Merritt Hawkins Reviews

Updated Jan 24, 2020

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3.3
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  • "Long hours, and position can be stressful at times(in 7 reviews)

  • "Loyalty, hard work and drive means nothing to them(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "I Have Over 20 Years with this company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Merritt Hawkins full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Simply put, no company has more career opportunity than AMN and Merritt Hawkins. AMN constantly invests in its people with tools that make our job easier, our results more consistent. Our company is the largest healthcare staffing firm in America and quite literally, we recruit everything. If you feel stagnant in your career then just switch to a different company within the AMN team. No longer do you need to look outside of the company. No longer do you need to trade in your tenure and start fresh! If you love what you do and want to make a lot of money, this is the job for you. So much has changed within our company. If you haven’t seen us lately, you don’t know Merritt Hawkins. Come take another look.

    Cons

    There are good days and bad days in every career. It is easy to get negative if you let a rough period color your future. If you don’t like change, this is not the company for you because AMN is always changing and trying to get better. I’ve found my worst years have been when I focused on negativity and I didn’t seek out help. We are a big company and therefore it used to be difficult to have a meaningful voice, especially if you work in a remote office like Atlanta. It is not intentional though. It is getting better.. If you have a negative message, don’t expect the company to embrace and promote that. If you have a positive attitude and you want to impact the future of consultants like you, the company will give you opportunities. My advice? Don’t waste your time on negativity. Seek out successful, positive people.

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  2. "Mixed Feelings"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in McKinney, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merritt Hawkins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Base pay with commissions Good Training

    Cons

    Micromanagement Reliant on recruitment department to fulfill contract Cubicle environment

  3. "A Company trying hard to keep new hires while losing their best"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merritt Hawkins full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Clients, challenging work, decent pay.

    Cons

    The longer you are there, the more time you spend leaving notes on the computer instead of speaking with clients and doctors. All to keep someone from taking your doctor or to make your VP happy. If paperwork is your thing, this place is for you. The really important stuff doesn’t get appreciated or tracked. The paperwork in the system seems to be valued more by the company than the actual day to day work that makes you successful. The newer you are, the more time you have to make money sharing names of doctors to other recruiters. For 1/10th of the work they get half of the money. Is this fair?

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  4. "Lol, this place is still in business....?"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merritt Hawkins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Food brought in while you crushed phone time on Thursday nights

    Cons

    Like dialing 80 calls a day? Like trying to convince educated doctors they’d be better off in NOWHERESVILLE Arkansas..? Like calling old worn out databases? Like trying to convince wives of doctors they be better off in a town like KKK HQ Arkansas or. Wood pulp mill stench town WI, rather than Dallas or Kansas City..? Management was a joke but it surely must have changed. They laughed at women in the mid 2000’s. They must have sold to a big Corp and the managers made bank I’m sure. Are they still on their insane salary/Draw system? The turnover rate was 800%..... Thats not a misstype. Didn’t even count you as an employee at all for 90 days. To keep them from having to admit it was a churn and burn operation to the state. And it STILL WAS lol! If you want to drive people nuts from Worn out leads, recruiting Doctors to terrible client locations... knock yourself out.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Love Working Here"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Search Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merritt Hawkins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been with Merritt Hawkins for about a year and a half. I have loved working here from the day I stepped on campus. The organization put me through robust training, my leadership and trainer were extremely supportive, and I have watched my career take off. My VP is extremely flexible with my schedule even allowing me to work from home on some days that my schedule is just too much. The organization stresses retention and growth for their employees. Recently they switched the compensation model so that we could have more guaranteed income vs. at-risk commission-based income. They have multiple growth paths in the industry for you to choose what avenue in the organization you want to grow into. Some of these negative reviews are what you would expect from unsatisfied employees in any organization. I'd recommend this job to anyone looking to take control of their career. WE are the best in the industry.

    Cons

    I am very passionate about my job so sometimes I find myself working more than I anticipated- but that's on my terms

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Merritt Hawkins full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and place to work.

    Cons

    Training is a bit all over the place, not very structured

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Advance Your Career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merritt Hawkins full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Merritt Hawkins is the clear leader of all physician recruitment firms. If you are a hard worker who doesn't mind a challenge, this is definitely a great place to advance your career. They offer a variety of resources for professional development, including education assistance and mentorship programs. MH leadership hires the best people, and they place high (but not impossible) expectations on them. If you're looking for a place where you can slack off and still keep your job, this isn't the place for you.

    Cons

    The industry is incredibly competitive and physicians are scarce - so the job is no walk in the park. However, Merritt Hawkins rewards hard work generously.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merritt Hawkins full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Merritt Hawkins in the past, but left thinking that grass would be greener on the other side. I joined another retained recruitment firm. They offer a laid-back work environment and promise to be "employee friendly". Needless to say that I returned after a number of years to Merritt Hawkins and can promise that there is not a comparison. Merritt Hawkins is truly a work environment that is committed to providing elite service to their clients. While we don't wear flip-flops to work, we do strive hard every day to be the best. I have seen that the quality of work and success at Merritt Hawkins vastly out-weighs anyone else in this market. Merritt Hawkins provides all the tools needed to be successful and constantly listens to suggestions, and seeks improvement. In the industry, there are no other companies that have the high number of recruiters experiencing the tremendous success that Merritt Hawkins has. Any reviews you see about poor quality of life or over-stress are old and out-dated. I am able to enjoy my kids' sporting events, enjoy a great quality of life, and earn a great income. On top of that, AMN is as employee friendly, or more, than anywhere else in the market. Our benefits are amazing and unmatched. AMN cares about their employees. They provide endless options for career advancement, training (both personal and professional), resources that I am still trying to make the most of, and community outreach that nobody can touch. This is the place you want to be. Merritt Hawkins of today is the absolute best physician recruitment company in the country.

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of any. We have great work-life balance. We have opportunity for tremendous professional success and financial reward.

  9. Helpful (9)

    "Great for those that want to join The Good Ole Boys Club"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merritt Hawkins full-time

    Pros

    If you're a middle aged white male or a pretty 20 something, you'll probably do okay. Favoritism runs rampant here so be prepared to do some serious a*% kissing. Again, if you're willing to do that you'll be okay.

    Cons

    This company has so much potential. It could be great. It has everything needed to be a true force to be reckoned with within healthcare recruitment. But upper management has NO IDEA how to do that. They make rash decisions based on feelings and not reason. They over promise and under deliver. They give under the table deals to the people they like the most and everyone knows it. They have everything split into territories and then have no system in how they divide up accounts (that's where some of that favoritism comes into play). The overall system of how things are run is horribly dated and causes enormous problems and a ridiculously high turnover rate but upper management has never worked anywhere else so they can't even begin to conceive of how to change things or even why they should. "Because it's always been done this way" is commonly heard and the true death of any company nowadays. They aren't open to new ideas or ways of doing things because any suggestions are viewed as nothing more than criticism from unsuccessful people. The problem is, very successful employees have been leaving in droves. From what I watched, some of the most intelligent and tenured employees with director, senior director and VP titles have left in the last two years because they were so tired of being disrespected and robbed of further advancement. This company is supposed to be corporate but it's treated like a family company where advancement and respect is based solely on how well liked you are. People with a history of success can easily be passed up by a new employee if they aren't in the inner circle.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Dont Work There"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merritt Hawkins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    None, very abusive leaders and staff

    Cons

    Management only cares about themselves

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