Pros: constant contact, accessibility, free lunches, consultant appreciation, problem resolution, skills/competency matches, excellent and flexible pay with great benefits.
Cons: not all geographical locations have a local office/recruiter. understandably, they will headquarter near their clientele.
A lot of staffing firms fall short because they violate a variety of principals regarding retaining consultants, sourcing competent and qualified candidates for clients, being too greedy and taking too much "off the top" (leaving less than competitive pay for the consultant actually "doing" the work)..among many things.
TekSystems, however, is not – more... one of those companies. The recruiters maintain very close and nurtured relationships with their clients and are very well aware of their needs (perhaps more aware than the clients themselves), and source from a candidate pool best suited and qualified to meet those requirements. If a consultant tries to express interest in a job for which he/she is obviously unqualified, the recruiters have no problems with course corrections and steering the consultant onto a more relevant path.
And speaking of consultants... TekSystems understands the importance of retention. They do not treat their leads as one-time uses and then abandon them. For long after a contract has been signed and begun, the recruiters maintain contact with the consultants (usually by treating them out to great lunches) and are always available for any reasons whatsoever. When problems arise, they are very professional in their resolutions and do an excellent job of taking care of the consultant while also keeping the client's needs in check. Within timely fashion, recruiters also tend to have subsequent contracts and opportunities lined up and ready to begin processing when the current one ends.
If companies treated their employees like TekSystems treated their consultants, staffing firms would go out of business. This is the standard. – less