Pros: other recruiters are helpful and very nice!
Cons: pay, job culture, owner
I am a former employee. I was originally suckered into accepting a position as a recruiter because I was desperate for any job and the owner had told me that someone starting out as a first-time recruiter makes about $40k the first year. YEAH RIGHT!!! The commission you do get, tuck that away because if you place someone (if you ever place someone) and they don't work out with the client within a 90 day period, then you have to pay that commission back. Also, the owner is the biggest micromanager you will ever meet. I would always do my best to not make eye contact with her so I wouldn't talk to her. She had gotten mad at me twice and scolded me for replying to e-mails outside of designated "paperwork" time. She recently had a window installed in her office so she could gaze out to the recruiting floor. I always dreaded coming into work and my day revolved around my break and lunch times. I honestly did my best to make the most out of it and tried to stay in a positive mindset for the better part of 2.5 months, but eventually couldn't take it anymore. You definitely don't get paid enough for all the work you do. $24k is the base and commission is a percentage of the employee's first year salary (not paid or taken out of employee placed). The direct-hire department here does not make any money because it is extremely hard to get employers to agree on paying the fee, but if they do agree, they are extremely picky about the candidates we would send over. The medical and temporary departments are the only ones that do great on their placements and make money. If you take a recruiter position here, good luck because it will only be a matter of time until you're looking for another job.