Temp (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – October 25, 2017
Worked with BW on and off. In the past, they seemed to care about fit, and culture. Yet, they post positions that might fit your background perfectly, and won't provide ANY communication if they don't like something about your application. You might have every base covered that they list, but if there is something they didn't even mention that was missing, they will just remove all transparency, and not communicate with you. Two quick examples: Communicated with one supervisor that indicated that a technical background might fit better at a few other local agencies, yet there were a few positions they post that required many of the same technical skills. I inquired about those, and was simply told they "couldn't move forward". Nothing that was obvious, no prior problems that I could see, just that. On another occasion, a friend recommended me speaking highly of them, so I acquiesced and gave them another chance. The recruiter asked to be connected with me, and told my friend they wanted to bring me in right away. I followed up on the introductory email, and heard nothing. While there might be something they don't like about say a LinkedIn profile, or resume, I think a certain level of transparency is desired. If you claim you want "good fit" and someone meets every checkbox you outline in a job description, then it is on you to be more clear as a recruiter. If you say you want to bring someone in, and then fail to get in touch, then you are the one at fault. BW to me seems like it is an agency of snakes.
They put on a good front?
Inconsistent, low transparency, and very passive agressive
Recruiter (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – June 19, 2017
I've worked at Boly:Welch for a few years and keep waiting for the other shoe to drop -- sure, it's a dog-friendly office, but there must be something wrong with it, right? Nope. As advertised, it's a truly Portland, women-dominant, family-friendly, sustainable, ethical B Corps with a passionate inter-generational workforce, supportive management team, and tons of opportunity to give back and get involved. The benefits are great (12 days to volunteer a year, world class parties, in-house massages, etc., etc.) and the people are even better.
It's not a process-driven culture, so it can be a little challenging to measure what we do, but I feel strongly that everyone does great work and really cares about their clients and candidates. There are a lot of inherent biases against recruiting and staffing agencies (people pushers, headhunters, putting warm bodies in open roles), but I like to think Boly:Welch turns those stereotype on its head. I hope all of our candidates and clients find a fit as good as Boly:Welch -- it's been the best job I've ever had.
Dogs <3, lots of healthy benefits, strong team, lots of continuing education options
Commissions subject to market fluctuations - can be a pro too
Senior Recruiter (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – June 15, 2017
It's been almost seven years since I started working at Boly:Welch. I have learned an incredible amount about the companies and industries in Portland, as well as hiring trends and how to identify top talent. Management is nimble, fair and realistic. They encourage new ideas and professional growth, as well as truly caring about each and every one of us. The entire company works collaboratively to match great talent to the Portland market.
The hardest part of the job is allowing for nuances of the human spirit. More specifically, managing people's expectations. Candidates and companies all have expectations for finding a great job/great candidate, both long term and for temporary roles, too. It is our responsibility to make professional matches that are meaningful and that meet requirements for both parties. When that all comes together, it is a fabulous feeling. When a candidate tells me I have helped them find their 'dream job' and the company praises our efforts in identifying the 'perfect candidate,' I couldn't feel any more fulfilled.
Legal Assistant (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – June 11, 2013
Poor quality placement when fitting the right candidate with the right employer. I've worked with many temp agencies, but only have had issues with this one. If I tell them I can only work on one side of town, they contact me for a job on the one side of town I told them I cannot work on because it is too far away. They are more focused on the employer's needs rather than the candidates which is half of their clientele. The pay is mediocre at best, but they do have lots of job placement.
more likely to put you to work right away
untrustworthy, doesn't pay attention to your needs