far behind the curve from a HR technology standpoint (company operated without a CRM for over 30 years!; branch offices all use separate spreadsheets or niche tools for customer relationship management)

    Advice to Management

    Partner with a top-tier management consultant firm to implement a talent strategy and redefine BBSI's brand in the marketplace. Full-scale leadership restructuring may be necessary, and this is something the Board of Directors should not be afraid of, as it is probably necessary for the transformation.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Great business model; disconnected with current primary target market

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barrett Business Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Comprehensive job outline, flexible schedule-though long hours, ideal business model for a PEO

    Cons

    Too many small blue collar companies, extreme focus on cost control of work comp claims, poor branch recognition for a job well done, no pay increases, micro management style of branch leaders, administratively intensive work load, very high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge your people for the effort and successes, use a carrot vs a stick, avoid verbal fear motivation. CEO is inspiring when delivering his message; but can he walk the talk, ensuring the field/branch offices are creating the right culture?


  11. Helpful (4)

    Good, until the wind changes...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Barrett Business Services full-time

    Pros

    Great experience in a short period of time

    Cons

    Local management - practices and employee treatment



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