More than 30 years ago, Steve Bisciotti and Jim Davis created Aerotek, a go-to resource for applicants seeking a job in the defense and aerospace industry.
After just one year in operation, Aerotek brought in over one million dollars. Encouraged by this success, they started to build on that first industry and started providing staffing services for companies with other needs, including: automotive, IT, engineering, and science jobs. Since that first year, they have continued to grow and become a resource for people in all types of fields, now tapping into industries like finance, call centers, and aviation.
Aerotek expanded in terms of location too. While their headquarters are in Hanover, Michigan, they now have more than 200 offices all over the United States and even in parts of Canada and Europe. They help people find jobs near the big city as well as rural areas and strive to connect applicants with the type of work they're looking for-whether it's temporary or full-time.
With more than 10,000 clients and 75,000 contract workers, Aerotek is a booming resource in the business world. To their credit, they are a subcompany of the well-known Allegis Group, recognized as the largest staffing company in the US. They function mainly through thingamajob.com (owned by Allegis Group), a website that allows you to post your résumé, search for a job, and connect with businesses who need your skills.
Founded in 1948, Manpower is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and they've got offices throughout the United States as well as in 80 countries around the world.
Manpower is one of a handful of companies overseen by the parent company called Manpower Group (not to be confused with just "Manpower"). Aside from Manpower, they also own Experis, Right Management, and Manpower Group Solutions. More than 10,000 employees strong, Manpower has 400,000 clients and claims that they help 600,000 people like you find jobs every day. With several decades of experience up their sleeves, Manpower sure has the resources to help a wide variety of job seekers.
Manpower functions primarily through the easy-to-navigate manpowerjobs.com, where job seeker can create a profile, search for jobs, upload your résumé, and hopefully connect with recruiters.
Kelly Services did not start as a traditional staffing agency, but over time transformed into one. It began when a few of Kelly's colleagues approached him in dire need of a secretary or typist, just for a day, because someone did not show up to work or there was a heavy workload. Kelly then started to outsource some of his employees to help out and eventually began assembling a team of ready-to-work office employees to outsource whenever the need arose.
As these temporary workers became more in demand, the business grew. Its name changed to just Kelly Services in 1966 to reflect its evolved purpose-to provide employees for all types of industries around the world.
Kelly Services is a global staffing agency. With headquarters in Troy, Michigan, the company initially focused on staffing within the US, but in 1968 it expanded to Canada, and then an office opened in France four years after that.
The company has opened its arms to more industries over time as well. At the start, Kelly staffed for companies with light industrial, electronic assembly, call center, and of course office needs. Now, however, they help find work for people in education, law, finance, and health care, to name just a few. Such expansion was possible because of the company's success with its starting industries.
In 2013 alone, Kelly Services brought in about $5.4 billion and helped find work for 540,000 people. There are 1,100 employees at the company headquarters and 7,000 workers in locations around the world as well. Despite the impressive numbers, though, the company focuses on building relationships with all clients. They strive to bring the individual into every business transaction.
Started in 1960 by Frits Goldschmeding, Randstad has grown into a staffing powerhouse. They are the third largest staffing organization in the United States and are a $22.9 billion global provider of HR services. Randstad provides job seekers with temporary, temporary-to-hire, and even permanent job solutions.
Since they offer a variety of staffing solutions, Randstad has the ability to put 100,000 individuals through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations. They currently employ 5,300+ recruiting specialists. Randstad can be found in 39 countries, representing more than 90% of the global HR services market.
Randstad is one of the top providers in the following staffing solutions:
Today, Linda Galipeau works as the CEO (in North America). The company diligently works to help find job seekers land a job that fits their skills and interests. They also focus on creating a diverse workplace and stress the importance of corporate social responsibility.
Spherion started in 1946 with the goal to become a "go-to" source for skilled talent and rich career opportunities. With over 65 years of experience, Spherion has created a solid staffing solution for companies all across the U.S. and worldwide. Since their founding, Spherion has grown to become a $2 billion workforce leader.
Last year alone, Spherion helped over 3,000 of their clients find the right staff in a variety of industries. They have taken a different approach to the staffing issue. Spherion heavily focuses on "connecting with people" and as part of this goal, they dedicate individual, face-to-face time with those who work with Spherion. In an attempt to help job seekers find the right employment, Spherion has specialized in staffing for five different types of positions. These include:
When Leroy Dettman first started Spherion, he developed a reputation as an innovator for implementing business practices and services never before offered by staffing agencies. Spherion was the first to do the following:
Adecco is one of the world leaders when it comes to providing comprehensive human resource solutions. They have over 31,500 employees that are spread throughout 5,000+ branches spanning across 60 different countries and territories worldwide.
Despite Adecco's size, they partner with small and mid-sized businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies. Their partners work in a variety of industries making it possible for a number of job seekers to find employment in an area they are qualified for. Adecco specializes in the following industries:
With more than 500 office locations across the country and worldwide, Adecco has the ability to connect 70,000+ candidates to the best job opportunities for their situation. Not only is Adecco a leader in the HR space as a whole, they are also leaders specifically in the staffing industry.
Aerotek is a staffing agency that formed in 1983 and specialized in providing staffing for aerospace and engineering businesses. It is owned by Allegis Group, one of the leading staffing agencies in the world.
In a nutshell, business took off very quickly for Aerotek, so they adopted more and more industries and expanded. Shortly after, in the 1990s, TEKsystems was born and separated from Aerotek as its own specializing company.
TEKsystems specializes in only information technology, and for the past couple decades they've been growing, just like other subsidiaries of Allegis. Today, they employ about 3,500 people (most of which are recruiters and account managers) and service approximately 6,000 client sites. And they've got friends in high places-82% of the Fortune 500 companies make up a part of these client sites.
But that's not all. TEKsystems has over 80,000 technology experts working on these sites, and they rake in about $3 billion each year. Needless to say, in a world where technology has become a prominent, if not crucial resource, TEKsystems was smart to branch off on their own and become the expert in it.
Based in Hanover, Maryland (as is the case with any Allegis Group sub-company), TEKsystems has about 100 locations worldwide. Not as big as some other staffing agencies, but to be fair, they also pay attention to only one industry.
For over three decades, the people at Express Employment Specialists have been connecting skilled applicants with companies in need. Founders Robert A. Funk, William H. Stoller, and James Gray all worked for the old staffing agency, Acme Personnel, until the agency's president passed away. At that time, the three men continued to maintain many of the Acme offices, but in 1983 developed the agency into what is known today as Express Employment Specialists.
Since that year, the company has grown into one of the most experienced, longstanding staffing agencies available. Based out of Oklahoma City, Express strives to bring hope to people who have trouble finding work or who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Particularly in today's economy, hope like this isn't so easily obtained. Express has proven that it can thrive in even the lowest economic downturns. Near the company's beginning, the economy in the US took a hit, and while many other businesses failed, Express still brought in more than two billion dollars in revenue.