Army Combat NCO Succeeds at Enterprise Holdings
Enterprise Holdings owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car brands; and is affiliated with Enterprise Fleet Management. The company’s services include car rental and car-sharing, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management, and retail car sales. Enterprise holdings is headquartered in St. Louis.
The company operates a global network of more than 8,600 neighborhood and airport locations in over 70 countries. Through its regional subsidiaries, the company operates over 6,000 fully staffed offices in the United States – all within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates own and operate more than 1.5 million vehicles globally. The company has annual revenues of $17.8 billion and over 83,000 employees.
Each year, Enterprise hires thousands of men and women into its management training and management internship programs. Other opportunities include jobs as customer service representatives, administrative support workers, and automotive technicians; and positions in accounting/finance and IT.
Enterprise’s commitment to the military goes back nearly six decades. The company is named after the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6), aboard which company founder Jack Taylor served as a Navy pilot during World War II. Today, veterans or reservists make up nearly 10 percent of Enterprise’s total workforce. Enterprise pays the salary differential for employees on active duty, so they continue to receive full pay during their service.
In 2005, Enterprise received Five-Star recognition in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support Program, and was recognized with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to employers that support their employees’ service in the National Guard and Reserve.
Enterprise has found that veterans bring a high level of loyalty, teamwork, and commitment that translates well into the company culture. Enterprise values their leadership experience and their ability to take on new challenges successfully.
A VETERAN SUCCESS | CLEVELAND LOVE, JR.
Cleveland Love, Jr., served in the Army for 12 years, separating as a staff sergeant. During active duty, he was a squad leader, leading troops into combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. His last position was as an operations non-commissioned officer responsible for planning and executing missions, and ensuring the safety of 1,200 soldiers.
Love is now an area rental manager, responsible for the development of more than 65 employees. Love joined the organization as a management trainee in 2008 and rose quickly through the ranks to oversee eight home-city locations and one airport branch.
Love’s time in the military helped pave his road to civilian success. “My experience working in a team and leading by example in the military made the transition to my new role at Enterprise easy,” he said.
Love advises servicemembers to take advantage of all the career-finding resources that the military offers. “I would recommend connecting with some career counselors and getting resume training before separating from the military,” he said. “Both are great services that you have access to prior to getting out.”
He can point out specific military skills that help him regularly at Enterprise. “My ability to adapt to change was a skill I mastered in the military,” he said. “Being able to make decisions on the fly was needed in combat situations. I have to do both here at Enterprise Holdings on a daily basis. I attribute my success at Enterprise partly to the military, because the military values the discipline and effort it takes to complete missions. I developed great work ethic, pride, and discipline – all attributes that Enterprise values and rewards. I draw on my experience from being a leader in the military and motivating my troops to achieve high results.”
Love believes that the company’s dedication to cultivating leaders will attract veterans. “We utilize a chain of command and make the teamwork atmosphere very fun and friendly,” he said. “We put a lot of effort and ownership into leadership training, which in turn empowers lower-level employees to take on new challenges. Both Enterprise and the military make it a priority to prepare for the next generation of leadership.”
When veterans are looking for their next challenge, Love encourages them to cast a wide net. “Don’t limit your options,” he said. “Consider all job opportunities, and don’t confine yourself to what you did in the military.”