By Angela Gonzales Phoenix Business Journal April 4, 2016, 1:09 pm MST
ZipRecruiter has selected Tempe for its first office expansion outside of its Santa Monica, California-based headquarters.
With 300 employees in California, ZipRecruiter plans to hire nearly the same amount over the next five years in Tempe.
The company helps employers recruit employees by distributing their job postings to more than 100 of the most visited job boards, web sites and social networks on the Internet.
“All candidates come in one list,” said Ian Siegel, co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter.
When Siegel and his team were deciding among five metro areas — including Denver and Salt Lake City — for the company’s first expansion, the team posted job openings in all of those markets to see what kind of reaction they would get.
“Phoenix blew everybody away,” he said. “It was unbelievable the volume of candidates and the quality of candidates we received. We had a unique advantage selecting which market to go into. We were able to do a dry run to see what it would be like to recruit in this market.”
The company already has hired more than 60 for the new Tempe office.
“We’re hiring at a pace of 10 to 20 new heads a month,” Siegel said. “We intend to continue scaling like that for the foreseeable future. By that, I mean years.”
ZipRecruiter has leased 15,000 square feet of space at Hayden Ferry Lakeside.
“We will outgrow it in the next 18 months and will need to expand,” he said. “We will be hiring hundreds of people in the Phoenix area over the next 18 months.”
These jobs include inside sales positions, account managers and customer success positions.
“We spend a lot of time working as consultants to our customers,” he said. “We’ll provide services for job postings that range from we’ll write the ads for you to give consultation on how you might optimize your ad. We’ll even help you with the content of your ad to make sure you get the kind of candidates you want.”
Employers pay a fee for the services, but job seekers are not charged anything, he said.
Before starting the company in 2010, Siegel had worked for several Internet startups — none of which had their own human resources departments, which meant he was the one posting jobs and scheduling interviews for the small companies.
“Every time I did that I thought this process is crazy because I’m posting the same job over and over again on multiple sites,” he said. “It was so time consuming.”
He figured he could build a tool for other small businesses so they could avoid that tedious work.
“The response has been overwhelming,” he said, with more than 850,000 businesses using the ZipRecruiter services.
Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said Tempe didn’t provide any incentive packages to the company.
“But I think the word has gotten out that Tempe is a great place to locate a business, especially a technology business,” he said. ” Tech companies love Tempe. We’re considered one of the top destinations in the U.S. for technology-based companies.”