Cons: no job security, poor work ethic, training is rushed, apathy
Working for Manpower gave me experience, but some of the work was not permanent. It felt like as soon as you got attached to the work, they would end your assignment. Sometimes it was not always Manpower's fault, but in fact the contractor themselves they brought you into. Most of the time, the job assignment was given to you with neat instructions. Other times it was a mess, mostly because the company I would be contracted to had no clue how to even train their employees.
The best experience of training I received was while working for Perrigo. Orientation for temporary workers was fun, they gave us a free meal at the end of the week, and they handled us with care to provide a great training experience. However, it all changed when we went to work on the production floor with the employees. Training was rushed and hurried, and also other coworkers talked down to me. This was the only staffing agency where being a Manpower worker was NOT a good thing. I was often referred to as "Manpower" and called expendable quite a few times, while trying to maintaining a cheerful attitude at work. I once told a girl on the line floor at Perrigo that I was excited to be hired in someday, and she said "No, that's gonna be a long time before that happens. You are expendable." Other Manpower employees I worked with had a poor attitude about themselves, mostly due to being treated unfairly. One woman I met called herself a "peon." Yes, it really was that bad. Work environment was tense, and employees at these jobs would not care if you were there one day or gone the next. Supervisors tried – more... to feign caring, but would do nothing about the problems at hand if they were any I brought up, such as bullying, or intimidation.
I did not enjoy the treatment I received, but worked through the problems because I needed money. I was often told to leave by employees at my jobs. They didn't understand the job market, and also did not understand my position there. I tried to make friends, but often left with no one to talk to.
I left in January knowing I was done with this treatment. I talked to the branch manager of Manpower in my location I go to, but often times it felt like you could never speak your issues. I called to relay a message to her, but was told to write a letter. I live 20 mins away from this building, so that was not an option.
Hopefully the stability of the company has changed since my departure, as I know some have better success stories. – less