Well, don’t despair.
BusinessWeek magazine just listed Enterprise Rent-A-Car as
No. 5 on its list of “Best Places to Launch a Career.”
BusinessWeek used three sources of data—a survey of career
services directors, a survey of employers, and a student survey
conducted by Universum Communications, a market-research firm
based in Philadelphia—to develop its rankings.
It’s a great honor to be on the BusinessWeek list,” said
Marie Artim, assistant vice president for recruiting at Enterprise. “We
especially appreciate the fact that career services directors
surveyed ranked Enterprise as the No. 1 employer for entry-level
workers,” she added.
Enterprise hires about 7,000 college graduates a year and has
a well-developed management training program that teaches employees
how to run their own businesses. Nearly 100 percent of Enterprise’s
current senior management—including the president and CEO—started
as management trainees.
Locally, Enterprise hires many students each year, including
many HPU alumni, according to local recruiter Geraldine Valencia.
Hawai‘i Pacific University has been a great place for Enterprise
to find employees who want to learn to run a business from the
ground up,” Valencia said. “We’re a company
that believes in training and developing employees to become
the future of our business.”
Artim explained that the company’s management training
program enables employees who work in the rental car offices
to learn how to manage profit-and-loss statements, control expenses,
and implement a comprehensive business plan—a sort of MBA
crash course. Within nine to 12 months, managers in training
are typically eligible for promotion and get the opportunity
to run part of the rental branch business as if it were their
own, including sharing in the profits they help create.
“At Enterprise,” Artim said, “we instill a fun, exciting atmosphere,
where employees are in charge of their careers and set their own pace for career
Because we strongly encourage a promote-from-within philosophy, as individuals
learn, they move rapidly into branch management positions and beyond, typically
becoming branch managers within two to three years.”
Enterprise offers more than 1,500 internships a year, and Fortune.com named the
Enterprise internships one of the “Five Best Internships for Real Work” during
the summer of 2006. Interns at Enterprise are involved in all aspects of running
the business and are given the responsibilities of a full-time employee.
For more information about Enterprise or its management training program, students
should contact their career center or visit enterprise.com/careers