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Sparks Personnel Services Reviews

Updated August 2, 2018
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Pros
  • "work-life balance, found a job fast," (in 3 reviews)

  • "This staffing agency was easily the best I've used in the DC Metro area" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "They claim the have a work life balance well I can say I was almost always the first in and the last out working long hours with little to no return" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Please stay away from this company" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Truly cares for the employees!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked directly at Sparks Group for a couple years and absolutely loved working with everyone. All management wants you to succeed! I learned so much from here that I was able to take on with me. They go above and beyond!

    Cons

    There are no cons at all!

    Advice to Management

    Kristi Williams, along with the rest of the Operations is amazing-- please keep it up :)


  2. "BDM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is good. People are pretty nice. Offices are in good locations. Company has strong brand recognition and established for a long time. Good clients.

    Cons

    No interest in reinvesting money into the company. Departments don’t work together. Below average commission structure. Old equipment. No low term growth plan for strong performers. Too much shifting and favoritism for senior personnel. Some people required to flip business but standard isn’t held to everyone. Management constantly says one thing and then changes it’s mind and changes again without communication. HR is not helpful at all.

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of your employees and not take so much for the house. Reward strong performers because you will not be able to harvest any new talent with the current model. Also reconsider how many people are on your “Leadership” team. Numbers / Data is very skewed to make people not carrying their weight look like they are more useful then they really are.

    Sparks Personnel Services Response

    Aug 6, 2018 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you for your review. We are certainly glad to hear that you had a mostly positive experience while working at Sparks Group. However, we also recognize that there is always room for opportunity... More

  3. "A Perfect Choice for Placement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Temp Worker in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Temp Worker in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sparks Personnel Services part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional, friendly, knowledgeable staff meeting the needs of both clients and employees. They have a personal touch beyond what most agencies exhibit. A definite recommend!

    Cons

    Can't think of a one!

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating ALL of your staff (from recruiters to hires) in a kind, considerate, and professional manner. It makes ALL the difference!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staffing Supervisor in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Staffing Supervisor in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, office vibe, and company benefits!

    Cons

    The hours for a recruiter can be demanding some days, but the directors are very cognizant and supportive to maintain a work/life balance each day.


  5. "Worst company I have ever worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sparks Personnel Services (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. Please do not work here.

    Cons

    Please stay away from this company.


  6. "Can't go wrong with Sparks Group!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Assistant in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Property Assistant in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sparks is a great agency that helps others find employments. Sparks is trusted by companies to provide top talent and professional workers. Sparks has helped me find meaningful employment. If you need a helping hand finding employemnt, let Sparks help you. Sparks Group listen and place people in jobs that they would be the best fit. Put simply, Sparks will listen and do their best to ensure your satisfaction. Give Sparks a try and see where you career may go! I can personally say they have helped me in the present.

    Cons

    No cons to speak of...


  7. "Recruiting Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sparks Personnel Services full-time

    Pros

    I loved working for this company. I have worked as a contractor for a year now and this is the only company I would recommend wholeheartedly. Jen Clemmons was the recruiter I worked with and she was literally there everytime I needed her, she always made me feel like I was a #1 priority. Thank you Sparks and Jen, I will always think back fondly of my time working for this company:)

    Cons

    I don’t have any cons.

  8. "Strategic Account Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Transparent Leadership
    -Work Life Balance

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Sparks Personnel Services Response

    Oct 19, 2017 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you very much! Amazing leadership and work/life balance are often cited as top reasons why our staff love working here!


  9. "Best place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I could not even begin to express how much I loved working at Sparks Group. I was a full time employee, and only left due to having to move states. The culture is absolutely amazing! The people are fun, communicative, and really care. The upper management ensures that you are set up for success and will help you through out the way! The CEO, President are very much involved, which is hard to find! Would work here again in a heartbeat!

    Cons

    There is literally not a thing I can think of!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  10. "Still love Sparks Group!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sparks Personnel Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    After recently adopting a great new company name, logo, website, and more, this is a very exciting time to work for Sparks Group! What began as a regionally based, family-owned staffing agency, is now a full-scope provider of technical, professional, creative and administrative talent to some of the biggest and best companies to work for in MD, VA and DC.

    Cons

    Limited incentive programs for those in corporate/shared services roles.


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