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Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • We help Veterans and people in the Guard/Reserve find jobs, so it's a great feeling and service (in 7 reviews)

  • For a former military service-member, there's no better work environment than working with other Veterans (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Also, if you land a really big account, prepare for it to be subdivided to other Account Executives at other offices - since those (in 5 reviews)

  • No room for growth within the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Client Delivery Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orion International full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible & good pay.

    Cons

    No room for growth within the company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Candidate Recruiter Role"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love my boss; he trusts me and doesn't micromanage. We help Veterans and people in the Guard/Reserve find jobs, so it's a great feeling and service. Base salary plus commissions is really nice.

    Cons

    Not all managers are like mine and treatment of people/favorites is not the best. Some recruiters are treated better than others and get better jobs to recruit for so they earn a lot more in commissions.

    Advice to Management

    Do mandatory management training and reading about how to treat employees equally in regards to women vs men. There's a great book on this called "Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box". I recommend every manager reading this.


  3. "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Candidate Recruiter in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Candidate Recruiter in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orion International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid team of Account Executives and Recruiters that work well together. Great career for anyone that wants a challenge and the reward of helping Veterans.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment with ever changing priorities. If a person likes the same challenge with little deviation, this is not a good fit. Dynamic, quick-moving, intelligent people will love this work!

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to thank your people often, they are the reason for the success and the future of the company.


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  5. Helpful (14)

    "Run away like your hair is on fire!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Base salary (but inly for a fee months) --just enough to keep you going to work but well below market average pay for good sales people.

    Cons

    Wow - where to start...? Management will never get rid of management and, well, management here is the problem. It is inbred nepotism at its very core - A circle and cycle of ineptitude run ("run" being a euphemism for absurd and profound mismanagement...) by a bunch of previous military officers who are "C" students in life and who were marginal leaders (at best!) when they were in the service. Backbiting, querulous, self-aggrandizing mammals who have not a CLUE as to what true leadership is. Not a single one has ever seen combat yet they all still talk about their glory days as officers. Most of management has been there since the inception of the company and they will never leave. As such, there is little to no room for advancement and no decent human being would want to stay there long enough to move up the ranks anyway.
    "Leadsership" (again, A euphemism for people who have stayed around long enough to gain title yet have no true leadership ability /interests) sets the tone for the rest of the employees. Every office is rife with petty gossip, inappropriate sexual behavior, misogynistic and racially offensive commentary, and destructive competition. And training..? If you consider a 6 1/2 inch thick binder with outdated material is a great training program…? Well, then this one has a terrific one. Seriously, if you have opportunity of any other kind of employment, grab it and run – the only thing this place will do is make you appreciative of any other job you've ever had/will have in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Take some courses in sef-awareness... And stop writing shill feedback on here about the company. It is pathetically obvious when not a single ex-employee has a good thing to say about the company yet it is lauded on Glassdoor as a great place to work. Oddly, this seems to happen every time someone leaves a REAL review in here about what the company is truly like.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Candidate Recruiter in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Candidate Recruiter in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orion International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Company values and Service, Employees rewarded based on success and work ethic. Mission oriented company that know no quit

    Cons

    Helping Military veterans is a tough job, coming to the realization you can not help everyone is the toughest part.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to press forward and attract great people. Its the People who make this company great, some of the best warriors, leaders, team builders and friends I have ever seen.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    What a crew, most of my co-workers were friendly and fun... definitely some great characters to work with!

    Cons

    I'd have to say that management is very unorganized and dysfunctional with little to no management or leadership skills to effectively lead the team in the right direction. You definitely feel disposable as an admin, they don't care about making things right or making you feel like a valuable member of the team. A member of the management team had a problem working with women in a sense he didn't know how to act around them or make eye contact with them, extremely immature.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people and their work and they'll want to stay.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Reality"

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

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

    Pros

    Absolutely best place to work if you want to be in the corporate recruiting world. By far the superior military recruiting firm in the nation. Also just acquired a top RPO firm to partner with. Orion is years ahead of its competition in marketing, capabilities, programs, etc. Orion also uses the top two training companies in the U.S. for employee training. You get all the training you'd want or need. Many, Many success stories here. You have a much faster rate to success as a new hire than any of the other firms, here. The tenure of account executives and candidate recruiters, and executive staff is huge / high. Highest retention rate in the industry. The candidate recruiting team has hardly any attrition. The account executive team attrits at a lower rate than other firms--due to the fact that this is not 100% commission, the staff is highly experienced, you are given many accounts when starting along with excellent training all the way, and it is really up to you on how successful you want to be. Hard-charging business-owner mentality people, who are willing to do the work, who can manage their time superbly, who care about tracking their numbers / metrics, who are competitive leaders, who want to win, who care about their peers here, and who do the detail work necessary..., cant' help but win and enjoy it here. The people who have left are like situations at any other company--they just did not want to do the things mentioned above, OR the profile fit just was not them and they will be better in a different role that better suits their passions and desires. I have not seen any other cases than these two for anyone who has left the company, the past few years. The numbers that you have to track here (metrics here) are very simple--not tough to attain. Very easy to hit the expected call time, call #s, visits to clients, etc. Anyone who matches the criteria mentioned above doesn't even worry about the metrics, as the average numbers expected are at or below what a performer naturally does. Great place to come to learn, train, see lots of companies, help lots of Veterans, and build a business, and also be able to control your schedule.

    Cons

    You need to work hard, and keep at it when you don't see results right away, but that is expected of any significant job that pays well. You will have to give up 8 or 9 Sundays a year due to conference schedule, but it's still fun.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great experience for entry-level recruiting/sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orion International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get good experience if you are just starting out in sales or recruiting. Helping vets is always a great feeling. My co-workers were great. Obviously, they are all former military, they are extremely talented and hard-working. There is weekly training to keep you up to speed on goings on in the company. They reward you for your achievements. However, if you are "junior" or some kind of assistant you will stay that way (no growth possible). Account Executives and Recruiters grow within the company or they leave.

    Cons

    The leadership at the corporate level is awful, really antagonistic and negative. Keep to your local team and you won't have any problems. I've seen some truly great hires come through and had great co-workers, and there have some awful incompetent, egotistical nutcases. #sales

    Advice to Management

    Start giving bonuses and rewarding junior employees. Your sales and recruiting team wouldn't be able to do everything without us.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Excellent cover, terrible book"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot about several different industries and it's a good transition from military life to the civilian world. Steve Casey was a fun person to work with and is extremely knowledgeable. Most importantly, the feeling that comes with landing a guy or a girl a great job out the military that they truly enjoy is second to none.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is extremely poor, especially recently. Shady ethics and patterns of disrespect to employees at all levels of leadership are apparent. The leadership seems either unwilling or unable to realize the serious problems within the company that cause high turnover. I think in the last few years the average time for an Account Executive at the company is around 6 months. Leadership needs to realize that employees are no longer in the military anymore and like being treated by human beings (probably why several employees got out in the first place).Their business strategies aren't very strategic either (i.e. If one industry stops hiring then it can just be made up in another industry).

    Advice to Management

    Realize that business is conducted extremely differently from how the company started 25 years ago. Arbitrary metrics for the sake of metrics shouldn't be the measure of success. Revenue should be king, and if that is not happening then lean on metrics. The CEO should take a hard look at the C level leadership and the RSMs management styles because there is a LOT of room for improvement.


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Good, Bad & Ugly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping veterans land a rewarding career during their transition from the military has been a great experience. You can also make good money here if you are willing to put in the effort. Make no mistake - nothing is handed to you, but if you are a self-starter that can muscle through the meager first few months, you'll do well. Since we're all veterans, camaraderie is great here, too.

    Cons

    PAY REDUCTIONS! Manageable metrics often change with little/no warning, and the bottom half of the Sales team regularly sees their pay significantly reduced while hitting all of their metrics if they fall below "the company average." Also, if you land a really big account, prepare for it to be subdivided to other Account Executives at other offices - since those Account Executives did not "break" the account, they get a reduced commission on the sales, which can only be explained as a tactic Orion uses to save thousands of dollars on what would be your hard-earned commissions.

    Advice to Management

    - Stick with the metrics & don't reduce pay if we hit our numbers & quota.
    - Come up with ideas to reward the entire team for performance. A $100 office lunch when an all-time sales record is surpassed isn't that compelling a reason to work your heart out.



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