Sparks Personnel Services

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Staffing at a Boutique Staffing Firm in DC

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Staffing Supervisor in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Staffing Supervisor in Washington, DC

I worked at Sparks Personnel Services

Pros

It is a privately held company, so employees are not pressured to make decisions that impact the company or business that are beneficial in the short-term, but could cause damage (or missed opportunities) in the long-term. The people that work there and the culture is great - you truly do feel as though you are part of a team, and senior management knows your name and who you are.

Cons

Compensation is a drawback - but the staffing industry is notorious for low pay. It is also a smaller company, so they do not have a lot of the technological resources that you would find at bigger firms. You will not be interacting with the latest software, so you have to work to keep your computing skills up-to-date outside of the job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have a an organized way to solicit ideas from the staffing people in the branch - they interact with the business day in and day out. They observe trends and issues first, and oftentime come up with great ideas to solve issues or implement processes to be proactive in avoiding things that can negatively impact the business. Having an organized way for people to submit ideas and see that others' ideas have been implemented - with success - will go a long way in improving morale and soliciting great ideas that will drive the business.

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  1.  

    Great company to work for!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Recruiter
    Former Employee - Staff Recruiter

    I worked at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had a great experience with SPARKS. The leadership and executive teams give you the opportunity to develop your professional skills by providing on going training, and staying in communication with employees. You feel like a valued team member, working towards the overall mission of the organization.

    Cons

    Current ATS system is slow and repetitive, an upgrade would do wonders to productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not Great but Not Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ongoing training for professional development including sales and software training

    Most of the management are visible, approachable, and nurturing

    The more tenured staff was pretty friendly and willing to help when needed

    Great position for entry level candidates looking to start out and gain business experience

    Cons

    High turnover and sometimes the various office could be very cliquey

    Internal software was a mess. There were 3 different internal systems that recruiters had to use and everyone used them differently and none of them worked together

    The payroll dept also had major inefficiencies due to software issues and a shortage in staff

    The company is increasingly quota driven and money motivated which cultivated a competitive work environment. Great for sales people not so great for recruiters looking to actually help people

    Base salaries for internal staff are low and growth is stagnant with limited career paths outside of sales

    Outside of quarterly meetings and the occasional happy hour there were no other team building exercises or opportunities outside of the office to get to know your coworkers (ie no community service events, volunteer efforts, etc)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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