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Title: Kelly Services
Post by: Kelly on Dec 21, 2004, 10:03
Is Kelly a good contractor to work for?  How do they compare with others as far as pay, benefits, and quality of life? 
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Dave Warren on Dec 21, 2004, 12:14
They pay you when they say they will. They are good to their word, as far as I have seen. The recruiters are good, decent people.

Good points: Refer another RCT and you get a $100 bonus. They were offering a nice bonus/relocation package and I had no trouble getting that. If you don't need their insurance, you can make another $2 an hour. Centrally located to this job site if you ever need to go see them.

Bad points: You may have to do the Core Exam or the HazWoper on your own time. The pay is pretty close to others, as far as hourly goes, but the per diem jobs are hard to come by with Kelly, unless you have a clearance.

Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate them an 8.  ;)
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: merlin_the_wizard on Dec 21, 2004, 12:55
Is the relocation assistance an ongoing benefit?  Is their health insurance expensive?  Thanks in advance. 
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Eightmile on Dec 22, 2004, 10:40
Kelly Serv. supports the nuke field?  I worked for Kelly about 5 years ago, when I first got into Nuclear, as a Document Control clerk...  I guess I was under the assumption that they were mainly office or generalized skilled labor.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: halflifer on Dec 23, 2004, 06:30
I was lined up to go to work for Kelly, but they only gave me a report date, not a place or time, until 3 days before I was supposed to be there. I was working at a decent paying job at the time and wasn't about to leave that with nothing more than a report date. In all honesty though, I think this was an anomoly and not the normal thing for them. I know several more people who reported that day and had no such problems. I was a bit put back though when their response was "well, if you don't report now, we won't be interested in you in the future."
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Tina on Dec 23, 2004, 04:21
 ;) Does anyone have any points of contact for "Kelly Services"
maybe I might contact them since Im still just a Jr RCT LQQking for a place... ???
 8)
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: cajunbaby84 on Dec 23, 2004, 11:25
You can contact Brad or Niguanna at 865-481-4901.  I work for them also. Like Dave said you get paid when they say you do and I have not had any problems with them.  If you need any more info send me a personal email.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Dec 27, 2004, 08:09
Halflifer,

I had a call from them back in the summer, after they sat on my resume for three months, without any communications, they seemed insulted that I told them NO, ( Commited Somewhere Else )!  I don't know what kind of experience their recruiters have, but if they believe their the only game in town and the techs are waiting by the phone, for their call, their headed for a big surprise!  It also appears that the sign on perks have dried up, for the time being.  Give it a couple of weeks, they'll be back!

RG
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Dave Warren on Dec 27, 2004, 10:57
I think you can say the same thing about any staffing company. If you are friendly and professional when you call for a job, they will do the same in return and go that extra mile for you. That doesn't always work, because you may be the unlucky one to get caught in the numbers game, which no one person can control. All you can do is contact Rusty or Niguanna and send your resume. If you are qualified and they need you to fill a slot, you will get a job. It is that simple. They are more than willing to help you. That much I can vouch for. The rest of the stuff falls under the "political" file.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Dec 27, 2004, 03:15
I believe the intent of my posting, was to offer a little advice in the staffing game.  Just because a resume is received, that isn't a Deed of Ownership!  Any company that calls, out of the blue, after sitting on a resume for three months, without even a courtousy contact, can hardly get upset at a NO!  The same thing goes with a three day show up notice!

Communications is a Wonderful Thing, If Used!

RG
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Dave Warren on Dec 27, 2004, 05:30
RG, You are suffering from holiday stress, I think. I wasn't referring to what you said. I was talking to Tina, who was looking for work. You already have a job, I presume. I feel bad for you that your resume was "sat on" for 3 months, but that doesn't mean that Kelly is a bad company because you weren't treated how you wanted to be treated. As I stated, you may get caught up in the numbers game, which could have been what happened to you. You are correct in saying that a resume does not equal a Deed Of Ownership, but when you accept their job offer, who really owns who? That is, until they fire you, lay you off, or you walk? You weren't being rebuffed or picked on by me and I am not a KELLY cheerleader. I was just stating what I see as an employee of that company. Chill Homey.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: halflifer on Dec 27, 2004, 07:08
I related an unpleasant event, but I don't think that Kelly is a 'Bad' company. I could relate unpleasant events about most companies, nobody is perfect and ugly (like beauty) is in the eye of the beholder.
If you are set on working in the Oak Ridge area, by all means give Brad, Rusty or Niguanna (is that the right spelling?) a call, if you get the job, show up on time, learn what your job is, do it, be pleasant and I'll bet a week's per diem (oh that's right, Kelly doesn't pay per diem) that you have a good experience with them.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Dec 29, 2004, 08:10
Dave,

Holiday Stress?  Maybe... 8)   I thought Tina wanted a phone number? 

It's great to see an employee who advocates for their company, but attempting to discredit other members, who post less than perfect responses of their experiences, is rather childish.  I'll probably stand alone on this one, but I appreciate the good and bad on a subject, or a future employer.  It allows me the opportunity to ask question, I would have normally overlooked, during negotiations. 

I can't remember ever stating that Kelly was a bad company, then again I can't recall ever saying any company was bad!  I'll work for any of them, if the situation meets my needs!  I believe that's what we're all in the game for!  If the fellow members of this site, including yourself, can give me any insight, on what I'm dealing with and who I'm dealing with, I'll offer a ton of Thanks! 

Although you are not the Cheerleader, you do appear to be the Unofficial Spokesman.  As I read the postings, like the company representatives should, there appears to be some glitches in some hiring situations.  Ignore them or address them, fine either way, but don't say they didn't happen, or throw  excuses at them!  Your assumption is correct, I work pretty much year round.  Like many Technicians I know, when their resumes go out, their availability usually ends after a couple of days, a week at most!  If a company gets insulted because they call and receive a no, after three months fo sitting silent, Sorry!

The Thread started, " Information on Kelly Services ".  I, for one, appreciate the feedback, yours included!

You may be a Homey, but don't feed us Bologna, RG!
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Dave Warren on Dec 29, 2004, 08:24
I'm picking up what you're laying down, Hoss.....

We all know that our best friend is the one who sent us our last paycheck, no matter what color hard hat we are wearing.

Happy Holidays.  ;)
Title: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: merlin_the_wizard on Jan 11, 2005, 03:45
I'm an RCT and have been trying to inquire with Kelly Services about work at Oak Ridge.  Have contacted them through email and fax and have received no response.  It has been at least a couple of weeks since I first contacted them.  Is this normal for them?  Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: alphadude on Jan 11, 2005, 04:19
If you are not local u at the bottom of the list.
Title: Re: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: Dave Warren on Jan 11, 2005, 04:56
Call Rusty at 865-481-4900 or 4901. If you are qualified and aren't a licensed terrorist, you shouldn't have any problem.
Don't forget to tell them I referred you........ ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: merlin_the_wizard on Jan 11, 2005, 05:16
Thanks, Dave.  Wouldn't you know that Rusty would call right after my posting.  I did receive an offer and it's comparable to what I have now.  Oak Ridge is my location preference, but they want me to start right away.  I would have to give my two week notice at my current job this week.  I asked Rusty about starting in February or March to give me some time to sell my house, relocate my family, etc, but that apparently won't work.  Question?  Do you anticipate Oak Ridge having openings in the Spring?  Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: RRhoads on Jan 11, 2005, 05:44
s**t!
that place has been going loooong b4 i got into the biz & will be going  at least till i retire!!
Title: Re: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: Dave Warren on Jan 11, 2005, 07:14
Don't quote me on it, but I think you have a pretty good chance of getting in here in the spring. Mr Rhoads is accurate when he says that they are always searching for new blood down here.

I would give you this advice: When guys can play baseball in Bum F... Egypt for a million a year, but only play for 500,000 in New York, they are going to stay in BFEgypt. But, if New York offers 800,000 and a longer contract, they start to wonder if New York isn't such a bad idea. There is your analogy. You can decipher that as you wish..... :-\
Title: Re: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Jan 12, 2005, 08:04
It seems to me that if Kelly really needed techs... which they tell me they are going to hire 60-80 over the next few months that they would have a little more leverage on report dates. But the bottom line is they are a temp agency trying to make it in the rent a tech world but they don't have a clue as to our lifestyle. I was at BNFL early last year and figured it was about time to move on to ORNL. I first contacted Kelly and interviewed with them and was told they would be getting in touch with me in a few days. After a few weeks of waiting and trying to call them and not getting a response I contacted SAIC and went to work with them just a couple of weeks later. As my luck would have it SEC booted SAIC out of the picture and Kelly was nice enough to offer me $2/hr less than what their techs were making. I turned it down and went to SRS and then got a call from Kelly offering me $4/hr more than I was making to start with. They think they have you in a position where you don't have a choice and can get you for less money but when that don't happen the offer gets sweeter. So my advice for merlin is to wait it out and the pot will get sweeter as bringing in 80 techs will requireKelly to get off the money. Good Luck!
Title: Re: No response from Kelly Services
Post by: Doc_REM on Jan 14, 2005, 04:32
Good advise!
Kelly has already had 4 "tech's" released for not being qualitied as Sr. RCT'S! ::)
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: johniim on Feb 28, 2005, 03:46
I guess it depends on wich recruiter you talk to. The one I delt with recently had a habit of lying or at least only telling half truths. I was lied to about the wage told a half truth about the job location and to top it all off I had to live for two weeks on my dime. Towards the end of my contract I  was asked to stay for a few months. Did they offer a resign-bonus ?...NO a better hourly wage ?...NO but the did offer not to cut my diem for 30 days of the 90 they wanted me to stay for. My response NODIEM NOSEEUM.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Dave Warren on Mar 01, 2005, 07:50
If I was you, I would call and talk to one of the managers at the office. If you have a legitimate beef, I am sure that they will try and make it right.
They don't make a habit of trying to "deliberately" screw people around. Everyone I have sent their way has been more than pleased with the way they have been treated. This may not be the case with you.
If you are talking about Oak Ridge, there aren't very many per diem jobs with Kelly at that site. If it was more per diem you were looking for, you are in the same boat as the rest of us 500 technicians or more down here.

The bottom line is this: If you were treated wrongly and try to speak with someone at the office, I am sure they can right your wrong. The forum here doesn't know both sides of the story, so it is hard to give an educated response, but try this approach and you may be surprised by your result.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Rennhack on Mar 01, 2005, 08:14
Dave, perhaps you could get the Kelly people more involved in the forums.  I'm sure they could offer a more educated responce.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: tntplayer on Mar 01, 2005, 08:19
Back to the original question by Merlin.

I currently work for Kelly at ORNL.  Like Mr. Warren has said, the paycheck arrives on time.  That is great but I have had little support from them on other issues.  The SEC alliance runs the place out here.  From what I have seen that means SEC.  Kelly is only a body supplier, they have nothing to do with the actual workings of the place.  Also, unless you know someone or have some kind of inside information you don't really have a choice of where you are assigned (i.e, soils/sediment, MVHI, NHF, etc.).  I was not happy with the location that I was assigned, contacted Kelly to try and change my assignment and didn't get any help whatsoever.  Got a lot of lip service but no real help.

If you are looking to move to the Oak Ridge area and want to work as an RCT, Kelly is a good place to start.  Jusy try to get them to nail down where you are going to work and that it meets your expectations.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Rennhack on Mar 01, 2005, 08:45
tntplayer,

As you stated, Kelly is a body supplier.  They can not dictate where SEC decides to place you.  You would be better served trying to talk to your supervisor for a transfer, if a position comes open.

To put it in power plant terms, If Bartlett sends you to an outage; the utility decides where to put you.  Bartlett can not dictate that you will be on the refuel floor.  If you want to be relocated, you do not call Bartlett, and complain that you do not like your work location.  You talk to the utility supervision or your site coordinator, and ask for a job relocation if one comes available, and your skill set warrants it.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: tntplayer on Mar 01, 2005, 09:55
Reply to above.

I did!  I went to Kelly AFTER going through the proper "chain of command" channels.  I was just trying to give infromation to Merlin about what to expect.  Not to obtain advice.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: Dave Warren on Mar 01, 2005, 10:08
Tnt and Mike,
                   Those are excellent points. TNT, I understand what you were trying to do. When I came here, I already had a pretty good idea where I was going. I will speak to the Kelly folks about posting a response, so they can clear up some confusion.

SEC does control the assignments on the reservation. Its very much like any other company. If you knew Joe Worley, you got a good job with DNI, CE, PSESI, etc. If you knew John Ellison, you got a good job with Numanco. If you knew Bruce, you got a good job with Bartlett. And so on and so on.

This industry was founded on the GOBN (Good Ole Boy Network). If you are on the inside, you win. If you are on the outside, you hope for a good assignment, until you can join the GOBN. Like it or not, this is what we work in. We have all created this monster and are all still sucked into it, until we can move on.

Merlin, as it was posted earlier, get all the info you can before you sign the proverbial dotted line. Take the posts to heart when considering your next jobsite, and make a educated decision for your career.
Title: Re: Info on Kelly Services????
Post by: johniim on Mar 02, 2005, 12:28
No it wasn't oak ridge, and it wasn't the job assignment. I won't disclose the exact location other than to say it's approx. an hour and a half west of B.F.E. The person I delt with was in charge of that particular office. That person was also the one who said "it's just outside of ------ near the airport" that was the location of the corporate office the job site was an hour and a half bus ride west. One day the bus ride home took four hours but that was because there was a naked guy with six bullet holes in him running around the highway. I don't want to give any names because I don't want to be deleted like my comments on a forum about that site.
Title: Kelly Services
Post by: Rennhack on Mar 17, 2005, 08:50
Don't forget to vote.  Keep your comments civil.
Title: Re: Kelly Services
Post by: Rennhack on Apr 07, 2006, 10:34
I heard that Kelly Techs were going back to work for SEC.  Anyone have news about this?
Title: Re: Kelly Services
Post by: dilligaf on Apr 08, 2006, 05:02
I heard that Kelly Techs were going back to work for SEC.  Anyone have news about this?
8)
      Mike,
 You heard correctly... As of May 1 all Kelly techs are rolling over to SEC...
Title: Re: Kelly Services
Post by: Dave Warren on Apr 08, 2006, 07:31
The word on the streets of Oak Ridge is that they are laying off somewhere between 60-80 technicians real soon. (That should light up the SEC switchboard)

Anyway, please be advised that is a rumor, and we all know rumors are never true....... :P
Title: Re: Kelly Services
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Apr 13, 2006, 09:24
Good company to work for. They did everything they said they would and checks were always on time.
Title: Re: Kelly Services
Post by: Dream Tarheel on Apr 13, 2006, 09:12
Not my 1st choice, in Oak Ridge anyway, but their biggest problem (when I worked for them) now works for their biggest rival in town, so go figure who is the best now.

Below Average, based on past experience, could only get better.