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High energy, high expectations, high stress, sometimes high reward.

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Former Employee - Recruiter in Portland, OR
Former Employee - Recruiter in Portland, OR

I worked at Aerotek full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

-Excellent training program. -Very welcoming environment/culture. -High earning potential for those who are both tenacious and lucky. -Great tenure in the Portland offices. -Strong legacy in from the Portland offices-- many of the executive-level employees (including the CEO) are from Portland. -Good potential to grow with the company and make a career (especially if you're interested in sales) -Attractive work experience to have on your resume for future job seeking. -Every day is different, constant challenge. No one is ever done learning at Aerotek. -High recognition for those that do well/stand out. -Strong involvement in the community, supporting causes. -Team happy hours / outings - Emphasis of the DISC Program (Helps determine team dynamic and how to effectively function within your own team)

Cons

- Guilt trips for those that don't want to work more than 8am-5pm ("committed" employees work 7:30am-6:00pm or longer). Lunch hour is often used for work. - Constant meetings that go beyond normal business hours (3-4 monthly meetings that start at 7am) - Can be very cliquey. I found that most people talked behind each other's backs. Can be reminiscent of high school. -Low base salary, commission that hinges on your quick ability to put people to work and keep them there, which can be difficult to control. -Staffing firms tend to attract low-caliber candidates, and high caliber candidates often don't want to hear from staffing firms. Calling candidates can feel like cold calling, can be held in the same regard as telemarketers. -High pressure from Account Managers on the recruiters to fill extremely difficult positions in a short amount of time. -Lack of control over many things that affect you as a recruiter. -Roller-coaster effect. The highs are high but the lows are very low. -Always a new flavor-of-the-week goal for recruiters to complete. There are always new programs and ideas presented with little follow up. Can be confusing, and take away from time to actually recruit. For me, Aerotek had too many ups and downs. One month you're the top recruiter, and the next month you're at the bottom of the barrel because all of your contractors were either laid off, quit, or went direct with the client company. Your paychecks reflect that roller coaster, and it can be hard to keep up. Aerotek is also a very frequent-contact culture as well, which can be positive and negative. Expect 2+ hours a day to be taken up by meetings. If you like to be left alone to do your work independently, don't work here. Success comes to those that are truly tenacious, and somewhat unemotional. I think a sales state of mind is absolutely essential for this job. You need to be aggressive, competitive, selfish, and hungry to do well at Aerotek. Many times I found that the internal employees had little compassion for their current contractors and potential candidates. I would recommend Aerotek for recent college graduates that want a potential career in sales. Also good for recent college grads that don't know what they want to do quite yet, because it offers great training and good experience that future employers value.

Advice to Management

Teach Account Managers how to manage their recruiters positively, instead of just teaching them how to be a good salesperson. Other than that, I respect upper management and think they're doing a fine job.

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  1. It was entertaining experience

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    Current Intern - Technical Writer in Brea, CA
    Current Intern - Technical Writer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Aerotek as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For the pros, the pay rate was good. also the location was close to my house.

    Cons

    Long work hours, no health insurance


  2. Excellent contract position while working at a pharmaceutical company.

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    Former Contractor - Maintenance Planner in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Contractor - Maintenance Planner in Eden Prairie, MN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They stay in contact and actively work to find new positions once your current contract ends. They work hard to make sure your contract experience is enjoyable.

    Cons

    In this economy it is tough to find good paying contract positions when you possess rare skills and education.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work with employers to ensure that they hold up their end of the bargain when posting jobs. I've experienced that some employers remove job postings before they are filled.


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