Whitlock Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Not a Good Company If you want Stability

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Whitlock full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good vendor Relations, good product and services offering

    Cons

    Horrible upper management communication down to the area managers. Very poor job stability, they fire fast to "manage" the quarterly and year end profits. They will fire you so they do not have to pay you on large commissions or bonuses. I witnessed it several times... Very poor training and communication to the branch managers. They preach integrity, honesty and loyalty but they do not practice... Alot of upper mgmt B.S. and Games... You have been WARNED!!!

    Advice to Management

    stop preaching what you do not practice... Playing with folks careers to save a buck by firing them to bank their commissions is disgusting... Hiring for build up of bread and butter accounts then firing to hand them over to your golden boys is disgusting. You need to take a serious look at your culture and values...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Whitlock does not value employees and upward mobility is not likely.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audiovisual Installation Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Audiovisual Installation Technician in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whitlock full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Regular work, occasional cutting edge AV systems

    Cons

    Total lack of culture, the Whitlock bonus is "you're lucky you have a job", small raises if any, major favortism

    Advice to Management

    Value employees, pay competitive wages with incentives or bonus


  3. Helpful (3)

    So much potential, if they would just listen....(A dream job that turned into a daily nightmare)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whitlock full-time

    Pros

    If you love TECHNICAL, these guys play with the BIG BOY TOYS!! They are at the top of the food chain when it comes to high end / high profile projects. They do a great job of selling a POSITIVE CULTURE... This was the most technical team i have ever worked with.

    Cons

    The transition from a Big/Small Company to a Small/Big Company has created several internal issues. Not everyone agrees that some of these things are issues. Local management has main focus outside of local branch and doesn't have a good finger on the PULSE of the branch. Current technical leadership leaves a lot to be desired and is the main cause of several outstanding employees to leave. Corporate management roles out policies and procedures without accountability to local branches for adherence . Pay is at the low side for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to what your employees are saying. Live out the culture you are preaching.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Steady Job, no changes

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Ops in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Tech Ops in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whitlock full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid company, privately owned. No debt, never worry about paychecks being late or bouncing.

    Cons

    Be prepared for no accountability, either good or bad. You will be expected to make up for what others (who generally make more money than you) are unable to do properly, they will not be held accountable. There is also no accountability for you if you do a stellar job. There are no career paths and promotions are extremely rare. Definition of "team" is to do what others want you to do - not for everyone to do their job well for the benefit of the group. Pay raises are very small. Company is very cliquish, if you are not part of the club it will be difficult for you. Frustration is very high among those with "boots on the ground". Long hours are expected.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce procedures and bring accountability to the "old school" employees who have years of tenure. You want to be a big company, act like it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whitlock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people performing good work in a hostile work environment.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover due to poor work culture and management. HR Department head is totally focused on C level managers and his own advancement and views those actually performing the work as numbers that can easily be replaced. Employees work long hours and receive low pay without any sincere acknowledgment of their service.

    Advice to Management

    Really Listen to employees, rather than managers who are really out for themselves and focused on telling you what you want to hear, rather than what you need to hear. If you really want to be "number 1," than create a culture that truly values employees. Employees are NOT happy, and there has never been a company with unhappy employees that has reached number 1 status.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Stale, old school

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    Pros

    Company has partnerships with a wide variety of manufacturers, has a good portfolio of completed projects, and is well managed at the top. Very competent leaders in national and regional positions.

    Cons

    While executive management shines, they have a hard time finding competent branch managers. Communications within the organization or very poor. Local managers seem to have no leadership training.

    Advice to Management

    Good engineering skills don't automatically translate to good leadership skills.


  8. Helpful (2)

    On site services tech

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - On Site Services Technician
    Current Employee - On Site Services Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Whitlock full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Management gives you the freedom to learn, make mistakes, and grow. Good training resources.

    Cons

    Career progression and pay increases are slow and minimal. Pay is competitive but raises can be less than a dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more on the job training opportunities to techs who wish to branch out of support and learn from higher level employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Be careful....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager; Engineer, Account Executive Or Similar in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager; Engineer, Account Executive Or Similar in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whitlock (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great big name clients, consistent workload.

    Cons

    Non existent culture. Company promotes "Whitlock Cares" but these is not a mantra acted upon by management. Don't expect support or assistance from management as you are only a number at this company unless you are "buddies" with the right management. Many employees have strong concerns about how the company takes care of customers and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, provide support, replace regional management with talent that cares about clients and employees more than the bottom line.


  10. Whitlock Austin

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Audiovisual Installation Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Audiovisual Installation Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Whitlock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good People and good salary

    Cons

    none, there was nothing bad

    Advice to Management

    Talk more to people below you and work to get thing done faster


  11. Helpful (6)

    Great company but be careful..

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Whitlock full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great reputation in the industry - Both financial and manpower resources are available - Income potential is strong for sales - Benefits are strong - Strong national presence - Good folks

    Cons

    - Regional management may not be as strong as it needs to be (education, experience, management skills). - Project management ranks are a bit weak in capabilities and experiences which can cause some projects to struggle - Motto might be less is more, they tend to work people to the point of exhaustion at all levels in an effort to run lean. - Just too much to do with the available manpower resources which causes mistakes and lost profit opportunities - Can be very "high school" unfortunately - Internal processes can cause tremendous back ups and frustration although it is recognized that in many causes they are for good intentions

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team, your staff. I agree with a previous review where good engineering skills or the fact you like someone does not necessarily make them the high paced, effective leader that the company needs in all positions. They step over or 'on' very good people that are both very capable and willing to help the company more. However the issue right now is top management surrounds themselves with several folks that are not always the best people available but rather will tell them what they want to hear. Not a good practice in trying to become what they want to become I feel. There is so much potential given the available resources and connections in the industry however with the above situation, growth in sales and profitability is greatly limited.



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