I have been working at FirstPRO full-time (More than 5 years)
Work hard and you will be rewarded very well and your colleagues will respect you. Latitude to run your business the way you want. Owner is always investing in his people and back into the business. We experience very low internal turnover. Once you are established, as long as you are hitting your numbers, you can basically make your own schedule. We have all of the resources we need to be successful. If we ask ownership for something and make a good business case for it, we are rarely told no.
Candidates we work with:
We take the time to get to know you and understand your career goals. We have strong relationships with the customers we work with and understand what they look for on a skill set level as well as personality fit. When we send you to a company, we are sending you along with 1-2 other people rather than 10 others. We are often told that we take more time to get to know you and understand what you are looking for in your career than other staffing companies. We also pay weekly.
Like any fast growing company, there are growing pains from time to time.
401K match is very low, but the other employee benefits are very competitive. Recently had to use my health and dental insurance and was happy with what was covered. Insurance can be high for full families (like most other places). The commission structure more than makes up for the low(ish) 401K and relatively high cost of full family benefits.
Two weeks vacation to start. When I interviewed that was not negotiable.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing and continue to hire talented people. Filler to get up to 20 words so I can submit this.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at FirstPRO (Philadelphia, PA) in January 2015.
The single strangest interviewing experience I've ever had. I had an initial phone interview with the recruiting manager, which seemed pretty standard. I had a lot of hesitations about interviewing after reading some really bad reviews on here and other sites, but the conversation went well enough that I figured I would agree to take the next step. Next I had an in person interview over dinner with the recruiting manager and the owner's son-in-law. It went well enough that at the end they asked, at their suggestion, that I come in the office early one morning to meet with the CEO. 5 days went by and I arranged my schedule to be there bright and early. 3 days before the final interview, however, I received an email from the recruiter who submitted me for the position letting me know that they had decided to move onto other candidates and the reason I was given was that I was unwilling to go to their office during normal business hours. Huh? Wait. They told the recruiter that I had suggested coming in at that early time. Now none of this makes sense because if that time was unacceptable and I had suggested it, why wouldn't they have just said then and there it wasn't acceptable? Why? Because it didn't happen that way. So now I'm thinking this must be a mistake, so I reach out to the hiring manager for clarification. Indeed, a short time later I received a reply berating me for not making myself available during normal business hours. As you can guess, now I'm angry, the recruiter is confused, and no one had any explanations. The recruiting manager said at the end of the message he would reach out to me once they completed their search to possibly move forward. After discussing this situation with the recruiter, we both agreed that this was not the opportunity for me, so I wrote the recruiting manager a message asking to pull me from this and any future opportunities. I just couldn't work under someone who had outright lied about me and in doing so damaged my reputation as a candidate in the marketplace.
So be very careful when dealing with them. They are most likely wasting your time or worse. Also don't believe what your told about them. I did some research before my first interview and most of the things I was told to be very misleading, a 5 min search on Google will clear everything up, which is why I had hesitations before I even interviewed. And after all of that, you're still comfortable continuing, more power to you.
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