I worked at Talan full-time (Less than a year)
-Good point of entry for college grads
-You're long-term staffed at a client. This isn't a true consultancy - you don't make a bonus and aren't paid if you aren't on a client site, only some benefits in package differentiate this from a staffing company
-You have 0 career development due to the above if you and your client aren't a good match. Talan will not move you to something in your better interests as they're more interested in making a lasting relationship with the client
-If client terminates the contract when you put in your two-week, Talan will end your employment as well and not pay you for the last two weeks. Summary: you get punished for leaving respectfully by putting in a standard two-week notice
Advice to Management
-I referred someone into my client site and confirmed to Talan the client was willing to hire them. Talan deemed this person to not meet their requirements although consultants at Talan usually only ever work on one project in their employment, and the client ended up bringing the person in through another staffing company. Thus, I lost out on a referral bonus. Please better develop your talent inquisition process.
-Sometimes a client and consultant aren't a good fit. After a management change on a client site is a great reason. If the change is not in the consultant's career developing interest, forcing them to stay there or find a new job isn't good for either party.
-Stop changing your policies in the middle of the year when you can't bring in the revenue because of high turnover. Making it impossible to take a vacation day without 2 sets of approvals and messages while ON vacation because the process wasn't done correctly on the management side will ensure your employees don't feel valued.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Talan (London, England (UK)) in July 2016.
To the point and less sidetracking. They were(are) very friendly however will grind you to the basics. Make sure you are well prepared with basics. Also, they would like to know more about travel time and if you live too far away.
Yeah, you can negotiate if you've got the right substance.