OtterBase

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OtterBase Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
20 Reviews
3.3
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    A Great place to be!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at OtterBase full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    OtterBase is an awesome company to work for. The people are great, we get along as a Team, and upper management is very supportive of our efforts.
    Culture is very important, and if you have previously worked at a company that did not have a great culture, you can really appreciate how good you have it now

    Cons

    Yes, we are a "smaller" / "boutique" staffing firm, which sometimes prevents us from working with certain clients. But at the end of the day, there are plenty of opportunities for us to be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work/Life Balance doesn't apply

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at OtterBase full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start your career, especially if you are looking to do sales
    If you fit the mold, you will enjoy your experience
    There is pretty decent money to be made if your life is focused on work
    Company parties are little expense spared

    Cons

    If you want work/life balance, this is not the place. Just because the office hours are 8-6, don't expect it to be ok to leave at 6.
    Much like the other organizations this company is similar to in the industry, recruiting is not the primary focus of this company. Grooming sales people is. If your goal is not account management, ultimately you will have limited satisfaction here unless you are hitting the challenge every year.
    Bonus for an account manager to hit the challenge compared to what the recruiter gets for hitting challenge is significantly disproportionate considering the recruiter does the majority of the work and gets the majority of the stress, again not much different from the industry as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how diversifying your team's skill sets can create a stronger team. Consider paying the recruiters more for the hard work they do compared to the account managers who seem to have no issue leaving the office every day at 5pm or earlier because they have a "meeting", aka a meeting with their friend for happy hour, family, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    GR office former Accointing on site direct

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OtterBase

    Pros

    Was a paycheck to put in the bank

    Cons

    Self centered arrogant management that behaved as though they were still a part of a high school clique the childish displays were a disgrace and when you had a problem with someone and attempted to air the issue out you became singled out and made an example of, pushed out of the company either until you were fired or you quit. In the year I spent there I watched this happen to at least 6 direct Otterbase staff members. Owners and management figures since they are a temp agency they have access to anyone so longevity isn't important to them.... Yes its a job but truly I would rather be unemployed then have to put up with garbage like that from a "professional" people business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with issues appropriately not like uou are all still in high school sad sad sad....

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  5.  

    Family owned and family profits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL

    I worked at OtterBase full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    young culture, good first place to learn how to be in an office setting

    Cons

    leadership completely disengaged with satellite offices, terrible pay, lousy client list in Chicago, no growth opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve promotions, training, personal growith

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wait..What?!...What??...Another Recruiter was let go and/or Quite?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior-schmuck to Hire After IV Months in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior-schmuck to Hire After IV Months in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    I get a paycheck. I occasionally use their insurance.

    Cons

    I have had 5 recruiters in (almost) 2 years. Of those only 3 actually contacted me and of those only 2 actually tried to actually do their job for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am MIA to them and there is no intention to ever change that. I keep generating checks and they cut me a portion of it. All I need is simple information and it turns into a shocking and tedious task.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very professional, the guys at Otterbase always keet me informed and up to date on anything going on.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at OtterBase as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    My account manager and the account director both are involved with me on a constant basis. They call to check on me and see how things are going, great team to work with.

    Cons

    There have been no cons as of yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional Staffing Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at OtterBase as a contractor

    Pros

    -The employees are knowledge of the market and have excellent professional networks
    -The service is fast, professional, and worth every penny
    -The contracts are a great way to manager projects, provide a excellent solution to staffing augmentation

    Cons

    -The skill sets are in high demand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture
    Great career development
    Strong friendships
    Training & assistance programs offered
    Perfect for long term career

    Cons

    No concerning negative issues to note

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Recruiter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Livonia, MI

    I worked at OtterBase full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The office had a great location.

    Cons

    The company started to lack vision and integrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Learned a lot, but would never go back to Staff Aug

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at OtterBase full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity
    Will hire entry-level or junior with all the right intangibles
    Motivating Co-founders
    Culture
    People
    Knew how to have fun

    Cons

    This is a great place to get a start to a career, however if you aren't interested in sales, they'll be a ceiling in a few years.
    Ultra competitive (both inter-office and market)
    Pay (very small base)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more of a career path for recruiters.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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