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The Whitaker Companies Overview

Houston, TX
1 to 50 employees
1983
Company - Private
Business Services
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In business since 1983, Whitaker Companies provides industry leading staffing solutions on a contract, contract-to-hire and direct-hire basis for a wide variety of enterprises and organizations nationwide in two areas of disciplinary focus:

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Mission: Our ability to provide top talent for mission-critical programs, projects and contracts combined with two-way communication, accountability and reliability, has helped create long-term relationships with our clients and candidates in a wide selection of industries. As an ... Read more

Company Updates

  • In this era of technology, automated systems and information overload at a single touch, has true customer service been lost? http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQEDN

    May 2017: "Customer Service" becomes "Customer Success" in 2017! | WhitakerCompanies

    In this era of technology, automated systems and information overload at a single touch, has true customer service been lost? How do we attach customer success to our company's customer service model? As in most of the past year polls, Amazon once again tops the list closely followed by Apple, FedEx and UPS.

  • Time To Consider Contract Roles Instead Of Perm? http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQBbo

    May 2017: Time to Consider Contract Roles Instead of Perm? | WhitakerCompanies

    Another great market for contract opportunities? How to know if now really is a good time to consider contract roles instead of perm? Given the uncertainty surrounding H-1B legislation, IT professionals and departments across the US and here in Houston are faced with a unique opportunity in the supply and demand of the IT labor ...

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The Whitaker Companies – Why Work For Us?


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Founded in 1983, Whitaker is one of the nation's most respected names in professional recruiting - and the reason is simple. Across all of our services, we set a higher standard. Whitaker Companies is comprised of Whitaker IT(information technology) and Whitaker Technical (engineering / technical professions) staff augmentation  and direct-hire search practices. 

Top Quality

Unique and successful methodology based on direct-search techniques to find the candidate that truly matches the need of the client whether the position is contract or direct-hire.

Our ability to provide top talent combined with two-way communication, accountability and reliability, helps create long-term relationships with our clients and candidates in a wide selection of industries. As an invested staffing solutions provider and partner, your success is our ultimate objective. We win when you do.

Broad Spectrum

Our national staffing companies – Whitaker IT and Whitaker Technical – collaborate to meet all client staffing needs, contract or direct-hire, for a variety of positions focused within our niche companies. With over 30 years in recruiting and placement our network, commitment to the industry and resources outperform standard industry recruiters.

Reputation

Quality reputation built on taking care of clients.  In business since 1983, we have established a network and database of top professionals and have cultivated relationships with “key spheres of influence” within each marketplace.

As a valued member of our staffing and specialty industries, our employees have been recognized for the commitments and service on a national level including: board memberships for Women’s Energy Network, The Pinnacle Society and National Association of Personnel Services.

People Chemistry

Perhaps what most sets Whitaker apart is our belief that good chemistry between candidate and client goes beyond what's listed in a job description. Our recruiters are career professionals who specialize in specific industries, are intensively trained and use techniques that enable them to reach a deeper understanding of needs. They ask better questions. They ask more questions. They are dedicated to their accounts, to provide consistent service from a professional who knows the clients, candidates and their business. And because our account teams work both sides of the match - with clients and with candidates - they're able to better evaluate a good fit, the first time.

Performance in Person, Not Just on Paper

In a tight candidate market, what some firms call professional recruiting adds up to nothing more than mass advertising and internet job postings. But Whitaker remains steadfastly committed to true search methodologies. We do not advertise. We pursue and select people - not resumes - via exhaustive search processes, thorough reference and credential checks and plenty of personal interaction. Our clients are rewarded with candidates that consistently exceed their expectations.

Building a Better Company

From investing in back-office technology to providing an ethical work environment, everything we do here at Whitaker is designed to make us a better company. The relationships we build with our own staff, the resources we commit to our internal processes and the values we nurture within our own walls all resonate outward to our clients. That means you can count on consistently excellent service and support at every point of contact with us.

 

To learn more about our national staffing companies contact us.

 

We win when you do.

Whitaker Companies offers opportunities for recruiters as well as other professionals with a desire to succeed in the staffing industry. We offer exceptional opportunities for people who have the abilities and drive to succeed in the recruiting business.

Our business model is also based on the idea that a truly good recruiter is as rare and valuable as a Whitaker Qualified candidate and must be treated and groomed as a professional. We hire recruiters who have decided that this is the career they want to pursue and invest a great deal of time in ongoing training and development.

So if you’d like to consider joining the Whitaker team here’s what will help you succeed:

      • Professional recruiting and/or sales experience,

      • Personal confidence, persuasiveness and persistence,

      • Putting people first.

Recruiting and account management are similar to technical sales jobs in that they require plenty of cold calling along with creativity to uncover and develop a continuous stream of new clients and candidates. Having some experience in sales or recruiting is, of course, quite helpful, but it’s not a requirement at Whitaker. With our specialized training and your dedication and energy, you’ll achieve financial and professional success in a relatively short time. Plus you’ll be happy to know that we’re a company that remains true to our commitments and values.

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Whitaker IT is a premier staff augmentation and search firm that delivers a broad range of mid to senior level IT professionals for even the most challenging requirements. Our highly qualified consultants – proven performers with deep experience and up-to-date technical skills – excel in the development, implementation, integration and optimization of mission-critical technologies including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (Oracle, SAP and Peoplesoft), business and custom applications including Java, Microsoft and Open Source Technologies, and Healthcare IT. In addition, owing to our long history in the executive search industry and our proprietary, proven search methodologies, we also provide top-caliber candidates for our clients’ direct-hire needs.

IT Project Support

The demands that projects place on clients and consultants are unique and require experience and understanding to ensure successful completion. We help our clients deliver their IT projects on time, within budget and with the highest level of quality. We understand that when it comes to an IT project support, finding the right candidate is key.

IT Staff Augmentation

Changes can occur unexpectedly within an organization. You need to have an IT staffing partner with a thorough knowledge of your business and the agility to react quickly to meet your needs. We’ve been helping our clients work around these expected and unexpected needs for years.

Direct-Hire Search

We also offer clients the service of finding candidates for direct-hire opportunities. We understand that sometimes it makes more sense, financially and operationally, to have certain skills and expertise in-house. We can find the right candidate to fit into your team.

Government and Public Sector 

Providing IT staff augmentation and expert technical support is not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to filling the diverse IT needs of state and local government sector contracts and contractors. Whitaker IT recruits and places only the most highly qualified candidates who excel in the development, implementation, integration and optimization of mission-critical applications and technologies spanning a wide range of government needs. From state to county and municipal programs, Whitaker IT will find, recruit, qualify and place the right talent with the right skill set for the job.

Healthcare IT 

No matter what stage of EMR/EHR implementation you are in or if you need a boost to get started, Whitaker IT can help you achieve “meaningful use” and beyond. Whitaker IT staff augmentation makes it possible for you to focus on patient care while we focus on secure use and sharing of health information.  Specialized focus in EPIC, Cerner, McKesson, NextGen, Siemens and Healthcare IT Leadership.  In addition, owing to our long history in the executive search industry, we also provide top-caliber candidates for our clients’ direct-hire needs.

Our headquarters in Houston, Texas, places us at the heart of the global energy, petrochemical and chemical process industries. Furthermore, our deep knowledge of the industry, the technology, the markets, the tools and the talent pool enable us to source and deliver the highest quality talent to meet time-sensitive staffing needs. We’ve been providing the technical professional talent you need to drive upstream, downstream and midstream forward since 1983.  

One Stop. National Reach.

When you come to Whitaker Technical to find the qualified professionals you need, or to find the right opportunity for you, you need look no further. We provide contract, contract-to-hire and direct-hire placement services across the country in contingency, engaged and retained search capacities.

We deliver professionals from field staff to executive management in all the pertinent disciplines including:

  • Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, and Petroleum)
  • Instrumentation and Controls
  • Project Engineering and Management
  • Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Economics and Planning
  • Supply and Distribution
  • Transportation and Marketing
  • Pipeline Operations
  • Geosciences (Geology and Geophysics)
  • Drilling Management
  • Drilling Services
  • Landmen

 

Precision Matching. The Right Fit.

In business since 1983, we have extensive experience in our industries and have synthesized a unique and successful methodology including research, extensive networking for candidate sourcing, in-depth prescreening and reference checking, to find the candidate that truly matches the need of the client whether the position is direct-hire or contract. The result is quality, cost-effective national staffing solutions for our clients.

We also ensure that each professional we submit is a perfect match in regard to personality, attitude and the interpersonal skills needed to assimilate into the company or facility’s culture. By developing comprehensive understanding of each client’s business and environment, we can match candidates by both qualification and suitability or, in other words, “chemistry.” We make sure that every candidate we submit is Whitaker Qualified.  

The Whitaker Companies Reviews

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    Coming from outside the staffing industry, I wasn't sure what to expect….I didn't realize I would grow so much professionally and come to truly appreciate my Whitaker family as much as I do. During my 5 + years here at Whitaker I've grown into different roles, taken on multiple responsibilities and continue to be challenged every day with new “hats”. As a mother, I am thankful for the flexibility provided so that I can maintain my own work-life balance.

    “Soft” benefits are everywhere! Employee recognition program for individual milestones includes anything from a business card holder and Visa gift cards to flight vouchers and vacations! We have sales contests, annual company trip, quarterly awards for sales producers and administrative staff, weekly team training lunches, company-paid professional development, and a social committee to plan company functions.

    Our employees come from a variety of backgrounds, making for a unique blend of experience and knowledge offered through our management team, which by the way is majority female.

    There’s a reason why Whitaker has earned workplace awards from the Houston Business Journal and the Houston Chronicle.

    Cons

    Company was founded on true direct-source techniques, so if you’re looking to make a quick fill and not put in the work to establish long-term relationships with clients and candidates then this is not for you. It’s all about building trust and rapport with your contacts and becoming a staffing partner. Management has worked very hard over 30 + years to build a strong reputation of direct-sourcing passive candidates, true recruiting at its finest!

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for being transparent! The open communication and ongoing review process allows ALL employees to overcome hurdles and achieve success within their own position.

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The Whitaker Companies Photos

The Whitaker Companies photo of: Whitaker Way Award Recipient 2015, Linda Ranostaj
The Whitaker Companies photo of: Texas Childrens Hospital Toy Drive, 2015
The Whitaker Companies photo of: March Madness Sales Contest, 2015
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The Whitaker Companies Interviews

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    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at The Whitaker Companies (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    So there is a pre-screening with the CEO assistant, Then you meet with the CEO if they like you. Bruce is a very kind man but firm. He shoots it straight. He basically puts the ball in your court but observes your questions about him and the company. You then have to then meet with the team you may be aligned to. This is the most intense process if it all because they have a say in whether or not you get hired. By far most interesting process I have seen.

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    • What are some of your goals?   1 Answer
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The Whitaker Companies Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work, Houston Business Journal, 2014
  • Best Places to Work, Houston Business Journal, 2013
  • Top Workplace, The Houston Chronicle, 2013
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