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Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • There is also flexibility for employees which helps create a great work life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • Ridiculously good benefits and perks (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • As with many staffing agencies, there is no paid time off (in 15 reviews)

  • some paid time off would be nice (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A fantastic company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Director in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture with a lot of opportunity if you push yourself. Management that has ears to hear, and respects your point of view. Benefits that continue to amaze me with how well my family and I are covered. Most companies talk work/life balance but time off at Aquent is encouraged to recharge.

    Cons

    With a lot of innovation constantly in the works there are a lot of new tools to learn, new processes to be done, and lots of work that distracts from your main job. The cons at Aquent are minimal overall.

    Advice to Management

    Limit the number of times sales and agents are asked to update/change/initiate a new process. Try something and stick with it for a quarter to see if it works. This allows your employees to focus on either sales or meeting with new talent.


  2. "Good and Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Weekly pay and insurance offered

    Cons

    No rate increase in 3 yrs, no performance reviews

    Advice to Management

    Show employees that they are valued

  3. "Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agent in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Agent in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and amazing benefits/perks!

    Cons

    Divisions are very siloed. You work with your team and very other people.

    Advice to Management

    Increase growth opportunities! You have amazing people that work for the company and lack the growth opportunities to keep them.


  4. "Big Company That Feels Like Family!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and passion for delivering results. Awesome downtown office location with free parking for employees! $$$

    Cons

    You need to be a self-starter to thrive in this biz, which is not for everyone.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "On an island in Boston"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool office, good location, free coffee. Health insurance is pretty good

    Cons

    Pretty dry work with lots of legacy code. The team in Boston is very small with little to no culture. No events during / after work. Most of the engineers work from home, probably due to the last 2 points. No leadership in Boston (all management is in North Carolina). No seating chart which seems to make people be less social to neighbors. Doesn't seem like the company is set up to attract high level engineers, or grow them.

    Pay is alright, but you don't get a bonus or stock options since Aquent is a private company.

    Advice to Management

    A culture needs to be created for engineers in Boston or you are going to lose all of them.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Total Joke"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Northeast, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in Northeast, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aquent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like everyone says..."Good benefits". That's all I can say. Believe me, you PAY dearly for those benefits.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Management is a joke. Bunch of zilches who pat eachother on the back for reading spreadsheets and making power point presentations. Upper management thinks their poo don't stink because their office is on Boylston in Boston. They think they're Google but it's a Jonestown kool aid management cult. Boot camp? What are we, 8? A waste of 3 days of your life learning about how the sky is blue. Aquent hemmorages money and makes lowly sales people pay the price. Golden parachutes. PC culture. Like most staffing companies; very female-centric. Caddy. Petty. Gossipy. Annoying. Big brother. Threats. Numbers. Numbers. Numbers. CEO can not STAND insolence or being told he's wrong when he's wrong. Get ready to interview for your own job ALL THE TIME.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. By the way, nice job FINALLY letting sales people offer direct hire as an option after I had to leave 100's of thousands of dollars on the table (I was vilified for asking management to allow me to offer direct hire services on a obe time exception).

    Aquent Response

    Apr 24, 2017 – Director of Talent Marketing

    Thank you for your feedback. It's disappointing to hear that your experience at Aquent did not match our commitment to creating a comfortable, transparent, and collaborative environment for all of ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Account Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Accounts Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Accounts Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, culture and growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Not as fast paced as most agencies but that's not always bad thing.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Proceed with Caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aquent full-time

    Pros

    -Once your manager trusts you, there is an ability to have a very flexible schedule
    -GREAT benefits
    -Company works virtually - you can literally live anywhere and do this job
    -Easy job

    Cons

    -100% sales and number driven - this company is not about the people
    -Sterile and boring offices
    -Managers and leadership do a lot of Big Brother and tap into computers and phones whenever and wherever. Nothing is private.
    -Very young employees. A lot of gossip, a lot of partying.
    -Not an "open-door" company. You are only allowed and encouraged to talk to your team, and never anyone above you without permission.
    -Bad upper management that have no leadership or people skills, but are just spreadsheet savvy
    -Sporadic goals and unrealistic benchmarks

    Advice to Management

    New managers and directors should take some leadership training.


  9. "Great & Caring Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aquent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional Management Team
    Great Benefits
    Excellent Pay
    Concern for Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. "A true gem within the staffing world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aquent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Supportive coworkers and a fun, open office environment
    Very collaborative and wholesome as a company- a lot of recruiting agencies are very cut throat internally and use micromanaging and iron fist methods to manage their employees, this is NOT one of those companies.
    Ridiculously good benefits and perks
    Managers are experienced and come from all different types of backgrounds and industries- very different from your typical recruiting company with unexperienced account managers

    Cons

    Commission/bonus structure is not competitive with industry standard
    You typically stay in the same role while you are here, unless you switch teams or switch to a completely different position


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