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Becoming too reliant on contractors

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Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer II in Webster, NY
Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer II in Webster, NY

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

Pros

As a contractor I am not saddled with long hours or the stress of caring if the company is going in the right direction, which greatly supports my work/life balance!

Cons

The software development and test teams I am part of consist of well over half of the team members being contractors. The contractor rates are low, and the quality people work hard to move on to better paying positions while the mediocre or less qualified people keep hanging on. There is little motivation to perform at high levels since there is no room for advancement or pay increase, and little likelihood of a direct position in the current environment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Adding more and more contractors will not increase the speed of project completion. Focus on hiring qualified people and supplementing with contractors when needed. The culture is starting to suffer and all the cheap help in the world won't help you fix that.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Paychex full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work flexibility, hours, field work.

    Cons

    Salary and management may not always be the right fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers need more training and development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Paychex is a company that's fair and professional.

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    Current Employee - Major Market Services (MMS) in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Major Market Services (MMS) in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at Paychex full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They never laid off employees during the hottest time of the economic down turn.

    Cons

    I have no CONS to provide, it's just that great here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing and continue with the client and employee focus. Yes, we're still focused on the bottom dollar and making money and growing the business - but at the end of the day our corporate headquarters truly cares about the voice of the client and the voice of the employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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