Current CEO: Robert Herrera
Populus Group careers include mostly contract work since the company is a full service employment agency offering both temporary and permanent job placement. Populus, under the direction of CEO Robert Herrera, is based in Troy, Michigan. Working at Populus Group is described as "typical" for this type of company. The company has a stated goal of providing a "diverse workforce" for companies with staff available for a variety of positions from seasonal work to more permanent staffing situations, such as payroll and management positions.
Populus Group benefits are said to be "better" than what is offered by similar staffing companies. The benefits available to all employees include a health insurance plan with optional dental and vision coverage, life insurance along with accidental death and dismemberment coverage, short and long-term disability, 401(k) retirement plan, PTO, vacation and holiday pay, COBRA coverage options and a flexible spending account for health-related expenses and childcare.
The Populus Group culture is described as "independent" or "hands off" in terms of the approach management takes with employees. Some employees report not having very much interaction with management while working for this company. The overall work environment with regards to co-workers and availability of assignments is considered "better than average" when compared to similar companies. Human resources is said to be fairly responsive to employee''s needs in terms of typical HR issues.
Most positions available through Populus Group are on an hourly wage due to the nature of the business and the fact that most jobs are temporary. Common positions include software applications engineer, business analyst, computer systems analyst and network engineer. If a position becomes permanent, the employee is then working for that company and not Populus Group. The only salaried positions are in management, payroll, human resources and IT.
Populus Group, according to employee assessments, provides "adequate" training. However, additional training is usually provided by the company that requires the employee''s services. Employees report a "general availability" of work through Populus Group. The rate at which temporary assignments turn into a permanent position is about 20-30 percent, according to one estimate. This average is said to be about for the industry.
Populus Group has locations throughout the United States. The company has been listed as "one of the fastest-growing staffing companies" in the U.S. since 2007. Overall, the company is said to be a good place to work for those looking for temporary or possibly permanent employment. The main complaint is a disconnect between management and employees, but this is typical of this type of business.