16,233. That’s the number of opportunities that Enterprise gave its employees in 2016 to progress in their career. And we’re extremely proud of each and every one of them. Because each promotion, move, relocation and career advancement is an important sign that we’re all succeeding at what we do, and that in turn we’re making Enterprise the success that it is.
The secret? Right from the start Enterprise was founded on the value that employees are expected to show great work ethic, and in turn Enterprise will reward them personally, professionally and financially. Everyone at Enterprise (except for a few handfuls) starts as a Graduate Management Trainee, and that includes our current CEO. When you apply for one of the graduate and internship roles we have available across the UK, we’ll only evaluate you against our core competencies, regardless of your degree subject, university, expected grade or professional experience.
That’s because we’re organised as thousands of smaller, local businesses operating as branches, so when you join us as a graduate those competencies are essential, as well as the tools, training and unwavering support that Enterprise provides you to be able to run the business yourself. Make it a success, and you’ll be rewarded.
It’s this meritocratic culture, coupled with a steadfast promise to only promote from within that makes Enterprise what it is. Ask our employees. Walk into one of our branches. Browse our blogs. Read Janene’s story. Or Sak’s. Or Sam’s. Rovaida’s. Carl’s. Or Vanessa’s, who joined us as an apprentice. It’s only by being successful that those 16,233 opportunities can come about. And those opportunities can come about only if we are successful.
But what’s even more important that being able to offer 16,233 opportunities? We work hard to make sure that our opportunities are available to everyone, irrespective of their background, colour, religion or sexual orientation. Enterprise is committed to providing every employee with an inclusive workplace that offers the respect, training and opportunities to succeed. It’s simply who we are as a company, who we are as individuals and the very foundation of our continued success – because if we mirror the diversity of the neighbourhoods where we do business in, we will be able to better understand their needs. Have you noticed the pattern yet?
More importantly, our commitment to Equal Opportunities isn’t only skin deep – just ask all those Enterprise employees that regularly give up their time to contribute to Disability, LGBT or Diversity groups and activities across our branches worldwide.
Most companies will tell you that they support events such as the various Pride parades, organisations such as Stonewall or the Glen – Gay + Lesbian Equality Network. But not many will have been recognised as a Top Employer for Women for 11 years in a row. Or have won award after award, as we have done, for our commitment to diversity and social mobility – meaning that some of those 16,233 opportunities will have been offered to people who would have not been given the chance otherwise.
We do this by constantly asking ourselves what we can do better; by engaging with our employees through forums, events and our intranet, by producing a quarterly newsletter, by making sure that everyone is absolutely committed to our values – all the way to the top, and by understanding the value of mentors and positive role models. And, in a true meritocratic fashion, we measure everything to check if what we are doing actually works.