Electrosonic has expanded its engineering and project management teams with the addition of ten new employees who will assume posts at the company’s US headquarters in Burbank and in Orlando. The new hires are part of Electrosonic’s Employer Branding Initiative, which includes an extensive recruitment process to support significant business growth last year and the fast pace Electrosonic has set for 2017.
“It’s a challenge finding engineering and project management support in a market where every major company is looking for the same limited pool of people,” says Michael Harkness, Vice President & General Manager-Operations. “There’s a scarcity of talent, and it’s difficult to get quality people to apply for positions. Rather than posting job openings we took a very proactive and specific approach to finding the right talent to meet our needs and service our customers.
“We began by defining the skill sets required for various positions, developed models of the ideal candidates for these jobs, then went out looking for people,” he continues. “We reached out through social media, employee referrals and attendance at key conventions and conferences, such as InfoComm, that attract the kind of talent we were seeking.”
This streamlined the search process, Harkness says. “Vetting qualified candidates was much faster. By the time we spoke to them we were aware of the knowledge and experience they could bring to our teams to increase our intellectual property and how they’d fit within the Electrosonic culture.”
Electrosonic’s talent initiatives don’t stop with its new hires. Last year the company restructured its operations in Burbank and Orlando with teams now working across offices on projects instead of operating separately as regional teams.
“We’re looking at operations holistically – at how best to manage and pull resources together to meet client needs,” Harkness explains. “That allows us to be more agile for customers and to better support their goals.”
Additionally, a new build out to accommodate growth was recently completed in Electrosonic’s Orlando office; a similar infrastructure expansion is planned for Burbank this year.
Electrosonic has rebranded and relaunched its apprenticeship program, now called START (Systems Technology & Resource Training). The one-year paid training program, with a full benefits package, is instrumental in introducing fresh talent to the company.
“We hope to have four college graduates enrolled in START annually; we have two STARTers on board currently,” says Harkness. “They’ll go through rotations in each of the core department and learn every aspect of the company from marketing and engineering to purchasing and shipping. They’ll come away with a perspective of the company that’s rare for new employees.”
All of Electrosonic’s recent talent initiatives support the company’s continued growth as a leader in the AV industry. “There’s no doubt that Electrosonic has a strong foundation. It’s our goal to build on that to drive change in ways that benefit employees and, ultimately, our clients,” says Harkness.
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.
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