For the third consecutive year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has been named to BusinessWeek’s annual ranking of the best companies for new college graduates to launch their careers.In naming companies to the list, BusinessWeek used three sources of data – a survey of college career-services directors, a survey of employers and a student survey conducted by Universum Communications, a market-research firm based in Philadelphia. This year, as in the past two, Enterprise received especially high marks from career-services directors, who placed the company in their top five.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by BusinessWeek for the third consecutive year,” said Marie Artim, the company’s assistant vice president, recruiting. “We’ve worked hard as a company to build and maintain a strong culture of opportunity; and our recruiters work just as hard to communicate that culture to our job candidates and form great relationships with career services professionals at colleges and universities throughout North America. This honor is a real tribute to those efforts.”
Enterprise also is featured in a new book based on the annual rankings from last year. BusinessWeek Fast Track: The Best Places to Launch a Career, by Lindsey Gerdes, was published this summer by McGraw-Hill.
Enterprise has been widely recognized for its well-developed management training program and its promote-from-within business model. Nearly 100 percent of Enterprise’s current senior management team – including Chairman and CEO Andy Taylor, and President and COO Pam Nicholson – started at the rental counter, learning the business from the ground up.
At Illinois State University, Enterprise hires about 30 students each year, and there are 130 alumni from Illinois State, currently working throughout the Enterprise network of businesses.