Enterprise-Rent-A-Car works to develop its future leaders internally.
The company's hands-on management training program for new hires, which serves as an entry point into the upper rungs of the organization, allows trainees to learn the different aspects of the business and figure out their career paths. The program has served as an incubator for many of Enterprise's leaders, including Enterprise Holdings CEO Pamela Nicholson and Vice Chairman Donald Ross.
This focus on nurturing employees for leadership and promoting from within has been a staple of the company since it was founded in 1957 in St. Louis. Nowadays, Enterprise is the largest rental-car company in the world, with more than 5,800 Enterprise Rent-A-Car branches in the U.S. Its ability to show clear paths of advancement has made it a prime destination for college graduates.
In 2016, CollegeGrad ranked Enterprise Rent-A-Car as the No. 1 entry-level employer in the U.S. for the second year in a row. The list ranks companies by their projected entry-level hiring numbers for the year. In 2016, Enterprise projected that nearly 9,000 new hires would be entry-level workers.
"It's our commitment to focusing on developing talent and really raising the bar to make sure we're hiring college-educated individuals who have the ability to come in and learn how to run the business," Marie Artim, vice president of talent acquisition for Enterprise Holdings Inc., told Automotive News, adding: "They can see all of the different things you can do, and everyone they meet can share their own stories of success."