Mission: To provide our clients with the people who build companies, enabling those companies to create career opportunities, develop teams and change the world.
I worked at Switchgear Search and Recruiting full-time (Less than a year)
Switchgear has a great office space and is a female run organization... which I loved! You really have control over your own business and can decide which companies you want to call on and how much work you want to put in. When I worked there, I really was treated like family and I made friendships that I believe will last a lifetime. I enjoyed the fun environment and the way they celebrated birthdays and successes. When I first started, I was truly amazed by the culture! When I realized that Switchgear was no longer the right fit for me, the management was extremely kind and gracious. I learned SO much about sales, recruiting, and Tulsa as a whole by being here. I am forever grateful to Switchgear for everything they taught me!
This job is extremely high stress. You are meeting with hiring managers, trying to negotiate contracts, trying to get jobs, set up interviews, and find the perfect candidate for the job. At any point in time, one of these things can change and you have to start all over. The base pay was pretty low and it can take several months before you actually start making commission, which can be frustrating. If you can handle stress well and are patient, you can definitely succeed at this job. While I loved working at Switchgear, I noticed that one person's personal drama can affect everyone. Several times this was brought to management's attention and unfortunately it seemed to kind of slowly chip away at the amazing culture that drew me to Switchgear in the first place. I am just trying to be honest and truly hope it has gotten better!
Advice to Management
While Switchgear prides itself on changing things pretty constantly, sometimes it can make expectations unclear. I think it might be beneficial to try something and stick with it for a while to see if it really works. Dixie was one of the number one reasons I wanted to work for Switchgear. She is an integral part of the business and I found her energy and passion contagious!
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Switchgear Search and Recruiting (Tulsa, OK).
I was called by the CEO to setup a time to meet, the phone conversation consisted of setting a time to meet, no other questions were asked. As far as I know a college degree or recruiting experience is required to work at Switchgear. I met once with the CEO, the entire interview was more about selling the company and the award the CEO and the company has won than my skills or experience. The CEO presents really well and does a good job at selling Switchgear. I listened for about a hour, and I was offered the position later that day.