Cray Inc. Case Study

Cray, the global supercomputing technology leader, has been partnering with ESP IT since 2011. ESP IT started working with Cray through Blaine Ebeling, Senior Software Manager. Blaine was searching for engineering consulting talent with very specific experience in Linux Systems. Throughout the years, we at ESP have learned about Cray’s particular technical needs and fantastic work culture, helping them find the strong, self-motivated engineers they’ve needed. In fact, many of the contractors we’ve placed at Cray have converted to full-time roles. Cray reaches out to consulting firms when they’re unable to find resources through their own HR recruiting staff – meaning the roles they send to ESP are especially challenging due to the competitive IT labor market Minnesota is experiencing. We’ve been able to deliver because we took the time to listen and truly understand the skills and traits needed to be a successful team player at Cray. Thanks for the years of partnership and the kind testimonial Blaine! 

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Irish Titan Case Study

Our history with Darin Lynch goes way back. He was once a group manager at ESP Software Services, a division of ESP IT sold to Cotelligent in 1996. Darin started Irish Titan, a company specializing in designing and developing e-commerce platforms, websites, and digital strategy in 2004. Darin and Bob Hildreth (CEO of ESP IT) reconnected several years ago and now talk often to discuss ideas and challenges  they face as leaders of fast-growing entrepreneurial technology companies.

ESP believes that a great culture fit is as paramount to a successful team as a skill fit. We know the Titan team well. We have invested the time on the front end to understand their organizational needs with each hire, and we find the best technical talent to meet those needs. We understand Irish Titan’s unique culture, Darin’s leadership and brand philosophy, and what it means to be a part of the Titan family. That’s why Irish Titan has partnered with ESP IT to help grow their technical team in development and engineering.

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ESP IT Welcomes Tim Schinke as VP of Sales & Recruiting

Tim Schinke VP of Sales for ESP ITWe are pleased to announce that Tim Schinke joined ESP IT in June as VP of Sales & Recruiting. His responsibilities include providing effective and inspiring leadership, creating and developing new sales strategies for ESP’s future growth, and ensuring ESP’s clients always receive the highest level of care.

Prior to joining ESP IT, Tim gained 25 years of leadership experience, holding several Vice President of Sales positions within the technology and software industries. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring technology and sales professionals and shown expertise in ERP software at companies including PeopleSoft, SAP, and Salesforce.com.

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4 Reasons to Celebrate the Twin Cities’ IT Job Market

Reasons to Celebrate Balloons ImageBrilliant, lustrous fireworks along the Mississippi. Barbecues in the lazy warmth of summer. Water sports, hiking excursions, and (for better or worse) family road trips. As we continue basking in the fun of the three warmest months of the year, we’re once again reflecting on why we love the Twin Cities. And, as an IT consulting and staffing firm, we’d be remiss not to give special attention to our number one reason: The Twin Cities rank among the best in the U.S. for tech opportunities. From its growing number of available tech jobs, to its recent acclaim as a hot spot for tech startups and companies, the Twin Cities offer IT opportunities like those in the Silicon Valley, plus higher collaboration and a lower cost of living. Though Minnesota has graced the tops of multiple “best” lists for various reasons, we’ve pulled out the top 4 reasons Twin Cities IT pros should celebrate where they work:

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Do Working Dads Love IT?

While articles are frequently published about the challenges of being a working mom, the challenges for working dads have historically stayed off the radar. But as more male millennial professionals step into fatherhood, the importance of work-life-balance for dads has become a hot topic. One 2013 survey revealed that fathers, even more so than mothers, reported unhappiness with the amount of time they had to spend away from their families, and reports since then have boasted similar findings. Luckily for dads working in tech, balance can become a reality.

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Our Team Weighs In On Why ESP’s The Best

For a fourth year in a row, we’re thrilled to be on Minnesota Business Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies To Work For. This award is a special honor, because we were selected thanks to the anonymous survey responses of our very own ESP team! In order to determine which companies are “the best”, the survey’s questions seek to identify whether a company’s work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness exceed those of “standard” employers. We’re proud to stand out from the rest, and to better understand what makes us great, we asked our team to share a few of the things we’re doing right in each of the three categories. Here’s what they had to say:

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Why ESP IT Holds An Annual Holiday Party: 4 Tips

We know the holidays can be a challenging time for employees. So, while the ESP IT teamHoliday Party is busy wrapping-up both projects and gifts, we like to reward them for a year of hard work by throwing a holiday party. Not only does this event promote one of our core values, “have fun,” but it also increases employee engagement and satisfaction at a time when productivity can be at its lowest.

The traditional “office holiday party” sometimes gets a pretty bad rep, but when you approach the celebration with consideration and excitement, we’ve found it can lead to a yearly highlight. Check out these four easy tips we’ve cultivated to make our celebration a blast.

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Three IT Trends To Be Thankful For This Year

Give ThanksThanksgiving is a great reminder of all we have to be thankful for in 2014. In Minnesota, it’s clear to see that the good times are rolling. Several cities in Minnesota rank among the top 25 for Best Places to live and Minnesota is 17 on the list of the best places for Business and Careers in the United States.  Consider these encouraging facts, as well as the information below, as you as prepare for your thanksgiving meal.

More guests at the table: Low Unemployment Rates

There is room at the table for more guests this year. The IT industry is continuing to grow and mature at a rate of 3%, especially in sectors such as mobile. The national unemployment rate is 5.8%. Minnesota has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the United States at 3.9% as of October of this year although, job growth has been slower.  In fact, the unemployment rate has hit its lowest figure since 2008.  The unemployment percentage for technology is even better at only 2.7% as of Q3 in 2014.  Although job growth in the Twin Cities is down slightly in 2014 by an average of .68%, there is a gap of around 2,700 IT jobs in the Twin Cities that still need to be filled. While some industries in Minnesota have had to cut jobs, IT is among the top industries experiencing job growth.

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Why We’re Ecstatic to be A Best Place to Work

ESP Team celebrates Receiving Best Places to Work Award

ESP Team celebrates Receiving Best Places to Work Award

For the second year in a row, we’ve been honored among 30 other small companies, 15 medium companies, and 10 large companies in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s ‘Best Places to Work’. We’re very pleased to name some of them as our clients, as well as to have made the list again ourselves.

The criteria used for this award are retention, advocacy, and discretionary effort, and the results are based on 30 questions answered anonymously by our employees. We couldn’t be happier that our employees love where they work. Placing people first is what we’re all about, and by ‘people’ we mean our client companies and IT professionals, and our co-workers.

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ESP’s Unique Rock Stars make us a ‘Best Place to Work’

Yesterday, ESP was among the companies honored at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal‘s luncheon.  30 small companies, 15 medium companies, and 10 large companies were honored, and ESP is pleased to be among the small companies in the metro area to receive this award, measured by discretionary effort, advocacy, and retention.

During the keynote address, Ryan Estis showed the video below, and it reminded me of the unique people who make up our team at ESP who have contributed both to our long-term success and have helped create a great work environment.  We may not have people who can invent something like the USB on our in-house staff (though we fully believe they exist among the consultants and IT Pros we place), but we do have people who are committed to their work, being the best they can be, and placing people–our IT pros, our clients, and our internal staff of coworkers–first.

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