Host said: What are the average starting salaries, bonuses, benefits and travel requirements like at Kelly Services?
What do you like best about working at Kelly Services? Are there any great perks or special treats for employees?
Kelly Technical (example) jobs are plentiful because they fill a gap that the client companies prefer to keep...a "buffer" if you will. They're basically a bottom-of-the-barrel body shop.
The client company can give you rave reviews every year (as I got for 3 1/2), but Kelly will nickel and dime you to death as far as pay raises go. There is no reward for staying with these people. A Kelly contract job should only be considered bacon and beans money until you're able to snag a REAL job.
Kelly prides itself on its "benefits", but they're not fooling many people. An example is their "Kelly Retirement Plan". It is a 401-something that only YOU contribute to. They don't contribute a dime, and since you're a temporary employee under contract, there's no way you'll ever see "retirement" from Kelly anyway.
There is no sick leave and in 7 years you'll earn a maximum of 15 days vacation as a technical employee. Often this is a contribution from the client company; Kelly seldom offers paid vacation to any employee below a Technical level. Most firms of any repute START at that the first year or so.
There are no promotions to achieve. What you are, you will stay. Any favorable working conditions are generally provided by the client- NOT Kelly.
In summation, you might be able to negotiate a short term liveable wage with a Kelly job at first, but it's not going to keep up with inflation because the "raises" are nickels and dimes. Use Kelly only as a stepping stone to a company who knows what you're doing for a living and who cares. Kelly only wants a timesheet from you and the rest is irrelevant.
I can give them two "thumbs down".