Kelly Services is one of the nation's largest staffing solutions companies. Its services include temporary staffing, staff leasing, outsourcing, consulting services, vendor management and full-time placement. Kelly owns and operates nearly 2,600 offices in 33 countries and territories.
Kelly provides employment to more than 530,000 employees annually, with skills including office services, accounting, engineering, finance, information technology, law, science, marketing, light industrial, education, health care and home care.
Revenues for Kelly in 2010 were $5.0 billion, an increase of 15% from a year ago, and net income of $38.1 million.
In October 1946, with an office in Detroit, MI, and two employees, William Russell Kelly started a new company to meet the office and clerical needs of Detroit-area businesses. "Russell Kelly Office Service" provided calculating and inventory services, typing and copying. Most of this work was cyclical, so Mr. Kelly staffed his company with housewives and students -- people who had flexible schedules. By December of 1946, the Russell Kelly Office Service had 12 customers and $848 in sales.
At first, customers sent their work to Mr. Kelly's office. As customers gained confidence in the new company, some of them asked him to send his employees to their offices to type, file or operate business machines.
Kelly temporary employees were soon in great demand. In 1954, the first office opened outside of Michigan, in Louisville, Kentucky. By 1955, the company had 35 branch offices throughout the United States. Two years later, the company changed its name to Kelly Girl Service, Inc. During the 1960s, The Kelly Girl became a nationwide icon, synonymous with high-quality temporary employees.
In 1966 the company changed its name to Kelly Services, Inc., reflecting the increasing variety of its services, customers and employees.
Quality has been a fundamental value of Kelly Services since the company's founding. Every temporary employee was "Tested, Bonded, Insured and Guaranteed!" Mr. Kelly stood behind this guarantee. If a customer was dissatisfied with the work of a Kelly employee, no bill was sent, even though the employee was paid.
Depending on eligibliity, Kelly offers the following benefits:
- Insurance options including medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, group life, and short-term disability
Updated March 6, 2011