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Old 06-07-2015, 07:27 PM
 
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I'm just wondering. Is there a difference?

I just got recruited by another company and will start working there in 2 weeks. I'm being hired as an "associate" and they'd like to begin my "full time employment" starting blah blah...
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:31 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Terminology. Associate is supposed to make you care more than if you were just an "employee" or "worker".
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:33 PM
 
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It really depends on how that specific company defines the role and title. For most, I think it is just another way to say "employee."
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:56 PM
 
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I agree it is terminology, but I've seen cases where associate meant 1099 contractor... so no benefits/etc... well seen as in seen on job posting sites and not first hand.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:59 PM
 
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Yes, it depends on the company. In some companies, every employee is an "associate." In my company, an employee is an "employee" or an "internal." Contracted personnel are "associates" or "external."
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:00 PM
 
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I agree it is terminology, but I've seen cases where associate meant 1099 contractor... so no benefits/etc... well seen as in seen on job posting sites and not first hand.
This is what I thought at first, too. But they're offering me full benefits, so I'm safe on that front.
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:10 PM
 
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All of Wal-mart's employees are called "associates".
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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All of Wal-mart's employees are called "associates".
So does Target, Home Depot, etc.. Even the employees at our local Circle K are now called "associates". No idea why or where it originated but an employee is still an employee no matter what they want to call them. Maybe they are called "associates" now because they are allowed to 'share' in company things...401k, insurances, etc.. I always figured "associate" was another word for sharing and working with, as part of a team. I know that's what they EXPECT of us.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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It's just semantics. Some HR guru somewhere decided "associate" sounds better than "employee."
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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It's just semantics. Some HR guru somewhere decided "associate" sounds better than "employee."
lol this

janitor = superintendent

customer service rep = customer care rep

steward/ess = flight attendant

tech support rep = desktop engineer = desktop analyst

worker = employee

employee = associate

associate = team member

ad nauseum

cliffs: worker bees
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