Erica Avila: the reason Core States Group is a bad structural engineering firm!

Recruiters can make or break your company.  Here is one company you may not have heard about, but you may have seen their work. Anyone who has even been a customer at Chase Bank, McDonalds, Taco Bell, or CVS may have heard of this firm.  This firm is the Core State Group.

A Candidate applied to their Structural Engineer post.  The Candidate met Core States Group’s recruiter Erica Avila for the first time.  She stated she had never recruited engineers who designed buildings. The Candidate was very patient.

A few days later, Erica Avila contacted the Candidate.  Instead of setting up the second interview like she promised the candidate, she decided to interrogate the Candidate!  She told the Candidate that she wanted a list of all projects the Candidate ever designed. There is one major problem with this:  the Candidate was also a reviewer for two years.  Erica Avila wanted the candidate to list every building (s)he designed.  This would be a massive task.  So why would Erica Avila of the Core States Group want this information?  We believe it is because she wants to use the candidate’s job experience to procure future work.

Erica Avila also claimed that self-employed people should never apply to work for Core States Group.  This idiot also claimed that because someone claimed they were freelance means they are looking only for part time work.  Eric Avila lives in a fantasy world where all structural engineers are fully employed.  We bet she would discriminate against retired people and part-time mothers if she could.  If Erica Avila cannot understand what she is hiring for, do you think she should work as a recruiter?  We bet she must think that being on government assistance would be so much easier than for this Candidate to actually make money.

When the Candidate stated that HR should be eliminated, Erica Avila went off the rails.  Apparently, job security for idiots is a number 1 thing with Erica Avila.

If Erica Avila had a brain in her head or a place to put one, she would know that the Candidate is licensed in California as a Structural Engineer.  This means that this Candidate could legally design any building including schools and hospitals.

We read the Glassdoor complaints and learned that Core States Group is a very bad company to work for.  After seeing how this Candidate was treated by their HR person Erica Avila, we can only imagine how well (or not well) run this firm is. had some very unflattering comments on this firm!

Core States Group lacked leadership. Work load was unbalanced and there was no focus on manpower utilization. My last day came as a surprise and and someway I felt it was a good circumstance to find and seek other and better opportunities. Management would without consulting your deadlines, override any project manager scope and take away your manpower on your project. This was frustrating and is probably one of the reasons we had to be let go. Overhead costs were being affected by poor management of manpower. Sadly, I did like the CEO but I had no say so on how business should operate.

Conclusion:  Avoid Core States Group at all costs!  If you ever encounter Erica Avila, avoid her at all costs!