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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Removing The STEM Learning Gap: You Need Girls To Code

Girls Who Love To Code ImageSheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer, and IBM’s president and chief executive Virginia Rometty prove that while the representation of women in tech is disproportionate, it certainly still has a presence and success rate to boast of. The significance of three women at top tech companies may somewhat discredit the belief that a lack of women role models is the main reason for the female talent shortage, but that the gap exists and is in fact growing, can’t be ignored.

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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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ESP IT’s 2016 Salary Survey

As the Minneapolis IT staffing experts, ESP continues to monitor and analyze Minnesota tech hiring trends, compensation, and benefits information in order to better serve you. Our 2016 Salary Survey data comes from a variety of sources – ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, to smaller emerging companies. We compared our numbers, using actual salaries from our recent placements and market observations from our recruitment team, with those on Dice and other national resources. If you have any questions or comments about our 2016 Salary Survey, please feel free to contact us.

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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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Relocation to the Twin Cities: It’s a Good Move

Our CEO, a Florida native and long-time resident and fan of Minnesota, drew attention to a recent Star Tribune article discussing why workers choose the Twin Cities for their career. As a fellow Minnesota transplant, the article naturally piqued my interest. I then realized about half of our office staff are originally from out of state. The other half are Twin Cities super fans.  Read about the ESP team’s reasons for loving Minnesota, the publications that confirm what we all already know, and check out the infographic showing why relocating to the Twin Cities (or staying here) is a good move.

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TechHire Initiative: Changing The Way You Hire

It’s no secret that finding skilled IT professionals is proving difficult in our current job market. Half a million IT jobs are currently open in the United States and that number will increase if the Tech Industry continues to grow as projected. In fact, Information and Technology jobs make up about 12% of current job openings.

What’s a hiring manager to do?

The White House recently released a statement about the gap between IT jobs and skilled IT workers with a plan to make education in IT more readily available to Americans.  The goal is to help fill employer demand for talented people in the workforce while helping underserved communities with a program called TechHire Inititive.  TechHire is offering $100 Million in grant dollars to communities around the United States to implement its programs and objectives.

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