Drones, Architects, and Hiring

Ed Sayson is a TA leader at ARC Document Systems. Yeah, sounds kinda boring, but hold on, the company is a drone trendsetter. By employing a lot of drone jockeys (not sure what they're called officially, and driver sounds like a UPS worker), they're able to crush the competition and gain a strategic advantage. And if you think hiring for such an army is easy, think again, as Ed reveals all his tricks and tips in the exclusive interview from Jobvite's Recruiter Nation Live event from San Francisco.

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Chad: Here's another selection Joel and I recorded live from San Francisco at Jobvite's Recruiter Nation Live. We had a chance to catch up with talent acquisition leaders, turn on the mics and talk drones. Hell yeah. Drones.

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Joel: We're back, live from Recruiter Nation Live. That sounds a little redundant, doesn't it?

Chad: RNL.

Joel: RNL?

Chad: RN Live, RNL like SNL, but RNL.

Joel: Jobvite's RNL '19 coming at you with another live interview.

Chad: 2019 live review from San Francisco in the Parc 55. Parc with a C by the way, not a K.

Joel: Lovely part of town.

Chad: Yeah, I don't know how that happened. So we have Ed


Joel: Sayson?

Chad: Sayson?

Edward: Sayson.

Joel: Sayson.

Chad: Sayson. I like Sayson, but we'll go with Sayson.

Joel: Sayson's kind of cool.

Chad: It's just a last name, yeah.

Edward: It's French. It's French. Sayson is Swedish.

Chad: Okay. Swedish.

Joel: I can tell already this guy is way smarter than we are.

Chad: That doesn't take much.

Joel: I'm a little nervous.

Chad: Does not take much.

Joel: So you're with ARC.

Chad: I am. ARC Documents Solutions.

Joel: All right. For our listeners and us, what's the company do?

What do you do?

Edward: Well, first of all, let me answer your first question about what ARC is. ARC Documents Solutions is a 30-year old publicly traded company that is known now as the largest provider of wide format printing to the architects, engineering, and construction industry. We're also the largest network of drone pilots. Think of us as the Uber of drones.

Chad: Do what? You're the largest number of drone pilots?

Joel: Ed just blew my mind. He went from paper to drone pilots.

Edward: That's right.

Chad: Wow. How do you spin into something like that?

Edward: Well this is why we're talking, right?

Chad: Yeah.

Joel: He sets you up with the soft stuff and then unloads drone pilot on you.

Chad: Wow.

Edward: We serve the needs of our clients in the AEC industry. Originally, started with their needs to print information and then we started managing the print services for some of the largest AEC companies with a global footprint.

Chad: Yeah.

Edward: They're not going to run every revision of their blueprint down to the corner print stores.

Chad: Right, right, right.

Edward: So they're going to try to set up print themselves and we come in and manage it because they don't know what they're doing. And we realize that they also have needs to improve productivity. Like every time a project manager needs to go out and take pictures and measure so he can send up a project status report, we said, "Why don't you let us take care of that too?"

Edward: So we created this network of drone pilots and now we are the Uber of drones for the AEC world. That's just one of the other things that we do besides print.

Joel: What's a day in the life of a drone pilot look like?

Edward: I have no idea, because I'm not one.

Chad: I was going to say, do they sit in a conex like in Vegas?

Joel: Or in grandma's basement?

Chad: Yeah.

Joel: Like unloading armies of drones throughout the world.

Edward: I imagine it's more like the Air Force drone pilots who are in between missions. They send up another drone for ARC for construction project status reports.

Chad: How many drones are we talking about here? You really have me interested now, jeez.

Chad: We're talking probably over 150,000 drone pilots.

Chad: No way!

Joel: Pilots?

Chad: Yeah, the drone pilots.

Chad: Drone pilots.

Joel: Holy shit. Is this global?

Chad: I love this shit.

Edward: Yeah, it's global.

Joel: Or is this just in the US?

Edward: Well, most of it is in the US. But it's because there was a need to shorten the way in which the project managers would have to write their status reports on the building project.

Chad: Okay, so when did the drones start to come into play and how easy is it to find drone pilots now? Other than going straight to the military and just trying to pull them as soon as they come out?

Edward: Well, the FAA has a certification program to get a drone license. It's called FAA 107. So we just go to that report and go enlist these.

Chad: Oh, so they have a list?

Edward: Yeah, there's a list of drone...

Chad: There's a list.

Edward: As long as you have a drone license, it's like truck drivers,


Chad: Yeah.

Edward: Everybody's looking for a commercial, A license or C license, and you just go get those people and say, "How'd you like to be part of that network?"

Chad: So your own network?

Joel: So you're 150,000 now, how many are you adding say in the next year or two years?

Edward: You know, I have no idea.