History of Palmer Group

We made our first introduction in 1998. As we’ve grown, and helped others do the same, a lot of people have stood up and taken notice.

Palmer Group was founded in 1998 by Austin Palmer. His mission to change Iowa’s employment landscape by becoming the state’s premier employment agency has helped our office in West Des Moines grow from a few talented individuals to more than sixty dedicated employment experts.

Throughout our history, one thing has always remained the same: we’re constantly excited by the work we do on behalf of our many clients and job seekers around the state. We’ve helped a lot of businesses find better people, and helped a lot of people do better for themselves. And for that, we’ve garnered great recognition from the local business community.

We’ve now been voted by the Des Moines Business Record as the Best Executive Search Firm for 13 years in a row, and the Best Temporary Employment Service for seven of the past eight years (including the past five years in a row). We are very grateful for the kind words and accolades that have been bestowed upon us since our inception, but we also hope it will alert employers and job searchers who would benefit most from our services. As we strive to be the top job agency in all of Iowa, we’ve had the chance to meet and help Iowans throughout the state. We’re confident from our experience that our always-improving methods and services will work for you.

What does it mean to be the best?

For us, it means personable service, flexibility and a diverse clientele. It means that regardless of what you’re looking for, Palmer Group will offer you every tool, resource and person at its disposal until you get there. In this business, being the best in Des Moines means helping all of Iowa — and that’s what we’re striving to do.

Our Awards

2016 Business Torch Award Recipient

“We pride ourselves on promoting integrity. For more than 75 years the BBB has been providing services that build consumer trust in our communities.  We consider it an honor to present this year’s Torch Award Winners and Student Torch Award Winners, they lead by example and embody the ideals of the Better Business Bureau.” – Chris Coleman, President, CEO

Best of Des Moines Business Record

Best Executive Search Firm

Business Record, Best of Des Moines
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001

Runner-up Best Local Company with the Most Promising Future

Business Record, Best of Des Moines
2010, 2005

Best Temporary Employment Service

Business Record, Best of Des Moines
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007

Runner-up Best Temporary Employment Service

Business Record, Best of Des Moines
2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002

Best Place to Work (Small Company)

Business Record, Best of Des Moines
2009