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Old 03-03-2006, 02:08 AM   #1
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I applied for a permanent position on careerbuilder posted by a Teksystems recruiter. He promptly replied (to my surprise) and offered to meet with me. Instead of going to their office like I'm used to (with other companies), we're meeting at a restaurant. Is this normal? I'm in the LA area.
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Old 03-03-2006, 02:33 AM   #2
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yeah tek is big on taking their guys out to lunch. when i worked for them, they came and took me out to lunch once a month or so. good lunches too. take advantage of the lunch at least.

as a company though, they don't pay too well, but they are a pretty big company and have a lot of contracts.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:16 AM   #3
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Tek is kind of a cattle ranch type company. You are just a way of making money for them and they will treat you such. You should try to get what you want long term from them up front, otherwise they will likely ignore you (when you request it later). That was my experience with them.

That said, like the above poster mentioned they do have a lot of inroads to big companies.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:22 AM   #4
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As others have said, it's very normal. I don't think I've interacted with a Tek person beyond the lunch/dinner table.

They are "a cattle ranch type company" as torpid said. Make sure you get every dollar you deserve, because they will be trying hard on their end to maximize their profits. That is the basis of their company after all, but just don't be under the impression that they actually care about you when they treat you to a few lunches.

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Old 03-03-2006, 08:30 AM   #5
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Ditto to what everyone above said.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:37 AM   #6
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worked for them for a year and im still working for them now but i am going into the navy, what everyone above said is absolutely 100% the truth, get what you want at the beginning, or else they try to walk on you be a bully!
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:44 AM   #7
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I applied for a permanent position on careerbuilder posted by a Teksystems recruiter. He promptly replied (to my surprise) and offered to meet with me. Instead of going to their office like I'm used to (with other companies), we're meeting at a restaurant. Is this normal? I'm in the LA area.
I'm currently a contractor for TEKSystems in Boston, have been for over a year now. They are a very good contracting firm, IMHO. I don't have experience with others, but here's what I get:

- Very competitive pay rates
- Medical, dental, optical, and life insurance


They say they have some online training courses, but I've never taken any. Of course, the biggest benefit you're missing is a 401k or other retirement package. You also don't get any sort of employee discounts from the company you're being contracted out to (at least I don't). Some of this is made up by the fact that as a contractor, you'll usually be paid more than someone of equal background/experience in the same position.

All in all, it's a good deal, and certainly better than not working.
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:05 AM   #8
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yeah tek is big on taking their guys out to lunch. when i worked for them, they came and took me out to lunch once a month or so. good lunches too. take advantage of the lunch at least.

as a company though, they don't pay too well, but they are a pretty big company and have a lot of contracts.
thats the reason they dont mind taking you out to lunch, because they will make $25 an hour off your work.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:07 AM   #9
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This is a "direct placement" opportunity, doesn't that mean "non-contractor" work? I'm not too sure. Thanks for all the input guys, now it doesn't seem so weird.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:10 AM   #10
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This is a "direct placement" opportunity, doesn't that mean "non-contractor" work? I'm not too sure. Thanks for all the input guys, now it doesn't seem so weird.
Direct Placement usually means you will be working for tek systems for 90 days before you go on to the new company's payroll.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:10 AM   #11
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yeah tek is big on taking their guys out to lunch. when i worked for them, they came and took me out to lunch once a month or so. good lunches too. take advantage of the lunch at least.

as a company though, they don't pay too well, but they are a pretty big company and have a lot of contracts.
thats the reason they dont mind taking you out to lunch, because they will make $25 an hour off your work.
they earn a lot more than that. typical bill rates are double to triple what you actually pay a contractor.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:18 AM   #12
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In the past I worked for TekSystems in the Chicago area. They were ok, nothing special, nothing wrong with them either. I got paid without a problem and they found positions in an average amount of time. I did find out that I was making $2 less an hour then a lot of others form other contracting companies were for the same position at the same company, though.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:26 AM   #13
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Are there any risks? I've always been employeed by the employer... I'm currently employed right now with benifits and all. The only compelling reason for me to switch to this new opportunity (if I get it) is slighly better pay and larger role as a systems admin.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:44 AM   #14
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This is a "direct placement" opportunity, doesn't that mean "non-contractor" work? I'm not too sure. Thanks for all the input guys, now it doesn't seem so weird.
Direct Placement usually means you will be working for tek systems for 90 days before you go on to the new company's payroll.
Direct means that you go to the new employer immediately from Day 1.

Contract to hire may be that the agency pays you for a set period of time and then the client picks you up as an option.

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Old 03-03-2006, 11:47 AM   #15
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This thread is so helpful, you guys rock.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:49 AM   #16
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Are there any risks? I've always been employeed by the employer... I'm currently employed right now with benifits and all. The only compelling reason for me to switch to this new opportunity (if I get it) is slighly better pay and larger role as a systems admin.
Risk is that you are giving up one job for another unknown.
Have you actually talked to the end client?
Based on what you have described; Teksystems is just acting as a headhunter, not an employer of you.

Therrefore what are the benefits that the client(new employer) has available?

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Are there any risks? I've always been employeed by the employer... I'm currently employed right now with benifits and all. The only compelling reason for me to switch to this new opportunity (if I get it) is slighly better pay and larger role as a systems admin.
Risk is that you are giving up one job for another unknown.
Have you actually talked to the end client?
Based on what you have described; Teksystems is just acting as a headhunter, not an employer of you.

Therrefore what are the benefits that the client(new employer) has available?
I'll find out Monday and will keep you (or anyone interested) posted.

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Old 03-03-2006, 12:01 PM   #18
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I've had most of my IT jobs placed by them and most have turned into permanent jobs.


They're pretty good but it really comes down to the person that you work with at finding you a job, some suck and some are good.

And yes meeting at a restaurant is very common for them.
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Old 03-03-2006, 12:02 PM   #19
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I've had most of my IT jobs placed by them and most have turned into permanent jobs.


They're pretty good but it really comes down to the person that you work with at finding you a job, some suck and some are good.

And yes meeting at a restaurant is very common for them.

Do they pay, should I offer to pay?
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They pay.
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Old 03-03-2006, 12:14 PM   #21
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They're pretty good but it really comes down to the person that you work with at finding you a job, some suck and some are good.

And yes meeting at a restaurant is very common for them.

Do they pay, should I offer to pay?
They pay, but it's still proper or polite to offer IMO.
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Old 03-03-2006, 12:20 PM   #22
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I am being pimped out by Tek right now. they lost their primary vendor status with IBM last year; now they are second tier (meaning another set of hands in your pie if you go with them to wokr at IBM)

I had to keep them on their toes about my pay rate - they kept on suggesting another figure after they would agree on my figure the day before (but then maybe all pimps do this too). Also, I've gone through 4 billing agents and three managers since I've been with them on this job (6 months) - turnover rate must be crazy or they are hiring people who cannot do the work
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Old 03-03-2006, 02:57 PM   #23
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Funny, I just talked to several recruiters at Teksystems seeing if they can help me find a job in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia or the Raleigh area of NC.
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Not only is turnover high, but I've seen whole offices close or merge with other branches of their cattle ranches (e.g. Maxim group).
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Back in the day when I did tech support, yep. They found me a rather nice position that paid pretty well compared to average. I recommend them
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