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Questionable work ETHICS at best. An experience nonetheless.

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Former Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA
Former Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Zenex Partners as a contractor (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- Exposure to HR in some way, shape or form
- Sales Experience
- Co-workers that make the work day manageable even with all the downsides.

Cons

- Structure of the day-to-day operations is nonexistent/sporadic if that
- Employees are expected to work their 8 hours + overtime, but compensated only up to 40 hours
- Managers arrive 1-2 hours later than the start of a regular work day or hours of operation
- Outdated methods of recruitment and quality is NOT within the control of the Recruiter
- Sourcing should but is not done by Recruiters in-house, but externally outsourced
- Concerns addressed to management and CEO are addressed as unresolved or forgotten even after numerous attempts
- Pointless reports that does not allow merits in any way. More backlash and harm done compared to praise/ positive reinforcements
- Heavily stressed in a numbers game (i.e. outbound calls, inbound calls, placements, etc)
- Over the course of ONE year, daunting to see so many Recruiters leave/laid off
- Job insecurity crosses one's mind on a daily basis
- Gossip and rumors definitely roam in any and all companies. However, sometimes it trumps over the real truth
- Looking at most of the reviews, I'm a bit skeptical with the validity and not convinced they are written by different individuals "representing" the company
- Information about any given position is broad as broad can be, which leaves complications down the road to keep contacting/pre-qualify
- Nonexistent training program for new employees (thrown in shark infested waters)
- Disgruntled candidates are not removed as promised from managers/sourcers
- Potential of growth is simply not there, as promises of advancement is loosely followed through
- Salary + Commission is not competitive by any means
- Last and certainly not least, the organizational culture "claims" to be zen-like with internal and external staff, managers, clients, candidates, etc. However, its often the feeling of detachment with communication. The only justified business/personal relationship available is amongst your fellow co-workers (Technical Recruiters)

Advice to Management

- Structure with proper and thorough training and perhaps ongoing training to further the skills, abilities and knowledge with Recruiters, Sourcers, HR, and managers.
- Positive reinforcements either weekly/biweekly or monthly to attract meeting quotas and business goals
- Constructive meetings not simply pointing out the negatives, stresses and hardships but guidance to getting back on track by meeting career goals
- Instilling respect and upholding it with all staff and managers
- Accountability for not listening/following rumors and lies opposed to the source of truth (straight from the horses mouth and not filtered)
- Updating the method recruiting/sourcing by the means of attracting and maintaining candidates
- Creating more of a work/life balance for employees and acknowledgement of their efforts

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Foot in the door

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    Former Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Zenex Partners as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great stepping stone, you have to learn a lot on your own so be prepared. they teach you the basics/bare minimum of recruiting. If you're a brown noser or a underdog its the place for you, the CEO has a soft spot for them.

    Cons

    There were a few perks when I had started, but most of them are gone now that moral has gone down the hole. There are a lot of broken promised from this company, they are more talk and no follow through. The in house team had about 15 people in the beginning of January and now its down to by half with only one account manager left, one was laid off due to budget cuts and the other one quit due to budget cuts. There is only 2 people on the current team, that have been there for over 3 years besides the CEO, the turn over rate is very high. I've been told that people usually don't stay over 1 year. The CEO is like every other business just out there, just looking to make money, she don't care she only acts as though she does to make you feel like you're part of a team but in reality she talks about everyone behind their back, even the client companies. She also changes her mind a a whim so make sure to stay on her good side if you want to keep your job. Be cautious and take everything with a grain of salt and as a learning experience. I did and life is now fantastic :). I now work for a great company and doesn't over promise and under delivers. I know what is expected of me and what to expect back. I actually respect my superiors, and don't loath going to work. Management expects you to work overtime without OT pay, or even pay in general because they want to know that you're "dedicated." if you have anything to do/say make sure you document everything through letters or email.

    Advice to Management

    You've been a established business, act like one instead of a start up it's not very professional. Update the way you recruit, calling the same people over and over for a position they are way over qualified for is embarrassing not only for the recruiter but your company. Take the time to teach your employees how to source and recruit, so you don't have to rely on separate teams. If you low ball people, expect to be low balled back.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Decent launch pad for a career in recruiting/HR

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zenex Partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -You can learn a whole lot about how the contract staffing "process" works by starting off at a place like Zenex Partners.
    -Great co-workers...More specifically, the other technical recruiters.

    Cons

    -Extremely high pressure to perform; one would even say unreasonably high pressure and expectations. Metrics are meant to encourage workers to strive towards excellence and high performance. They shouldn't be used to induce job security-related fears.
    -Lack of stability. Every day, you walk into work having this feeling that today could very well be your last day. Imagine how torturous that feeling would be.

    Advice to Management

    Did you guys ask your current employees to write positive reviews on Glassdoor? Whose idea was that? Having so many overly positive reviews written on and around the same date makes the company look really silly...That's the most polite way that I can put it. I would suggest a better plan if you're trying to market Zenex Partners as a great place to work.

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