I have been working at West Valley Staffing Group full-time
1) Flexible work schedule (I am salaried so no one micromanages when I come and go. Hourly employees seem to have the same flexibility, depending on department)
2) no micromanaging at all from my manager (I can't say the same about some of the other managers)
3) Good culture: most people seem happy to work here. The Executive VP is such a nice guy and says good morning to everyone almost every morning. When the CEO is here, he's very friendly to staff. We have monthly potlucks/lunches that bring everyone together. We have breakfast provided 2 days a week.
3) They offer great medical benefits package. I get to have Kaiser, which I love, and it's at no cost to me (although they have packages that do come at a cost). They also offer another option so that if you don't want Kaiser, you can have that option.
4) There are no performance reviews for recruiters. I always hated that at other jobs.
5) Ray is a great manager. He is a very experienced recruiter and is always there to offer up good advice to me and others. Plus he seems to genuinely care.
6) Great place to learn
7) Workspaces are good. We work in cubicles. Recruiters get 2 monitors and everyone gets a new chair. If you have a doctor's note, they will get you a sit/stand workstation.
8) Friendly co-workers. This is probably why I've stayed as long as I have. I really do like the people that work here. There's no drama and everyone is nice to each other.
9) Efficient co-workers. I rarely see people slacking off and I think as a whole, everyone carries their weight around here. If not, they are let go.
10) WVSG focuses on providing the best service to our customers as possible. I see this with the sales team, recruiting, team, and admin team. I really like that about this company!
11) Great job security. People are always hiring and I've never once felt like my job was at jeopardy. We are always really busy!
1) Horrible time off package. We stay open on 2 holidays (MLK and President's Day), while most of our clients have it off. That's never made sense to me. Plus they start you at 2 weeks of PTO when the standard in Silicon Valley is 3 weeks of PTO for new employees.
2) No 401K match. This is not competitive and really odd.
3) Training is almost non-existent. But I know they are working on improving this. Once you do learn how to recruit, it's a GREAT learning experience to get your career kick started.
4) The company as a whole is pretty conservative on things. There are some people in upper management who have been here awhile and seem stuck in the past.
5) Due to no performance reviews, there are no opportunities for salary increases, because commission is uncapped. (But commission is low) They need to increase their commission percentage or offer better salary. We are underpaid for all the hard work we do and business we bring in.
6) The office and some of the technology is outdated. If you want a kitchen or an actual break room, go elsewhere. We are also outgrowing the Sunnyvale office. My hope is that we'll get to move into a newer, more modern work space eventually. I also hope they update the ATS at some point.
7) WVSG works with some really tough clients who have hard to fill roles. On one hand, this creates a headache and mass frustration because things are constantly changing (esp with one large client) but on the other hand this creates a great learning experience.
8) WVSG has a walk in policy which means that recruiters are often caught off guard to meet with candidates. I've never liked this policy and I think that candidates should have to schedule a time to meet with us so that we're all prepared. We also need a better phone system. It's not very user friendly. We should also get rid of extensions and give every employee one 7 digit number to call. This would eliminate so much confusion when candidates call us.
Advice to Management
Read through my list of con's and try to improve these things. In the end, you'll keep employees.
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at West Valley Staffing Group.
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