Typical for contact agencies, low pay, no PTO
PC Technician (Former Employee) – Twin Cities, MN – December 10, 2018
The people are TEKsystems were very nice. My agent was friendly enough, responsive and always in contact. But the nature of contract work is NOT a good thing for the worker! Starting pay for my placement via TEKsystems was $11/hr, with a cursory six-month bump to $12. I advanced quickly, passing up some coworkers that had more seniority, but that was due to my work ethic and satisfied clients and not necessarily the norm.
But even the jobs higher up the ladder paid well below industry average, and not one of them offered paid holidays. And PTO was contingent upon perfect attendance to a max of six-days per year, accrued at one day every two months of perfect attendance. If you are hospitalized or have a death in the family, it will be held against you. So you could either use the PTO for the holidays where they close shop for the day, OR for personal time. But not both.
Once in a position you do not get a raise while at that position, and there comes a point where advancement is very rare and you could be at same job, same salary for several years. Health insurance is cost prohibitive given the slave wages.
Could have asked for other placements, but all were pretty much the same. Low pay. No PTO. Expensive healthcare. And you have to start over at the bottom of seniority.
You do get some decent job experience. Particularly for deskside support roles, PC imaging, MS Office troubleshooting and installation of software/hardware. But definitely NOT a long term career path!!
Close to home, laid back work culture
LOW pay, no PTO, unaffordable healthcare costs, LOW pay, use your own car for work duties, LOW pay