23 Sep 2014
September 23, 2014

Building Value – GES Entry Level Program

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During the recent economic downturn, Las Vegas lost a lot of very productive talent across many industries. One of the hardest hit was the development industry including construction, architecture, and engineering.

GES and Eagle Drilling was not immune to the recessionary effects or to the loss of some very talented staff. However, due to the forward thinking of Greg DeSart, a program was put in place before the recession that has helped his companies fill their staffing needs and brought additional talent to the local industry.

The GES/Eagle “Entry Level” employee program was started in 2005 in an effort to train, educate, and do our part in creating the needed skill set for our industry. According to Greg; “When you hire someone simply based on attitude and willingness to learn, and you spend money giving them the training and skills needed, it’s amazing what you get in return. It has raised morale, created loyalty and ultimately increased or employee retention rate.”

This focused, intensive program is a significant investment for a local firm like GES/Eagle. Theses recruits join the company with almost no prior knowledge or experience in the industry and the companies spend months on a mentoring program designed to develop the needed skills of the new staff member before he or she is ready to become a certified employee and work independently. Many of our entry level field and laboratory interns have successfully passed the examinations required to become certified at the various levels of inspection and testing for asphalt, concrete, soils, steel, and welding.

Recruitment and retention is and has been a key to the GES/Eagle corporate culture. Consistently ranking as one of top ten firms “Best Place to Work” by Nevada Business Journal, CE News, In Business, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and including two first place wins by the Southern Nevada Human Resources Association (SNHRA); validates the success of the “Entry Level” employee program and its contribution toward a successful corporate culture.

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