CPO, Although I'm nowhere in your league of years and experience (12 years maintenance, CNC, Plastics), I'd like to think I've got to the point where I'm an experienced professional who expects certain things of recruiters/employers.
Aerotek in Dublin OH falls greatly short of all expectations.
First job in the states was through them. I was at work for 2 days, and was told "position was never available". Poor communication.
Second time around was a lot more interesting. Plenty of calls, and please come into our office (said the spider to the fly..) and we'll have a little chat. One round trip of 135 miles, 10 minute talk to be told "Yes you are suitable" could of been done over the phone..but I know the deal with recruiters. Couple of phone calls later, and I've nailed the job, come in again to sign forms and away you go. We agreed for 12pm in Dublin.
I work 3rds, got 2 kids, and a lot of organisation was involved to get things in place. Here's where I flip..
My contact at aerotek, fails to show at the appropiate time, he's already signed the contract which means he has no intention of meeting me, or answering my questions, the terms have been changed, and he expects me to sign like a fool. Next, I've not spent a second inside the place I'm going to work, met my new boss, or get an idea of the place. If my new boss relies on the opinon of an incosiderate idiot who can't finish his lunch..what kind of place am I working for.
I signed..and then gave them some crazy story why I couldn't make the job.
And Mark if you're reading this..look after those who give you the leads, Aerotek needs fresh meat, but don't treat people accordingly.
Very very disappointing.