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The Whitaker Companies Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2018

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78%
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89%
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Bruce Whitaker
9 Ratings
  1. "Recruiter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Whitaker Companies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flex Time Work from Home Compensation incentives

    Cons

    Long Hours but that is what it takes in Staffing

    Advice to Management

    none

    The Whitaker Companies2018-06-06

    The Whitaker Companies Response

    February 12, 2019Marketing Manager

    Thanks for your positive feedback and for taking the time to post this review. We agree that long hours and hard work are important ingredients to make a successful career. Thanks for your feedback regarding our flex scheduling and remote work incentives. These have made a tremendous ...

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  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Whitaker Companies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The culture and work environment is amazing. The owner, my boss is a very easy to work with guy. Provides full flexibility in terms of the work schedule, with absolutely no micro management. I put in my own hours and as long as the work is done, all is good. Love working here. People are very friendly and helpful. Great team!

    Cons

    None to be list at the moment

    The Whitaker Companies2018-06-04

    The Whitaker Companies Response

    February 12, 2019Marketing Manager

    Thank you for the great review! It's our employees (current and former) that allow us to constantly improve the way we operate and offer quality staffing solutions for our clients. Our work environment is pretty amazing - I'd have to agree with you - and recently won an award ...

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  3. "Recruiter"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Whitaker Companies

    Pros

    If you have a drive and want to work your tail off to get ahead, and have an interest in recruiting or are a skilled recruiter, this job is for you. Most likely need to be a seasoned or lightly experienced recruiter to go anywhere. Bruce, the owner and President, is a great guy and a straight shooter. The interviews were somewhat difficult, but I enjoyed the conversation. They allow you to find a niche and work both sides...

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    Cons

    -Training is extremely outdated and nearly non existent, I think the training videos were made the in the EARLY 90's. Once you watch some videos, who were made in house, they expect you to know what to do and how to recruit. -There are a few older and tenured staff members that are not team players. If you are new to the company or industry, be careful not to ruffle their feathers... Though there are a couple of good...

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    Advice to Management

    More flexible work hours and work environment.

    The Whitaker Companies2016-09-08

    The Whitaker Companies Response

    February 12, 2019Marketing Manager

    Thanks for your feedback. You were right about our training program and our number one priority for 2019 is to bring that into the 21st century. About the very structured work environment and the office conditions, so sorry you were right about that too and with our new flex scheduling ...

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "This company is a joke"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at The Whitaker Companies

      Pros

      Free lunch training every week, but you have to listen to a boring webinar. Co-workers would fall asleep. Vending machine in kitchen.

      Cons

      Where do I begin? The company is very lazy with training. The lunch training is a waste of time. The new-hire training consists of sitting in a room by yourself watching hours of dated DVDs on a laptop. After you're done they send you out to the wolves. They don't even give you a chance to succeed. They'll fire you the first chance they get. Office politics is another concern. If you're not your manager's best friend...

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      Advice to Management

      Once again. I don't know where to start.

      The Whitaker Companies2015-11-11

      The Whitaker Companies Response

      November 13, 2015Marketing Manager

      It’s unfortunate you had a negative experience. Although our training program does consist of DVDs, the information and true source recruiting methodologies compiled by our company leaders with over 30 years of experience each – and current member of The Pinnacle Society - have ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Place to work!"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at The Whitaker Companies

        Pros

        So many of them, the company President is awesome and a great mentor in the industry. Gives great advice and helps to hold you accountable! Training is good as well. You will be given everything you need for success up front!

        Cons

        Methods and business practices must come to the understanding of evolution as times change and organizations change we must change with it. Also you must be creative when your business may be at a standstill if not you will not last.

        Advice to Management

        Be open to all methods and continue to look at all elements that your employees face when creating new business. Other than that great job!

        The Whitaker Companies2015-09-06
      • Helpful (2)

        "A second family!"

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        • Compensation and Benefits
        • Senior Management
        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at The Whitaker Companies

        Pros

        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...

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        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,...

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        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.

        The Whitaker Companies2015-04-01
      • Helpful (1)

        "GREAT COMPANY!!!!!!"

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        • Work/Life Balance
        • Culture & Values
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        • Senior Management
        Current Employee - Recruiter in Houston, TX
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at The Whitaker Companies

        Pros

        Whitaker is a great company to work for. If you are dedicated and put in the time you will absolutely love it here. The money is great as the commission structure is one of the highest and most lucrative in the industry. It is a situation where if you work hard you WILL by paid VERY well.

        Cons

        Not to much to speak of.....There is quite a bit of turnover in the industry as a whole. (90% of the individuals who get into the industry are out within 18 months). That being said the dedicated people stay here for a long time and are VERY VERY successful. If you are someone who punches the clock, unless you are a freak of nature, I do not see you here or in the industry for longer than 6 Months.

        Advice to Management

        Keep doing what you are doing. This is a great company to work for. Continue the openness to new ideas and forward looking ways to conduct business.

        The Whitaker Companies2015-03-31
      • Helpful (2)

        "It's not just a job, it's a home"

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        • Senior Management
        Current Employee - Senior Recruiter 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at The Whitaker Companies

        Pros

        I came to Whitaker with almost 10 years of recruiting experience and as a proven producer, I probably could have gotten a job recruiting anywhere. But for a host of reasons, I chose to come to Whitaker, and now 26 years later (!!) I'm still glad I did. Whitaker has become "home" to me in many ways. The owner of our company has proven time and again that he cares about the people who work for him 24/7 and not just from...

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        Cons

        Whitaker does not have a huge corporate parent company so if you aspire to no longer "work a desk", Whitaker is not the place. Everyone on the management team at Whitaker (other than the President) is a "working manager" and is integrally involved in the placement process on a daily basis.

        Advice to Management

        Don't fix what ain't broke! Continue to have an open door and and open heart.

        The Whitaker Companies2015-03-18
      • Helpful (3)

        "Whitaker, a real Place to call home"

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        • Compensation and Benefits
        • Senior Management
        Current Employee - IT Staffing Consultant in Houston, TX
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at The Whitaker Companies

        Pros

        First thing the culture is great, people generally have a positive attitude and work hard. Lots of incentives and a great CEO. You feel apart of the team when you walk in the doors.

        Cons

        One word......TRAFFIC but is all worth it when you come to work. The nature of the job may be a little overwhelming but that's something they let you know up front. Highly competitive market if you are timid you won't make it.

        The Whitaker Companies2015-02-28
      • Helpful (3)

        "STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY - WON'T BE AROUND FOR MUCH LONGER"

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        • Senior Management
        Current Employee - Recruiter 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at The Whitaker Companies full-time

        Pros

        Recruiters can get away with being unethical and the sales floor has no rules. So if you are into that, there is a pro.

        Cons

        Management lies to employees. Sales floor is unethically ran and rules mean nothing. Senior recruiters get away with anything and are never held accountable. Management positions are given to people without experience or skills to be in management. Owner is 70 and forgets everything, can't remember conversations from morning to afternoon. Company sold a piece in 2013 and is now going broke. I cannot make placements...

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        Advice to Management

        Be honest to employees, stop being spiteful, admit the problems the company has and try to solve them instead of hiding them, work with employees to fix the problems on the floor instead of telling them to handle it themselves, stop giving promotions to unqualified people just because you golf with them, fire people who should be fired instead of keeping them because you want to save face.

        The Whitaker Companies2015-02-26
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