Manpower Reviews

Updated 13 September, 2014
Updated 13 September, 2014
624 Reviews
3.2
624 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management is very understanding about keeping the work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The working environment is professional (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • I heard some full time employees complained about his or her job (in 13 reviews)

  • Promised permanent placement but upper management did not follow though (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome!

    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Everything in this job is great. Autonomy, company culture, etc!

    Cons

    Not much to think of! obviously stressful industry to work in, but that's part of the game!

  2.  

    Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Scarborough, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Scarborough, ON

    I worked at Manpower as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Work individually
    - Head up the campaign for marketing with the branch manager
    - Warm call clients and work on communication
    - Deal directly with prospects
    - Excellent management

    Cons

    - Repetitive tasks
    - Nothing else really

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Add more variety and events

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent place to deal with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Small Equipment Storesman  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Small Equipment Storesman in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Manpower as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Personable and friendly people. Easy to get in contact with, any problems or issues were solved almost right away. Straight up classy place

    Cons

    Absolutely no bad things to say other than being a temp job its hard to find the next assignment. Too much down time between work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent training ground; be prepared to work hard!

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    Former Employee - Staffing Specialist  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Staffing Specialist in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Manpower full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Breadth and depth of business exposure: If you are new in your career and don't know very much about 'business' as a whole, this is an excellent place to learn.

    -Hire great internal staff

    -Strong core values: (including the vision of the late company Founder, Elmer Winter) that are lived out daily (Worker Safety, Compliance to Process, Client and Candidate satisfaction, to name a few).

    -Good processes: the temporary employment side of the business is a very process oriented, well-oiled machine with a 'fast-turnaround' model.

    -Feel-good factor: Although the process leaves some candidates feeling that it isn't very personal, Manpower offers free, on-line skills training for their temporary employees, mandatory safety orientations and some operations also provide health care benefits once temps qualify by working enough hours.

    -Overall, good working environment: Staff have a lot autonomy, many responsibilities & high work load, but management doesn't DIRECTLY encourage or pressure staff to work beyond regular hours.

    -Positive, team culture: (vs. being ultra competitive) makes it a fun, dynamic place to work. Since there isn't a huge focus on commissions, internal staff works together and use the database to employ and re-deploy their reliable, top performing external employees/temps.

    -Focus on relationships: Manpower encourages the team to be accessible & visible on-site for the clients and temporary employees.

    -Strong, reputable brand: they work with great companies because of their size and span, nationally and globally.

    -Information/Industry knowledge: white papers and other value-add publications & reports, knowledge of market trends and employment statistics world-wide are available to clients and staff.

    -Technology: They do a pretty good job of bringing new practices in to the 'Agency' market.

    Cons

    -Salaries aren't the highest in the industry

    -Limited opportunity for commissions in temp, if you're driven by that, it could be a big disadvantage

    -No pay for overtime

    -High volume work load and limited support

    -Work/life balance can be hard to achieve due to work loads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Great work communicating and living the company values

    -Listen to and support your staff who are on the front lines; they are your most valuable asset

    -Better pay for staff

    -Promote continuing education and training to support staff's personal career goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work however the industry is awful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    Good training and support at first.

    Cons

    Lots of disappointment from candidates and clients. The staffing industry is just brutal if you haven't been in it before. Managers expect the world from employees. Very hard to get lots of commission as they promise you should be getting. Base salary is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be patient with your employees if they are producing good candidates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great working environment, nice team and managements

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    Current Employee - Staffing Specialist  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Staffing Specialist in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Great working environment
    Nice team
    Managements are good, easy going and hands off

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing I can think of now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    creative. innovative. fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Candidate Marketing - Canada  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager, Candidate Marketing - Canada in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    I get to bring new ideas to the table and 99% of the time I get to run with them. Love the creative freedom and the opportunity to prove the ROI on these projects. Truly the best group of people I have ever worked with - right across North America. Lots of opportunity for projects, growth and to learn.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be hard as many members of our team sit virtually or at various site across North America. This is such a minor issue however as we collaborate very well - by phone, in person, email, and social media.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    It has been a great journey with tons of growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Staffing Specialist  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Staffing Specialist in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Manpower

    Pros

    The management team is always willing to hear new ideas and work to help the vision of the corporate values

    Cons

    High stress and pressure of the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good experience overall...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Manpower

    Pros

    Great people and a fun place to work!

    Cons

    Senior level management was resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your sales reps!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Recruiter  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Manpower

    Pros

    Learned about a wide range of industries, sectors and professions; gained experience interviewing and working with HR professionals

    Cons

    Not always satisfying to work in staffing, particularly temp work - you see a lot of desperate people looking for work and struggling, but as a business, helping them is not your top priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing more time and effort in job seekers actually makes very good business sense - help employers hire people from minority groups and make a difference.

    Approves of CEO

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