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A Huge Disappointment

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Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Alexandria, VA
Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Alexandria, VA

I worked at Metro Systems (VA) full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Good work life balance, 40k salary right out of college, young atmosphere- you will probably fit in if you were in greek life or a sports team in college.

Cons

Metro Systems was founded on the same robotic model that many of the big players in the staffing industry play by (Apex, TekSystems, Insight Global, etc.). They hire solely recent grads with zero professional experience. This is mainly because they are naive, and are the only ones who will play by the owners rules, or as they say in the interview, "are mold-able." Everyone from the company interviews you, and seeing all the young and hopeful faces, it's hard not to feel some credibility and therefore encourage you to accept the position.

Everyone starts in a technical recruiter position, and is expected to move into sales. I personally never understood this model, as some of the best recruiters may not thrive in sales (and vice versa). The technology training is sparse, and after 2 weeks of pretty much sitting around, you hit the phones. Recruiting isn't brain surgery, and that's what these small shops are banking on. Most anyone can talk candidates through a job description, bring them in, and basically read over their resume once again to make sure they will represent the company well. I will say, recruiting in general is a great professional skill, and these interactions and internal interviews are a positive experience for the developing young professional.

If you show any type of slight interest, or are there too long, you will move into sales. Most of the recruiters in the pit seem to fear the position- as no one has stayed with the organization long enough to actually be successful. The sales training is non-existent as it is pretty much "uncharted territory" for the company. 22 and 23 year olds with basically no training, little IT exposure, and a short tenure in the industry, are expected to meet Sr. level execs and managers to sell the business. There is no set system of prospecting, and the majority of the people who would take the meetings prove to not be useful in gaining new business.

I just felt like the legitimacy factor was not there, as well as the morals that served as the backbone on the business.

Proceed with caution. I came in hoping for the best and believing in the vision of the company. However, I ended my employment there with the harsh realization that these promises were not truths.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If two executives are going to run an organization of entirely entry level employees, they both must be present at least 40 hours a week. Leaving young, recent grads to their own devices and without direction isn't beneficial to the company or the employees.
Also, be compassionate to the employees of the organization. Treating people as if they are expendable (even though entry level grads are) is disheartening for the morale and internal confidence in the vision of the organization. Learn from your mistakes, and try to somehow put an end of the current 100% yearly turnover rate.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun Environment with Great Potential for Growth and Earnings

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Metro Systems (VA) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    on-site training, potential for advancement, earnings potential, collegial atmosphere

    Cons

    Earning potential is directly related to personal level of commitment towards accomplishing hard, yet rewarding, work

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    If you work hard you will be rewarded!

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    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Metro Systems (VA) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a company that provides great potential for those that are eager and willing to learn. For those that put in the time and follow the company process the earnings come quick. As a recruiter you can double your income in one year and be promoted to Account Manager. Within two years as an Account Manager the sky's the limit in regards to the income you can generate. MSI likes to promote from within, so if it is a career with plenty of opportunity for advancement then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a standard 9-5 job and not interested in going the extra mile then this will not be a good fit.

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