Digital Art Director (Former Employee) – McLean, VA – December 16, 2015
Aquent has been alright. I dont like how the company comes first over the contractor and they have a tendency to lay people off without any prior notification. Some of the recruiters and agents are excellent while others seem to care less about you as a contractor.
Helped to keep me employed for 5 years
Company comes first over contractor not an even playing field
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR (Former Employee) – TX – April 10, 2017
Good company, good coworkers. Managers lack ability to direct employees with realistic steps. Office is very loud, not professional. Lack of marketing for specific clients, lack of follow through on new processes / procedures to be implemented.
I have worked for Aquent two years. I have had a great experience on my company assignment. This includes friendly and supportive co-workers, challenging work, a great work environment, and a management team that cares about people.
My experience with Aquent, on the other hand, is questionable. The company could stand to improve their communication strategies when dealing with contractors. Interaction with my Aquent account rep is virtually non-existent. He has made little effort to build a relationship. I make money for Aquent. It would be nice if the company showed concern for my growth and development.
Smooth process for on-boarding
No bonus structure, poor communication, no concern for growth and development
Web Producer (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – September 7, 2016
Aquent recruiters always found me a great job and quickly. Love working with my contact. Their HR on-site at Microsoft were responsive and helpful. However, the benefits are poor (health insurance middle of the road, but no vacation or sick days benefits) and compensation was low. I had to fight to get a raise from them after many years there - and did get it, but after being ready to leave.
KB Technical Writer - onsite at Google (Former Employee) – Mountain View, CA – August 16, 2016
They care about you as an individual. Unfortunately, as a contract company, they don't have ultimate control over your career advancement. But they make every effort to assist you in your long-term efforts.
Contractor (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – July 26, 2016
The professional recruiters at Aquent/Vitamin T are extremely friendly with positive attitudes. They try do their best for their clients (the hiring companies) when seeking contractors to fill open positions.
While I have had generally positive interactions with the recruiters at Aquent/Vitamin T, as a contractor in search of temp / temp-to-perm work opportunities; I will say they could stand to improve their communication strategies when dealing with contractors.
When first being approached for a role, I've had outstanding communications, working with recruiters,make sure they have everything they need from me to put my best foot forward in a role. I've successfully scored several interviews and a few placements as well.
However I've also been asked to apply for positions - then never heard back from the recruiter who contacted me. They pursue you hard, then drop off the face of the earth.
In one case, I went on an interview, the client indicated I had won the contract and would be hearing from my recruiter with the details in a few days. A week goes by and NOTHING. I tried contacting my recruiter. Turns out he went on vacation without telling me (or the client) or leaving instructions for another recruiter to follow up, So the client moved on to the next person on their list. My original recruiter never bothered to contact me after that, and I was offered a weak / second-hand apology from someone else in the office for his blunder.
On another occasion, I interviewed with the client - was told I would hear back within a week, one way or anothermore... and waited FOUR weeks before my recruiter finally got back to me only to say I had been passed over in favor of an internal applicant.
I can understand not being awarded a position - but recruiters not following through with contractors who are waiting is unprofessional and unacceptable on any level.
Contractors are more than a commodity. Learn to respect their time. Please train your recruiters in the absolute necessity for follow-through and timely response, regardless of whether a position is awarded or not, Any time I lose a gig because a recruiter has let my application fall through the cracks, or neglects to follow through with a client, is time and money I will never get back. I'm better than that. You should be too.less