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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Stay far away!

    Jan 31, 2020 - IT Technical Recruiter 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people that work there are the only way you make it through this job. The only fun part is the constant drinking with employees.

    Cons

    The turnover is so high for a reason. The management is very unprofessional. They put all stress on you as the lowest position in the company. They lie and tell you what you want to hear just to make THEM money. 0 work life balance. Come in early, work through lunch, stay after work late, work when you get home, and work on the weekends. Was convinced this place was not what I heard about and they showed true colors quickly.

    10 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Technical Recruiter

    Jun 1, 2015 - Technical Recruiter 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    No day is the same at KellyMitchell. It is pretty neat seeing that some of the highest levels of management communicate with the lowest level employees without even having met them. Executives constantly show they care, even with a fun inspirational quote sent out in the morning sometimes. Overall, the Executive team, they are all wonderful people. They have very much the work hard, play hard mentality and make sure that the Sales Team has that mindset as well. Everyone in the office is very sociable, open minded and offer help whenever they can. There is no greater feeling than extending a contract offer to a candidate, especially after you have been taught to build a rapport with them. The training is thorough and you are given a mentor that oversees you for the first year at KellyMitchell. They ask in one on one conversations what you are doing well and where you need help almost every week, constantly wanting you to learn and be better.

    Cons

    It saddens me that this is not a happy place to work anymore. It is pretty standard to receive an intense/borderline cutthroat message from upper management over activity, leaving 'early' or not exceeding expectations. Employees are consistently worried if they will lose their job for not performing enough, after already feeling they are worked to the bone. Management whispers about you if you leave before 5:45 in the afternoon after coming into the office around 7:30 AM. Some employees mention they feel they are employed on a 'day by day basis'. It is very much do or die. With that being said, burnout is common at this company and I believe the reason is that there there is no work life balance. If you take PTO, you will still be expected to meet metrics given to you, some people find themselves working during their PTO just to make ends meet. What is the point of even taking the personal time off if you still have to work. Working from home is not an option. Sometimes it almost feels like you are punished for taking personal time off. That time is given to each employee but then there is push back or attitude when they want to spend a day out of the office. The hours can be very long, weekend work is required. I would say on average each recruiter works 50-60 hours a week, depending on their pipeline of candidates and job volume. Internally, all of KellyMitchell seems to be aware of the high turnover in Technical Recruiters and but doesn’t appear to try to go the extra mile to make sure that employees don't get burnt out. Not many people make it the one year mark. Seems to be a much higher priority to increase their book of business by the end of the month over how many people quit working here (or get fired) It really is the truth that you get out what you put in, but the base salary is a little low compared to competitors. The compensation for your book of business is great IF you get hires. You don't really know the potential of what you can make here until you start seeing your commission checks. And it isn't guaranteed when that will happen.

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    14 people found this review helpful

    KellyMitchell Group Response

    Director of Organization & Talent Development

    At KM we believe in continuous improvement and strive to be the best we can be. We recognize we aren't perfect and that's why we believe it's important to listen. Thank you for expressing your thoughts; they didn't fall on deaf ears.

  3. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Sausage Factory

    Aug 23, 2016 - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fun work environment, innovative management..... LOL just kidding, no pros

    Cons

    Underpaid and underappreciated. In the span of 1 year I have seen 2 dozen of my colleagues come and go. It's a revolving door in and out of this place. It's horrible for morale. Most current employees want to get out but don't have the time outside of work to conduct a proper job search. There is no work life balance. Management is cruel, catty, and untrained. They have no idea how to manage Sales accounts let alone human beings. It's honestly a huge joke. No one stays more than a year or 2 and if you do, it's cause you're stuck.

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    25 people found this review helpful
  4. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Company crumbling before your eyes!

    Dec 31, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    KellyMitchell has been around for almost two decades and has had an impressive list of clients. In recent years, the high class service and delivery has shifted to a “promise you the world and never follow through” delivery model. KellyMitchell has gotten greedy and wants to take a bigger piece of the pie with their clients. They responded by beefing up their recruitment teams with classes of young professionals to deliver on the promises made to their clients. KellyMitchell has however failed to 1) hire the right people and 2) provide the training necessary for the recruiters to succeed. As a result, many recruiters fail within the first 3-6 months and those that stick around get comfortable with sub-par performance. In addition to the broken recruiting model, KellyMitchell encourages managers to rule with fear and intimidation. This creates an atmosphere were promising employees are terrorized and forced out when standing up for themselves. Valuable and knowledgeable employees have left the company because of the mental and physical intimidation tactics utilized by management. There are no true leaders in the company, including at the executive level, because they are allowing the poison of bad management penetrate every aspect of their company.

    Cons

    Bad Management Fear based Work Environment Terrible Hours – No Work/Life Balance No Training Expensive Benefits

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    24 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Find a Better Opportunity ASAP! Toxic Work

    Jul 22, 2022 - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Uncapped Commission (.05%) - Coworkers are some of the most hard working people in the world - Industry exp. gained allows for you to go anywhere - People orientated sales exp and working directly with Fortune 100 clients

    Cons

    - You will not find a more toxic environment anywhere else then at KM - Technical Recruiter has more responsibilities then some CDM's - The focus of quantity over quality, almost impossible to strategically recruit - They don't maintain talent internally, nor will have your best interest in mind - No work life balance at all (have fun working 60 - 70 hour work weeks....) - Micromanaging from leadership and favoritism at it's finest - They don't hire people who are quirky or 'not culture fits', (big red flag) - At Will Employee: you can be let go or fired anytime, no real stability.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Terrible company terrible job

    Jan 27, 2021 - Technical Recruiter 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Lot's of social events

    Cons

    - horrible/inappropriate management - poor benefits and pay - terrible work life balance - bully tactics from management - a complete scam - forces employees to write good reviews

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    10 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Would not recommend

    Jun 25, 2021 - Senior Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fun culture and co workers

    Cons

    Micromanagement X10000 Very bad work/life balance Reward for doing well, more work put on your plate

    3 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee

    If I could give this Co. negative stars I would

    Mar 5, 2022 - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Free meal once a month “Happy hour” that includes drinking one beer alone at your desk while working in between sips

    Cons

    Micromanagement is truly unbearable, no lunch breaks. Can’t go off line for 30 minutes while eating lunch without someone yelling at you. No work life balance = 10-12 hour work days.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Terrible and Failing Company

    May 21, 2020 - Technical Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Young work environment - You get free drinks if you are into partying at work.. - Decent benefits package

    Cons

    - Always feeling like you and the people around you are on the chopping block - Work is your life, forget getting home on time and always having to come in early - Unrealistic goals - Training is terrible...simply sending people to slaughter hoping you figure it out - Lets go of 50% of workers within 6 months, be prepared to get a new job

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    10 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A sweatshop for Recruiters

    Oct 21, 2015 - Technical Recruiter in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There are a few upsides to working at KM: - Lavish reward trips (if you can make it) - Fun people, and college like environment, everyone was very open, probably too open, but it made the grueling hours and challenges a little bit more bearable. - Once you start getting the hang of things and making hires, the commission does add up and you can make a very good living... if you can survive. - If you can make it at KM, you can make it in any recruiting environment.

    Cons

    - EXTREME micromanagement. - The male owner is always on a major power trip. When he walks by recruiters, you better have a phone in your hand or prepare to explain why you don't. It could be that you just finished a call or are doing something completely relevant, but if he sees recruiters not on the phone he will go off, no matter what the circumstance. - While I was at KM a 'punishment jar' was instituted for not hitting daily goals of 50 calls/day. Every morning we would stand up at our desk and state if we made our goal the day before and if not, we had to draw from the jar. Punishments included double call goals (when the first goal was already an impossible rate for some days), eating weird unknown things that were put in the punishment jar, and working 7-7 days for at least 3 days that week (as if you weren't already). It was the most demeaning/childish thing I have ever experienced in my professional career. - Zero work/life balance. 7-7 days were a norm for KM. - As other post have implied, you better be prepared to drink if you want to be accepted at KM. Happy hours are required, and if you weren't drinking you were ostracized by management members, which trickled down to other employees treating you different. - Very high turn over. We placed bets on what the new door code would be after someone was let go. This game was played sometimes up to 2-3 times a week. - The KM model of hiring is to get people young and fresh out of college who don't know any better but than to work 60+ hours a week if that's what a job demands of you. They steal their souls, chew them up, have them make a few hires, and then spit them out so they can soak up their commission on the house account. At a certain point it is more profitable for them to let a recruiter go and take their commission than to keep them on staff. This is why they also rarely give a real reason when letting people go, which they would do just on a whim sometimes. - I was at KM for almost 2 years, most everyone I worked with has since moved on, and not a one of us have anything good to say about the company, OTHER than we loved the people we grew to know down in the trenches.

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    30 people found this review helpful
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