I'm seeing a trend for positions advertised as working for X large company, that turn out to be in reality contract positions working instead for the recruiting/staffing agency. So, working "at", but not "for" the actual company. I just see red flags. Right off the bat they want to know my hourly rate. They say they can't offer any paid vacation or sick time, only 6 paid holidays. I guess I have to factor in a cushion for taking unpaid sick and vacation time. The position I'm interviewing for right now Is a manager position, with hiring and firing responsibilities. I have to find out, are my directs working for the staffing agency or the "real" company. And how does that structure woek, in terms of performance evaluation and raises and promotions. Not just for my directs, but for me. What about lateral moves to other departments? Will I be treated differently by my boss, who works for the real company? And if my manager also works for the agency, how much could they really advocate for my career advancement within the "real" company?
I am worried that there will be too many questions I didn't know to ask. It just seems very risky. Am I wrong to think this is a bad idea? Any suggestions, what questions to ask? Thanks for any help, jeanne