StarTek is looking to hire
As of today, all StarTek employees have officially moved into newly renovated offices on North Avenue, company officials said.
And while the company has already hired about 40 new workers, it’s still planning to hire many more over the next few months, said Dennis Foos, site director of the company’s Grand Junction office.
Foos credits not only an improving economy for the expansion and new hiring, but his current staff.
“The folks that I have who do the bulk of the work are the best at what they do, and that’s out of 10,000 agents internationally and across the U.S.,” Foos said. “The folks who are working for me now, they need to thank the folks who worked for me last year because they’re the ones who earned the jobs for us. The job that we did last year put us in a position to grow this year.”
Currently, 456 workers are in the new office in the Eastgate Shopping Center at 2830 North Ave.
Last year, the company had about 350 workers in the Grand Junction office.
By Monday, another 40 new hires will join them, but Foos is expecting to see at least 64 more by nearly October.
“I will continue to hire after that, I just don’t have any definite numbers on when and who,” he said. “I’ll be hiring until the end of the year.”
The 64 additional people are part of a new line the company is starting for the first time in Grand Junction.
They will be part of a “tentacle-support” line for a new client, simultaneously handling phone, Internet and cable support.
As a result, the people must be highly experienced in those technologies.
“It’s a much more skilled position than we’ve had in the past,” Foos said. “The test for it is mind-boggling. We’ve had some computer science majors who have struggled with taking that test.”
The Denver-based company, which has offices across the globe, needed to move to accommodate the increased staff. It’s spent the past 11 years leasing a 152,000-square-foot building at 630 S. Seventh St. It’s not immediately clear what will happen with the building, which is owned by Lojo Partnership LLP, according to Mesa County assessor records.
The new office has about 520,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 650 workers, Foos said.
“It’s one of those things where we’re finally seeing jobs actually coming back to the U.S. from off shore,” he said. “We (in Grand Junction) have been well-positioned to take advantage of those jobs as they’re coming back. This site has always been a strong performing site.”