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Whitlock Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "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 (5)

    "Tech Op Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice office and atmosphere. I used to be able to work from home sometimes which was good. Good location.

    Cons

    Always doing something in old software systems. No support from my manager. Salary is not good for the large volume of work. Training barely existed had to figure stuff out of my own.

    Advice to Management

    Train people and learn to communicate better.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Very Large Audiovisual Company - Very LITTLE Pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whitlock (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good solid engineering, project managers, and employees

    Cons

    * They do not take care of their employees
    * Not many NON EXEC that have tenor because they don't give raises on par to the going rate.
    * Focus is more on the sell than doing the job properly
    * I have worked with the biggest AV companies in the world this one is a disgrace that will pay an overachiever the same as a lazy one

    Advice to Management

    Doug Hall needs to take a closer look at the branches around the country and stop looking only a the money He needs to take a hard look at how the people are being treated and not just the confirm the process and sales


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Could be an awesome company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Executive management turns the other cheek to problems. You have to be with the "in" group.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes.


  6. Helpful (5)

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

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    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


  7. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible Culture"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (14)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whitlock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The People. Whitlock has the best employees. They are hard working , caring and professional.

    Cons

    Whitlock will drain your soul. The company over works every employee. Technicians, System Designers, CAD Designers, Middle Management and Project Managers are stretched as thin as possible. Output demands are constantly increasing and the employee base is shrinking. Couple that with the antiquated software environment and you have a recipe for disaster. The "Whitlock Family" is dysfunctional and abusive.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Unify your efforts to achieve results. Stop delaying progress in search of a silver bullet. It doesn't exist. Stop berating your employees when the company doesn't meet a financial objective. You can't possibly blame the hard working individuals for the lack of success when your operating a multi million dollar company in excel and disparate financial systems. Excel is not a tool for success.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Disconnected Executive Management"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Privately owned company
    Financially stable
    Acceptable benefits

    Cons

    Upper management focused on growing and blind to personnel concerns
    Middle management has little power to help improve personnel concerns
    Cliquish culture
    Little to no advancement - no promoting from within
    Whitlock wants you to dedicate your life and give all to the company

    Advice to Management

    You know that good people are bailing out constantly. At least act like you care and try to do something about it. Promote from within, give people a reason to stay.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "AV Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nationally-deployed AV systems integrator, with its sights focused on doing business with large-scale, Fortune 500 companies. If you like working in an environment where you will be interacting with the "big boy" firms, you will have that opportunity at Whitlock.

    Cons

    The company entered the highly competitive Silicon Valley market with too light a footprint, and years after its local competition had established themselves. Too few human resources, too little in the way physical resources to meet the requirements of highly-demanding accounts they targeted (the biggest firms in the tech sector). Especially when compared to other, longer-established (in the territory) integrators, who had been cultivating business relationships with those same clients for years, and who had built physical and human infrastructures long before Whitlock entered the local market.

    Advice to Management

    There's an old saying; Go big or go home. Yes, it's expensive to start up a branch in the Bay Area, and pouring capital into this region is likely to mean a number of years of losing money until the market bears fruit. But sometimes, that's what it takes to be successful. Ask Amazon about that.



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