Volt Information Sciences, Inc. comprises complementary business units that offer customized talent, technology and consulting solutions to a diverse client base. Founded in 1950, Volt services worldwide industries including aerospace, automotive, banking & finance, consumer electronics, information technology, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing media & entertainment, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunications, transportation and utilities.
Operating through an international network servicing North and South America, Europe and Asia, Volt is one of the world’s largest, most respected recruitment organizations. Volt delivers top talent in all skill categories as well as end-to-end workforce strategies, including managed services programs and recruitment process outsourcing. Large global enterprises rely on Volt for Vendor Management System (VMS) technology and e-procurement solutions to aid them in sourcing highly-skilled contingent workers and managing contingent labor spend.
Usually, Volt does temp staffing and its sister company VMC does temp staffing in project/SOW format.
They're a national staffing company so there will be quite a bit of variation in the quality of interaction based on the individual recruiter. That said, their standards for behavior are good and I've had very positive interactions with a number of their recruiters. I appreciate that they have taken the time to learn my personal preferences and provide me with opportunities which are a good match for my skill set. If something was not a good match they took notes and improved.
I am working with Volt as contractor for the last three years or so and have been placed with Microsoft for the whole duration. Which is fine by me as it is my stepping stone in building a career with Microsoft. So I can’t say I am not happy with the company but then again I won’t be recommending it to close friends as well. The reason is that, the hourly rate with the company is really low and they make us pay some of the medical insurance premium which is not done in the IT industry. Moreover, it is compulsory that you have to take a break of 100 days in a whole year. The reason I think, Volt do not bother with contract employees like me, is that they know that we are using them to further our career. But the funny part is, if they show a little care about our future career goals, we may stay with the company for a longer period of time!
I had a very bad experience with Volt which is nothing new, as I learnt later. I was attracted to it as I saw two of my friends get job very fast with them and I needed one desperately. The interview went good, I told them about my strengths and limitations and they got me three interviews within a week! That was the best part of the whole experience; and now for the worst; none of them matched my skill set or requirement! I was overqualified for the first two while the last one was not suitable for me as it meant very early morning shift. I had already joined the company when this fact came to my attention. I met my recruiter from the company and said why I could not work there; but instead of helping me out, they said that I was not interested in working and refusing to work! I have worked with other recruiting companies before, but never have I met such rude and rigid set of recruiters as those from Volt. To cut a long story short, I left and found job, though it took time, with another recruiting company that was perfect for me.
I joined Volt straight out of college as a contractor and thanks to them, I am know working in a Fortune 500 company. They placed me with a good company within days of my application and since then I learnt a lot from all the companies they sent me to. Each posting helped me to increase my skill set and when I got posted in my present company, I was determined to shine through. The hard work paid and when my contract period was over, I was offered a full time job in it.
The speed at which Volt finds job for you is really fast; I got a job within a week after contacting them. But their pay structure is very low; and they are not transparent. But they make money of what the client pays them and what they pay you; so to keep their profit margin high, they will try to keep it as low at your end as possible. So if you are joining them, first make sure you know your worth depending on your skill set so that you can negotiate well. They offer over time depending on your hourly rate and so if you are joining a project or team that is sure to have a hectic workload, choose wisely. Remember, you will have to sit compulsory for 3 months per year; so make sure you earn well during your productive time to be well off during the time-off period.
I used to work as contractor for Volt before and the only good thing I can think of is that they are a big company and they have very good client base. But in every other way, this company is not worth recommending even to strangers. Their pay structure is way below industry minimum, the benefits have been going down slowly, and they rarely communicate with you, once they have put you in a job. If you have a question, be ready to move to at least three different person before you can get one.
I only think I miss about my job with Volt are some of my colleagues who were really the best you can have and the restaurants nearby the office where we used to converge after a hard day work. As for the company, I am glad I am out of it as it is really going down. The attitude of the senior management is one of the reasons for that; they sort of run the place like a boot camp. They don’t offer any kind of help and ready to go after you for slightest mistakes.
There are many good benefits from Volt in paper; but you have to know them before hand to get them. For example there is a week’s paid holiday if you clock 1500 hours and a “longevity bonus” once you clock 1900 hours. But the catch is, there will be no emails from the company to tell you that; you will have to keep track of your own time to get them. Even then it may take a time to get it especially the bonus as you will be delayed by the payroll department.
For those interested in temporary work, Volt is the best place to be. You will get a variety of job offers through them and each posting will help you to learn new responsibilities. The pay cycle with Volt is weekly, but not the pay structure. There is no vacation accrual, no holiday pay or even sick leaves. Unless you are ready to pay, there won’t be any medical benefit for you too.
I have with Volt for some time and quite happy with them. They offer holiday pay which very few staffing company does. They also offer a chance to learn new skills and technology for a lateral progression though vertical progression is minimal and slow. They offer 401K match though the match is very small.
As usual staffing companies do, no good Benefit aren’t that good as typically that’s how the staffing companies operate, normal hourly salary and the recruiters' look for the next contract when current contract is about to end.
No good benefits are provided to the contractors working at volt and if asked for benefits there response for it was not clear. If compared to other agencies that take workers on contract there benefits have certainly decreased with time.
Volt has served rewarding as it came out to be good for majority of the things, working there as a contracted was a good experience. The company is very good, one of the good companies I have worked for and is sure up for recommending to others.
As a contractor worked onsite at Microsoft it was a wonderful experience as this resulted in fruitful association with the clients which lead to a stronger bonding between us and throughout this ride it kept me aware of what was going on around me.
Volt helped me to find my first job with Microsoft. Getting in was easy; the interviews are very easy. The training offered is ok not extensive and you are expected to learn in your job. Which is great as I love a challenge and got a few when working through them. Once I was in the job, the company did not interact much which was fine with me. The work load depended on the client you are with; once I was on a team working for a launch of Microsoft product and the work load was massive.
Its a hit or miss in terms of the kind of job you could end up with
It's a good way to get valuable exposure at Microsoft and build your resume
Facilities are nice, however contractors and junior employees share rooms on the inside of the building with no windows
Soda and coffee are free
Volt will try to keep your hourly rate low
You have to take a 100 day break every year
No bonus or stock options so your hourly rate is what you make
I am working with Microsoft at present thanks to Volt and loving my days here. I have been given a metro pass from the client which is great; as the hourly rate of Volt is not that great. The medical benefits are there and they are inexpensive but it may meaning either paying 40% from pocket to having a low maximum benefit.
As for the work part, I have learnt much after joining the client site. The work environment is relaxed and fun-filled as long as you do your job. If you are slacking around and checking your social accounts in work time, you will be ticked off. The management will look the other way as long the workload is low but be ready to work extra hard and diligently when the pressure is on. The good thing is that, if you are hard-working, you will be rewarded with permanent job.
Be aware when you are negotiating with Volt for a job; they will try to give you as low as possible pay. You will get a good raise in the company if you are a pro at negotiating and don’t mind the delay, endless emails and remainders and being after the management until you get what you deserve. They will not tell you about any kinds of benefits until you prod them and their exit policy means it will be months before you can contact another company for work. They will work to find you a job but once the contract is over, they don’t bother to find new work. It becomes especially true if you were in a Microsoft job as the company rules is a break of 100 days before you can placed with them again.