If you were lucky enough to be alive in the mid-eighties, you might have just tried “New Coke” (and not liked it). You may have watched a Live Aid concert or been enthralled by the film “The Color Purple,” which you could have seen in a theater for around $3.00 to $3.50 a ticket.
At Harvard, three friends (John Chuang, Mia Wenjen, and Steve Kapner) taught themselves desktop publishing. Then, they formed a design business out of their dorm rooms. Two years later, it transitioned to MacTemps, a staffing firm. For the next 12 years, the company expanded exponentially and internationally. Finally, in 1999, we became Aquent.
Since then, we have never stopped raising the bar. From comprehensive benefits and free online training for talent to service offerings that help our clients improve their business, we've invested in our talent and clients from the beginning. This was most evident in 2020, when we revolutionized the staffing industry by introducing two new hourly talent benefits—sick pay in all 50 states and Canada and a retirement plan employer match with immediate vesting.
We want to say thanks to everyone who has made our success over the past 35 years possible. We look forward to pushing the boundaries of what's possible for another 35 years and beyond.
Here are just a few amazing numbers from Aquent's first 35 years:
- 145,352 unique talent placed worldwide
- 696,682 jobs filled
- 71,694 clients
- 8 countries – the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and our newest entry, Germany.
- 35 different industries served, and we're still in all 35 of them.
But numbers only tell part of the story. Our talent, clients, and staff are the foundation for our success. Here's what some of them had to say on this historic anniversary:
“They understand my particular talents and find roles that fit me so well.”VALERIE / FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER WITH AQUENT FOR 10+ YEARS
“They know talent and clients as individuals, and they're always there for us, even when the crazy stuff happens.”LAURI / BRANDING CONSULTANT WITH AQUENT FOR 22+ YEARS
“We've received a lot of star players from Aquent. Congrats on 35 years!”EDIE / CLIENT, DESIGN MANAGER AT ADOBE
“There is a sense of family, of having each other's back, and a team spirit here that is rare.”VIVEK / MANAGING DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF AQUENT SOLUTIONS SINCE 1999