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:
- Consulting and projects
- Workforce 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.
Randstad trains all of their recruiting experts to ensure that they understand how to properly place individuals in positions that will benefit on participating parties. Randstad has created a relatively easy process for job seekers to identify positions that are of interest. After uploading a resume, the staffing consultant responsible for filling that position will reach out and see if it is a right fit.
Staffing specialists want to make sure that those they hire have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. The company specializes in a wide-range of industries to help as many potential job seekers as possible. Randstad specializes in the following industries:
- Finance and accounting
- Human resources
- Manufacturing and Logistics
- Office and Administration
- Pharma and Sales
Communication between the job seeker, companies, and Randstad is also one of their greatest assets. Job seekers can set up "job alerts" which will provide notifications directly to your email inbox with job results matching your desired qualifications. Employment specialists are also very good at keeping job seekers and the hiring company in the know when it comes to scheduling and decision status.
In addition to providing staffing solutions, Randstad is also a leader in the HR services market. In July of 2008, Randstad acquired Vedior. This acquisition made Randstad the second largest HR services provider in the world.
- Business model
- Disappointed job seekers
Even with years of experience and a number of resources, there are still aspects of Randstad's business model that create a cause for concern. Since they are so large, job seekers have stated that they felt somewhat "lost in the shuffle" after expressing interest in a particular position. That being said, it could be that the individual was simply not qualified. Other common complaints from job seekers and current Randstad employees include:
- Limited work/life balance
- Difficult to be promoted to upper management
- Mostly temporary positions
- Lack of stability
While Randstad does place people in jobs in specialized industries, most job seekers were disappointed in the types of jobs they qualified for. For instance, there are several jobs within the call center ranks that seem to dominate the job boards. For those who are interested in finding a long-time career, Randstad can help, but should not be the only resource you depend on to get hired.
The Bottom Line
Randstad has provided staffing and HR solutions to a number of companies and benefited thousands of individuals over the last half a century. They have grown their agency to become a staffing and human resource powerhouse throughout the world. For those hoping to get a job through Randstad, a simple online process is required to be completed:
- Create an online profile
- Upload a resume
- Express desired job qualifications
- Consistently updated profile and look for available jobs
- Sign up for job alerts
Randstad will do a great deal on their end to put the right people in the right jobs. That being said, there will be times an individual simply does not qualify and so they may get passed over for a desired position.