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"Worst job I've ever had"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Recruiter in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Recruiter in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook

I worked at Aerotek full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

There are two different types of reviews on here. 1: if you have worked as a contractor put to work by Aerotek (or were trying to get put to work by Aerotek). 2: if you worked AT Aerotek, most likely as a Recruiter or (if you got promoted) an Account Manager. This feedback is as a Recruiter who worked at Aerotek.

If you are a recent college grad and want to make friends, this is a great place to work if you like to drink and hang out with your coworkers.

Cons

This was by far the worst job I've ever had. They only hire recent college grads who love to play sports and want to advance quickly. Therefore, you have a culture of people with very little diversity in the types of personalities that work there.

Everyone would go to lunch together and happy hours together. Sure, this sounds fun when you're 21 (and don't have a spouse or significant other), but if you have someone you want to go home to, its pointed out who doesn't participate. And very frequently coworkers would show up hungover which was totally acceptable. If you aren't a drinker, you probably won't fit in.

Hours are long. You must be at your desk by 7:30am or you will be called out on it - by "kids" with like 6 months of work experience no less. Minimum you must be there until 5:30pm. Most people don't want to be the first to leave, so they don't leave until about 6pm at the earliest.

The culture doesn't hesitate to give you feedback in front of everyone at group meetings on a daily basis. This can be positive - but in the office I worked at - was mostly negative criticism. Again, its usually in front of everyone.

You work in teams...but can have your candidates easily stolen away from other Aerotek offices, or by your own team members. There are "rules" against this, but they aren't followed very closely.

Because young grads are the only ones hired, you get management that isn't experienced. They are typically very young (late 20's) who have no other baseline but the Aerotek juice. They don't always understand what is good or bad management behavior because they haven't seen any other management styles in an office environment.

Advice to Management

Hire people with more experience.

Other Employee Reviews for Aerotek

  1. Helpful (10)

    "Get ready to give up your personal life"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Minneapolis, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Great place to learn recruiting processes
    --Commission on top of base pay
    --Frequent company events
    --Expense account
    --Your next job will be a cake walk from the work ethic you develop at Aeroek

    Cons

    The pros listed above are heavily outweighed by the cons
    --Zero work life balance, average hours are 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m; leave before 6:00 and you're nicknamed "part-timer"
    --"Frat" environment, meaning going to the local bar with managers and co-workers is the "fast track" to getting promoted. "Come into work hungover? Good for you Sport-o!"
    --Terrible base pay (approximately 30K) and commission only pays when you are over a top tier. It takes on average, 60 hours a week and 9 months - 1 year to reach this tier. By then Sr. Account Managers are pushing you into Sales so you can start all over at zero.
    --Incredible amounts of internal gossip, back-stabbing, hooking-up, and sloppy recruiting (i.e. faking reference checks, which everyone turns a blind eye to).
    --As a "Production" company, everything is numbers based. Recruiters are given an impossible To-Do list and the result is terrible customer service for contractors and candidates.
    --High internal turn-over.

    Advice to Management

    --Hold on to your employees (you hire GREAT people) by offering increased flexibility (perhaps the ability to work from home if needed), realistic goals (to increase your customer service), a decent work life balance (so your recruiters don't burn out and quit after one year), and do not continue your tolerance for dirty recruiting and internal gossip.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Unprofessionalism in the recruiting process."

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    Current Employee - Purchasing in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Aerotek full-time

    Pros

    Not applicable to this review

    Cons

    They contacted me about a job opening in Charlotte, NC and have not responded to any of my phone calls or email message to the recruiter's office. Why contact me in the 1st place if you're not going to follow-up in a professional and courteous manner? It never ceases to amaze me how so many recruiters simply make it a numbers game instead of a people game. If this is how their recruiting process is handled I'd hate to try and get a job with them.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your local Charlotte office to staff with responsible individuals who are helpful and courteous without being phony or insensitive. It's a tough job market out there and people's lives and careers are involved with you and your agency.


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