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Boly:Welch Overview

Portland, OR
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
We are in the people business – we hire top talent, help clients retain employees, and invest in their success. From Executive Search to Recruiting, Staffing, and HR Consulting, we believe that people matter. Our recruiters partner with the Portland Metro organizations ... Read more

Mission: Why We Do What We Do:

We make connections that enrich our community by seeing possibilities in people.

We believe that solving tough problems requires the best people. And FIT MATTERS MOST means just as much today as it did when we first ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Like Sheryl Sandberg warned, putting all your hopes and dreams in one be-all-end-all relationship is typically unrealistic. A more modern definition of mentorship has been described as a board of advisors, each with different areas of expertise.

    The Importance of Finding A Mentor | Boly:Welch

    The wish for a mentor, as described by Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg, is "the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming." She pushes back against the notion that there is a single person out there who is poised to make all your dreams come true, which sends the message to early working professionals their career success can only come from finding someone escort them through the door to the C-Suite.

  • A big change is afoot here in Oregon starting this month. Know what to expect in your upcoming interviews.

    Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 - What To Expect from Boly:Welch | Boly:Welch

    The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017, which was enacted this summer by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, has amended existing law, which prohibits employers from discriminating between "the sexes," to expand the number of protected classes, prohibit discrimination of employees in a protected class for work of comparable character, and disallow the screening of job

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Boly:Welch – Why Work For Us?

Diane Boly and Pat Welch have been active business partners in the Portland community since ’75. Together they have built a successful and sustainable recruiting and consulting firm that has always put ‘fit’ first – both for clients and within the company.

And, we’ve made it our business to connect with organizations that represent the unique patchwork of our Portland Metro community. The Rose City is the bullseye for foodie, bicycle-centric companies and start-ups – good news for the Boly:Welch team of local connectors whose deep web of relationships continue to grow over 31 years of successful employment solutions.

Backed by our local market presence, financial strength, business partnerships and tenured staff in each of our four service areas, we consistently exceed client expectations.

As you get to know our team, you’ll learn that our commitment to community and sustainability is more than just words. Active volunteerism and philanthropy run deep within the Boly:Welch culture — in fact, they’re in our DNA. We’re also above average on the pet friendly side, so you’ll likely hear a bark or a yip when you call or stop by to meet with us. It’s about creating a work environment that brings out the best in all of us — and a philosophy that has earned recognition as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon since 2003 and as a Certified B-Corporation.

The August 2015 announcement of Andrew Welch as company President aligned the agency’s vision to maintain local ownership, a unique culture and reputation for excellence with a shifting generational landscape. This change was a best-fit solution to maintain a sustainable and community-minded philosophy for the future leadership structure of our women-owned company. 

We’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation™, a company leading the global movement to use business as a force for good.

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The B Corp Certification was introduced in 2007 by a group of entrepreneurs seeking to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Today, there is a growing community of more than 2100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

The Boly:Welch team believes that a sustainable business is dependent on economic vitality, social equity and a healthy, natural environment and our success stems from within the community where we live, work and prosper.


As leaders with a great passion for the future of our community, we are committed to sustainable business practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations.

Our Be:Well Team has developed programs and policies that have enabled us to move towards sustainability while enhancing the value we bring to our clients, candidates and our employees including a preference for local suppliers, brokers and vendors.


We value the organizations that make the Portland Metro area a healthy, vibrant and livable workplace.

To recognize and celebrate the contributions of this critical web of relationships, we have crafted a model for community giving which involves partnerships, volunteerism and financial giving. Our Community Connections program supports local organizations through sponsorships, in-kind giving and the volunteer efforts of our employees. Each Boly:Welch staff member has 12 volunteer days annually to support the philanthropy of their choice. These relationships build the base for additional financial contributions and fundraising efforts throughout the year, often in the form of event sponsorships.

This is one place where you won’t find us trying to fit you (round peg) into a square hole. We believe in matching the best talent with the best job opportunities in the Portland Metro area. “Match” being a word not to be overlooked. Because to us, it’s the fit that matters most. So check out our jobs. If a position catches your eye, send us a resume. We’ll talk about you and what you’re looking for. We’ll go over the options. And from there, we’ll decide together what will best fit your needs. Sometimes it isn’t meant to be, and that’s fine. With your resume on file and an idea of what you’re after, we’ll start looking for the right fit for you. We know that FIT MATTERS MOST℠.

Boly:Welch Reviews

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    Everyone at B:W I've worked with is great. Very smart and on the ball. They have very high standards, but if you meet them, they'll take good care of you.


    If you don't meet their standards, they won't explicitly tell you, they'll just stop offering you jobs. Also sometimes I think it's possible for your name to just slip through the cracks.

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Boly:Welch Photos

Boly:Welch photo of: The BW Team 2015
Boly:Welch photo of: Our home in the Public Service Building
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Boly:Welch photo of: Bubblers on every corner
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Boly:Welch Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Boly:Welch.


    Had to fill out a high school worksheet basically. Spelling, math, grammar etc. I was afraid that I would not be accepted because I am a terrible speller. Apparently I passed so I was able to start getting temp work.

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Boly:Welch Awards & Accolades

  • Best of Staffing - Client, Inavero & CareerBuilder, 2017
  • Best of Staffing - Talent, Inavero & CareerBuilder, 2017
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Oregon Business Magazine, 2017
  • Certified B Corporation, B Lab, 2017
  • When Work Works Award (formerly Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility), When Work Works National Partners, Families and Work Institute (FWI) and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 2017
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