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Does Adecco Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update May 1, 2019
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Are you a people person who loves helping others? You might enjoy working at a staffing agency, so find out here: Does Adecco hire felons?

Adecco operates internationally and is the second largest human resources agency in the United States. They match employees with permanent and temporary job openings, help people change careers, and also offer training programs.

At Relaunch Pad, we’re driven to get you the best information we can about the companies you want to work for. Our staff is made up of former felons or those who’ve worked closely with them, so we know what you need to succeed.

We reach out to companies directly to find out if they hire former felons. Unfortunately, we haven’t made contact with Adecco yet and are waiting to hear back. In the meantime, we’ve done some great research on questions like:

  • What’s the best way to apply for a job with the company?
  • Does Adecco hire people with misdemeanors, or do you need a clean record?
  • Do people like working there?
  • Does Adecco do background checks?

Does Adecco hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

We don’t know what their policy is, but we’re hoping to hear back from Adecco about this soon.

However, here’s a statement found online that helps address the question: Does Adecco hire felons?

“The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.”

Has Adecco hired felons in the past?

Yes, based on our fact-finding from online information, we can confirm that they have.

Does Adecco hire people with misdemeanors?

Since it appears that you can get a job at Adecco with a felony, you likely also can with a less serious misdemeanor.

Is Adecco on the Ban the Box list?

Our investigation found no record that Adecco is on the Ban the Box list. Neither does it appear that they’ve taken the Fair Chance Business Pledge.

As you may know, the purpose of these two programs is to give ex-felons a leg up when they apply for work. Let us tell you the specifics.

Companies on the Ban the Box list don’t want to know about your criminal record until they’ve decided if your qualifications make you a good fit for the position. They demonstrate this by removing the criminal record check box from application forms.

Furthermore, a company that signs the Pledge confirms that they treat everyone who applies the same. This gives you a fair chance despite your criminal record.

However, don’t be too concerned that the company doesn’t publicly support these initiatives. Many companies that hire felons don’t sign on to these programs.

Does Adecco have special programs for hiring felons?

No, Adecco has no special programs of this nature.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

We believe the chances you can get a job at Adecco with a felony are average.

Here’s what we base our opinion on:


  • We’re still waiting for an official policy statement from the company.
  • Adecco isn’t on the Ban the Box list and hasn’t signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge.


  • The company says on that your application will be considered despite your record.
  • There are online reports that they have hired felons before.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Here are some examples of entry-level jobs. Some are at Adecco employment offices and others are at the company’s General Assembly training facility.

Recruiter — Recruit and screen candidates for business and industry clients with job openings. High school diploma or equivalent and one year of recruiting or related experience is required.

Account Executive — Meet the hiring needs of a particular industry (i.e., health care) by matching job-seekers with employers. Need to have a sales or marketing background and basic computer skills.

Credentials Analyst — Place advertisements, schedule interviews, check references, monitor job assignments and perform related administrative work. Must have some computer skills.

Admissions Receptionist — Introduce students to General Assembly training, respond to student questions and direct them to admissions team. Customer service or sales experience is preferred.

Front-line Associate — Assist General Assembly instructors, check students in for classes, troubleshoot AV/technical issues and work with campus team members to resolve problems. No specific job experience is required.

You can explore the vast number of jobs they are looking to fill right now for their client companies here, as well.

Be encouraged that the company provides some on-the-job training, depending on the position!

How to get hired at Adecco with a felony

Here’s a link to the careers page at Adecco with open positions. You can also create a job alert so you’ll be emailed right away about new opportunities.

What if you’re not looking to work at Adecco? What if you just want to apply to one of their client companies? Well, they tell you what staffing agencies look for here, so know what to expect when you apply through their services.

Take note that the job postings often list the competencies they’re looking for. Many of the ones listed are called soft skills. This includes things such as:

  • Active listening
  • Customer-focused
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Problem solving
  • Positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic

Basically, it comes down to having good people skills and personality traits that will help you on any job. (Here’s an article by Alison Doyle that explains why these are important to employers.) Furthermore, when your job involves working with people all day, these skills become very valuable.

So, let us tell you how you can stand out!

First, look at the particular soft skills for the position you’re applying for. Now, think of how you can demonstrate each of them.

For instance, if being a team player is one, what example do you have of being part of a team? Remember, your examples don’t have to be related to paid work. Have you ever played team sports? How about volunteer work? Did you spend any time in the armed forces? What about a work assignment in prison such as kitchen detail?

It’s also important to review your resume to see how you can highlight these competencies. That’s one sure way to match your resume better to the job you’re applying for, which gives you better chances.

Adecco’s website has some very good content about who they want to hire. The following is what they have to say about inclusion:

“We respect and value the different life experiences our people bring to our business. No matter what your nationality, gender, race or religion, if you can make a positive impact in your role then it’s your skills that matter. And nothing else.”

Does Adecco do background checks?

Yes. Although we have nothing specific from the company, our research says that they do one. For example, the fact that Adecco says you’ll be considered despite your criminal record suggests criminal history will be included.

Here’s what our research on background checks tells us:

In certain states, background checks cover the last seven years:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

A smaller number of states don’t want to know about charges where you were found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

That said, the vast majority of states look at your entire criminal record. This extends also to not guilty verdicts in these states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

Adecco has decent online ratings.

For instance, there are 1,100 reviews on that score them 3 out of 5 stars. has even more reviews — over 14,100 to be exact — that give the company a rating of 3.8 out of 5.

On Indeed, top marks go to Adecco for work/life balance, culture and management. In addition, 70% of people who work for the company believe they are paid fairly.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes for a minute.

Would you offer a position to someone with a criminal record for violence? If you’ve got this type of record, it could suggest to the hiring manager that you pose a greater risk for aggression in the workplace.

Do you have a history of drug- or alcohol-related offenses? Then the hiring manager may decide you’re a higher risk for absenteeism (not showing up for work). They want to make sure you are able to pull your weight at work and won’t let your coworkers down.

The circumstances of your offenses may help an employer decide if they are comfortable hiring you and giving you a chance.

Does Adecco drug test?

You may have to pass a drug test to get hired at Adecco. Online reports from the company say they do for some positions.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Here’s where you can really add value. What can you tell our readers about how to get hired at Adecco?

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Sandy Bell-Murray
Reentry Educator

Sandy Bell-Murray worked for more than thirty years for the Ontario public service, mainly in adult and youth justice. She began as a Probation and Parole Officer, then became a policy analyst, program supervisor and manager. Currently, she delivers workshops focused on building personal resilience and managing stress. She is an active member of Toastmasters International.