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Real Staffing Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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Pros
  • If you perform well, commissions are high, incentive trips are fun, and team night outs are a blast (in 5 reviews)

  • Working in Real Staffing contracts has been awesome (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, but the harder you work, the more money you make (in 3 reviews)

  • Career Advancement -- No one stays at this company longer than a few years (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Recruitment Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Culture and a young office

    Cons

    A young office and low basic salaries


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Young people
    -Lots of fun after work
    -great view of city

    Cons

    -Children (people under 30) are running it
    -underpaid
    -no leadership
    -no mentorship
    -long hours

    Advice to Management

    -Try to be more well rounded
    -Learn better managerial practices
    -Care about employees


  3. "Engineer IV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Overall good experience, will recommend a friend in future.

    Cons

    Was under paid due to some error had to reach out multiple times to get it fixed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Growing, fun and exciting opportunity"

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

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

    Pros

    Engaged and attentive management and coworkers
    High earing potential - no draws, standard base and uncapped commission
    Great office location in downtown Chicago
    Fun culture

    Cons

    Longer hours to be more successful

    Advice to Management

    keep innovating - don't rest on current successes


  6. "lead staff coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Real Staffing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ability to give a better quality of life to the clients.

    Cons

    doing more than acquired for my position without team support.

    Advice to Management

    better working conditions


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Would never recommend to anyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The view from the office is quite nice. The incentive trips are cool if you are lucky enough to hit one.

    Cons

    This place is genuinely toxic. Work-life balance is non-existent and almost feels like it's prohibited, management is not encouraging, career opportunity is out of your hands, values do not exist (except ripping clients off), and culture is that off a frat house. The company is the epitome of "children managing children".

    Out of 72 employees to start the year in 2016, it's mid-March and already around 1/3 of employees have left. It is the most non-collaborative environment you can imagine; every man fending for themselves. No camaraderie. This place is designed to make you go home at night and cry yourself to sleep either due to stress from the job itself or due to some act of harassment (whether verbal assault, sexual, or drug/alcohol-related peer pressure). No opinion matters to management except their own -- your voice will not be heard. And if it is, it's because you said or did something wrong, in which case you will basically be put on some sort of probation. You'll also never be told anything transparently, even when you ask specifically, you'll be lied to or they will beat around the bush.

    Management -- The absolute worst. Micro-management galore. They make you do pointless things for numbers' sake, not actually smart business. You didn't email blast 10000 managers yesterday or didn't spend 2 hours on the phones? You're on timeout, come to my office and explain to me why not. They make decisions based on what will fill their pockets (SO MANY POLITICS), not what's best for you. They also diminish you to a four letter nickname and rank you by a number (how many deals you've done... or haven't) amongst your own teammates up on a board.

    Career Advancement -- No one stays at this company longer than a few years. Not only does the job itself suck (which management openly recognizes behind closed doors), but if you aren't lucky enough to be put on a "hot market" to begin with (most people aren't), then good luck.

    Pay -- The food chain above you makes 99% of the money off of your hard work. And even so, they still think it's acceptable for you to live off of a $40,000 base salary in San Francisco. That's basically below the poverty line here.

    Commission -- You don't get paid your commission until 2 months after you close a deal (earliest). You also don't get commission for a lot of deals that you deserve. Say you introduced the client to our business and passed the job to get filled by its "vertical market specialist". More often than not, you get screwed out of making even a fraction of the deal.

    Hours -- If you are not in your seat by 8AM in the morning you're fired. If you even think about leaving before 5PM you're fired. If you need to go to the doctor's office - BOOM - full day of PTO must be taken. Sound like some sort of elementary school? Just wait -- "lunch time" is 12:30PM - 1:30PM, not a minute earlier or a minute later.

    Perks -- Transit paid for? Nope. Gym membership? Nope. Cell phone bill because you use your phone to talk to clients and to guide your way around the Bay Area when on meetings? Nope. Free food, any time, ever? Nope. ANYTHING COOL?! Nope.

    Dress Code -- Must wear business attire. Every. Single. Day. Even though you are rarely in front of clients. Booties are prohibited. Hair must be done up. Guys must be clean shaven daily. Shirts must be flawlessly ironed. Skin can't be showing. Shoes must be shined. Managers will call you out if not. Oh and not to mention, people (your own co-workers) steal your change of clothes if you leave them in the closet where they actually belong.

    Food -- Hungry? You can only eat at specific times of the day (see below). No eating at the desk. Not even snacks. If you do have snacks, management will come over, rag on you for eating them "during core hours", and then grab them out of your hand and eat it themselves in front of you as if to prove a point.

    Miscellaneous -- The company is run by UK "executives" who make it a Boy's Club. The company runs on British pounds, not American dollars so you have to calculate everything manually, including your own pay. There is no HR -- any questions you have will not be answered by any sort of administrator, you're just stuck, it's your loss, and no one cares.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "A Young Company on the Rise - Going in a Positive Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I think it'd be a challenge to find another recruitment business that hires the same quality of people that Real Staffing does. The people working there are generally some of the most fun people to hang out with. Out of the 80 people in the San Francisco office right now, I consider 15 of them to be solid friends of mine. The pay can also be very good considering this is usually the first job people have out of college. If you perform well, commissions are high, incentive trips are fun, and team night outs are a blast. Not to mention the office sits atop the 39th floor of the Citigroup Center Tower. All in all, for the most part, the 'Work Hard, Play Hard' mentality is pretty popular in the office.

    Cons

    When I think of the immaturity of this company (they've only been in SF for about 5 years), I also think about the Boy's Club culture that the UK executives have brought with them from our HQ in London. This attitude has encouraged a certain fraternity-like atmosphere in the office since there are a ton of Americans that partook in Greek life when they were in college. Since most people that join are 21 or 22 years old, bad habits can be exercised in the workplace. Unfortunately, the young hires aren't the only ones binging though. Some of the managers, directors, and above often join in the festivities and at times the overall company behavior can promote unregulated binge drinking after work (out of the office of course), reckless decision making, low inhibitions and poor judgement.

    Another con is the gender power gap that is very evident. They employ about a 50/50 ratio but women hold far less authority than men do (this is a general trend amongst other offices as well).

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to employee feedback and make the changes that will empower everyone in the office to perform to the best of their potential.


  9. "Great place to learn, grow, and expand your recruitment career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Real Staffing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Passionate leaders, top-notch training, great benefits, travel every year to Vegas with the whole company, fun and luxurious incentive trips, managers that truly care and vested in your success, lots of future growth and potential across various industries/roles/locations to work!

    Cons

    Work on-site 5 days/week (although there are many flex hours and remote arrangements upcoming), stable workplace for everyone but that includes underperformers who should be managed out of the business faster.

    Advice to Management

    Continue supporting the best performers and ensuring that there is a culture of excellence, and expand sustainably. Continue implementing diversity programs and improve the culture to be more inclusive.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "3rd week on the job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So far so good. Working in Real Staffing contracts has been awesome! I honestly was nervous to make the jump to NYC and work in this industry but the transition couldn't be going any better. Everyone on my team and in the office has been so helpful and friendly. Training/getting acclimated has been excellent. The office is in a great location and it's a gorgeous office. They keep you active so the days fly by.

    Cons

    Getting into the office at 8 AM is tough, but it really is the only con I can think of at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    stay classy, so far you guys have made me feel welcomed and have really gone out of your way to help get me familiar with the business.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "it was a fair and competitive oportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Recruitment Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Uncapped Comission, great incentives, clear path for growth.

    Cons

    Back of the house operations lacked, low base salary, unstable management

    Advice to Management

    provide more structure, be more positive.


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