ST. LOUIS, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Holdings Inc., the largest car rental company in the world, has again been honored for excellence in recruiting by Talent Board, a nonprofit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a positive candidate experience. This is the company's fourth straight North American Candidate Experience Award.
Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries and franchise locations, operates an integrated global network of more than 9,600 neighborhood and airport locations under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. Each year, thousands of new employees are recruited and hired globally to support these three brands.
"The recruitment experience is our first opportunity to build relationships with potential employees, and we want to make that experience a positive one," said Marie Artim, vice president of talent acquisition for Enterprise Holdings. "Receiving positive feedback from the job candidates themselves confirms that our recruitment efforts are working."
The Candidate Experience Award winners were selected based on survey responses from more than 183,000 North American job candidates. The surveys evaluated the recruitment process of more than 240 North American-based companies to identify and recognize organizations that create an outstanding candidate experience. Enterprise was one of only 50 organizations – and the only car rental company – to win Talent Board's Candidate Experience Award.
When communicating with prospective employees, Enterprise uses a variety of high-touch, in-person and digital recruiting methods. Through these efforts, Enterprise develops personal connections and provides an exceptional recruitment experience to each candidate. These include working with community organizations to find new talent, and supporting the recruitment of military veterans and reservists in the U.S. Additionally, Enterprise's employee referral program, which rewards existing employees for bringing in successful new candidates, is its top source of hires.
Enterprise also leverages social networks, including Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to engage with prospective candidates and highlight the company's unique work culture. Just this year, the Enterprise Holdings social recruiting team was honored with a Technology Excellence Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
"Social media channels not only make us more available to candidates, they also help us give them a better sense of what Enterprise is really like," noted Carolyn Eiseman, director of employer brand at Enterprise Holdings. "More and more employees seek to work for an employer that shares their values. And we have found that – the more we can give candidates a feel for our values, culture and work environment – the more they're attracted to Enterprise as a place to build a great career."
Enterprise Holdings' culture is built on a set of founding values that not only fosters professional development, but also a strong promote-from-within philosophy. In fact, a major driver of the company's promote-from-within culture is the renowned Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Training Program, which is consistently successful in developing new hires into the next generation of business leaders.
Management Trainees receive a hands-on experience that teaches them how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service. Other hallmarks of the program include extensive training in a wide range of business skills, including profit and loss management, business-to-business marketing and sales, and operational logistics.
Enterprise was named the No. 1 Entry-Level Employer for 2016 by CollegeGrad.com, highlighting the company's success in attracting and hiring nearly 9,000 college graduates to entry-level positions throughout the organization.
These newly recruited employees have a chance to advance their careers quickly, thanks in large part to the thorough preparation they receive through the Management Training Program, as well as the company's award-winning practices in workplace training and development. Last month, the Association for Talent Development recognized Enterprise as a BEST Award winner for investing in employees' growth and development, and solving business challenges through talent development practices. With a breadth of job opportunities and business functions to support the company's operations, Enterprise Holdings offers employees the opportunity to switch careers without switching companies.
In total, the annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings and Enterprise Fleet Management rank near the top of the travel industry, ahead of many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. Enterprise Holdings currently is ranked as one of America's Largest Private Companies. In addition, among all North American car rental companies, it has the lowest leverage ratio and is the only one with an investment-grade rating. Furthermore, if it were publicly traded, Enterprise Holdings would rank on Fortune's list of the 500 largest American public companies.