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Palmer Group is Des Moines’ premier employment firm. We were founded in 1998 with a mission to become the best firm in Iowa and that continues to be our goal today. We have 30 professionals in our West Des Moines office and provide more than 300 client companies with a broad range of employment services that include recruiting, professional temporary staffing, high level contracting, and outplacement services.


Management & Professional Search with Specialties in Accounting & Finance, Information Technology (IT), Insurance, Sales and Marketing, Engineering and Manufacturing, Human Resources, Customer Service, Office Administration

Palmer Group Company Strengths

  • We are the only employment firm in Iowa that is a single source for Recruiting, Staffing, Consulting and Outplacement services. In addition, our search services are the most comprehensive in Iowa with specialties in Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Engineering, Administration, Sales and Marketing.
  • The average years of recruiting experience for a Consultant at Palmer Group is 10+ years. This experience results in better interviews, better screening, better networking and in the end better candidates for our clients.
  • All staffing firms talk about quality. We walk the talk. For direct placement we offer a 180 day guarantee, the best we know of in Iowa. Our temporary employees go through a very rigorous interview process and less than 20% of the temporary applicants we meet are placed. It's 2010 392 of our temporary employees were hired into full time positions.
  • We currently have more than 17,000 active local candidates in our database. We recruit aggressively. We are networked and we receive numerous referrals. We have access to resumes on all of the major online job boards and we receive more than 150 new applications each week at
  • We are a local company with all decisions made locally. No "corporate policy" to hide behind. We are a member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and a "Buy into the Circle" pledge company. We live here, shop here and are active members within the community. The dollars you pay us are reinvested in the local economy and do not go out of state. And...we have contributed more than $105,000 to local charities.
  • Our office is staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 each workday. This provides a distinct advantage as we handle issues in a timely fashion.
  • Teamwork within our office is an advantage for our clients. Our staffing division has an excellent working relationship with our search consultants and as a result both divisions receive excellent candidate referrals. This provides a recruiting advantage over pure temporary staffing firms or recruiting only firms.
  • Our use of technology is exceptional. Examples of that include online application from our website, skill search capability in our electronic database, flashes of job openings to our applicant database, electronic referencing, etc...The result? Better candidates faster for our clients.
  • We are certainly pleased with the recognition we have received from the local business community. 8 years in a row as Best Executive Search Firm and we have been honored 9 years in a row for our Temporary services!
  • Palmer Group Career Opportunities

    Our staff has been helping professionals make sound career decisions for many years. Since inception in 1998 we have placed more than 3,700 individuals in new careers. We have conducted thousands of interviews and reviewed even more resumes. We are meeting with hiring managers every day to learn what is most important to them. Check out our listings here at to keep up on current opportunities.


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