“Congratulate Donna on her 6 year anniversary with immixGroup,” the LinkedIn message read. My status on my relationship with immixGroup should probably read, “it’s complicated.”
In April 2003 I answered an ad with a small company, immixGroup, seeking a Junior Recruiter. After spending several months sourcing for an independent recruiter, I applied on line. As luck would have it, my husband knew the hiring manager. He called me in for an interview. My luck grew when the manager realized we were both from Pittsburgh and even went to the same college. I got the job! I spent the next 18 months recruiting for our clients as well as a few internal openings. My first placement was 5 weeks from my start date. I was ecstatic! Contingency recruiting, however, is a numbers game. As someone who spent most of her time at home with her children, this was taking a toll on our family. I couldn’t stay late and make phone calls. I could only give 32 hours a week. I was missing my kids’ baseball games, and field trips.
I sat down with my husband, who was so very supportive when I decided to go back to work (after spending 12 years at home) He was now equally as encouraging when I told him I felt over whelmed. “I don’t feel like I am doing anything right.” I confided in him one night. “Then quit, if that’s what you want to do.” The next day I walked in and resigned. With tears in my eyes I sat with the HR Generalist and answered the questions for my exit interview.
A year later I met with Ron and Lisa, who ran a Retained Search firm. Ron was walking away from contingency business and if I was interested in joining him, he would give me 70% of the fee. Did I really hear him right? Seventy per cent? That’s unheard of in the industry. I jumped on it and spent the next few years recruiting for my own clients and occasionally working with someone Ron sent my way. It was a good deal, but after a few years, I was ready to start my own little LLC. I had several clients and did split agreements with immixGroup. It was exciting to be working with immixGroup again. Kurt, my old manager, mentored me and I became a stronger and more confident recruiter. Then Kurt left and I joined immixGroup full time, mainly working on our client’s hiring needs, and later internal openings. I learned that I really liked corporate recruiting.
A few years later it was announced that immixGroup was being purchased by Arrow Electronics. I knew what that meant for me. HR was handled out of the Denver office, and I would be out of a job soon. Time to move on! I joined what I thought was a very cool IT company as a technical recruiter. I researched the company on Glass Door (all bad) and called 2 acquaintances that used to work there. Both of them told me not to take the job. But I needed to gain more experience as a technical recruiter. If I could last 7 months, the average span of their recruiters, at least I could add it to my resume. It was worse that I thought.
So I went back to immixGroup, for the third time, as a contract recruiter after only 2 months away. It truly felt like going home. The people are among the best I ever worked with. I’ve seen employees pull together for colleagues who are in need and I’ve seen some great collaboration. I was welcomed back with a warm embrace. It was alway a good time to be with immixGroup, but even better now. We still have the small company feel, with a big company backing. I am personally benefitting from resources I didn’t have in the past. I love my job. I believe in the company, and their vision.
In January of this year I became an employee of Pontoon; my main contract is with immixgroup. So, although my Linkedin states I am an employee of immixGroup, an Arrow company, I am not. Arrow outsources their recruiting, a model that has become very popular and beneficial. It’s complicated. But I couldn’t be happier on my work anniversary.
Me and Kurt, immixGroup picnic 2004