Elkay was founded nearly a century ago on a simple idea: “Make the best sinks and provide the best customer service.” Since then Elkay has grown significantly from its beginnings as a sink manufacturing company to a complete supplier of kitchen products. To this day, the company’s dedication to innovative products and exceptional customer service remains the same.
Throughout its growth and expansion, Elkay has continued to recognize and respect the value and commitment that each employee brings to the company, knowing that employees are a company’s most important asset. The company now has more than 2500 employees and 24 facilities across the nation.
As the company grew, management realized it needed a more centralized recruiting plan and a streamlined onboarding process. That’s when Elkay began its search for talent management vendors.
The Recruiting Challenge
With the company growing, Elkay set out to find a recruiting management solution in 2005. Prior to that time, each location had its own recruiting function, which is why Elkay was looking to centralize its recruiting to the corporate office.
Elkay was using an Access database for the minimal tracking it was doing, and in the process was using “a lot of paper,” according to Rhonda Lopez, Corporate Talent & Development Specialist for Elkay. Elkay needed a solution that could help track hiring and also one that could store the resumes that were coming in and make them easily searchable for future use.
It was also important to the company to develop a solution that could help to create a more professional career portal. The portal needed to be easy to use and flexible so Elkay could keep it updated with current information and brand image. At the time, the company could not update the site itself and needed to place several calls in order to make changes. The time-consuming process kept the company from having the most accurate information available to potential employees.
One final challenge that was specific to Elkay: the company wanted to find an option that would integrate with its background check vendor and eliminate the need to transport paper forms back and forth between Elkay and the vendor.