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What do you think -- is this company going to survive and thrive? Are they looking to expand their staff, or do you think layoffs are inevitable?

How does Manpower stack up against the competition?

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Dolores S. Williams in Lyndhurst, New Jersey

95 months ago

In my present area Manpower is well off and comdating for day work; I belive they will survive and thrive I hope they are looking to expand there staff I would be a grat candate for the position

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Cathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota

95 months ago

Come on guys - Manpower is a temp agency and the job listed is one of their clients...........

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Mark Minkin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

95 months ago

Cathy said: Come on guys - Manpower is a temp agency and the job listed is one of their clients...........
That is incorrect. Yes, a core part of Manpower's business is temporary staffing, but we do so much more. Manpower also does permanent placement for a full range of employees, from administrative and industrial to professionals in IT, engineering and management. We also provide Outsourcing, Consulting, and many other HR services.

The position for a Corporate Trainer is not for another company, but for our Global Headquarters here in Milwaukee, WI.

I hope that this clears up Cathy in Minneapolis, MN's comment.

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Mark Minkin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

95 months ago

Host said: What do you think -- is this company going to survive and thrive? Are they looking to expand their staff, or do you think layoffs are inevitable?
How does Manpower stack up against the competition?
For the past 4 years Manpower has been rated as the top Staffing Company by Fortune Magazine. If you are concerned about the success of the company, take a look at the stock price, it has done quite well in the past year, and will continue to do well

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Shanel Fitzhugh DHC-Manpower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

95 months ago

Great job at clearing up that misconception, Mark!

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Brenda in Burton, Washington

95 months ago

Manpower might do permanant placements as well, but don't you usually try to place people as temps first in an almost "try before you buy" type situation? Most agencies that do both tend to run their business' as such. I'd like to know some statistics as far as how many permanant placements you actually make..

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Manpower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

94 months ago

Brenda said: Manpower might do permanant placements as well, but don't you usually try to place people as temps first in an almost "try before you buy" type situation? Most agencies that do both tend to run their business' as such. I'd like to know some statistics as far as how many permanant placements you actually make..

While part of Manpower's core business is "temp" and "temp to hire", they also have a very successful "Direct Hire" program in which candidates are placed directly with clients. These positions are not Temp OR Temp to Hire.

The fact is, people are becoming more mobile between jobs. As a result, recruitment is costing businesses more time, energy and money. Manpower's Direct Hire services help companies save on all three. They have the knowledge and resources needed to engage passive and active candidates -- whether they're in town or across the county -- to efficiently find talented people who help businesses succeed.

With Manpower's Direct Hire program, they have taken the burdon of advertising, prescreening, behavioral interviewing, reference checking and assessments away from already short-staffed HR departments. As a matter of fact, over the course of 2005, Manpower placed approximately 98,000 people world wide into Direct Hire positions.

The "Temp" stigma is going to take a while to go away, but please be assured that Manpower offers a wide range of HR services to meet the changing needs of companies who are experiencing the "talent crunch" that is currently affecting the U.S. and the world.

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Mark Minkin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

94 months ago

As I has stated in my last posting, permanent placement is a core part of our business. In 2005 we place over 100,000 people in permanent positions, and are projected to place over 150,000 this year.

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TXatheist in Austin, TX in Austin, Texas

94 months ago

Talent crunch? There is no talent crunch but there are plenty of companies cutting back to increase revenue to meet expectations. There is no talent crunch in Austin. The only time I have trouble is when a company wants to pay below the average salary and forces me to find talent that is desperate concerning wages.

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Mike in Portland, Maine

94 months ago

In my opinion, temp agencies are a racket to allow companies to avoid heath insurance and benefits. Goodye real jobs in America. Here are "Careers Lite".

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Debbie in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

94 months ago

Manpower offers a full benefit package including the ability to earn vacation and holiday pay, 401K and employee stock purchase. Manpower also offers health insurance

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DS in Minneapolis, Minnesota

94 months ago

I can only speak for Manpower Professional and they certainly don't live up to "professional." I was an easy placement--I knew the hiring manager personally. So, they didn't have to do any work on that end. They still screwed up the paper work and couldn't tell me what the medical costs were going to be, which, when I finally got the info, was exorbitant. They didn't know the process for getting me the right paper work required to get started on the job and I ended up having to pay for some things that they neglected to tell me about. They screwed up on my taxes the following year and magically turned non-taxable income (for travel expenses) into taxable expenses. Then, I had to do all the leg work to try and straighten it out. After that 6 month contract was over, I continued my same position with another firm that paid me a lot more and acutally assisted me with my contract paper work and with any needs I had on the job. This was the most unprofessional temp/contract placement org I've ever worked for, and the staff are a bunch of newbies that don't know what they're doing.

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Texas Will in Dallas, Texas

93 months ago

Temp agencies are just that, temp agencies. Sadly, that's all some people ever get as far as employment. However, they do serve a purpose, and I'm not going to fault anyone in that business. My only comment is that will all the thousands of people on their payrolls, they should have at least the average company benefits and not short the workers on that.

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Rich in Rochester, New York

93 months ago

Mark Minkin said: For the past 4 years Manpower has been rated as the top Staffing Company by Fortune Magazine. If you are concerned about the success of the company, take a look at the stock price, it has done quite well in the past year, and will continue to do well
Top staffing company? If so why is there so many terrible comments about manpower on the indeed.com website? As others have stated saying they have submitted resumes with no response...I have found the same problem. I am a welder/fabricator with 20 yrs experience and never get an answer back from Manpower. Now if I see it is listed by manpower, I dont even look at the job!

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Me in Winston Salem, North Carolina

92 months ago

I used to be a recruiter for Manpower. I will comment on the "response" issue... As a current recruiter in the same industry, we see virtually hundreds of resumes and applications cross our desks on any given week. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to reply to everyone who applies. If I did that, I would be on the phone or email for a straight week and would not get anything done! That is why, when I place an ad, I mention "only those candidates being considered will be contacted", so that the applicant understands that I may not get back to them. Try to look at it from the recruiters point of view. But as for Manpower itself - well, as mom always told me, "if you don't have anything good to say about someone, then don't say it at all". My lips are sealed!

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openmic in Greensboro, North Carolina

88 months ago

Manpower has been very disappointing. I too skip their job advertisements. As an engineer I don't expect to be treated like day labor, but that's what I get. I responded to one posting and got a call within a week, but I had to drive two hours away to their Raleigh office (and couldn't get any answer why my local Winston-Salem office couldn't handle my paperwork), only to have that recruiter show me newspaper advertisements. All he was going to do was clip ads (that I'd already seen), have me apply and interview on my own, then ask for a fee. Another time I got several frantic voicemails from an office in TN. When I called back (less than an hour after the last call) the recruiter couldn't remember what she had been calling me for! The last straw was an interview that they "set up" for me -- when I showed up the HR people weren't expecting me and didn't have any openings! Maybe they are better in other towns, but around here they're a bust.

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Mark in San Francisco, California

88 months ago

Rich in Rochester, New York said: Top staffing company? If so why is there so many terrible comments about manpower on the indeed.com website? As others have stated saying they have submitted resumes with no response...I have found the same problem. I am a welder/fabricator with 20 yrs experience and never get an answer back from Manpower. Now if I see it is listed by manpower, I dont even look at the job!

Oh well, I can speak from a "Temp" point of view. I did temp. for Manpower for a very short time, 3 months, I guess in total, on the third month, they offered me an "open ended" position, I assumed it was temp. to perm., but they can terminate me anytime or never hire me even if I stay 1 yr. I left that "open ended" position becuase i finally landed a full time direct hire permanent position. I guess, like any other temp. agency, in which I have used many, Manpower is just one of them. I don't really believe that there's a good "temp" agency, just use these temp. agencies for your in-between job periods, but while on a temp. assignment, remember NETWORK, NETWORK NETWORK!!!! AND KEEP LOOKING FOR A DIRECT HIRE JOB ON YOUR OWN!! LIKE WHAT I DID!!!

if you are just gonna count on these "temp to perm" jobs, goodluck!! call your mom, friend, or whomever it is that you need to contact to get that direct hire job........I am done with temp. agencies......because i did my own search!!!!

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Jobseeker in Tucson, Arizona

17 months ago

I was a Staffing Specialist at a Manpower branch office until very recently. Prior to that, on the other side of the desk where most of you are now and I, once again sit. I understand both sides of the experience. As a job seeker, the frustration can be overwhelming if allowed. The last thing a person wants is for their time to be wasted. Those that were serious about their job search were easy to differentiate from those that weren't. I had skilled people come to the office in shorts and flip flops applying for office jobs. They would tell me that they'll "clean up for the job when they got it". Needless to say, I would send the applicant that also had the skills AND the professional demeanor. Others came in with the attitude that they should just be able to order the job & pay they wanted as though ordering off a menu. I tried to get the highest pay possible, however, most clients have limits as to what they will pay. It is what it is. What I really loved about my job were the relationships I built with BOTH clients and applicants. That satisfaction went a long way in compensating for the low pay, well below industry standards. Still, I truly enjoyed my job. There are many good, sincere people at Manpower. Unfortunately, there are bad ones as well, usually in management positions. Under bad local management, a branch can become very inefficient and ineffective. That is what happened at the branch I worked at. An incompetent manager directly affects the experiences and results of staff and jobseekers alike. So if you have a bad experience, look to the location manager. They set the policies and procedures at that location. Those here that have advised jobseekers to take responsibility for their own job search are 100% correct. Register with all the local agencies. Search on your own, putting in the time and effort you would working at a full time job. Indeed, job hunting in this economic climate requires it. Best wishes and Good luck to you all.

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